Quality Bicycle Products has announced its 2019 award recipients at its retailer education event, Frostbike. This year, Soul Ride received the Londonderry Award, Paradise Garage received the Clay Mankin Award, and WTB received the Vendor of the Year Award.
The QBP Londonderry Award recognizes bicycle industry professionals who work to encourage, promote, and develop underrepresented genders in cycling and in the cycling industry. Cina McConaughy and Kate Phelan of Soul Ride achieve that mission through running skills classes, tours, and mountain bike retreats for women. The Prescott, AZ-based duo started their business in 2015 after recognizing the lack of women-led mountain bike rides in their area, and it has since grown to include a retail store and service department.
Named after Clay Mankin, a retailer who inspired others with his commitment to bicycle advocacy, industry growth, and a personal passion for cycling, the QBP Clay Mankin Award is given to retailers who exhibit those traits. Emily and Dan Monnig of Paradise Garage Bicycles in Columbus, Ohio won the award this year due to their community involvement. After opening shop in 2008, they got busy facilitating community art shows, hosting fundraisers for a local organization, Yay Bikes!, offering educational programming for commuters, and sponsoring local bike teams.
QBP’s Vendor of the Year Award is presented to companies and brands that not only have a strong partnership with QBP but have worked with the company to both serve shops and advance the cycling industry. Since opening its doors in 1982, WTB been on the cutting edge of mountain bike components and accessories. Thanks to a 20-year partnership with QBP and strong MAP policy, they’ve solidified their place in the industry as a go-to brand for retailers who want to stock reliable, high-performing products. WTB is also heavily involved in QBP’s advocacy efforts—sponsoring the Q Community Grant, and Q Bike Mechanic Scholarship.
“Each of our award winners has demonstrated their commitment to fostering healthy bike communities and they’ve gone about it in their own unique way so that they can have the greatest possible impact,” said QBP’s VP of Sales, Bill Schouman. “Retailers like Soul Ride and Paradise Garage along with vendors like WTB are shining examples of all of the good that our industry can do.”