BILL Owen described receiving his MBE from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace as “a once in a lifetime experience.”
Recognised for over 50 years service to Welsh cycling, Owen visited the Palace with wife Brenda and their family on Friday.
Owen said, “I was proud to to receive the honour from our future King. I was so impressed with the professionalism of Prince William who spoke to me informally about how he knew and liked Abergavenny."
Owen has served as president and chairman of the Welsh Cycling Union - now called Welsh Cycling.
He was also one of the longest serving directors of the national governing body of British Cycling from 2002 when membership was 10,000 until 2015, which saw membership rise to over 100,000.
Owen was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame earlier this year, and was previously awarded their Gold Badge of Honour.
This year Owen will be celebrating a decade since he revived the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling.
This year’s event takes place on June 24 and 25 with Town Centre Series races taking place in Abergavenny on July 7.