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Mike Plant, the United States’ representative to the UCI Management Committee, will serve as president of the Cyclocross Commission for cycling’s global governing body, USA Cycling confirmed on Tuesday.
“I am honored and excited to be selected as president of the UCI Cyclocross Commission,” Plant said in a press release. “Cyclocross has grown dramatically in the U.S. over the past five years and in 2013 we were honored to host in the U.S. the first cyclocross world championships held outside of Europe.”
Plant, the executive vice president of business operations for Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves since 2003, is a former president of USA Cycling’s board of directors and is currently president of the U.S. Speedskating board of directors. A member of the U.S. Olympic team in speedskating at the 1980 Games, Plant as also served as executive director of the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Team and associate executive director of the U.S. Cycling Federation.
The American was a key ally to UCI president Brian Cookson during the Briton’s campaign to replace former two-term president Pat McQuaid. Plant was elected to a new four-year term in the Management Committee — the top advisory group at the UCI — during the elections held in Florence, Italy, last month.
Plant replaces Czech Marian Stetina at the helm of the four-member commission. American Geoff Proctor has served on the commission since 2009. Beat Wabel (Switzerland) and world champion Sven Nys (Belgium) were the group’s other members prior to the UCI election. It is unclear at this point how the makeup of the commission has changed. Peter Van den Abeele is the UCI’s coordinator for the discipline.