The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to announce the publication today of its 2019 Annual Report on its website www.uci.org.
Approved by the UCI Management Committee during its video conference call last 10 and 11 June, this document presents the progress made throughout 2019 in the eight disciplines governed by the International Federation (road, track, mountain bike, BMX Racing, BMX Freestyle, cyclo-cross, trials and indoor cycling). The Annual Report also details the activities of the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) – the UCI’s high-level training and education centre which is the key element of our Federation’s development and solidarity activities -, as well as activities undertaken in the areas of cycling for all and anti-doping.
Among the highlighted themes are the strengthening of the UCI’s solidarity programmes and governance procedures, the promotion of women’s cycling and the position of women both in the sport and its governance, progress made in the reform of road cycling, track cycling and cyclo-cross, and in the development of cycling esport. A significant part of this year’s Annual Report is dedicated to the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on the UCI International Calendar and to the measures taken by the UCI, in collaboration with its stakeholders, in the face of this health and economic crisis.
The UCI 2019 Financial Report which is an integral part of the Annual Report showed continued revenue growth with commercial revenues, excluding one-off items, reaching a record 7.3 million Swiss francs. In 2019 the UCI invested 7 million Swiss Francs in training and development both at the UCI World Cycling Centre and through its Continental Confederations and National Federations across the globe. The net deficit of 3.5 million Swiss francs in 2019 was 1.6 million Swiss Francs below our budgeted deficit and a 3.4 million improvement on 2018. The UCI ended the year with reserves of 45 million Swiss Francs, including investments of 30 million Swiss Francs and current balances of 12 million Swiss francs. Like almost all institutions and businesses, the UCI is facing many challenges in 2020 but its strong balance sheet makes it well-equipped to face them and continue to develop the sport.
In addition, the 2019 UCI Annual Report includes extensive useful information about the Federation and its activities, including a general introduction to the institution and the disciplines it governs, the lists and compositions of its bodies and commissions, the list of the 196 member National Federations, and the results and rankings of all the UCI events throughout the season.
The UCI President David Lappartient declared: “2019 was marked by the continuation of our work in line with the UCI’s 2022 Agenda, our Federation’s roadmap that was approved by the UCI’s 2018 Congress. The Annual Report that we are pleased to publish today enables readers to discover the progress made in 2019, which was achieved with an overall triple perspective: the expansion of our solidarity programmes for National Federations in need of them, the further increase of our sport’s appeal and the strengthening of its credibility.
“This progress continues in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic which is severely affecting the world of sport. The UCI is working very hard to limit as far as possible the negative effects of the pandemic, and I acknowledge the efforts being made by all cycling’s stakeholders to do the same.”