Cadence Award

Presented each year to an individual in Southern Tasmania who has made the most significant contribution to getting more people riding bicycles. Nominations are now open for the 2015 award. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to nominate someone who has encouraged or advocated for cycling. Nominations close 5 October.

Previous recipients are:

2015 Rae Wells2015 - Rae Wells

Rae is secretary of the Bonnet Hill Community Association and was instrumental in getting government support and funding for uphill bike lanes on the Channel Hwy over Bonnet Hill. Rae was involved with meetings with politicians, coordinating petitions and communicating with cycling organisations and the community on the progress of the Bonnet Hill Community Association to improve safety on the road for all users. 


2014 - Mr Corey Peterson2014-Corey PetersonW

Corey being recognised for his passion and dedication in developing new infrastructure for cyclists at UTAS, making it easier for more people to ride. Corey was involved in the development of a comprehensive transport strategy developed by the UTAS Sustainability unit. One of its main objectives is to encourage a switch to sustainable transport options (e.g. bike and bus), thus reducing the number of cars around campus and making it safer for people riding. A bike hub is to be built at the Newnham campus in Launceston and a bike facility was unveiled a year ago at the Menzies Research Institute in the city. 

2013 - Ms Mardy Ayton

2013-Mardy Ayton-CadenceMardy set up and ran Beginners and Intermediate bike riding classes at lunch time and after work last summer to encourage people who weren’t very confident to get on their bike. Rides were organised which suited the level of the group. Participants found that being in a group was less threatening and there was lots of positive feedback. She also organised a morning spin class for 6 weeks over winter. The target group was new riders with the aim of getting them out on the bike in the summer.




2012 - Mr Jeff Dunn
2012-Jeff dunn CadenceJeff has helped Bicycle Tasmania become a larger and more effective cycling organisation. His dedication to the role of president has seen him take time off work to participate in meetings and work with Bicycle Tasmania's first part-time statewide cycling advocate to crank up the pace to the highest levels ever seen in Tasmania. There have been more regular newsletters, an increased level of communication and involvement with members, strengthening bonds with other cycling organisations around the state and facilitated a new association with the Bicycle Network to make Bicycle Tasmania a more sustainable organisation. He has quietly gained a reputation as a quiet achiever who tirelessly works behind the scenes ensuring things just appear to happen. He is also treasurer of the Tasmanian Bicycle Council (the peak body for cycling organisations in the state) and is heavily involved in MTB Nav, organising cycling orienteering events.



2011 - Mr Andrew Heard
2011 Cadence-HeardAndrew has made an ongoing contribution to advancing the growth of bike riding in Tasmania. In 2002 he volunteered to update the Bicycle Tasmania website, then took on the role of Secretary and for the next 8 years played an integral role in sustaining Bicycle Tasmania to what is now vibrant and strong with a bright future. He played an important role assisting to run Bicycle Tasmania events such as the BIG Ride in November and Bike Week events in March. This often involved very early starts putting out signage and long days waiting for the last rider to finish a ride. Most recently he was a key player in determining the future direction of Bicycle Tasmania to evolve into a more professional organisation able to advocate to make Tasmania a better place to ride a bicycle.



2010 - Linda and Tony Cook
2010-Linda Cook-CadenceMore people are riding bikes as a result of their efforts. They have worked tirelessly for many years in all facets of cycling, planning, administration and most importantly at the “coal face”. They have led well-planned cycling tours in various parts of Tasmania including Flinders Island, as well as interstate. Through their care, enthusiasm, dedication and friendship have encouraged others to join them. As a result many people have become skilled and excellent bike riders. They also organise regular Sunday rides from Salamanca and have done for many years. They have taken over the running of the Easter Camp at Caveside which involves many rides catering or riders of all standards. They have served on the Hobart City Council bicycle committee for many years – contributing with their knowledge of cycling in Hobart and achieving many positive outcomes.


2009 - Mr Rob Shears
2009 Cadence-RobShearsRob has been an active member of the Kingborough Bicycle Users Group for many years and has been particularly dedicated to the project for uphill bike lanes on the Channel Hwy over Bonnet Hill. Rob has arranged meetings with politicians and secured funding commitments, assisted with the preparation of funding applications, carried out site visits over Bonnet Hill and developed a brief to guide the appointment of consultants to prepare plans. For Ride to Work Day in 2009 Rob invited the Premier to ride over Bonnet Hill with him to see first-hand what the issues are.



2008 - Mr Simon French
Simon is involved in all aspects of mountain biking and is highly respected in the mountain biking community. A former Australian National Champion in Downhill, Simon has been a key player in the development of the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park and an instigator of the Clarence Mountain Bike Park, which is unlikely to have been built if it wasn't for Simon's drive and determination. He has a lead role in the ongoing maintenance and development of both parks. He has volunteered countless hours and encouraged other volunteers to join him in constructing mountain bike tracks. He is currently President of Hobart Wheelers/Dirt Devils Cycling Club, President of the Clarence Mountain Bike Parks Assocation, Vice President of the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park Association, Rider Representative (downhill) with Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) and a committee member on the Clarence Tracks and Trails Committee, Kingborough Tracks and Trails Committee and the Clarence Bicycle User Group.

2007 - Mr Luke Chiu
2007 Cadence-LukechiuELuke is an advocate for mountain biking and has assisted the Hobart, Glenorchy and Clarence Councils with the development of mountain bike facilities. He is founding member and President of the Glenorchy MTB Park which has been a great success and is widely used by local riders as well as hosting major events including the Australian National Mountain Bike Serives. Luke is a driving force behind the new North-South Track currently under construction that will link the Springs on Mt Wellington to the Glenorchy MTB Park, which is set to become an iconic mountain bike experience. He is a member of the Glenorchy Bicycle Committee and has published several articles on providing MTB facilities including a section in the new IMBA book called "Managing Mountain Bikes".




2006 - Mr Tim Stredwick
2006 Cadence-Tim StredwickFor his long time involvement with cycling. Tim has consistently contributed to the advancement of cycling through his committment to Bicycle Tasmania. He leads by example by using his bicycle as his main form of transport and has shared his extensive cycling knowledge through Adult Cycling courses, helping many more people to cycle regularly. He had been involved with many cycling committees including the Tasmanian Bicycle Council and was a former president of Bicycle Tasmania. He is also known by many people through his regular ABC radio spot.




2005 - Mr Richard Nichols
2005 Cadence-Richard NicholsFor his involvement in cycling at various levels and his easygoing manner and enthusiasm. Richard has been a member of the Brighton Council Bike Commitee and Kingborough Bicycle Users Group and has an active involvement with Bicycle Tasmania. He has assisted with various CyclingSouth activities, especially the Kingborough Treasure Hunt and other Bike Week events. He commutes daily by bike and his interest in mountainbiking led to his participation in the planning of the new MTB Park at Glenorchy. He also helped to develop riding routes published on Bicycle Tasmania's website.

2004 - Mr Vic Pimlott
2004 Cadence-Vic PimlottFor his contribution to the young people of Brighton municipality by providing a cycling education program, salvaging and repairing old bicycles and enabling young people to participate in recreational activities that otherwise would not exist. Also initiated the Black Swan Cycle Speedway and provides guidance and supervision at the speedway track.

2003 - Mr Rod Marshall 
2003 Cadence Rod MarshallFor his commitment to the aims of the Glenorchy Council Bicycle Commitee, acting as secretary, and his support of CyclingSouth. Rod, who is Property Manager at GCC, has promoted and pushed for cycling linkages in Glenorchy including the Intercity cycleway and Barossa Creek Trail connecting the cycleway to Montrose Bay Foreshore path. Rod was instrumental in GCC obtaining 4 bikes for council staff use and for organising fun rides, as well as assisting with State Bike Week events.

2002 - Mr Darrell Vincent

Darrell has an infectious passion for bike riding. On behalf of his grandchildren he was instrumental in getting the Berriedale BMX track developed, became an accredited coach and Australia's oldest BMX rider. Darrell has been involved in Hobart Walking Club bike rides, is involved in the Glenorchy Bicycle Advisory Committee and a keen volunteer for cycling events such as Ride to Work Day.

2001 - Mr Ken White

2001-Ken WhiteKen has been actively involved in cycling advocacy and promotion activities. As part of the Centenary of Federation celebrations Ken organised the first Century Ride for Cycling South which started and ended at Salamanca Place. As part of his long time involvement with Bicycle Tasmania Ken lead a successful protest on the waterfront against the Bass Straight Ferry to highlight the discrimination on the pricing of bicycles while motor vehicles were given huge concessions. He also wrote Cycling the Tasmanian Trail.