The meeting of the Management Committee of the Pan American Cycling Confederation (COPACI) agreed in its last meeting on October 9, to celebrate the 100 years of the governing body of cycling in America in the city of Punta del Este, Uruguay, as part of the Pan American Road Championship, from April 21 to 24 of next year.
At the meeting, held virtually, the President of COPACI, José Peláez, recalled that 2022 will be the 100th anniversary of this organization, born on September 24, 1922 and whose first president was precisely a Uruguayan, the Engineer Juan Bautista Maglia.
Pablo Quintana, president of the Uruguayan cycling federation, thanked this possibility and presented a promotional video of what would be the organization of the championship in the city of Punta del Este, belonging to the department of Maldonado.
Then Mr. Damián Tort, representative of the departmental government, expressed his pride that Maldonado was ratified as the venue for the centennial championship and reiterated the local government’s commitment to holding it. In the same way did José Martin Hualde, sports director of the Maldonado administration.
Two Pan American Mountain Bike Championships were also confirmed at the meeting, the one for the Downhill modality (DHI) from February 19 to 20 in Costa Rica, and the one for the Marathon modality (XCM) from August 19 to 21 in Brazil. Likewise, Argentina was ratified as the venue for the continental competition of the BMX Race September 11 and 12.
Although the headquarters of other Pan American competitions are still pending, but it was reported that negotiations are being made with different national federations, based on the candidacies presented, the sanitary conditions of those countries and the support of local governments.