Author archive for richard.owen

  • Tour de France – Where it all began..

    By richard.owen on July 6, 2019
    The Tour de France was first organised in 1903 and along with the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana they make up cycling's prestigious three week long Grand Tours, with the Tour de France the oldest and widely considered the most prestigious. The modern Tour de France consists of 21 day-long stages, over a 23 day period and covers around 3500 kilometres.
  • Congestion charging gets more people on bikes, claims study

    By richard.owen on January 14, 2019
    A new report has claimed that congestion charging is an important way to get more people on their bikes. The report 'Congestion charges and cycling', from the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF), claims that investment from the revenues of congestion charging into sustainable transport plans, particularly cycling, can help get cities moving.
  • Tour de France 2016 – A look at the favourites

    By richard.owen on July 4, 2016
    With the Tour de France now underway, we're taking a look at the favourites for this years race to see if there are any riders out there who can challenge Chris Froome and Team Sky for the most prestigious prize in world cycling.
  • Tour de France 2016 – Preview

    By richard.owen on June 2, 2016
    On Saturday, July 2nd, the 2016 Tour de France, its 103rd edition, leaves from Mont Saint-Michel, the picturesque island just offshore in Normandy. The region has hosted the Tour the France 23 times, but this is the first ever Grand Départ to take place here.
  • Motor real is this threat to cycling?

    By richard.owen on May 6, 2016
    ‘Motor doping’, ‘mechnical doping’ or ‘technological doping’. Is it widespread? Or just an urban myth? Well we know for sure that the latter is now false.
  • Mapping Out the County

    By richard.owen on January 7, 2015
    Gigantic maps prove really useful to residents in identifying where the counties cycle routes are.
  • Tour of Berkshire – Day One

    By richard.owen on July 22, 2014
    An amazing start to our 5 day tour of Berkshire, helped by the great weather and hundreds of people who came along.
  • Tour Scratches Cycling’s 7 Year Itch

    By richard.owen on July 8, 2014
    I have to confess that I approached London with a degree of intrigue for this year’s Tour de France. I had been there for the prologue time trial in 2007 and back then had been impressed with the way in which the capital was prepared to put on a show for cycling. 7 years on would there be a marked […]
  • Women’s Tour 2014

    By richard.owen on May 7, 2014
    As the Women's Tour of Britain rolls through Stage 1, the UL team go along to savour the atmosphere
  • Aftershokz Bluez 2

    By richard.owen on April 30, 2014
    A really impressive bit of kit that could aid performance, pleasure and, crucially, safety.