After multiple efforts and despite the efforts of the Uruguayan Cycling Federation, the Management Committee of the Pan American Cycling Confederation (COPACI) decided to move the Pan American Road Championships and the COPACI Centennial Congress to the city of San Juan, in Argentina.

In an official statement sent to all the national federations of the continent, it was reported that both events will be held between May 10 and 15, with the date of the Congress for Friday the 13th, a day that will have the confirmed presence of the president of the International Cycling Union and member of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. David Lapartient.

COPACI explains that the decision was made due to logistical situations in the city of Punta del Este, municipality of Maldonado, in the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, which could not be resolved despite having been repeatedly alerted and received several extensions of the date for fill them in

We regret this situation and reiterate our support for the Cycling Federation of Uruguay and its President Pablo Quintana, who made every possible effort together with his leadership to celebrate the centenary of COPACI in the country where it was born in 1922, argued the official statement from the highest entity of cycling in America.

In its place, the city of San Juan, in Argentina, ratified that it will host both events, with the commitment and confirmation of its highest authorities: Governor Sergio Uñac, the sports secretary of that town Jorge Chica and the president of the Cycling Union of the Argentine Republic (UCRA) Gabriel Ovidio Curuchet.

In favor of the decision of San Juan, Argentina, weighed that it is the only country in Latin America that organizes a UCI Pro-Series race; while part of the tracks used for the Tour de San Juan will be used. In addition, the Organizing Committee has a lot of experience and organization for road events.

A record participation of nations and cyclists is expected at the Pan-American road race and the COPACI Centennial Congress, as well as several world and Olympic medalists from America, who will give prestige to the main cycling event in our region this 2022.

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