Brian Cookson's UCI election campaign cost £120,000, says British Cycling

Governing body says members had urged it to fight Pat McQuaid's re-election

by Simon_MacMichael   November 13, 2013  

Brian Cookson at the site in Paris where the UCI was founded (source Brian Cookson Images, Flickr)

Brian Cookson’s successful bid for the UCI presidency cost £120,000, says British Cycling – which adds that its members had urged it to oppose the re-election of Pat McQuaid, who had been seeking a third term running the sport’s world governing body.

Money to support then British Cycling president Cookson’s campaign ahead of the election in Florence in late September in which he beat McQuaid 24-18 came from the national governing body’s international relations budget, reports Orange.co.uk.

Cookson’s trips around the world as he sought to canvass support among the 42 delegates who would be voting at the UCI Congress in Florence were undertaken by standard class to keep costs down.

According to a spokesman for British Cycling: "The cost was just under £120,000. The expenditure is within the limit which was set and came from British Cycling's international relations budget.

“It covered the costs of the entire campaign including travel, the production and launch of his manifesto and professional support. All Brian's travel was standard class and, in most cases, he travelled alone.”

Cookson emerged as the sole candidate to mount a challenge to McQuaid’s leadership of the UCI, which had been implicated in helping cover up doping in the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s Reasoned Decision in the Lance Armstrong scandal.

"The impetus behind the campaign came from a groundswell of demand for change from our membership,” the spokesman continued.

“Following the publication of USADA's reasoned decision, we were inundated with correspondence from ordinary members insisting that we had to oppose the re-election of Pat McQuaid.

"That gave us a clear choice as a membership organisation, especially when it became obvious that there would not be an alternative candidate unless Brian put his name forward.

"Brian's candidacy for the presidency of the UCI was fully supported by the British Cycling board and as an organisation we have developed a culture of committing completely to goals once they have been agreed."

According to British Cycling’s latest annual report, in the year to 31 March 2013 it had funds and reserves of £1.75 million. The organisation had income of £23.762 million during the financial year, recording a deficit of £349,026 after tax.

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"Giverning body" typo in byline.

posted by zanf [380 posts]
13th November 2013 - 10:59

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Well spent!

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posted by alotronic [231 posts]
13th November 2013 - 11:13

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I would say 120 grand is pretty "give-rning"...I'll get my jacket.

posted by Ad Hynkel [44 posts]
13th November 2013 - 11:13

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Money well spent, glad to see Mr Cookson in charge.

posted by seanbolton [110 posts]
13th November 2013 - 11:19

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120,000 UK pounds. If thats all it cost to get rid of that blight MCQUAID I would have made a donation.

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posted by CJSTEVENS1955 [24 posts]
13th November 2013 - 11:31

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I wonder how much McQuaid's campaign cost and where the funding came from. Irish Cycling Federation?

£120k sounds reasonable and i'm glad of the transparency, a new age!

posted by kitkat [182 posts]
13th November 2013 - 12:24

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kitkat wrote:
I wonder how much McQuaid's campaign cost and where the funding came from. Irish Cycling Federation?

Doubt it, since they refused to back him after the second time of asking. I would guess he shoehorned it all in to the UCI budget (whilst at the same time claiming that the UCI budget is tiny and it is underfunded).

posted by step-hent [638 posts]
13th November 2013 - 12:41

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Someone had to do it, and we probably have the most cash-rich federation due to all the new members.

Money well spent, I'd say.

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posted by Gizmo_ [642 posts]
13th November 2013 - 13:11

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We could have saved £119,00 by just seeing each person present their views once then voting for the one which wasn't a corrupt, ignorant stain on the sport.

posted by Simmo72 [210 posts]
13th November 2013 - 13:38

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CJSTEVENS1955 wrote:
120,000 UK pounds. If thats all it cost to get rid of that blight MCQUAID I would have made a donation.

if you're a BC member you did Smile

Money well spent.

posted by usedtobefaster [56 posts]
13th November 2013 - 14:19

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The fact that British Cycling publish this with such openness and transparency, only goes to demonstrate further why it was all money well spent and that Brian is absolutely the right man to clear out the muck at UCI headquarters. Glad I was able to contribute!

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posted by Oscarzero [14 posts]
13th November 2013 - 14:30

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Money very well spent. I am more than happy as a member for them to have spent this money.

posted by litespeed_di2 [5 posts]
13th November 2013 - 15:16

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Seems a tad steep considering the source as I would have assumed more private funding would have been used. Either way that is a cheap sum to keep the entire sport of cycling functioning

posted by jarredscycling [436 posts]
13th November 2013 - 15:45

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Cheap at the price!

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posted by antonio [899 posts]
13th November 2013 - 17:41

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jarredscycling wrote:
Seems a tad steep considering the source as I would have assumed more private funding would have been used. Either way that is a cheap sum to keep the entire sport of cycling functioning

Probably a good thing that there was little, if any, private funding used to back Brian's campaign. That way, he can't be accused of having any vested interests or shaping policy to assist any backers.

posted by Lemond75 [2 posts]
13th November 2013 - 17:50

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Lemond75 wrote:
Probably a good thing that there was little, if any, private funding used to back Brian's campaign. That way, he can't be accused of having any vested interests or shaping policy to assist any backers.

Yes there was...
http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/staticcontent/bcst-British-Cycling-s-Pa...

I'm not implying that there's anything untoward going on here, but British Cycling *is* partly funded by commercial interests. Which is perfectly fine IMO.

posted by flobble [36 posts]
13th November 2013 - 17:59

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Yes there was...
http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/staticcontent/bcst-British-Cycling-s-Pa...

I'm not implying that there's anything untoward going on here, but British Cycling *is* partly funded by commercial interests. Which is perfectly fine IMO.

Once again, visible to all. Happy that some of my membership fees was spent on the Cookson campaign

Although I like to block it out, if we remember the mud slinging, misinformation and probably outright lies from the other candidate, he did have to run a decent campaign. Even though it looked bloody obvious from this part of the globe.

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posted by Sniffer [119 posts]
13th November 2013 - 18:06

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As others have said good value for money. I suspect we are already starting to see returns for having the right person in the job.

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posted by evo111 [19 posts]
13th November 2013 - 18:17

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great news, i would happily throw £10 into a fund to help top it back up. mcquaid had to go at all costs, wouldnt have cared if it cost £1.2m

posted by russyparkin [550 posts]
13th November 2013 - 20:35

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litespeed_di2 wrote:
Money very well spent. I am more than happy as a member for them to have spent this money.

me too Smile

posted by edster99 [119 posts]
13th November 2013 - 23:00

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