February 24, 2006 (Ottawa, ON) — Dr. Pierre W. Blanchard, President of the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA), is currently paying his first official visit to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), aiming to state his position regarding the development of cycling in Canada and the American continent. From now until February 27, he will take part in a dozen face-to-face meetings on major cycling topics.
During his visit to the UCI headquarters based in Aigle, Switzerland, Blanchard will meet key managers of the UCI. “The CCA has now reached the point where we should consolidate the links existing at the international level. It is one of the objectives I want to pursue during my mandate,” explained Dr. Blanchard, who took over as CCA President last November.
Blanchard will be discussing numerous projects involved with all disciplines of cycling including education, development, major events, and the fight against doping. “I am willing to present a comprehensive message about the development of cycling this side of the ocean”, said Dr. Blanchard, “as the UCI is based in Europe and our reality is totally different in Canada and the American continent. I wish to give the UCI our vision for the short, average and long term,” added Dr. Blanchard.
A UCI Commissaire, Dr. Blanchard will also attend the International Commissaires’ annual meeting.