The management committee of the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, said at the weekend that it has set the UCI’s “vision and strategy for the coming years,” based on a renewed focus on the growth of the sport resting on four ‘core principles’: development, internationalisation, ethics and excellence.
The announcement follows a two-day meeting of the management committee held at the UCI’s headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.
The UCI said: “The strategy will focus on the development of the sport in emerging territories, while giving support in countries where cycling has historically been strong. Within the Olympic Games, the strategy looks to build on cycling’s core position, and enhance its presence and contribution.”
It added that: “Part of this strategy is focused on innovation with the goal of positioning cycling as the leader among sports in its use of technology.”
The vision and strategy follow the principles and commitments made by Brian Cookson, who was elected as the new UCI president last year.
Cookson said: “I would like to thank the Management Committee for its significant input into a number of very important UCI decisions that will help shape the future of our sport such as the UCI’s global strategy which can now be embedded throughout the work of the UCI. We have much work ahead of us, but I am pleased with the progress we are now making to lead the growth of cycling at all levels.
“I am also delighted to be looking forward to fantastic UCI Events over the years to come. In particular our Management Committee will next meet in September in Ponferrada in conjunction with the UCI Road World Championships which promises to be a wonderful event in the cycling calendar.”
Earlier Cookson and Martin Gibbs, the UCI’s director general, had held a meeting with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee and Christophe De Kepper, its director general.
Cookson said in the wake of that meeting: “It was very useful to talk with him on the Olympic Agenda 2020 review and, in particular, discuss how cycling can play its role in those plans. Among other things we believe cycling can be a big part of the IOC's sustainability and legacy work by helping bid cities transform themselves into places where cycling is a preferred way of getting around, making those cities better places to exercise, live and work.”
Agenda 2020 is Bach’s reform initiative for the IOC and the Olympic Games which is expected to adopt changes following an IOC extraordinary session in Monaco on 8 and 9 December.