Pietermaritzburg scoops another cycling milestone

2013-09-05 00:00

IN the wake of the successful hosting of the 2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Championships, Pietermaritzburg’s reputation as the “Bike City” of the African continent has been entrenched by the awarding of the rights to host the 2015 Confederation of Cycling Forum.

The CAC Forum will bring together all cycling leaders and role players of the African continent with a series of meetings, conventions and plenary sessions taking place in order to aid in the development of the sport in the years ahead.

CAC president Dr Mohamed Wagih Azzam, who is also a UCI Board member, said the CAC Forum was critical to prioritising the strategies to support and uplift African cycling.

“Africa is proud to have hosted the 2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Championships, and it is equally important that we use these high-profile events to keep focus on developing all cycling disciplines in every country on the African continent,” said Azzam.

“Hosting events to world-class standards is one part of the strategic plan to nurture cycling in Africa, and the first CAC Forum will be a vital opportunity for all stakeholders to enter into debate on how best to realise our objectives,” he added.

The 2015 CAC Forum will be the forerunner for a much larger version that Pietermaritzburg is bidding for, the 2016 UCI World Cycling Forum.

The annual meeting of global cycling stakeholders, including international federations, officials, discipline commissions, media and commercial partners, includes numerous workshops and exhibitions, trade expos and workshops debating the strategic direction for the sport.

This would attract more than 1 500 delegates to the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg.

UCI commercial and events director Gerrit Middag completed an assessment of the city’s readiness to host the event during the fortnight-long masters and Elite World Championships.

He gave the plans an unqualified thumbs up.

The Swiss city of Lausanne will host the World Cycling Forum in 2014, with Monaco hosting the 2015 event.

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