VeloUK

Welcome to VeloUK! – A new chapter in road racing’s history | By Larry Hickmott

The first thing I must do is thank everyone who has made this possible. From Mary Gill and Jonathan Beckett who helped me through the early stages of learning how to create a Word Press website, to Mick and Andy at Prendas who were with me when I had my first website EchelonVelo, to all those who have encouraged me to do this and the well wishers on Twitter and Facebook (far to numerous to mention all by name!).

Since the late 90s, I have been covering the sport of cycle racing in Britain. It all started by accident with me wanting to learn HTML programming for the software company Digita who I worked for at the time. That was EchelonVelo. Those who have been round long enough, remind me that there was a printed version as well!

I was then headhunted, always a nice thing for the CV that, by Peter Cossins who worked for Rivals.net and EchelonVelo went commercial along with another website inspired by Peter, the Daily Peloton. There I worked hard and was rewarded by meeting lots of people and built up a large and loyal following, many of whom I am lucky enough to still know today.

Rivals though, for whatever reason, decided to get rid of a lot of niche sports and that included cycling. Before I could really worry about what was going to happen to EchelonVelo though, I was headhunted again, this time, by Stuart Hallam, then member of the board of British Cycling. A meeting took place at Luton airport, all very grand I thought at the time, and I was soon working for British Cycling part time.

At the time of joining, the following appeared in the UK Sport Magazine (May 2002) which shows the value that British Cycling placed on my arrival at that time. “Another site well worth a visit is the excellent www.britishcycling.org.uk, recently relaunched by British Cycling, which contains a wealth of the up-to-date news from the sport, including a comprehensive results service, photo galleries and interviews.”

So, between 2001 and 2011, I was doing that for the governing body of the sport, British Cycling. However, that organisation is changing and in order to get back to the grass roots and closer to the sport I have the same passion for now that I did when I was 14, I resigned. So many of you had been in touch to say how much they missed the old EchelonVelo and thus, VeloUK was born.

A shorter, snappier name which is quick to type out was given to the site and after my last job for British Cycling, the Para-Cycling Worlds in Italy 2011 (could not have wanted for a better send off!), I got to work on the website that now sits before you.

So welcome to my world!


Write for Us/Your Blog

VeloUK is a website that belongs to the cycling community, is here to serve that community, and we encourage everyone who has something to contribute, to do so for the greater good of the sport. VeloUK is the hub of cyclesport in the UK and whether it’s a few pictures from a race, a personal blog of what it was like to attend a bike race or a report or set of results. VeloUK would like your help in bringing that to everyone in cycling.

CONTACT: email larryhickmott@hotmail.com

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PHOTOGRAPHS
The high resolution digital files equivalent to the low resolution ones which appear on Flickr (VeloShooter)/Facebook/Instagram can be used to print from and can be purchased from VeloUK. All I ask is for a donation of your choosing. To purchase a digital file, please use the DONATE button at the bottom of your VeloUK website (left hand side) to pay for the items required and then email  me your order. Please send the CONFIRMATION number that will be emailed to you from PayPal with your order.

Commercial Use of Photographs
The high resolution digital files equivalent to the low resolution ones which appear on Flickr (VeloShooter)/Facebook/Instagram can be purchased from VeloUK for commercial use such as advertising etc. Cost is £50 per image. Payment as above.


HOW TO ADVERTISE ON VELOUK
Be part of a winning team, a leading website in the UK  with 16.5 million page views,  1.6 million visits Annually

** The artwork to be provided by the advertiser. In some cases, this can be done by VeloUK but will incur a charge depending on the time required to produce said artwork.

*** Payment per month at the time of booking.

Example Stats (monthly, peak months)

Unique Visitors 77,142
Total Visitors per month 203,979
Page Views: 677,003
Most visits in a day: 12,160

Banners & Cost

RIGHT HAND SIDE MENU 24/7

— SMALL: 300 pixel wide, 125 high (JPG/PNG/Gif (multi frame)) £100 per month.

— MEDIUM: 300 pixel wide, 250 pixel high (JPG/PNG/Gif (multi frame)) £150 per month.

— LARGE: 300 pixel wide x 500 pixels high, (JPG/PNG/Gif (multi frame)) £200 per month

— MID-STORY: Mid story adverts, ie, a 480 pixel wide x 250 pixel high (negotiable) advert which will sit within each story added (every posting) – £200 per month

— WRAP (Skin, area left and right of the website background) £150 per month – Currently available on all pages other the front page. IE, when a user displays the front page, the contracted Ribble Cycles wrap will be shown. When a user then clicks a link to another page, the wrap that is shown will be what ever page is under contract at that time, currently not under contract so showing Ribble Cycles

Website Banner: £500 per month Under contract at the moment.

FOC EXTRAS for ADVERTISERS

Advertorial: Those choosing to advertise can choose supplement their adverts with advertorial features (max of one per week) supplied by the advertiser where readers can get interesting and useful information on an advertiser’s products or maybe you have a racing team that you support that you would like to submit a feature on.

Twitter: The account for the advertiser will be monitored and tweets from said advertiser will be retweeted as and when possible.

PHONE: 0788 756 7879

Twitter Accounts:  | VeloUK – 24.9k | AussieLarry – 13.7k |  Facebook – 14K likes (reach between 13,000 and 50,000 per week)



Email: larryhickmott@velouk.net | larryhickmott@hotmail.com | Phone 0788 756 7879