John Richards, 1938-2022
In this time of loss and mourning for so many, it is with great sadness that we reflect on the passing of John Richards, the founder and, for its first 29 years, organiser of the Junior Tour of Wales.
John rode competitively and in later life served cycle sport across and outside Wales as a commissaire. But it is as the founder of the Junior Tour that he will be long remembered. He had the ambition to foresee the creation of a high quality international junior stage race based around the Heads of the Valleys, and the energy to make that ambition a reality. The classic elements – five stages, August Bank Holiday date, and the Tumble TT and finish, slotted into place under his leadership. The Junior Tour we have today is the evolution of his drive to create a race that provides the very best young riders with the platform to show their talent to the fullest.
His legacy will live on through his family, friends, the thousands of riders who have already graced the Junior Tour, and the thousands more who will do so in the years to come.
Thank you John, for everything.