The European Cycling Union (UEC) was founded on 7th April 1990 at the request of 18 countries. It now represents 50 affiliated nations in Europe. The UEC is one of the 5 continental confederations which are members of the International Cycling Union (UCI).
The UEC seeks to promote the interests of European cycling in all disciplines and to represent the interests of European cycling federations.
UEC's main aim is the development and encouragement of all cycling disciplines in Europe. It organises all the European Championships and European Cups.
Each year the UEC is organising more than 50 days of competition, including 20 European championships, in all cycling disciplines: road, track, cyclocross, BMX, mountainbike, trials and indoor cycling.
- 1868 : First European cycling race
- 1881 : Creation of the first National Federation in Europe
- 1896 : Cycling became an Olympic sport
- 1900 : Creation of the International Cycling Union
- 1927 : First World Road Championships
- 1950 : First World Cyclo-cross Championships
- 1984 : First World Mountainbike Championships
- 1990 : Creation of the European Cycling Union
- 1993 : First World BMX Championships
- 1996 : Mountainbike became an Olympic sport
- 2008 : BMX became an Olympic sport
- 2013 : David Lappartient became the 4th UEC President
- 2014 : The UEC plans a four-year programme
- 2016 : First European Elite Road Championships