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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Centenary of International Cycling Union (UCI) (2000-2)

Once upon a time there was the International Cyclist Association. Until 14th April 1900. On that day, in Paris, seven men decided to change the history of world cycling.Once upon a time there was the International Cyclist Association. Until 14th April 1900. On that day, in Paris, seven men decided to change the history of world cycling.
After handing in their resignations to the ICA, these delegates, representing the National Federations of Belgium, France, the USA, Switzerland and Italy, Went on the found the Union Cycliste International.
The first minutes taken were finally signed by Mr. Emile de BEUKELAER, who was appointed President Mr. Alfred RIGUELLE and the Count de VILLERS, Mr. Victor BREYER, Mr. Paul ROUSSEAU and Mr. Mario BRUZZONE, the treasurer of the new Federation.
The long journey has thus begun, and the first UCI Congress took place at the Hotel de Russie in Paris on 11th August 1900, just before the World Championships.
Since the beginning of this century, cycling and the UCI have grown at a constant and equal rate, going through all the necessary stages of technical and structural evolution, resulting, in 1993, in the merger of the FIAC (International Federation of Amateur Cyclists) and FlCP (International Federation of Professional Cyclists). After Paris, the UCI\'s activities were divided up between Geneva, Rome and Luxembourg. Olympic Capital, was finally chosen as the site of the headquarters.
Today the Union Cycliste International is one of the biggest sports federations in the World, managed with the most modran criteria and techniques, still committed to its mission which is almost 100 years old: to support and promote cycling.
Courtesy:lnternational Cycling Union (UCI)
To celebrate the Centenary of International Cycling Union Pakistan Post Office is issuing one commemorative Postage stamp of Rs. 2/- denomination on April 14, 2000.