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With membership topping a respectable 21,000 ? a 43 per cent increase and the highest number for many years; and racing licence holders topping 11,658 ? a 31 per cent increase, British Cycling can claim to be reaping the benefits of their UK Wide One Stop Plan for Cycling introduced two years ago.

At BC?s National Council meeting in Manchester on Saturday, Operations Director Ian Drake, the Deputy Chief Executive and the brains behind the schools cycling recruitment drive, explained the range of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the next stage of the strategic planning process from 2009 to 2013.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.