AusCycling, the trading name of the AusCycling Limited, is the national governing body for cycling in Australia, and represents the interests of affiliated cycling clubs and its individual members. AusCycling covers the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, BMX, BMX freestyle, e-cycling sports, para-cycling, and recreational and commuter riding.

AusCycling
SportCycling
JurisdictionAustralia
Founded1 November 2020 (2020-11-01)
AffiliationUCI
Affiliation date1 November 2020 (2020-11-01)
Regional affiliationOCC
Affiliation date1 November 2020 (2020-11-01)
HeadquartersMelbourne, Victoria
ChairpersonCraig Bingham
CEOMarne Fechner
Official website
www.auscycling.org.au
Australia

AusCycling was formed on 1 November 2021 when Cycling Australia, Mountain Bike Australia, and BMX Australia merged to form the one organisation.[1][2][3] The inaugural chief executive is Marne Fechner, appointed with effect from 1 February 2021.[4]

AusCycling is a member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC). It is also recognised by the Australian Government, the Australian Olympic Committee, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and the Australian Paralympic Committee.[5]

The vision of AusCycling is to make Australia a nation of bike riders, to advocate for riders' safety, build strong club communities and to make all forms of cycling accessible to everyone be it on a track, off a jump, in the great Australian bush or on the road. As of 2021, AusCycling represented over 52,000 members throughout Australia.[2]

HistoryEdit

In late 2011, federal Sports Minister Kate Lundy called for an investigation into Cycling Australia. A review by Justice James Wood produced a 95-page report which described the organisation's set-up as outdated and complicated.[6] In 2012, the national coach Matt White was sacked due to his admissions regarding performance-enhancing drugs. Stephen Hodge stepped down as vice-president for similar reasons following the publicity surrounding the Lance Armstrong doping allegations.[6] Cycling Australia suffered financial problems in the early 2010s, after the approval of a strategy in 2010, which attempted to increase Cycling Australia's revenue through a program of event organisation, led to the organisation making significant losses, compounded by lower than expected sponsorship revenue.[7] Under the subsequent short-term presidency of Gerry Ryan, team owner of Orica-GreenEDGE, Cycling Australia's involvement in event organisation reduced, a new board was appointed and an A$2 million loan package was agreed with the Australian Sports Commission, state affiliates and Mountain Bike Australia.[8]

In the wake of this history, Cycling Australia and all its state affiliates, BMX Australia, and Mountain Bike Australia, resolved to form AusCycling. Cycling Australia was dissolved with effect from 31 October 2020, and AusCycling was formed with effect from 1 November 2020.[1][2]

Organisational structureEdit

In accordance with its Constitution, AusCycling has established the following organisational structure:[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Cycling Australia". Cycling Australia. Archived from the original on 21 November 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Welcome To AusCycling". AusCycling. n.d. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  3. ^ Drake, Stephen (2020). "CEO's message" (PDF). 2020 Annual Report. Cycling Australia. p. 13. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  4. ^ Arnold, Rob (interviewer, producer) (23 November 2020). Interview with Marne Fechner, future CEO of AusCycling (streaming video). Ride Media. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Cycling Australia website". Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  6. ^ a b Lane, Samantha (15 January 2013). "Cycling body to act on drugs review". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  7. ^ Lane, Samantha (14 February 2015). "Cycling Australia's uphill battle to get back on track". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  8. ^ Ransom, Ian (16 September 2014). Stutchbury, Greg (ed.). "Speed-driven Aussie cycling given funding lifeline". reuters.com. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Advisory Councils" (PDF). Constitution of AusCycling Limited. AusCycling. 7 September 2020. p. 38. Retrieved 16 October 2021.

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit