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Brian Cookson
Brian Cookson

Brian Cookson was elected President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in September 2013 at its Congress in Florence by 24 votes to 18, after campaigning on a manifesto to restore trust and lead change at the UCI.

For over 40 years cycling has touched Brian’s life, both as a rider and administrator.  His cycling experience spans senior level positions within local, national and international cycling and he has a proven track record of delivering change and success.

His passion for the sport started as a teenager and in 1971 he became a regional road champion.  After competing for 20 years he switched focus to organising and officiating. In 1996 Brian was elected President of British Cycling, a position he held unopposed until his election as UCI President.  Upon becoming British Cycling President, the organisation was near bankrupt and sporting success was modest.  All that changed over the next 15 years with British Cycling experiencing unprecedented sporting and commercial success, as well as a massive increase in participation.

Between 1986 and 2009 Brian gained significant international cycling experience: he was a UCI International Commissaire at the 1992 Olympic Games, multiple World Championships and international stage races.  In 2009 he became a member of the UCI Management Committee, was President of the UCI Road Commission [2011-13] as well as the Cyclo-Cross Commission (2009-11).

Since becoming UCI President, Brian is focussed on delivering his manifesto pledges to rebuild trust in the UCI, transform the way anti-doping is dealt with, grow the sport globally, develop women’s cycling, overhaul elite road cycling and strengthen cycling’s credibility and influence within the Olympic Movement.

Brian’s professional career outside of cycling includes over 30 years’ experience of senior level management in the public sector, specifically as a specialist in urban renewal and design.

Born in Preston, Lancashire in 1951 and married with three children, Brian still cycles regularly on road, track and MTB.

President of the UCI since 27 September 2013

GBR – Great Britain

Date of Birth
22 June 1951

Marital Status
Married, 3 children

English, French conversation

Diploma in Landscape Architecture, Manchester Polytechnic
Honorary Fellow, University of Central Lancashire

Chartered Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Regeneration specialist
Executive Director (Regeneration) at the Borough of Pendle (local authority in Lancashire, England)

Sporting career
Club level cyclist at road, track, cyclo-cross and mountain biking. Regional road champion in 1971 and still cycles daily.

Career in sports administration
UCI International Commissaire (1986 - 2009) including the Olympic Games, multiple World Championships and international stage races
President of British Cycling Federation (1996 - 2013)
Represented cycling on British National Olympic Committee (1997 - 2013)
Member of the UCI Management Committee (2009 – ...)
President of the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission (2009 - 2011)
President of the UCI Road Commission (2011 - 2013)
President of the UCI Constitutional Review Panel (2013 - 2016)
President of the UCI International Development and National Federations’ Commission (2013-…)
President of the UCI Advocacy Commission (2017-...)

Awarded OBE for services to cycling in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2008. 

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