corsaRosa Awards Breakfast, La Stazione Sunday 18th September

Now that the very successful inaugural corsaRosa League has finished it was down to the pleasurable business of handing out the awards Sunday 18th September, presented by series organiser Gavin McIntosh and hosted by La Stazione cafe bar in Ilkley.

The sun shone and everyone had a great time.  Sophie Hewitson and Gary Purchon were amongst the Otley CC riders at the presentation and have kindly given their thoughts on the league and on the awards breakfast.


‘It was a great event and especially lovely for me to see everyone again before going back to Sheffield the day after to start my final year at university. I really enjoyed the corsaRosa series, not only was it fantastic training but a great platform to meet like minded cyclists in the area. The breakfast awards was a lovely finish to a great summer riding around the Yorkshire Dales for me with the added bonus of coming second lady in the league! Gavin did an excellent job and I hope to return next year.’


‘The corsaRosa awards breakfast was a fab way to end the season! There must have been about 30 there when I arrived & coffee & bacon butty was sorted straight away by the great staff at the cafe.

Gavin made a great speech & presented some fantastic trophies to the thoroughly deserved winners! I thought the men’s winner Tom made a great speech thanking Gavin for all his efforts too.

Was great seeing everyone there and hopefully, if I loose some weight, I can go a bit faster next year.

Oh and the jerseys are ace!’

Awards winners

Overall Tom van Rossum, Yorkshire RC. 358 points

Youth Harry Barker, Ilkley CC. 222 points

Women Sarah Lewthwaite, East Bradford CC.  250 points

Men Tom van Rossum, Yorkshire RC. 358 points

Woodrup AcciaioRosa  David Watt, albaRosa.  323 points

Club Yorkshire RC

Sophie finished in second place in the Women’s category and four Otley riders – Sophie, Christine Thwaite, Liz Hills and Gill Arnett – were in the top 10.

Chris Radcliffe was second in the Woodrup AcciaioRosa category and was our highest placed rider Overall and in the Men’s category in 13th place, scoring 271 points.

Well done to our Otley CC corsaRosa riders!

Full results here.


As both Sophie and Gary have alluded to, Gavin McIntosh did a fantastic job throughout the series and quite rightly is to be applauded for his hard work. Thanks Gav! And not forgetting support from Woodrup Cycles, Spokesman Cycle Clothing, Spirit Cycling, Sportive HQ, La Stazione, the riders and last but not least all those who have helped out at each race to ensure all runs smoothly.

Photograps courtesy of Alexander Scott. More of Alexander’s photographs of the awards presentation can be found here.


corsaRosa organiser Gavin McIntosh


The Women’s podium


corsaRosa Overall Winner trophy


Woodrup AcciaioRosa trophy