43“Anything less than a united front with regard to the international organization of professional cycling presents an additional obstacle in all of our efforts to attract the sponsors our sport needs to grow and flourish.” Steve Johnson, CEO of USA Cycling
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, about 170 nations have cycling 44federations. As national governing bodies for cycling, their mission is to grow membership, raise money to support programs, and produce medals. Their activities include running national teams, athlete development and selection, event sanctioning, training/education, licensing, research for cycling-related science, and representing all its affiliates usually in the form of bike clubs, racing organizations, teams, officials, and mechanics. The federations are in turn represented by the UCI. Many federations are also members of one of the continental confederations. The confederations coordinate their respective continental racing calendars and influence the UCI. Both national and continental federations are concerned with indigenous or local interests, and their territory’s impact upon the world cycling scene. In the world of international law, the International Criminal Court is based on a treaty joined by 105 countries to try individual cases of crimes against humanity, but ICC will not act if a case is investigated by a national judicial system unless the proceedings were undertaken solely to shield a person from criminal responsibility. In international affairs, national interest still means something. In cycling, national interests of international concern also mean something. The dispute between national federations, even appealing to country leadership, against the UCI over the inclusion of the Grand Tours as part of the ProTour is proving complex. Solutions must be found using old-fashioned diplomacy: jurisdiction, bargaining, treaties. On to the roundtable!
Prayer for National Federations, Continental Confeds
“To the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world:
May you prosper greatly!” 45Daniel 4:1
We are grateful for a vast and growing global organization for cycling. We pray for the prosperity of our national and continental federations and for continued efforts toward diplomatic solution which benefit all.
Ponder How can I help cycling grow? Affirm I am a member of my national federation and support programs which affect me as a rider. Watch your knowledge and appreciation of riding improve through affiliation with your federation.
43“French federation chief says he’ll go to court if Paris-Nice riders are suspended,” Posted Mar. 5, 2008 www.velonews.com
44Directories→National Federations www.uci.ch. Continental Confederations are: Asian Cycling Confederation, Union Européenne de Cyclisme, Oceanian Cycling Confederation, Confederacion Panamericana de Ciclismo, Confederation Africaine de Cyclisme.
45The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society