British Cycling has today published the organisation’s 2020 Annual Review, wrapping up a year which has seen cycling levels soar, success on the world stage across the disciplines, and the cycling community coming together to support good causes and those who need it most.
Despite the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the national governing body has continued to support millions of cyclists across Britain, from the grassroots to the sport’s biggest events, with key achievements including:
- The safe resumption of cycle sport events, with 150 taking place since suspension was lifted in August.
- Our recreation programmes hosting over 8,000 rides for 43,000 participants since the resumption of activities in July, and continued support for our network of over 2,000 clubs.
- 45 podium finishes for Great Britain Cycling Team riders at world and European championships, plus two podium finishes for British riders in the Grand Tours.
- A successful bid for the first round of the inaugural UCI Track Cycling Nations’ Cup in Newport, Wales, in April 2021.
- Millions of pounds awarded for large and small facility projects through the Places to Ride fund.
- Over 1,000 NHS staff enjoying peace of mind insurance and legal benefits after redeeming our free membership offer to support their cycling.
To re-cap the year British Cycling has published a new video, featuring some familiar voices, and has also brought together five moments from 2020 which demonstrate how the cycling community’s determination and ingenuity have brought smiles to our faces in the face of such difficulty. You can read that here.
British Cycling Chief Executive, Julie Harrington, who leaves the organisation at the end of this year to take up the role of CEO at the British Horseracing Authority, said:
“It’s been an extraordinary, whirlwind year, where we’ve experienced the joys of British riders topping podiums and families riding together for the first time on blissfully quiet roads, and the disappointment of seeing events cancelled and postponed and all of the uncertainty that brings.
“Despite the enormous challenges we still face, I end the year feeling incredibly proud – both of our staff at British Cycling and the thousands of members, clubs and volunteers who have demonstrated phenomenal resilience and passion for our sport. The organisation enters 2021 in a much healthier position thanks to all of their efforts, and I am incredibly thankful to every single one of them.”