The SBS Cycling Australia People’s Choice Awards is up and running and it’s your chance to have a say in who you think is the best two-wheeled Aussie of the year.
7 Apr 2015 - 11:32 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:38 PM

The nominees include, Simon Gerrans, Cadel Evans, Caroline Buchanan, Tiff Cromwell, Shane Perkins, Rebecca Henderson, Richie Porte, Paul Van Der Ploeg, Para cyclist Carol Cooke and young sprinter Caleb Ewan.

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The People's Choice is different to the 'Oppy', or the Sir Hubert Opperman Medal, which is decided by an awards committee made up of Cycling Australia's high performance hierarchy. I'm guessing they will go with the tried and true (C'mon down Gerro) over a surprise choice, but this year just may be different.

Simon Gerrans at the Tour de France is one of my top three highlights of the 2013 cycling season.

It would be a rare year when you wouldn't vote for a rider who won two stages leading to a couple of days in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, but such is the depth of talent in Australia that Gerro may not be a sure thing, even for the People's Choice.

First there was the consistency of Bec Henderson across the entirety of the UCI Under 23 MTB World Cup, then the dual discipline performance (BMX and MTB 4-Cross) of two-time world champion Caroline Buchanan.

It's the performance by Buchanan which is intriguing. Picking a two-time world champion as our cyclist of the year is hard to resist. She's turning out to be our very own Marianne Vos.

This season has seen great performances across disciplines, but I think she's a can't miss as the People's Choice. I'm voting for her.

That said, I reckon there are two glaring omissions in the People's Choice selections, Trek Factory Racing's Daniel McConnell, who not only won a MTB World Cup race, Albstadt, Germany, but finished second overall across the series.

His was easily the best result by an Aussie male since 2000 when Cadel Evans effectively did the same. That's a long time between drinks and his ride should have been recognised with a nomination. McConnell could still win MTB rider of the year so he may yet receive some well deserved recognition.

The other rider who I thought should be recognised in some way is Lotto-Belisol's Adam Hansen. The former Crocodile Trophy winner has a hard earned reputation as being one of the toughest and most likeable men on the road WorldTour and this year he accomplished something few others have, completing his seventh consecutive Grand Tour. The cherry on top was a stage win that the Giro d'Italia.

Maybe Cycling Australia should open the voting for a new category, 'hardman' and name it after Hansen. The showreel alone would be worth the price of admission.

Who do you think should win the People's Choice Award, and the 'Oppy'?