Northern Ireland Cycling Federation
16 December 2006
NICF Members vote for change
At a Special General Meeting held in the Templeton Hotel on Thursday 14th December 2006, NICF member clubs voted overwhelmingly in support of a major change in direction that will see them amalgamate with Cycling Ulster and thus affiliate to the world governing body via Cycling Ireland for 2007.
This joining of forces will bring together cyclists in a sport that has been divided for three decades, and will see NICF member clubs switch affiliation from British Cycling to Cycling Ireland.
The proposal was brought about after the Federations AGM last month where permission was sought from the members to enter in to formal discussions with Cycling Ulster following a proposal from them to join forces. This is the culmination of the past few years work, where relations between the two bodies have been nurtured and have flourished in to a willingness to come together.
Longstanding NICF Chairman Alan Mark chaired the meeting, which saw a landslide vote of 29 in favour and 2 against the proposals set out by the negotiating team that had been in discussions with Cycling Ulster in recent weeks.
Ballymena Road Club, one of the biggest clubs in Ireland, led the vote with their 11 delegates, and were supported by North Down CC, Team Madigan, Old Bleach CC and West Down Wheelers.