UCI Africa Tour conference and the inaugural World's View Challenge

The annual UCI Africa Tour Conference took place on November 9 after the time trial events of the African Continental Championships. International Cycling Union (UCI) President Pat McQuaid and CAC Vice-President Julius Mwangi opened the conference. In addition to the countries present for the Championships, delegates from the National Federations of Congo-Brazzaville and Lesotho attended the meeting.

Philippe Chevallier, Manager of the UCI's Road Department, represented his department and reported on the state of cycling affairs in the world, in particular in Africa. Of note was the positive development of the calendars, with a 30 percent increase in the number of events on the Continental Circuits since the introduction of the cycling reform. The UCI Africa Tour calendar now includes 17 events compared with four in 2005. The African continent will be represented by four countries (South Africa, Libya, Namibia and Algeria) at the Olympic Games in Beijing, three more than at the Olympic Games in Athens.

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