For years, road cycling seemed to occupy a bit of a niche in the cycling and sports world, then ‘the Wiggins effect’ took Britain by storm. The national cycling charity CTC, which has a 70,000 strong membership base said cycling had been growing in popularity over time, but there was a notable "Wiggins effect", especially since the London 2012 Olympics.

Since the rise of Wiggins and Team Sky thousands of people across Britain, male and female, young and old have taken to the exhilarating and hugely rewarding sport of road cycling. People are realising its fitness potential, money saving benefits and social aspects while out and about discovering the scenic corners of Britain and beyond. It appears we're in the grip of a roadie boom which shows little sign of diminishing.