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British Cycling National Council elects new directors agrees Everyday Cycling changes

Everyday Cycling to be relaunched as Ride

British Cycling held its 2009 National Council Meeting in Cheshire at the weekend. Delegates from across the country attended the meeting which saw changes to the board of directors and support for proposed changes to BC's Everyday Cycling initiative.

After 10 years on British Cycling's board Barry Broadbent announced his decision to stand down and Richard Kennedy and Ian Sinclair were elected to the board of directors, Brian Cookson was also re-elected for a further terms as president. As a result of these changes, the Board of Directors now consists of Brian Cookson OBE, Bob Howden, Vic Hopkins, Tony Barry, Charlie Jackson, Colin Docker, Bill Owen, Ian Sinclair, Richard Kennedy and Ian Drake.

Over 100 British Cycling delegates attended the 2009 National Council meeting for an opportunity to hear about the latest developments at British Cycling, put questions to the CEO and President and vote on current issues and changes to the organisation.

Ian Drake, CEO, opened the meeting with an overview of very successful 12 months, marked by great performances of the British Cycling Members in International Competition, continued membership growth and the launch of the Skyride initiative with British Cycling’s principal partner British Sky Broadcasting.

Delegates fully supported the Board’s proposal to rename the existing ‘Everyday Cycling’ membership category to ‘Ride’ aimed at all recreational and commuter cyclists and linked to the Skyride campaign. The new category is expected to launch (surely re-launch? - ed) early next year.

Dave Brailsford CBE receives an award from Keith Butler for the continued success of British riders

The South East region was awarded a trophy for achieving the highest membership growth of all British Cycling regions, with 686 new members recruited over the past 12 months. The Bidlake Trophy, an award given for outstanding contributions to the sport of cycling, was also presented to Dave Brailsford CBE in recognition of the success of the GB Cycling and Para-Cycling Team in the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Brian Cookson OBE, British Cycling President, commented: “2009 has been a transitional year for British Cycling with the appointment of a new CEO, Ian Drake, a number of new commercial and public sector partnerships, further expansion of our operations and the launch of the Skyride initiative.

“I am delighted with the high level of support our organisation and the new CEO have received from our members at this time of unprecedented change and growth. With the ongoing support of our Regions we will be able to press ahead with ambitious plans to turn Britain into a true cycling nation in the run up to London 2012 and beyond.”

“I would like to welcome Richard Kennedy to the Board and thank Barry Broadbent for his contribution to the success of British Cycling during his time on the Board”.

Nine members were also voted into the Appeals Panel including Don Povall, Martin Bridgwood, John Crawford, Tim Knight, Jock Shaw, Matthew Payne, Kelvin Hoy, Steve Jones and Steve Parsons.

To find out more about British Cycling visit's founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.

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Tony Farrelly | 14 years ago

It does have a caption - but you can't see it cos of the way the pic is inserted in to the story, I've pasted it in below. Funnily enough, Keith Butler is actually dishing out the award rather than receiving it. Your caption is better btw.

NickInBath | 14 years ago

Pity your picture didn't have a caption. The man on the right is Keith Butler, presumably accepting the award for the South East region "for achieving the highest membership growth of all British Cycling regions, with 686 new members recruited over the past 12 months". Been a long time since I lived on his patch but Keith through the Surrey League has to be the most unsung of unsung heroes for what he has achieved for grassroots cycling and deserves his name in lights.

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