British Cycling's Cookson and Dailey win awards

British Cycling's President Brian Cookson and Logistics Manager Doug Dailey were named to the New...

British Cycling's President Brian Cookson and Logistics Manager Doug Dailey were named to the New Year's Honours List for 2008.

Cookson won the OBE award for his role in the organisation's revival over the past 10 years. After earning a solid reputation as a competitor, international commissioner, regional official and race organiser, Cookson took over British Cycling leadership in 1997 when it was struggling financially and constitutionally. He played a role in the ensuing re-structuring.

"It has been my privilege to work with Brian for all of the 11 years that I have been at British Cycling and I have come to value highly his constant support and wise counsel when there have been difficult decisions to make," said Chief Executive Peter King. "His knowledge and understanding of the sport are second to none and his contribution over many years has been immense. Brian was one of those who put his head above the parapet to steer the Federation through the dark days ahead. His steadying hand on the tiller through the turbulent waters of the late nineties was crucial to the survival and re-invention of the Federation.”

"I am, of course, absolutely delighted to receive this Honour for services to cycling," said Cookson. "Most importantly, I'd like to thank all those who have supported me personally over the years, especially my wife and family."

"I think it will help us to raise the profile of cycling even more, especially with Doug Dailey having been given the MBE as well," added Cookson.

The recipient of the MBE, Dailey, has also served as National Coach and administrator while with British Cycling. A talented cyclist himself, Doug enjoyed a highly successful 26-year career during which he was twice the British Amateur Road Race Champion. He represented Great Britain on numerous occasions, including the 1972 Olympic Games, several Milk Race Tours of Britain and international events throughout the World.

Since 1986, Dailey has spent much of his time working for British Cycling. He has been Team Manager for Great Britain and England teams at many events over the years, including five Olympics, four Commonwealth Games and numerous World Championships.

"Doug is one of the longest serving and most loyal members of the staff team at British Cycling," said King. "After an outstanding career as a competitive cyclist he served the Federation well... . Since then he has played an absolutely pivotal role in the success of the Great Britain Cycling Team and has been at the heart of the operation throughout the glory years."

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