BVI Cycling Federation officially approved as member of Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)


Darel Christopher Jr competed in the 2018 UCI Road World Championships Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial held in Innsbruck, Austria Sept 22 – 30. Photo credit: Jan Hetfleisch

The British Virgin Islands’ Cycling Federation (BVICF) today was approved by the Congress of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) as an officially affiliated member of the sport’s international governing body. The approval was part of the agenda of the annual congress which took place in Innsbruck, Austria and brought together representatives of 130 of the UCI’s member National Federations.

The affiliation clears the BVICF to participate as an independent body in any cycling event worldwide without seeking approval from a secondary body.

The BVICF was one of four new members  including federations of the Republic of Chad, the Republic of Cape Verde, and the Cook Islands. The UCI now counts an unprecedented number of 194 affiliated National Federations. Its objective is to increase this total to 200 by 2022.

The congress was held during the 2018 UCI Road World Championships taking place in Innsbruck from September 22 – September 30, 2018 in which Virgin Islands’ cyclist, Darel Christopher Jr competed in the men’s elite Individual Time Trials on Tuesday, September 26.

Darel Jr was the last to cross the finish line after covering a distance of 52.5km and elevation of 654meters in a time of The event was won by Australian, Dennis Rohan who took the rainbow jersey in a time of 1:03:02:57. The course included a 4.4km climb with 330 vertical metres of ascent featuring gradients of up to 14%.