British Cycling has named Brian Facer as the new Chief Executive of the governing body, succeeding Julie Harrington in the role.

Harrington, who is swapping cycling for the British Horseracing Authority, will be replaced by the London Irish Chief Executive.

The 50-year-old has spent three years at the rugby union club, joining from Northampton Saints where he acted as Commercial Director as the club won promotion back to the Premiership. He also manoeuvred the London-based club’s relocation back to Brentford, having spent 20 years in exile at Reading’s Madejski Stadium.

“I’m delighted to be joining British Cycling as the organisation’s new Chief Executive,” said Facer on the career move.

“It is an exciting time for the whole cycling community across the country, where we are going into the postponed Olympic and Paralympic year, have had another British rider become a Grand Tour champion, and have seen the number of recreational cyclists increase dramatically during the last six months.”

Facer is also a member of the Daventry Cycling Club, considering himself to be a recreational rider.

Allan Robson, London Irish Chairman, praised the departing Chief Executive: “(Facer) has played an integral role during his time with us and will continue to do so in the coming months as we transition into our new stadium in Brentford, at a time when we’re also continuing to navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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