British Cycling sent out a public thank you on Thursday to the clubs who supported them in dark times. Back in 1997, the organisation was faced with severe funding difficulties, and it asked the clubs for financial support. A number of clubs provided support in the form of a ten-year affiliation to the organisation, allowing it to grow into a world-class governing body of the sport.
Since those troubled days, British Cycling had increased participation at all levels of the sport, and has grown membership to its highest level in 40 years. It also enjoyed unprecedented success on the international competitive scene; and launched a comprehensive range of programs dedicated to the development of the sport and its infrastructure.
Speaking on behalf of the organisation, British Cycling's Chief Executive, Peter King said, "Although the clubs involved now return to the "normal" cycle of annual affiliation fees, British Cycling would like to thank them for their massive contribution to the sport. They gave the organisation the support and the confidence upon which the far from "normal" developments of the last 10 years have been built. At a time when we were under unprecedented scrutiny and when we needed our friends in the sport more than ever, they were prepared to back us. On behalf of British Cycling, I'd like to offer them our sincere thanks."
The 15 clubs involved in the 10 year affiliation were:
Ashfield RC, BEC Cycling Club, Birdwell Wheelers, Cheltenham & County CC, Derby Mercury RC, Drighlington BC, Hastings & St Leonards CC, Liverpool Mercury, New Brighton CC, North Hampshire RC, Rockingham Forest Wheelers, Southend Wheelers, Team Welwyn, Wolverhampton Wheelers & Woolwich CC.