Sport store chain Decathlon is looking for the UK's best cycling club so it can give away £500-worth of gear. But you better be quick — nominations close tomorrow.
Decathlon says: "Finding a cycling club that makes you want to get up and go every day sometimes seems like the stuff of legends – but there are some fantastic organisations out there, and they don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
"If you’re a member of a cycling club that you think deserves to be known on a wider scale, or if you and some friends are proud of a club that you put together yourselves, we want to hear about it.
"If you know of a cycling club that always goes the extra mile, put them in with the chance of winning a £500 spending spree in any Decathlon store by entering them into the competition. It’s open to all levels – that’s cycling clubs, associations or groups."
To enter your chosen club, go to Decathlon’s Cycling Club of the Year page and fill in the entry form.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.