British Cycling has thanked clubs for helping the national governing body out of financial difficulties 10 years ago.
In 1997, 15 clubs went beyond the call of duty and provided BC with 10 year affiliations. Since then, BC has grown its membership to its highest level in 40 years, had unprecedented success in international racing and launched a range of programmes to help develop the sport and its infrastructure.
"Although the clubs involved now return to the 'normal' cycle of annual affiliation fees, British Cycling would like to thank them for their massive contribution to the sport," said CEO Peter King in a statement. "They gave the organisation the support and the confidence upon which the far from 'normal' developments of the last 10 years have been built. At a time when we were under unprecedented scrutiny and when we needed our friends in the sport more than ever, they were prepared to back us. On behalf of British Cycling, I'd like to offer them our sincere thanks."
The 15 clubs involved in the 10 year affiliation were: Ashfield RC, BEC Cycling Club, Birdwell Wheelers, Cheltenham & County CC, Derby Mercury RC, Drighlington BC, Hastings & St Leonards CC, Liverpool Mercury, New Brighton CC, North Hampshire RC, Rockingham Forest Wheelers, Southend Wheelers, Team Welwyn, Wolverhampton Wheelers & Woolwich CC.