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.”
Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson 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 editor Tony Farelly, 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 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.