5 September 2013
Pietermaritzburg’s reputation as Africa’s “Bike City” and one of world cycling’s hot-spots was further enhanced by Wednesday’s announcement that it has been awarded the rights to host the 2015 Confederation of African Cycling Forum.
The news follows in the wake of the very successful hosting of the UCI MTB Masters World Championships and UCI MTB & Trials World Championships, which culminated on Sunday with downhill superstar Greg Minnaar successfully defending his world champion’s title on home soil.
The Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) Forum will bring together all cycling leaders and role players on 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 Mohamed Wagih Azzam, who is also a UCI board member, said in a statement that 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,” he said.
“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 stake holders to enter into debate on how best to realise our objectives,” he added.
World Cycling Forum
The 2015 CAC Forum precedes the World Cycling Forum in 2016 and Pietermaritzburg will also be bidding for that event.
The annual meeting of global cycling stakeholders, includes international federations, officials, discipline commissions, media and commercial partners, who will debate the strategic direction for the sport. It also features workshops, exhibitions and trade expos, with more than 1 500 delegates in attendance.
UCI Commercial and Events Director Gerrit Middag completed an assessment of Pietermaritzburg’s readiness to host the event during the fortnight-long Masters and Elite World Championships, and gave the plans a thumbs up.
The Swiss city of Lausanne will host the World Cycling Forum in 2014, with Monaco hosting the 2015 event.