David Mann wins spirit award

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White Rock cyclist David Mann received the prestigious Dave Richardson Award at the 2011 World Senior Games.
The World Senior Games was last month. The event is held in St. George, Utah.
Mann, who had not raced in several years, came out of retirement to compete in the World Senior Games.
The Games consist of four races, the length of which is dependent on the age division of the racers involved. Mann is in the 70-74 age group.
Considering his absence from racing, Mann had a solid showing in the competition. He finished fifth in the 20K time trial, fifth in the 5K hill climb and sixth in the 30-minute criterium. His best showing, however, came in the 24-mile road race, where he finished second overall.
During the Games, Mann helped out several of his opponents. Mann loaned equipment and manual labor when fellow riders ran into problems. Mann even offered a tire to a starting competitor just as he had finished and the other rider was about to start.
For his actions, Mann was voted as this year’s recipient of the Richardson Award.
The award was named after a rider who crashed and died in the hospital during a previous Games.