Our own Iain Treloar recognized with UN’s World Bicycle Day Award

"Many of his articles worked as catalysts and facilitators for change," World Bicycle Day founder says.

by Caley Fretz

There are no special colored jerseys for winning cycling journalism. There aren’t many awards at all, really. So you’ll have to forgive a small amount of boasting today, as one of our own has received well-deserved plaudits for his exceptional work.

If you’ve spent any time at all on CyclingTips in recent years you’ll be familiar with Iain Treloar’s writing. You might have read and enjoyed his exposé on Thibaut Pinot’s goats, his attempts to get scammed by Peter Sagan, or his investigation into Remco Evenepoel’s pizza sponsorship.

Or perhaps you’ve enjoyed his lighter fare, like his masterpiece on fake pro cyclist Nick Clark or his ongoing mission to hold dictators to account. Iain asks tough questions of cycling’s governing bodies, calls out Russian oligarchs, and much more. We’re tremendously proud of the work he does.

Even more so now that he’s won a United Nations World Bicycle Day award.

Since 2018, the United Nations has recognized June 3 as World Bicycle Day, acknowledging “the uniqueness, longevity, and versatility of the bicycle … that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation.” The goal? “To eradicate worldwide bicycle illiteracy, which currently stands at over 50%.”

According to World Bicycle Day founder Leszek Sibilski, the goal of the awards is “to recognize many of the unsung heroes of our global community who serve day in and day out to promote cycling for all worldwide.”

Long ago, Iain learned to read as well as write. We’re glad he did.

As a 2022 laureate of the World Bicycle Day awards, Iain becomes the first Australian and first written-word journalist to win the award. Here’s what Sibilski said about Iain’s selection:

“Iain Treloar is a bold investigative journalist who is not afraid to thoroughly research any topic while being weaponized with a captivating writing style supported by impartially verified facts,” Sibilski said. “Therefore, readers trust Iain. He brings insights to the limelight which are so needed to keep us all in a healthy balance.

“Many of his articles worked as catalysts and facilitators for change. The global bicycle society is yearning for inquisitive articles to learn about a full picture of the current state of cycling at large.”

We know just how important Iain’s work is and it’s extraordinarily satisfying to see that work get the recognition it deserves. We’re sure there’s plenty more of the same coming from Iain in the months and years ahead. Please join us in congratulating Iain on this terrific honor.

Congrats Iain!