Brian Cookson OBE

GBR - Great Britain

Date of birth 22 June 1951

Marital status Married, 3 children, 1 granddaughter

Languages English, French conversation

Sporting Career

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

Sports Administration Career

  • President of UCI (2013 -2017)
  • President of UCI Road Commission (2011 – 2013)
  • President of UCI Cyclo-Cross Commission (2009 - 2011)
  • Member of UCI Management Committee (2009 – present)
  • Represented cycling on British National Olympic Committee (1997 - 2013)
  • President of British Cycling Federation (1996 - 2013)
  • UCI International Commissaire (1986 - 2009) incl. Olympic Games, multiple World Championships and international stage races
  • Race organiser and official at local and national level 1969-2013


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

British Cycling

Under Brian’s presidency (1996-2013), British Cycling achieved the following:  

  • Recovery from meltdown and near-bankruptcy to strength and stability
  • Securing of major funding and sponsorships
  • Establishment of structured talent identification, development pathways and academies.
  • Major programmes of investment in facilities – velodromes, road circuits, BMX and MTB.
  • Multiple UCI Road, Track, MTB and BMX World Championship gold medals
  • 19 Olympic gold medals (6 women, 13 men)
  • 28 Paralympic gold medals (10 women, 18 men)
  • Two Tour de France winners
  • Cycling transformed from a minor sport with minimal interest to huge national prominence
  • Unprecedented growth in participation and membership – over one million more people took up recreational cycling during this period
  • Transformation from organisational failure to award-winning status as a governing body


  • Diploma in Landscape Architecture, Manchester Polytechnic, 1973
  • Honorary Fellow, University of Central Lancashire, 2009
  • Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa), Manchester Metropolitan University, 2015
  • Doctor of Civil Laws (Honoris Causa), European University, Munich, 2015

Professional Career (to 2013)

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


Achievements are included on this website under the section Achievements.