Date of birth: 29th September 1995
Lives & Trains: Manchester
Team: British Cycling
When the then 20 year old Ryan was named in the 2016 Olympics squad as a reserve to the sprint squad comprising Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Callum Skinner after only 6 months in the Great Britain Cycling Team Senior Academy it was the culmination of a meteoric rise through the ranks.
After a trial in September 2015, Ryan won a place on the Senior Academy and moved to Manchester full time to pursue a dream of winning a place on the Great Britain team for the 2020 Olympic Games – never dreaming he would be in Rio the following year experiencing an Olympics from within one of the most successful squads of all time.
The sprinter from Bedfordshire was born into a keen cycling family - his father and grandfather having both ridden competitively - Ryan started the sport at the age of 11 and was racing by the time he had reached 16.
It was obvious that the rider’s future lay in sprint events and after winning numerous junior medals Ryan headed to Loughborough University in 2014 and after winning his first senior medal - bronze in the team sprint at the British National Track Championships with Peter Mitchell and Thomas Scammell - went on to dominate the BUCS University National track championships the following May in Manchester, winning three golds. Ryan set a new BUCS University record for the 200-metre time trial, on his way to gold in the sprint competition; won the kilo and led Loughborough to gold in the team sprint in a new record time.
At this stage of his career, Ryan was also driving nearly 600 miles every week between Loughborough, Lee Valley VeloPark in London and the Derby Velodrome to train before taking the decision to leave Loughborough and move to Manchester after the successful trial with GB.
Following his impressive progress and selection as a reserve to the Rio Olympic Games team sprint squad, Ryan justified the faith shown in him in Montichiari, Italy, in July 2016 at the UEC Under-23 European Track Championships where alongside Joe Truman and Jack Carlin, Ryan won gold in the team sprint. In the same year he went on to add European Track Championships Silver and UCI World Cup Golds in Glasgow and Apledorn (Netherlands), all in the team sprint.
In 2017 Ryan took his first national title becoming Champion in the individual sprint and taking the team sprint the next day – a title that he successfully defended at the beginning of 2018. A bronze in the team sprint in Poland at the UCI Wold Cup then followed. Owens then won his first-ever World Championships medal at the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn - winning silver in the team sprint as part of a five-man squad alongside Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes, Carlin and Truman.
2018 saw Ryan travel to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games as part of Team England's 27-strong cycling squad where he won silver in the Men’s Team Sprint, and finished 6th in the Men’s Individual Sprint.
He continues to be focused on his dream of being selected for Tokyo 2020.