Sport governing bodies are often accused of doing a poor job of telling their members and the world what’s going on. British Cycling wants to make sure that it’s not guilty of being uncommunicative and has just put out an online questionnaire to help it improve communication through its website.
As a sweetener for the few moments it’ll take you to fill in the simple questionnaire, all respondents will go into a draw to win £150-worth of Wiggle vouchers.
British Cycling said: “It’s really important for us to review and improve the ways in which we both communicate with cyclists, and support cycling. In order to do that even better, we need enthusiast cyclists’ help in filling out a short (and generally tick-box-style) online questionnaire.
“The results will help give us useful and meaningful information that will help the organisation change and better communicate to all, and represent cyclists’ interests. Quite simply, your views really will make a difference.”
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.