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Delegates at the UCI Congress in 1904
Delegates at the UCI Congress in 1904

Founded on April 14, 1900, in Paris, France, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body for cycling. Its mission consists of developing and overseeing cycling in all its form, for all people. From a competitive sport, as a healthy recreational activity, as means of transport, and also just for fun.


1893
: First Track World Championships.

1896: First modern Olympic Games. Cycling is included in the programme.

14 April 1900: Foundation of the Union Cycliste Internationale by the Belgian, French, Italian, Swiss and United States National Federations in Paris (FRA).

1921: First Amateur Road World Championships.

1927: First Professional Road World Championships.

1950: First Cyclo-Cross World Championships.

1956: First Indoor Cycling World Championships.

1965: Creation of the International Amateur Cycling Federation (FIAC) and the International Professional Cycling Federation (FICP). The UCI became the coordinating body for these two federations. The FIAC was established in Rome (ITA), the FICP in Brussels (BEL).

1969: On July 1st, the UCI headquarters are transferred from Paris (FRA) to Geneva (SUI).

1977: The FICP headquarters are transferred from Brussels (BEL) to Luxemburg (LUX).

1982: First BMX World Championships.

1984: First Trials World Championships.

1990: First official Mountain Bike World Championships.

1992: Reunification of FIAC and FICP within the UCI. On November 1st, the Federation moves to Lausanne (SUI). On December 16th, inauguration of the new UCI headquarters in Lausanne.

1993: First official BMX World Championships.

1996: The mountain bike becomes an Olympic sport.

14 April 2002: Inauguration of the new UCI headquarters in Aigle (SUI).

2008: BMX becomes an Olympic sport.

2017: BMX Freestlye becomes an Olympic sport.

2017: First Urban Cycling World Championships



UCI Presidents

Emile de Beukelaer (BEL, 1900-1922)

Léon Breton (FRA, 1922-1936)

Max Burgi (SUI, 1936-1939)

Alban Collignon (BEL, 1939-1947)

Achille Joinard (FRA, 1947-1957)

20 October 1957 to 1 March 1958 – Following the death of President Achille Joinard, the most senior Vice-President, Juan Bautista Soler Seuba (ESP), carried out the President’s duties.

Adriano Rodoni (ITA, 1958-1981)

Luis Puig (ESP, 1981-1991)

31 July 1990 to 29 November 1991 – Following the death of President Luis Puig, the most senior Vice-President, Valéry Syssoev(URS1), carried out the President’s duties.

Hein Verbruggen (NED, 1991-2005)

Patrick McQuaid (IRL, 2005-2013)

Brian Cookson (GBR, 2013-2017)

David Lappartient (FRA, since 2017)



1 In 1990-91, the Soviet Union had yet to be dissolved.

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