Voting for the first ever SweetSpot Cycling book of the Year award is now closed and the winner of the award will be announced in the New Year.

This year SweetSpot launched the inaugural Cycling Book of the Year Award, keen to acknowledge the contribution of cycling's authors and the publishers who support the sport.

Hugh Roberts – SweetSpot CEO “We felt it was important to recognise the efforts of cycling’s authors and publishers with this award, many of whom have supported our events extensively throughout the years, in particular The Tour of Britain.”

With a shortlist of 12 cycling books from the past year, compiled by writer Brendan Gallagher and SweetSpot, the award has been a resounding success with around 1000 voters taking part to back their favourite book and author.

The winning voter, who will receive all 12 shortlisted titles (see below) will be announced in the new year, followed by the winning author, who will not only receive the all-important SweetSpot trophy, but also gifts from Tour Partners Festina, Adnams and a magnum of champagne from Monopole.

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2013 SweetSpot Cycling Book of the Year shortlist:
• On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation's Cycling Soul. Ned Boulting. Yellow Jersey.
• Racing Hard, 20 Tumultuous Years in Cycling. William Fotheringham. Faber and Faber.
• Cycling Anthology II, Tour de France centenary edition. Lionel Birnie and Ellis Bacon. Peloton Publishing.
• Easy Rider: My Life on a Bike. Rob Hayles. Bantam Press.
• Domestique. The True life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro. Charlie Wegelius. Ebury Press.
• Hunger. Sean Kelly. Peloton Publishing.
• Mountain Higher: Europe's Extreme, Undiscovered and Unforgettable Cycling Climbs. Daniel Friebe and Pete Goding. Quercus.
• Sean Yates: It's All About the Bike. Sean Yates. Bantam Press.
• The Race Against Time: Obree, Boardman and the Quest to be the Fastest Man on Two Wheels. Edward Pickering. Bantam Press.
• Project Rainbow: How British Cycling Reached the Top of the World. Rod Ellingworth. Faber and Faber.
• Mapping Le Tour de France. Ellis Bacon. Collins.
• Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team. Tim Lewis. Yellow Jersey.