FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK – JANUARY 2021

As we welcome the new year and are upbeat about a number of new initiatives we will be introducing in the coming weeks, we are also bracing ourselves for more testing times.

The numbers and statistics we have seen in the past are now becoming names of loved ones, and I would like to extend my condolences to all who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. 

I really urge the cycling fraternity to be cautious and support one another whilst we ride the second wave of the pandemic.  

Stay safe and healthy,
Ciska

LEVEL 3 ADJUSTED LOCKDOWN - CYCLINGSA RISK MITIGATION DIRECTIVES

Following the President’s address on 11 January, it has been confirmed that the adjusted Level 3 regulations will be extended for the unforeseeable future. In terms of the impact on cyclists, cycling activities and events all regulations remain in place with the exception of the adjustment of the curfew being 9 pm to 5 am. 

It is necessary that we keep the Alert Level 3 measures in place until we have passed the peak of new infections and we are certain that the rate of transmission has fallen enough to allow us to safely ease the current restrictions.” ~ President Cyril Ramaphosa in his speech on 11 January 2021.

IMPACT ON NATIONAL CALENDAR 

With a number of hotspots having been identified during recent weeks and the daily increase in the number of infections, the impact continues to be felt by most sports with a number of events having already announced postponement or cancellation.

We share in the community’s disappointment with cyclists wanting to compete as well as our event organisers, suppliers and sponsors who have a vested interest in the sport, but with the continuing rise in COVID-19 numbers, it is a decision that CyclingSA supports. 

Our recommendation is for event organisers to work closely with the provincial and regional affiliates to reschedule events as follows: 

  • Smaller events to be rescheduled between March and May, subject to the transition to Level 2 or Level 1 lockdown. 
  • Larger mass participation events to be rescheduled for the latter part of the year as part of a strong summer calendar from September 2021 to March 2022.

POSTPONEMENT OF NATIONAL ROAD AND TIME TRIALS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The decision to postpone National Championship events scheduled for early 2021 was reaffirmed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his speech on 11 January. 

As announced on 8 January, having considering the current number of hotspot areas, the current status of the Overberg region in terms of the number of infections, and the expectation of large numbers of participants over the racing weekend, the joint decision was made by CyclingSA, the Municipality of Swellendam as well as the hosting regional club, the Road and Time Trial National Championships has been postponed and tentatively set for 18 – 21 March 2021. 

The tentative dates will need to be revisited in light of the current level 3 regulations and is dependent on the transition to a lower level of lockdown that makes provision for gatherings. 

Swellendam Municipality Manager, Mr Anton Groenewald, has given CyclingSA his assurances that the Local Organising Committee will work closely with all accommodation facilities to postpone bookings to the new dates once confirmed.

National Championship postponement – Impact on National Team selection

We are conscious that the participation at the most recent National Championships is part of the basic selection criteria for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and World Championships. 

With the rescheduling of the Championships,  consideration is being given to our European-based cyclists and potential clashes with their professional team schedules. 

The Road Commission is reviewing the race schedule, but riders unable to participate and who want to remain eligible for selections, are required to individually apply for dispensation from the CyclingSA Executive Board, who will, in turn, liaise with SASCOC.  

Consideration shall also be given to travel restrictions, lockdown or long-term quarantine scenarios, riders participating in UCI World Tour or Pro Tour events, as well as athletes with a medical condition prohibiting them from participation.

REVISED NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS CALENDAR 

Currently, the revised calendar for National Championships can be confirmed as listed below but is subject to amendments according to government regulations.

  • Road and Time Trial Championships: Swellendam, 18 – 21 Mar 2021*
  • XCM Championship: Paarl, 1 May 2021 
  • Track Championships: Pietermaritzburg, 16 – 20 Jun 2021 
  • XCO Championships Pietermaritzburg 10 Jul 2021 
  • Youth Road Championships & Festival: Tzaneen, 30 Sep – 3 Oct 
  • Track Omnium Championships: Gauteng, 18 / 19 Sep 2021
  • BMX Championships: Western Cape, 7 Oct 2021

 

*currently under review.

CYCLINGSA STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT

The Executive Board has been working tirelessly over the last few months to streamline and fill open positions within the federation in order to ensure that CyclingSA is well poised to fulfil its mandate. 

CyclingSA aims to introduce new simplified digital systems for better integration between the federation and all its affiliates, and also improving the memberships model. 

Having reviewed our internal processes during the past year, the decision was taken to prioritise the appointment of a Financial Manager prior to the reappointment of a General Manager. 

Though COVID-19 is hampering our plans to strengthen our commercial position, we will introduce and drive new digital revenue initiatives from 2021 which will form part of the Financial Manager’s immediate priorities, tied with general project finance, accounting, budget management and reporting. 

As such, the Executive Board of CyclingSA would like to welcome Earl Chetty to the position of Financial Manager as of 18 January 2021.

Following the departure of Gregory van Heerden after 8 years of service, we are happy to announce the appointment of Elton Davids to the position of Secretary General. CyclingSA welcomes Elton and wishes him well in this role which commenced on 4 January 2021. 

Both Earl Chetty and Elton Davids are passionate sportsmen who will bring great energy and expertise to CyclingSA. I want to congratulate both gentlemen on their appointments and look forward to working with them. 

We are currently in the process of finalising the appointment of our Transformation and Capacity Building Manager, and formalising an agreement with a Commercial Development partner which I look forward to sharing more news about in the not too distant future.

CyclingSA Head Office Team

Elton Davids: Secretary General

Earl Chetty: Finance Manager

Dellah Paul: Sport and Technical Manager 

Tarryn Duncan: Membership and Licensing Manager

BIO: Secretary-General – Elton Davids

Elton has a BA Human Movement Science and Psychology degree from UWC, a post-degree Business Diploma from Stellenbosch University Business School, and is also a qualified teacher and an accredited moderator and assessor.  

Elton has over 27-years experience in sports administration serving the cycling community as Vice President of CyclingSA, Chairperson of Western Province Cycling, Cape Town Sports Council, and Western Cape Provincial Sports Confederation, giving us confidence in being well positioned to implement CyclingSA’s strategic plan going forward.

As Secretary-General, the responsibilities of being a pivotal point of governance, communication and information will remain a priority. However, Elton’s experience as a UCI Level 2 coach and having been involved in a number of CyclingSA commissions inclusive of Coaching, Transformation and Development as well BMX whilst also having served as a Cycling Code Team Manager to the Youth Olympic Games and Youth Commonwealth Games in the past, gives the Executive Board confidence in his contribution in overseeing the introduction of an Olympic and Paralympic Athlete Framework aiming at purposefully developing grassroot athletes in becoming excellent. 

Elton’s past experience and relationships as Vice Chairman of Pedal Power Association, as a Trustee at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust and also forming part of the National Non-motorised Transport Forum, further allows his contribution to the need of the national administration and federation’s responsibilities in negotiating safer environments for the cycling fraternity. 

BIO: Financial Manager – Earl Chetty

Earl is a qualified chartered accountant with more than 10 years of combined experience in areas of accounting and financial administration and management, external and internal auditing, taxation, and group reporting. 

Further industry exposure includes Fintech, Shared Services, FMCG, Media as well as NPO organisations. 

Earl has experience in managing numerous financial operations and will work closely with the Financial Committee established in 2020 to improve the financial governance and processes of CyclingSA. 

Earl is currently completing an executive MBA and will focus on best practice solutions for CyclingSA whilst completing his research thesis.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & QUADRENNIAL GENERAL MEETING 

The Annual General as well as Quadrennial General Meetings are scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 2021. The QGM is new and forms part of our revised Constitution as approved 15 August 2020.  

A new Executive Board will be elected by the General Assembly that consists of the provinces, regional affiliates, riders commission and associate members of CyclingSA.  

Any individuals interested in becoming part of the executive governance structure of CyclingSA are welcome to consult their club executive committees who will liaise with the provincial and regional affiliates for nomination consideration.  

In addition, CyclingSA’s Riders Commission will be following a process for nomination and election of a new commission which will be shared in coming days. 

CONTACT 

For more information, contact the office on [email protected] or visit our website www.cyclingsa.com for direct contact information.   

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