British Cycling Wants YOU To Shape The Sport’s Future

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British Cycling got in touch specifically to ask us to run this press release, because it thinks you, Singletrack readers, can help it improve the breadth of representation on their MTB commissions.

TLDR? Need a summary? They’re looking for people to represent different cycling disciplines to help shape the long term strategies for the sport. Cyclocross riders, the deadline is 8th April, mountain bikers, the deadline is 15th April. Other disciplines are also looking for people, if you ride other sorts of wheels too.

Interested? Read on for the full press release.

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As the organisation continues to improve its inclusivity and diversity, British Cycling is encouraging applications to its commissions across each of the eight cycling disciplines.

The commissions, which provide expert help, support and advice to the board and senior management team, are fundamental in developing the future of the sport. This includes assisting the executive leadership team to develop long-term strategies to shape investment in each cycling discipline.

British Cycling wants to welcome new members and chairs to improve consistency of numbers across all the commissions, whilst growing diversity by attracting a variety of ages, and closing the gender gap.
This follows the launch of the organisation’s new #OneInAMillion campaign earlier this year which aims to get one million more women on bikes by 2020 and increase representation of women in cycling at all levels; whether it’s commuting, competing, coaching or on a commission.

Applications are being encouraged across all disciplines: BMX, road, track, cycle speedway, mountain bike endurance and mountain bike gravity, cyclo-cross and an entirely new commission for the newest discipline to be brought into the fold, BMX freestyle park. The Commissaires & Referees Commission and Technical Commission are also seeking new members.

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Rod Findlay, Director of Integrity and Compliance at British Cycling, said: “Being on a cycling commission is an excellent opportunity to have a real impact on the way the sport is run and help shape things for the future.

“Our commissions are made up of passionate and dedicated individuals and we hope that by attracting more people from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and genders, that we will better represent those who are at the core of our great sport.”

Commissions typically meet three times a year in Manchester during the working week and members will occasionally be expected to contribute to debates and recommendations by e-mail. The deadlines for applications are: Monday 8 April at midnight for Cycle Speedway, Cyclo-Cross, Road, Track and Commissaires & Referees followed by Monday 15 April at midnight for BMX, BMX Freestyle Park, MTB Endurance, MTB Gravity and Technical.

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of commission members and chairs, or to make an application, visit the British Cycling commission page.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (4)

    Maybe they should ask Jess Vrnish, she has time on her hands…

    … oh, wait.

    can someone summarise that and translate into english please?

    Ah, just realised you probably meant the press release. D’Oh!

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