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Western Australia Minister for Tourism Kim Hames

Masters Of Cycling Head To Western Australia For First Leg Of World Tour

Victor P Taffa

Perth has been named by international cycling body, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), as the host city for the first ever World Cycling Tour Qualifying Event.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames welcomed the news and said the UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) was a fantastic addition to Western Australia’s events calendar.

“The tour is a series of up to 15 UCI-sanctioned races that will be held all over the world with the top 10 % in each age group receiving the right to race in the final for the coveted rainbow jersey.” Dr. Hames said.

“This is very exciting news for WA, as Perth is the only city in Australia with exclusive rights to host this event for at least the next three years.”

“The UWCT event presents an opportunity for WA to host a world-class sporting event in Perth, which over the next three years will attract significant national and international visitation.” Dr. Hames said.

It is proposed that the UWCT in Perth will comprise nine categories, both male and female, commencing at the age of 30 and rising in five year brackets up to 65, with a Challenger Class for 16-29 year olds. The proposed course will feature 10 laps over a 14-kilometre circuit around Perth.

Mr. Andrea Marcellini Mendonça from UCI said the organisation was delighted to have Perth as the opening event of the UCI World Cycling Tour.

“Perth’s bid to host the event was very professional, showing the city’s infrastructure and tourist attractions which are perfect to receive international visitors.” Mr. Marcellini Mendonça said.

“We could not have hoped for a better partner to kick-off the UWCT, and we have no doubt Perth will provide a wonderful sporting experience.”

The UCI World Cycling Tour will start in Perth on April 16, 2011.

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