British Cycling has been nominated for Sports Governing Body of the Year, the 2015 Sports Industry Awards announced today.
The nomination comes after one of the biggest years in the organisation’s history. Key achievements included:
- The number of adults cycling once a week in England is booming with 2.1 million adults now riding their bikes at least once a week.
- British Cycling supported seven major international events in 2014, with the Tour de France, the Tour of Britain, the inaugural Women’s Tour and World Cups in Track, BMX, Cyclo-cross and Para-cycling all providing inspiration to participation.
- Throughout 2014, the Great Britain Cycling Team won 14 World Championship titles, 20 World Cups or World Series titles and nine Commonwealth gold medals.
- British Cycling’s membership surpassed 100,000 for the first time in the organisation’s history -having doubled since London 2012. This landmark cements British Cycling position as the country’s largest cycling organisation.
- Our manifesto to transform Great Britain into a true cycling nation, Time to #ChooseCycling was launched in February 2014 and has successfully influenced government policy at the highest level.
Reacting to the news, British Cycling’s chief executive, Ian Drake, said:
“There can be no doubt that 2014 was another hugely successful year for British Cycling.
“It is clear from the major events that took place in this country in 2014, that British Cycling is capable of not only nurturing world champions but also excels in using flagship events to drive massive increases in participation and engagement.
“Sport England’s recent Active People report prove that our efforts to increase the number of people riding their bikes are working, while our membership continues to grow, surpassing 100,000 in 2014 for the first time in the organisation’s history. Off the bike, our campaign to transform Great Britain into a true cycling nation is continuing to influence government policy at the highest level.
“I am delighted to see that cycling initiatives and events have been recognised elsewhere within the Sports Industry Awards, with nominations for Prudential RideLondon in the Participation Event of the Year category and the much-respected BMX Legacy Programme in the Community Event of the Year.
“On behalf of everyone involved with British Cycling, we are delighted that our hard work at all levels is being recognised by the sports industry.”