COVID-19 Level 3 adjusted restrictions
- SA Road & TT National Championship Update
- SA DH National Championship Update
- SA XCO Cup Series
- UCI Events News
- Appointment – Transformation and Capacity Building Manager
COVID-19 ADJUSTED LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS
The President’s address on 1 February did not provide any significant changes to the regulations impacting cycling, but we await any Disaster Act amendments which may be announced mid-February.
Sanctioned events can continue but remain restricted in terms of the number of participants permitted, and are subject to strict guidelines published as part of the national gazette. As such, CyclingSA recommends that event organisers engage with their local SAPS to obtain the necessary permits and to determine how they will manage under the regulations relating to gatherings.
Club rides and cyclists riding in a group are permitted, but please stay cognisant of the social gathering requirements, and adhere to the necessary safety protocols.
With the curfew change to 11 pm – 4 am, earlier morning training sessions are now permitted. We appeal to cyclists to ensure that they are visible when training and follow the rules of the road.
SOUTHERN AFRICAN XCO CUP EVENTS
At this point in time, both the Limpopo and Gauteng legs of the Southern African XCO Cup remain on the schedule. The decision as to whether to postpone the respective events will be made closer to the time.
Date Event Venue UCI Category
- 6 Mar 2021 SA XCO Cup #1 Waterberg, Limpopo CAT 2 as well as UCI Junior World Series event
- 27 Mar 2021 SA XCO Cup #2 Thaba Trails, Johannesburg CAT 1
- 17 Apr 2021 SA XCO Cup #3 Stellenbosch, Western Cape CAT 2
- 22 May 2021 SA XCO Cup #4 Iron Throne MTB Park, Hartbeespoort CAT 2
- 19 June 2021 SA XCO Cup #5 Happy Valley, Bloemfontein CAT 2 as well as UCI Junior World Series event
SOUTH AFRICAN ROAD AND TIME TRIAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Championships, scheduled for 18 – 21 March 2021, remain on the national events calendar. CyclingSA, together with the Swellendam Municipality, will make a call on the event either 30 days before the event, or after the country has been placed on a lower level of lockdown.
The current regulations restrict gatherings which has a direct impact on the number of participants permitted, thus making it an unfair representation of a National Championship.
We understand the frustration, but we are dealing with extraordinary circumstances and have to apply the regulations as set out by the government.
SOUTH AFRICAN DOWNHILL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The CyclingSA MTB Commission and KZN Gravity MTB have made the decision to postpone the Downhill National Championships for 2021. The Championships, originally scheduled for 6 & 7 March 2021 at Giba Gorge MTB Park in KwaZulu-Natal, will now take place at the following round of the DH National Cup on 27 & 28 March at Jonkershoek in the Western Cape.
The decision was taken due to the remaining COVID regulations in place which restrict the number of participants at the event, thereby making it an unfair representation of a National Championship.
Revised National Downhill Cup Calendar
30 & 31 Jan 2021DH Cup #1 Afriski, Lesotho *POSTPONED 6 & 7 March 2021DH Cup #2 and National Championships Giba Gorge KZN *POSTPONED
- 27 – 28 March 2021 DH Cup #1 and National Championships Jonkershoek, Western Cape
- 22 – 23 May 2021 DH Cup #TBC Iron Throne Bike Park, NorthWest
All attempts were made to accommodate a date change to allow National Championships to remain at Giba Gorge, however, it was not possible to coordinate available calendar dates within the deadlines for Team selections for World Championships. A date will be confirmed in due course whereby Giba Gorge will host a round of the CyclingSA National Cup Series later in the year.
CyclingSA and KZN Gravity MTB apologise for the inconvenience caused due to the change in the calendar, we hope to see you all at Jonkershoek in March.
NEWS ON UCI EVENTS
The 2021 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, initially scheduled to take place in Cairo (Egypt) from 5 to 9 April, have been postponed to a later date in 2021 as a result of the travel restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important to be sure of good participation in these UCI Worlds, as Junior athletes have been especially affected by the restrictions. The new dates of the event will be announced as soon as possible.
Following the cancellation of the 2021 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) announced last December, and after searching for a solution to nevertheless hold the event this year, the UCI has, unfortunately, had to take the difficult decision not to stage these Championships in 2021.
African Road and Track Championships
African Road and Track Championships will continue as scheduled, with the CyclingSA Road and Track Commissions due to announce the teams next week.
As part of the qualification system for the Tokyo Olympic Games, the UCI Management Committee approved the following events as qualification events:
- 2021 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup: Stuttgart (Germany), 8-9 May
- 2021 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup: Bogota (Colombia), 29-30 May.
These rounds of the 2021 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be the last qualification events for BMX Racing at the Tokyo Olympic Games which will take place in July. Furthermore, two other rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be organised before the end of 2021 in Sakarya (Turkey).
More information from the Management Committee of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) meeting on 3 and 4 February can be found here.
TRANSFORMATION & CAPACITY BUILDING MANAGER
The Executive Board welcomes Somi Thinga into the new position of Transformation and Capacity Building Manager. Somi is no stranger to CyclingSA having previously been in the role of Senior Administrator from 2011 to 2014. Somi has spent the past 6 years at the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) as the Sporting Campaigns and Events Officer. We look forward to having Somi back on the team, and to her meaningful contribution and focus on driving this strategic focus area within the Federation.