Posted by Editoress on 09/3/09
The International Cycling Union (UCI) and Shimano Inc. today signed an agreement to extend their partnership contract until the end of 2012.
The signing ceremony between the UCI President, Mr Pat McQuaid, accompanied by the Director General, Mr Jean-Pierre Strebel, and the Chairman of Shimano Inc., Mr Yoshizo Shimano, took place in Friedrichshafen, Germany, during the international bike show Eurobike.
Shimano, a leading worldwide supplier of bicycle components, fishing tackle and other sports equipment, has been a UCI partner since 1999 and provides technical services at the Road, Track, Mountain Bike, Marathon, Cyclo-cross, BMX, Juniors and Para-cycling World Championships, as well as at the Mountain Bike and Cyclo-cross World Cup events.
Shimano was also in charge of technical assistance at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008.
Ten years after the beginning of this collaboration, which represents an essential quality guarantee for riders and teams in all the cycling disciplines, Mr Pat McQuaid expressed his pleasure that the contract has been extended: “Shimano is definitely one of our Federation’s most loyal and prestigious partners, and we are honoured to have been able to extend our agreement with them. The level of the services that Shimano has always provided, as well as the importance of its support to different UCI activities – beginning with the World Cycling Centre in Aigle – have, over the years, provided us with a precious ally in our daily commitment to cycling.”
Mr. Yoshizo Shimano commented: “Shimano truly feels that the opportunity to extend this agreement is a special one. We are looking forward to the continued co-operation with the UCI in the coming years with our common goal in mind: to promote the popularity of cycling all around the world in all disciplines and at all levels.”
Mr. Jean-Pierre Strebel, Mr. Yoshizo Shimano and Mr. Pat McQuaid (from left to right) shake hands.
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