2006 Caribbean Cycling Championships
heading to the BVI
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
Following his return from the 2003 edition, BVI Cycling
Federation president David Thomas announced that the territory will
host the 2006 Caribbean Cycling Championships. The BVI had two
riders finishing in the top 20 at the championships. Starting next
year when St. Lucia hosts the championships, Thomas said Pan
American Cycling Confederation president Jose Rodriguez will ensure
the International Cycling Union contribute $10,000 to the
championships. Aruba will host the 2005 event. "If the UCI
doesn't come up with the funds, Rodriguez said his organization will
contribute $5,000 to help with the funding of the
championships," Thomas noted. "Rodriguez also pointed out
that the championships will now become legitimate and will be
recognized by all the relevant regional and international cycling
organizations. The Caribbean Cycling Championships is only three
years old, but now will be an official championship event and it
will become a part of the International Cycling Union's
calendar." Thomas became a member of the newly formed Caribbean
Cycling Championships organizing committee. He said it will give the
BVI a stronger voice. "I hope we can get a lot more things for
cycling in the BVI as well as everyone else in the Caribbean."
Additionally, representatives from the 12 countries at the
championships met and formed the Caribbean Cycling Federation.
Thomas said this was done because the small islands are looking at
having a bigger voice in regional cycling apart from the Spanish
speaking countries. "There are things we have been fighting
for, but have largely been ignored," Thomas said. "This
will change now." In voting for the vice president of the Pan
American Cycling Confederation, St. Vincent's Trevor Bailey replaces
Cayman Islands' Ted Gray. "All the countries represented
thought Trevor would be the best person to represent the English
speaking Caribbean," Thomas said. "He is duly concerned
about cycling in the Caribbean. His post will be confirmed during a
congress in Venezuela in March 2004."
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