Bob Howden, president of British Cycling, announces a 'hugely successful' 12 months for the governing body, with international success driving mass participation.

British Cycling president Bob Howden claims cycling has ‘cemented its status’ of one of Britain’s best-loved sports, as the governing body released its 2013/14 annual report.

With membership now standing at over 100,000, BC says British success on the international stage has driven mass participation in this country.

Howden cited the public’s engagement with Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire as a sign that interest in the sport is continuing to build.

“When the Olympic and Paralympics Games rolled into the capital in 2012, we thought things couldn’t get any better for cycling in this country,” said Howden. “Since then however, millions have viewed the grandest Grand Depart in the long history of the Tour de France, followed by the spectacular Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“Seeing the enthusiasm and passion for cycling on the faces of so many new fans – young and old – reinforces my view that cycling is now firmly positioned as one of Britain’s best-loved sports.

“The surge in interest in cycling of course requires more volunteers committing their time to the sport to keep it running. We are so lucky to have an outstanding network of members and volunteers – without which we simply could not function.

“Their support makes our great sport what it is and I want to thank each and every one of them for their continued support during what has been a remarkable year.”