Cycling SA President William Newman, says that the 2015 Africa Continental Road Champs, held between 9-14 February in Wartburg, KZN was hugely successful. With a record of 30 nations entered, it was by far the best attended Continental Championships in Africa.
The racing was of an extremely high standard with high quality racing across all the categories.
“It was encouraging to see 30 women line up for the Elite ladies road race and 108 in the men’s event, with the riders giving a great account of themselves,” said Newman.
South Africa did not have any titles come easy, as they had to work hard for every medal earned. This augurs well for the development of Road cycling on the Continent. Linked to the week’s racing, there were also courses for mechanics and coaches, which help even more with the development of the sport.
“We are extremely grateful for the assistance of the UCI and the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC), and thank everybody involved with the organisation of these events,” said Newman.
The Confederation of African Cycling Management Committee also met in Pietermaritzburg while the Championship event was underway and the following important decisions were made:
2015/2016 Champs allocations as follows:
· 2015 MTB Champs – Rwanda May 2015
· 2016 Track Champs – Morocco - (date to be confirmed)
· 2016 Road Champs – Morocco May 2016
· BMX and Para – (to be confirmed)
Talk on other topics and forthcoming events in 2015 included:
· CAC Forum to be held in Pietermaritzburg from 4-6 August 2015
· 2015 Women’s development Road Camp
· 2015 Track camp
· CAC acknowledged the great achievement of Team MTN-Qhubeka being invited to the 2015 Tour de France