Klaus Mueller announced his intention to step down from his role as president of Cycling Australia (CA) at today’s board meeting in Sydney.

A successful barrister, Mueller was elected to the presidency in November 2009 following six years on the board of Cycling Australia. Prior to that he spent three years at the helm of Cycling Victoria.

CA Vice President Mark Fulcher today paid tribute to the outgoing president;

“The CA board wishes to thank Klaus for his significant contribution to Australian cycling,” Fulcher said. “The presidency of a top tier Olympic sport can be a highly rewarding role, but also requires immense commitment. Klaus has worked tirelessly to lead the sport with great passion and integrity and we wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

Commenting on his decision Mueller stated;

“It’s been an honour to lead Cycling Australia through many highs and lows. In recent times the position has grown into almost a full time role, which I can simply no longer manage. Given the challenges the sport is currently facing the timing is right to hand the reigns over to a new leader with a different skill set to enable the sport to realise its enormous commercial potential.”

Reflecting on the highlights of his presidency he said;

“I have been privileged to witness a host of great moments, including Anna Meares winning Gold in London, Cadel’s famous Tour de France win and Michael Matthews claiming the U23 World Championship in front of a home crowd in Geelong, an event hosted by CA. Rachel Neylan’s second in the 2012 Women’s World Road Championships in Holland was also very special as it reflected the strength of women’s cycling across all disciplines.”

Witnessing young talent develop has been a source of real satisfaction;

“I’ve drawn great pride from seeing CA maximise it’s limited resources to produce an enormous number of talented young riders. In the last fortnight we have seen Australia dominate the Junior World Track Championships winning 6 gold medals, so the legacy created by our current champions is certainly in safe hands.”

Policy reform has been another key focus;

“I have and will continue to push for change within the UCI to ensure that the tarnished international reputation of the sport is restored. I’ve spent the past eight years lobbying for expanded powers for ASADA and I’m particularly proud of the fact that CA’s High Performance program has continued to be run ethically and successfully.”

At a time when more Australians are riding bikes then ever before, Mueller concluded by saying;

“Due to initiatives taken under my leadership to commercialise the sport, CA has put in place the foundations which will ultimately help reduce the sport’s reliance on government funding and allow it to profit from the ever growing recreational cycling market, and I wish them every success.”

Mueller has agreed to remain in the role until the end of September to ensure a smooth transition. The Board today appointed a nominations committee who will oversee a recruitment process and make recommendations to the board to fill the vacancy.

The CA board will work closely with its key partner the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) during this process, as well as continue to pursue governance reform for the sport as recommended by the Wood Review and the ASC governance principles.

via Cycling Australia media release