Do you love your bike?
Maybe World Association of Cycling Event (WACE) is the place for you to be?
Six of cycling’s major mass participation events have this summer formed WACE to boost the global interest in the sport. It is South Africa’s Cape Town Cycle Tour; USA’s the TD Five Boro Tour in New York City; Sweden’s Vätternrundan; France’s L’Etape du Tour; England’s RideLondon and Italy’s Granfondo Campagnolo Roma that have joined forces in a new alliance. More than 200,000 people take part in the six WACE races each year, something the alliance hope to develop further.
“It is a very exciting time for cycling with such rapid growth in interest and participation. We expect a number of other major international cycling events to join us to promote the many health and lifestyle benefits of cycling and to work together to promote the opportunity to ride in great cities around the world. WACE events are working with city leaders to get more people cycling to help address the global issues of pollution, overcrowding on public transport and public health,” Hugh Brasher, president of WACE and event director for RideLondon, says.
Also International Cycling Union (UCI) passed a series of reforms to streamline the organisation. Both men’s and women’s elite World Tour are changed and a series of initiatives to ensure mass participation in the sport are underway.