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REVIEW OF THE YEAR


Review of the Year


Post-Olympics the interest in cycling has


remained stratospheric, but have the fortunes of the cycle trade? Jonathon Harker charts the ups and downs of 2013…


Battle of 2013:


Fisticuffs in Florence It was a heated run-up to the UCI presidency election between incumbent Pat McQuaid and British Cycling boss Brian Cookson, but eventually Cookson emerged victorious at the Congress in Florence. Cookson won with 24 votes to 18 and the backing of a host of key names, from Sir Dave Brailsford and Sir Chris Hoy to, er, BikeBiz. It is hoped that under Cookson’s stewardship the UCI will be more respondent to the bicycle industry.


One to watch:


Decathlon The French sports retail giant followed up its ‘100 stores in the UK in ten years’ plans with the opening of its first UK distribution centre. The 190,000 square foot Northamptonshire warehouse is an ex-Tesco site and also this year, in lesser but no less signficiant news, the firm held its first press conference in the UK for a bike range launch – B’Twin road 2014 at its East London HQ). We’ve said it before, but watch this Decathlon- shaped space…


Was the popularity of e-mountain bikes the surprise of


2013? We and many of the distributors we talked to didn’t foresee the UK public taking to them in such a big way


Statistic of the


year: £1billion London yet again grabbed the headlines in March when Mayor Boris Johnson and London ‘cycling czar’ Andrew Gilligan (appointed this year) announced £913 million would be spent over ten years to make London more cycle friendly. The plans included a substantially


segregated ‘Crossrail for the bicycle’ running to Canary Wharf from the western suburbs. It all began to make the £77m national total dedicated to cycling look a bit paltry, now we think of it. But even if you’re not London-based, it’ll only


Misleading headline of the year: Eurobike closes doors for the


last time Ending years of confusion for the easily, er, confused, Eurobike (the distributor, not the show) closed its doors for the last time in August. Fortunately, it was under happy circumstances with the team – as well as brands Moda and American Classic – joining the nearby Moore Large family. The move is part of a significant plan for Moore Large, which said it plans to double its turnover inside the next five years. http://tinyurl.com/eurobikeclosesdoors


be a matter of time before the pro-cycle culture eeks out of the capital into local councils. Provided Mr Johnosn is as good as his word…


Top Online Stories


of the Year 1. Road rager let off ‘cos of police rules suffers from Twitter attacks


2. Jeremy Clarkson buys bike, urges normal people to follow his example


3. No lycra? You’re nicked, son 4. ‘Get out and ride for me,’ says Michael Bonney 5. Labour MP who called cyclists law breakers is busted for running a red


6. Martyn Ashton’s injuries are life changing 7. Government to create Office for Active Travel to get Brits out of cars


8. Second edition of anti-theft bike tracker launched 9. Tour de France 2014 route revealed 10. Advice on becoming an IBD


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