Cycling news

Project launched:  Jan 2009

A complete rebuild and content migration of the largest cycling news website in the world. Rebuilt from the ground up.

Migrated from a 100% static HTML website (with literally thousands of html files) to a content and asset managed system developed in-house by the Future Publishing dev team. 9 Months, between 8 and 10 developers, 2 project managers, 2 designers and our manager, Stefan, who is the Yoda of regex.

What can I say about CyclingNews? So much. It is by far the largest project I've worked on, both in terms of budget and duration and was a total labour of love - it threw everything at us in spadefuls :)

Bought by Future in 2007 or 2008 from an Australian company, the website had been managed with just HTML files and was the most visited website in the cycling world with a hugely passionate and dedicated following from its users. This brought its own challenges in that we ran the risk of losing a huge chunk of the userbase if the design / functionality of the site wasn't spot on - Over the weeks after launch, a handful of us spent time in the community forums engaging with users, both angry and positive about the new site, and responding to feedback.

As with other projects we had worked on, I took on a support role to assist the project manager with managing the JIRA stories at a team level, ensuring tickets were assigned appropriately and completed on time. During the project I won employee of the month and shortly after we launched, I was promoted to Project Co-ordinator whilst also working on front-end code.