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by Mark Zalewski
February 10, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ‘I like round numbers:’ Roche pinpoints desired career end point; Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: Young Cyclist Assistance recipients announced; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 25: Risk vs reward: What drives amateur bike racers to risk life and limb?; Impey, Moolman-Pasio win South African TT titles; No culture of fear at British Cycling according to former coach; Chairman of British Cycling steps down; Tour de France stage winner Serge Baguet dies at 47; Bardet ready to start racing; Route change for Tour de Langkawi; Motorist charged with killing two cyclists routinely drove while drinking; Study claims psychological problems for people who post fitness achievements on social media; Hydrographics on a bike frame; Abu Dhabi Tour teaser video.
Bob Howden has stepped down as chairman of British Cycling, but denied that his decision was influenced by the allegations of sexist and discriminatory behaviour within the high performance programme. However, the timing of his decision comes as report commissioned jointly by UK Sport and British Cycling is expected to be released in the coming weeks. The report is said to portray the organisation in a very negative light.
Jonathan Browning was elected chairman of British Cycling’s board. Courtsey: British Cycling
“The appointment of an independent chair brings British Cycling more closely in line with the new Code for Sports Governance and is also an important step in work that has been going on for some time in updating the structures of the organisation to ensure we have the capacity to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead of us,” Howden said in a statement.
Howden will remain as president of British Cycling, with former Volkswagen USA CEO Jonathan Browning taking over as chairman. The organisation is in the midst of a search for a new CEO after Ian Drake stepped down last month, earlier than expected.
“I am honoured to have been elected as the new chair of British Cycling at such an important moment in its history,” Browning said. “British Cycling has delivered tremendous success for the sport at every level over the past two decades, but there is clearly work to do to take the organisation to the next level.
“I look forward to working with the executive leadership team, including our new performance director Stephen Park, to do just that. Recruitment for a new chief executive is going well and we expect to make a further announcement in the next few weeks.”