British Cycling Celebrates Its Past

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British Cycling Celebrates Its Past

3 September 2009

British Cycling has launched a new section online dedicated to its history and to the history of cycling as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary as the national governing body for the sport.

‘50 Years of British Cycling' intends to bring back to life some of the most memorable moments in the sport's history, from Beryl Burton's successes in the Sixties right through to the incredible performance of Team GB in the Beijing Olympics and the recent prominence of British riders in the Tour de France.

Visitors to the British Cycling website are encouraged to submit their cycling memories, whether they are recollections of unforgettable cycling performances, interesting rider encounters or personal moments they associate with the sport. Over the next few months, the most interesting and touching memories will be published on the British Cycling website.

Brian Cookson, President at British Cycling, says: "Our 50th Anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on our journey as the national governing body and on the incredible progress our sport has made.

"We welcome contributions from the public, whether in the form of memoirs, iconic images or unique footage, as we reflect on cycling not just as a sport discipline but as an activity that enriches people's lives."

Since its foundation in 1959, British Cycling has evolved into one of the world's most successful cycling organisations, with eyes fixed on the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and an ambition to turn cycling into the nation's favourite sport.

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