Since the beginning of February, the UCI African Continental Centre in South Africa has welcomed a new batch of 25 trainees from 14 countries (Algeria, Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe).
The young riders will be staying at the Continental Centre for six months, as part of a proficiency and detection programme. They will train on the road and on the track. The best of these riders will be eligible to go to the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, where riders aiming for the highest level (UCI World Championships, World Cups, Olympic Games) are trained.
The African course is being run by Jean-Pierre Van Zyl, manager of the Centre and scratch bronze medallist at the 2003 Track World Championships in Stuttgart.