Hall of Fame trophy arrives in post

MBUK Hall of Fame trophy

“Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me.”

I got a heavy parcel this morning. Inside a black presentation box was a trophy, held in place with black ribbon.

It was a ruddy nice trophy. Glass, and laser-etched with my name.

In Mountain Biking UK’s 20th anniversary edition I was named one of the first recipients of the MBUK Hall of Fame awards, alongside 19 other names, big stars such as Steve Peat, John Tomac, Gary Fisher, Mike Sinyard and Jason McRoy.

MBUK editor Tym Manley said I was “one of the great communicators of British mountain biking.”

Entry into the Hall of Fame is a huge honour and the glass trophy is a wonderfully weighty reminder of my 22 years in cycle journalism. Thanks Tym, MBUK and Future Publishing.

“Carlton has been promoting the sport since 1986 when he took to the deserts and howling wastes of the world as a baby-faced adventurer…He was the co-manager of the first ever British mountain bike team which competed in the World Championships in Avoriaz, France, in 1987, and has recently pushed on in new media as a baby-faced – if greying – video blogger.”