Amateur cycling in the UK has never been so popular and the interest is ever growing. In the wake of Bradley Wiggins' success in the 2012 Tour de France, sportives (non-competitive cycling events) attracted more than 75,000 entrants while competitive events doubled that figure. In Kings of the Road, Robert Dineen explores this cultural shift through his own attempt on the most iconic sportive of all, the Etape du Tour. Regarded as the pinnacle of amateur cycling, the Etape follows the route of the torturous stage 18 of the 2014 Tour de France - Pau to Hautacam, taking in the killer climb of the Tourmalet. This personal challenge will be offset against the backdrop of the sport's history, professional and amateur, by dramatizing its defining moments over the past 150 years and profiling (where possible) its most compelling and influential personalities.
ROBERT DINEEN is a sports journalist with the Telegraph Media Group and the author of Reg Harris: The Rise and Fall of Britain's Greatest Cyclist. A former runner-up in the Vogue Talent Contest and The Irish Post Young Sports Writer of the Year, his book on the incredible rise of amateur cycling in Britain will be published in 2015. He lives in East London.