Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The View from my Bicycle [Special Feature]

I was on the phone this morning, speaking to Andrew McLean, who was the MC at last nights announcement for - wait for it - a Tour of South Africa for February 2011.  The CSA has been mired by administrators who have had their own interests at heart, and thus cycling has suffered for the past few years.  I have always said the admin guys need to do the sport or have a background in the sport themselves.  Spotlight on Barry Mocke, the new broom that has swept through CSA and he is really the driving force behind the Tour of South Africa initiative.  Race routes, title sponsor, teams and what not will be announced at another press conference in 4 weeks time.  Watch this space.

Cycling SA unveils 2020 vision

2010-08-03 17:05
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Johannesburg - Cycling South Africa today revealed its new strategic plan for the next few years, as well as news of anticipated events including the Tour of South Africa.
The strategy, "2020 Vision", will cater for both the 'elite' cyclist as well as the everyday two-wheel lover.
"The highly impressive plan, backed by all key cycling stakeholders in South Africa, will see Cycling SA take back full control of the sport in the country. Cycling is more than just a sport, it is a lifestyle, which has shown considerable growth in both spectator and participation numbers over the years" said newly appointed CEO, Barry Mocke.

In South Africa, cycling ranks as the 15th most popular participation sport amongst adults, and is the 21st most popular amongst juniors.
The new plan unveiled the organisation's key season events for 2011 including a number of new national and international events in all disciplines: National Road Cycling, Para-Cycling, Track, Mountain Bike and BMX series.

International events such as the Tour of South Africa and some UCI World Cup and Championship events have also been announced.
The planned route of the tour will be unveiled in due course and is scheduled to launch later this year when bookings will open for the February event.

"Cycling South Africa is determined to meet its objectives for the '2020 Vision' by systematically addressing the relevant issues surrounding the sport today. These will necessitate the financial sustainability of the organisation in producing world class athletes, in an environment that is rider centric and aware of its social responsibilities" Mocke remarked

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