Hosting the UCI Class 2 Track Grands Prix in August at the Cyril Geoghegan Velodrome in KwaZulu-Natal has provided a massive boost to track cycling within South Africa.
It is a historic occasion for track cycling in South Africa and Africa to be hosting a UCI Class 2 event which provides our local riders with the opportunity of scoring valuable UCI points for World Cup and World Champs qualification. Having the event at the Cyril Geoghegan stadium is a further boost to Cycling South Africa’s efforts in getting track cycling included in the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games. SASCOC has welcomed the Cyril Geoghegan option as a possible venue for track cycling at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
In addition to the Cyril Geoghegan option, work continues in exploring the possibility of building a state-of-the-art multi-sport facility incorporating an indoor velodrome in Pietermaritzburg.
Cycling South Africa’s President, William Newman, said: “Cycling SA continue to explore every opportunity to do whatever is necessary to support our bid to see Track Cycling featured at the 2022 Durban Commonwealth Games. It is high on our agenda. It is very encouraging to see the support from the UCI and SASCOC on the Cyril Geoghegan option.”
Initiatives such as these breathe new life into Track Cycling and act as great incentive to encourage both current and future athletes to reach new goals with the hope of possibly representing their nation.