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.