Posted by Editoress on 01/30/12
The International Cycling Union is to launch an initiative to promote the training of the professions of cycling at the Tour de l'Avenir from 2012. As the final round of the UCI U23 Nations' Cup, the French event is an ideal environment for those learning or improving skills at cycle events, such as commissaires, regulators, Radio Tour announcers, information motorbike officials, drivers, etc.
Those involved in the training will gain experience under real conditions, under the responsibility of the UCI and its partners, at a well-established event that includes mountain stages. The training will be further developed in the future, but this year it will comprise two groups of 10 trainees, each involved for half of the event.
The Tour de l'Avenir, organised by Amaury Sport Organisation, and now operated by Alpes Vélo, will take place from 26 August to 1 September.
In order to reinforce its identity, the Tour de l'Avenir will be held in the same region every year: the eastern half of France and neighbouring countries, with the cols of the Alps as the event's highlight.
UCI President Pat McQuaid, said:
"This initiative shows that the UCI is committed to assisting youth and developing the sport over the long term. The UCI particularly wants to develop access to the professions of cycling as well as to improve the knowledge of those involved in running events. It is for this reason that we are going to invest in high-level practical training. In this way the Tour de l'Avenir will not only be a springboard for the most talented riders in the peloton but also for those involved in the practicalities of running cycle races."
UCI Communication Services
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