British Cycling chief executive
Mr King will continue to work with the UK's national governing body for sport as an executive director and focus on external projects linked to the London 2012 Olympics.
British Cycling president Brian Cookson OBE said: “I'd like to thank
Mr Drake has worked with British Cycling since 1996. He helped develop the organisation's youth coaching, talent identification and development programmes, and has been the driving force behind the 2005-to-2009 “UK-Wide One-Stop Plan” to increase levels of cycling.
Mr Cookson said: “In
Mr Drake said: “I am both delighted and proud to step up into the role of chief executive of British Cycling and lead the organisation into its next phase of expansion and growth. It’s a unique moment in time for cycling and British Cycling given the successes in
News of Mr King's departure was revealed at British Cycling’s annual National Council meeting on Saturday. Mr Drake will take over as chief executive from 1 January 2009.
Mr King said: “I am pleased that the board has accepted my recommendation that Ian should take up the role of chief executive. He has been my deputy for more than a year, during which time he has demonstrated that he is the right man to lead British Cycling in delivering the next four-year plan which he has himself masterminded.
“When I wrote my survival plan for British Cycling in 1997, I started with my own personal mission statement. This was to be able to hand over, to the right person and at the right time, the best run governing body in British sport. In my assessment we are now the best run governing body in British sport, the time is right to hand over the helm and I am able to do so now to the right person.”
British Cycling performance director