Cookson ready to set out vision
ICU presidency challenger Brian Cookson has welcomed the opportunity to address the sport's traditional epicentre in Europe.
Cookson, the British Cycling president since 1996, and incumbent Pat McQuaid, who is seeking to win a third term in office, will speak to the European Cycling Union during its Exceptional Ordinary General Assembly on September 15 in Zurich.
The proposed changes to the constitution - to retrospectively amend the rules relating to the election, in particular regarding nominations - will be discussed at the UEC summit ahead of the September 27 presidential ballot.
Irishman McQuaid, president since 2005, is bidding to hold off the challenge of Cookson at the election, which takes place on September 27 at the UCI congress in Florence, during the UCI Road World Championships.
Cookson, who has announced he has the support of Cycling Australia, said: "I would like to thank the UEC for arranging this special congress and providing the opportunity to present directly to voting delegates.
"This special congress represents another important milestone in the election process and I am delighted that I will be able to set out my vision for the future of the UCI and the sport of cycling in this forum.
"As we approach the last weeks before the UCI Congress and the final vote, it is important that we have open and transparent procedures in line with the agreed rules of the contest. This decision by the UEC is in line with that aim."