UCI donates bicycles to further develop track cycling in Africa

Photo credit: www.uci.ch/Andrew Warr

Photo credit: www.uci.ch/Andrew Warr

The Swiss-based International Cycling Union (UCI) has donated 20 track bicycles for the 2017 edition of the African Continental Track Championships, which is currently underway in Durban from 20-23 March.

The Look bikes were shipped to South Africa earlier this month, and enabled athletes from those nations without any track bikes, the opportunity to compete.

Prior to the championship event, UCI World Cycling Centre Africa Director Jean-Pierre van Zyl hosted a Track Cycling Training Camp, which incorporates the African Continental Championships as well. The camp was held to specifically teach the skills and rules of track cycling.

Van Zyl, an Olympian and multiple World Champion on the track, said he was encouraged to see more riders entering the sport. “It has been great. This definitely won’t be the last track training camp, we are slowly but surely getting more riders into the sport.”

Van Zyl extended gratitude to the UCI for donating the bicycles for the Training Camp and for their support in track cycling development in Africa. “We hope to one day grow great champions,” he said.

26 athletes from 10 African countries used the donated bikes during the training camp.

Read the full story on the UCI website here: http://www.uci.ch/wcc/news/article/uci-world-cycling-centre-donates-bikes-for-african-continental-track-championships/.

For more information on the African Continental Track Championships, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-african-conti-track-champs/.