Olympic gold medallists Anna Meares and Marianne Vos have been elected to the revived International Cycling Union athletes's commission.
The UCI says the athlete panel's leader will join its policy-making management committee.
The 13-member athletes group, elected by all disciplines, will appoint a president when it first meets in about three months.
UCI President Brian Cookson says the athletes group follows "my concept of modern governance that is founded on dialogue and cooperation between the UCI and cycling's main players."
“I am very proud of this new step which signifies a significant move forward in the representation of the athletes, and the achievement of a commitment that is important to me," UCI President Brian Cookson said.
"The athletes are the heart of our sport, and it was necessary to give them the place they deserve. This reinvigorated Athletes Commission corresponds with my concept of modern governance that is founded on dialogue and cooperation between the UCI and cycling’s main players.”
Australia's Meares is a two-time Olympic track champion.
Vos, of the Netherlands, is the 2012 Olympic road race champion and a multiple world champion on the road, track, and in cyclocross.
Both were members of an athletes' commission created by the previous UCI leadership.