Derek Roberts awarded MBE in New Year Honours List
LCC member Derek Roberts, 90, has been awarded an MBE for services to the history and sport of cycling.
Roberts, founder member of both the Fellowship of Cycling Old-Timers and the Veteran Cycling Club, has been competing in cycling events since he was 13 and has worked to publicise cycling and its history throughout his life. He is also an honorary member of the Cycle Engineers' Institute, and frequently writes in to the letters page of LCC magazine London Cyclist.
Roberts said: "I'm very pleased. I spent my life publicising the sport and its history and I regard the honour more as a tribute to cycling than an award for me personally. I hope this might create more interest in the sport.”
Roberts has written extensively on cycling and its history, including a book on ‘Cycling History Myths and Queries’ published by John Pinkerton in 1991.
Tom Lynch, former UK and Euro BMX racing champion, was also awarded an MBE for services to BMXing and 'ambulance cycling'. Lynch founded the first Cycle Response Unit (CRU) in the UK in 2000 for the London Ambulance Service.
Cycle historian David Higman, founder of the National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod Wells, Powys was also awarded an MBE for 'services to tourism'.