TT elite female cyclist Adrianna Seyjagat – Daniel Prentice Local cyclists are upbeat over the recent commissioning of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Cycling Velodrome in Couva as an official Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) contintental development satellite centre.
Elite cyclists Adrianna Seyjagat and Ryan D’Abreau, both of Arima Wheelers, agree the upgrade will create multiple opportunities for growth, not only for cyclists, but also for administrators and mechanics to further develop their respective craft.
A satellite centre assists in the development of athletes, mechanics and coaches through regional programmes and educational activities. It also allows certified international coaches to run programmes with cyclists to help them get to world-class standards.
Last Saturday, the Sports Company of TT (SporTT), in collaboration with the TT Cycling Federation (TTCF), cemented an alliance with the UCI’s World Cycling Centre (WCC) to position this country as the home of the hemisphere’s first satellite centre.
Director of the UCI WCC Jacques Landry said the satellite centre is vital to develop cycling and cyclists in all regions.
Saturday’s commissioning of the venue is the result of over six years of negotiation and work by the TTCF, SporTT and UCI.
Seyjagat and D’Abreau welcomed the transition, which they agreed would serve all areas of cycling.“Being able to train at a higher level with world-class cyclists coming into our facilities is a big plus for us,” Seyjagat said. “The facility would also be used as an educational institute where you could get careers in coaching, mechanics and first aid, among others. So it does not […]
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