2011 British Cycling Annual Report

2011 British Cycling Annual Report

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British Cycling's annual report is a detailed look back at the organisation's activites, with in-depth reports from each major area of the business, compilations of winners and medallists, plus key financial details. It's available as a download.

Download: 2011 Annual Report (4MB PDF file)

And to give you a taste of the content and some of the themes of the last 12 months, here's British Cycling President Brian Cookson's foreword to the publication:

PRESIDENT'S FOREWORD

Although 2011 is not over yet, it is safe to say that it has been yet another incredible year for British Cycling and as I’m writing this foreword I have a profound sense of pride in being part of this great organisation.

Yet if I were to chose one thing that has really stood out this year it would have to be the performance of British men on the road. Not only did Mark Cavendish win the first British green jersey at this year’s Tour de France, but he also made sporting history by claiming the first British World Title in the Men’s Road Race since 1965, a truly inspirational achievement by a formidable British Team. And with the coming of age of Team Sky, demonstrated through a host of other superb performances, I think we can be sure it won’t be another 46 years before Great Britain is at the top of that particular podium again!

In fact, for the first time in our history Great Britain has won medals in World Championships across all Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, many of them gold. To mention just a few of the highlights, Wendy Houvenaghel, Dani King and Laura Trott claimed a confident world title in the Team Pursuit, Shanaze Reade proved her ability in the BMX Time Trial and our riders have shown great strength and depth in Mountain Biking, with Danny Hart winning an amazing downhill gold and Annie Last an impressive silver in the cross-country discipline.

There were also some truly inspirational performances from British para-cyclists, with Sarah Storey defending her two Track and two Road World Titles and Darren Kenny picking up three gold medals at the Para-Cycling Track World Championships.

This year has also showcased the success of British Cycling’s development programmes with promising young riders such as John Paul, Sam Harrison and Luke Rowe progressing through the ranks and clinching impressive victories for Great Britain. And the superb win by Lucy Garner in the Junior Women’s Road World Championship shows that there is exceptional talent coming through the system amongst the girls too.

As we head towards the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is of course highly significant that, backed by the same talented riders, Mark Cavendish also claimed victory at the Olympic Road Test Event. And Shanaze Reade did exactly the same in the BMX Test Event, sending a strong message that British cyclists are ready for London 2012. You can be sure that the Great Britain team in the Track Test Event early in 2012 will want to put down a strong marker too.

Let’s be clear – the Great Britain Cycling Team will go into the Olympic Games as the nation to beat in almost every event. A truly remarkable position, that brings with it massive levels of expectation and huge pressure. I am however certain of one thing – our team and their back-up staff will leave no stone unturned and will spare no effort in their quest for medals. I am sure you will join me in saying that we will give them every support that we possibly can. As we look forward to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, let’s rally behind our great athletes and make cycling the focus of these Games.

Elite cycling aside, we have also just reached a huge milestone by signing our 40,000th member and doubling British Cycling membership in just four years. I am personally delighted that so many cyclists are backing our organisation and the British Team on the final straight to London 2012.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members for their loyalty and all British Cycling athletes, staff and volunteers for all their hard work and commitment. My personal thanks also go to our partners Sport England, UK Sport and Sky who are at the heart of both our elite success and our ongoing drive to grow mass participation in our sport.


Download: 2011 Annual Report (4MB PDF file)