Olympian Kennaugh to receive MBE

Peter KennaughPeter Kennaugh was given his honour for services to cycling

Olympic gold medalist Peter Kennaugh will receive his MBE for services to cycling at a special ceremony in the Isle of Man later.

The 24-year-old cyclist, from Onchan, was recognised in the New Year Honours after he became the island’s first Olympic gold medalist for 100 years.

“It is a great honour and I am happy my family and friends will be there to see me receive it,” said the cyclist.

He won gold at the London games as part of Britain’s team pursuit cycling team.

He was also one of the winning team pursuit cyclists at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne.

On Sunday, Kennaugh finished fourth in the National Road Race Championship in Glasgow, won by fellow Manx cyclist Mark Cavendish.

“It was a tough race but I was happy with my performance. I am leaving the island again on Wednesday for the Tour de France and I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he added.

Kennaugh started riding a BMX at the age of six and has won British, European, World and Olympic titles.

The cyclist, who is equally at home on road and track, elected to have the service on the island as opposed to Buckingham Palace because of his racing commitments.

The Team Sky rider will be presented with his MBE by the Isle of Man’s Lieutenant Governor, Adam Wood, at Government House.

Mr Wood is the representative on the Isle of Man of the Lord of Mann, currently Queen Elizabeth II.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-23032063#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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