UCI president Brian Cookson got out on the Tour of Flanders cobbles on Thursday

Brian Cookson training for the 2016 Tour of Flanders

Brian Cookson training for the 2016 Tour of Flanders

UCI president Brian Cookson took a few hours off from fixing the world of cycling to get out on two wheels and climb some of the cobbled hills of the Tour of Flanders.

Cycling Weekly photographer Graham Watson lay in wait just happened to be there when the president rolled past. My knowledge of the Flanders climbs isn’t good enough to know which one this is…answers on a postcard please.

As is to be expected, Cookson rides a pretty decent bike – a Ridley Fenix with a Dura-Ace groupset in a lovely white and blue livery.


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Like many of us who try to smash it up the Flanders hills, Cookson has had to resort to the easiest gear on his Fenix in order to scale the climb. In fact, I’d have probably got off and pushed by that point, so it’s a good effort.

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Watson titled his photograph ‘Brian Cookson in training for the Tour of Flanders’, but we assume the president won’t enter himself in Sunday’s race. Maybe Saturday’s huge sportive is more suitable.

  • llos25

    Really nice guy completely out of his depths when it comes to the dirty part of the sport that is impression he gives true or false who knows..

  • J1

    “UCI president Brian Cookson took a few hours off from fixing the world of cycling”

    Ahahaha…..hahaha

  • brt570

    Pretty sure that’s near the top of the Paterberg

  • Chris

    If that suit is an effective manager; well yes.

  • Pee Bee

    Don’t knock it. Do You really want someone in charge who doesn’t know what it feels like to ride a bike. Perhaps you’d prefer a “suit”?

  • barry davies

    Nero fiddles while Rome burns !!

  • Chris

    Hmmm! Clearly nothing needs to be done to improve cycling safety during races.

  • megunticook

    Wherz his disc brakes?!

  • Chris Williams

    What a pair of legs – look like a spider!