New Oceania Cycling Confederation Executive Committee elected

Tracey Gaudry (Australia) was re-elected unopposed for a second term as President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation, Thursday January 17 in Adelaide.

Tony Mitchell (New Zealand) was re-elected to the Oceania Cycling Confederation Executive Committee. Four nations will be represented with three new members Leeanne Grantham (Australia), Patrick Keenan (Fiji) and Eric Tydingco (Guam) elected.

“The Oceania Cycling Confederation has made great progress over the last four years encompassing improved governance, growing membership from four nations to seven, our place on the World Tour Calendar with two events and the re-establishment of women’s UCI races in the region,” said Oceania Cycling Confederation President Tracey Gaudry.

“I’m delighted to be re-elected as President for a second four year term and very exciting that the Executive Committee represents four different nations.”

The Oceania Cycling Confederation AGM also saw the admission of New Caledonia as an Associate Member, joining Australia, Fiji, Guam, New Zealand, Tahiti and Vanuatu as nations. The admission of New Caledonia increases the number of nations from four in 2013 in further signs of the continued growth and development of cycling in the region.

“To become a member of the Oceania Cycling Confederation is very important for New Caledonian cycling considering our geographical distance from France,” said three-time Olympic Champion Félicia Ballanger, a New Caledonia delegate.

“Also joining with two big cycling nations in Australia and New Zealand we are hoping the Oceania Cycling Confederation will support us in getting cycling in to the Pacific Games.”

From September 2017, following a change in the UCI Constitution, Oceania will have two members on the UCI Management Committee. Joining Confederation President and UCI Vice President Tracey Gaudry will be a second member who will be elected at the 2017 UCI Congress from at least two nominees from within the Oceania Confederation.

“It is great to be here to see the enthusiasm, commitment and passion that there is for cycling in this part of the world. The Santos Tour Down Under is a great manifestation of that and it is good to be here with all of the delegates and hear about their plans for the future,” said UCI President Brian Cookson OBE.

“Cycling is growing strongly in Oceania and the UCI will do everything it can to support that. We congratulate everyone in this region for all of their efforts,” Cookson added.