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It's not been a bad year for the governing body, with Froome at Le Tour, Cookson now UCI president and 40% membership growth

British Cycling membership hits 80,000

Reporting a 40 per cent membership rise year-on-year, British Cycling has declared it another ‘bumper year’.

In his final foreword as British Cycling’s president before replacing Pat McQuaid as the president of the UCI, Brian Cookson OBE said: “When I first joined British Cycling in 1997 it was on the brink of collapse, had limited resources, no medal record to speak of and a historic low in its membership. I am delighted to be leaving British Cycling with the sport’s governing body being in such fantastic shape and I know that there’s plenty more to come yet.”

Cookson also said: “The legacy of our remarkable success at the Olympics and Paralympics, our Tour De France winners and the success of our athletes across all disciplines continues to have a huge impact on all people in Britain being inspired to get on a bike."

In its report, British Cycling listed some key 2012/2013 successes, including:

  • Reaching 80,000 members for the first time in the organisation’s history.
  • With principal partner Sky, achieving the target – one year early – of encouraging one million more people to cycle regularly.
  • Chris Froome becoming the second consecutive British winner of the Tour De France.
  • British Cycling’s former president, Brian Cookson OBE, being elected as the new president of the UCI.
  • British Cycling making what it called ‘significant progress at government level’ with Prime Minister David Cameron pledging to invest on improving cycling infrastructure across eight major cities and four national parks and committing to cycle proof all new roads and junctions.
  • British Cycling being named Sports Governing Body of the Year at the Sports Industry Awards.
  • Success for elite athletes across major disciplines with world champions in track cycling, BMX and MTB downhill.
  • A new strategy launched to get one million more women cycling by 2020.
  • The continued boom of cycling facilities with the opening of the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow, the refurbishment of Herne Hill velodrome in London and a new Mountain Bike facility at Clayton Vale in Manchester.
  • The largest turn out yet for a National Road Racing Championships with 35,000 people taking to the streets of Glasgow.
  • The delivery of nearly 100,000 opportunities for young people to take part in British Cycling’s youth racing programme, Go-Ride.

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