In another major step forward for African Track Cycling, it is with great pride that the Confederation of African Cycling has announced that the 2019 African Track Cycling Championships will be staged at the Sax Young Cycling Track, Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The event will take place from 17-19 January 2019.
After Pietermaritzburg played hosts to the inaugural edition of the Championships in 2015, it is fitting that the fifth edition of the Championships returns to the City of Choice, further cementing the City as the home of cycling on the Continent.
These Championships will provide our African riders with a chance of scoring valuable ranking qualification points for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. In addition, the Continental Champions will earn the right to participate in the 2019 World Championships scheduled for Pruszkow, Poland at the end of February 2019.
The event will cater for men and women, junior and elite categories.
There will be seven events per category as follows:
Dr. Wagih Azzam, President of the Confederation of African Cycling expressed his sincere gratitude to Cycling South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal Cycling for agreeing to partner with the Confederation to host these Championships. He encouraged all nations to be part of this event.
William Newman, who heads up the African Cycling Track Commission commented that with the abundance of medals on offer in track cycling on the World stage (12 at the Olympic Games and 20 at the World Championships) it was important for Africa to host these Championships and give our riders the opportunity to vie for these medals.
With Africa guaranteed spots in the Omnium and Sprint events in Tokyo, at least four African riders will be on the track in Tokyo. The competition amongst the nations for these spots will, therefore, be extremely fierce leading up to the end of the Tokyo 2020 qualification period.
The local youth of KwaZulu-Natal will also have an opportunity to be part of this event as the African Championships will run alongside the KwaZulu-Natal Invitational event which runs until 20 January 2019.