UCI World Cycling Centre: making the difference in Tajikistan
Promising road and track cyclists in Tajikistan received a boost with the arrival of nine bikes sent from the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland.
The donation was part of the World Cycling Centre’s UCI-supported “Bikes for the World” programme, which last year saw 202 bikes (121 road and 81 track) shipped to 25 countries on four continents. The bike frames are offered by the WCC’s partners and assembled by the centre’s professional mechanics.
In training, at races, on the road or around the velodrome, Tajikistan’s athletes are putting the Scott bikes to good use, including at training camps at the World Cycling Centre Satellite in Korea, and at the recent 2018 Asian Road Championships in Myanmar.
As part of the “Bikes for the World” programme, clothing, wheels, bike components and accessories are also regularly sent to National Federations.
UCI President David Lappartient has pledged to further increase support to NFs through the UCI Solidarity Programme which this year sees the UCI commit 2M CHF to support the development efforts of the 190 National Federation members worldwide. This amount should reach 4M CHF by 2022 and is in addition to the UCI’s overall plan to finance the UCI World Cycling Centre’s missions through an investment of 3.8M CHF in 2018 to enhance its operations.