Local Cycling Hero: John Wheat
Winner in the South / South West / Wales region: John Wheat from Newport
Having guided the area’s Sky Ride Local rides for two years and encouraged people to get out on their bikes, John was determined to find a new outlet for those cyclists when the programme came to a close in 2012.
‘Without John’s efforts Newport simply wouldn’t have a local community cycling group.’
Creating his own social groups using British Cycling’s online network, he now volunteers his time to plan and lead two rides a weekend for local people of all ages and abilities. ‘He shows such commitment and enthusiasm,’ says Jon Jones, just one of the people who nominated John. ‘It’s a real credit to John that we have a continuing group of all ages who are inspired to turn up and go for a ride each Sunday – and it’s the only one in Wales.’ Helen Humphreys also agrees: ‘Without John’s efforts Newport simply wouldn’t have a local community cycling group.’