Cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), was created on April 14, 1900 in Paris, at the initiative of delegates from the National Federation of five countries: Belgium, the United States of America, France, Italy and Switzerland.
Over the 120 years since that date, the UCI and cycling have evolved quite spectacularly. From Emile de Beukelaer, the first President of the International Federation, to David Lappartient today, from the five National Federations in 1900 to the 196 currently affiliated, our sport has experienced incredible growth in all areas: sporting program, diversity and universality.
To mark this anniversary, the UCI proposes a video entitled “120 years in 120 seconds”, which goes back over the major dates in the history of cycling competition, demonstrating that it has never ceased to evolve, innovate and evoke emotions.
It is not a time for celebration in this difficult period of the Covid-19 pandemic during which cycling has been forced to take a break. But this crisis, like those before it, will soon be overcome, and together we will be able to continue to write the history of a sport that still has so much to offer us.
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