Brian Cookson says British Cycling has been ‘damaged’ by outsiders with ‘no real knowledge’ of cycling

Former president of UK cycling governing body says current leadership has ‘no empathy’ with people who ‘make cycling happen’

Brian Cookson
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Brian Cookson, the former UCI and British Cycling president has said that he feels the national governing body for cycling has been continually “damaged by outsiders” in what he describes as a “brain drain” and "hollowing out of the organisation" in recent years. 

In 2022, British Cycling endured an annus horribilis with a set of controversies that were capped by CEO Brian Facer stepping down-blighting the organisation and its work.

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.