Emile De Beukelaer
|Full name||Emile De Beukelaer|
|Born||27 May 1867|
|Died||23 January 1922(aged 54)|
Emile De Beukelaer (27 May 1867–23 January 1922) was a Belgian road racing cyclist, and the founder and President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). He was the son of the founder of Elixir d'Anvers, a famous liquor from the Antwerp region.
He was the most successful cyclist of the 1880s.
Foundation of UCI
On 14 April 1900, delegates from six associations and five countries assembled in Paris to form the "Union Cycliste Internationale". The delegates were:
- Emile De Beukelaer for the "Ligue Velocipédique Belge"
- Frenchman Victor Breyer for the "National Cycling Association" in the United States
- Alfred Riguelle for the "Union velocipédique de France"
- Count Villers for the "Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques"
- Mario Bruzzone representing the "Unione Velocipedistica Italiana"
- Frenchman Paul Rousseau for the "Union Cycliste Suisse"
Paul Rousseau became the Secretary General, while Emile De Beukelaer became the President, and served as such until his death in 1922.