It was a little bit of a “pinch me I’m dreaming moment” for Bob Howden, when it was announced last weekend that he is the new president of British Cycling.
Mr Howden, who has been a member of the association for 43 years, has served as the Acting Chairman since former President Brian Cookson took up his post as President of the world cycling body, the UCI, in September. He was elected into the presidential post following the annual National Council meeting in Crewe on Saturday.
Mr Howden, who is based in Wakefield and is also Chairman of the Yorkshire region, raced for 24 years, representing West Yorkshire at senior level.
Aside from cycling, Mr Howden is also owner and Managing Director of Wakefield based Grass Concrete Limited.
He said: “It was a little bit of a pinch me I’m dreaming moment when it was first announced on Saturday that I was to become president. After 43 years of working in sport, I am incredibly grateful to be head of one of the most successful sports in Britain.
“Over the next four years we need to remain true to what has become our tradition: to succeed on the world stage and to inspire people to enjoy riding their bike more often, be it for sport, recreation or transport.
“It is a tremendous honour to be president when the Tour De France comes to Yorkshire next year. It doesn’t get any bigger than that. Yorkshire is a hotbed of cycling, there is some great talent in the region and lots of promising cyclists in the White Rose Youth League.
“It is great to be able to continue my work locally too”
“When I first set out volunteering, becoming president was obviously the last thought on my mind. But the beauty of the structure of the British Cycling Federation is that you can gradually work your way up and that’s exactly what I’ve done. It is great to now see new people into the sport and share their success.
“I have definitely found my sport, since the age of 14, cycling has been a huge part of my life and I think that will always be the case.”