Pete Kennaugh pays tribute to late Junior Tour of Wales founder John Richards

Former JTOW mountains winner and podium finisher praises warm-hearted man who set the benchmark

Dan Martin with John Richards Junior Tour of Wales
John Richards presents Dan Martin with the leader's jersey in 2004
(Image credit: Ron Roach / Junior Tour of Wales)

Junior Tour of Wales creator John Richards was "one of those characters and personalities that leaves an imprint on you", Pete Kennaugh has told Cycling Weekly.

"You just remember him," the former national champion and Team Sky Tour de France veteran added. "He was a real warm-hearted person."

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.