Sakarya is ready for the Championship

The press launch ceremony of 2020 UCI World Mountain Bike Marathon Championship, which will be hosted by Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality under the auspices of Presidency of Turkey, was held in the Cycling Valley. The ceremony was honoured by the attendance of  İbrahim Kalın (Presidential Spokesman), Çetin Oktay Kaldırım (Governor of Sakarya), Ekrem Yüce (Mayor of Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality), Kenan Sofuoğlu (Ak Party Sakarya Member of Parliament), Erol Küçükbakırcı (President of Turkish Cycling Federation) and Vice Presidents of the federation, İrfan Çelik (President of the Sakaryalılar Foundation, in Ankara), district mayors, representatives of NGOs, Provincial directors, members of press, guests politicians, athletes and artists, and multitude of audience. The launching ceremony of the giant organization to be held between 23-25 October, was broadcast live from many national and local channels, and the audience had a magnificent evening watching the peculiar shows.

Thomas Allier, French ex-BMX World Champion, appeared on stage and greeted the audience. He said "It will be a very good race. The preparations here are the best ones I have seen until now.

I liked the city of Sakarya. Let it be a good race”. Onur Turgut, Serkan Balkan, Zeki Kaygısız, Onur Balkan, Emre Yavuz, Halil İbrahim Doğan and Mustafa Sayar (Salcano Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality Cycling Team and National Cycling Team athletes) were introduced to the audience at the launch ceremony.

Metropolitan Mayor Ekrem Yüce, thanking all the guests attending to launch ceremony of 2020 UCI World Mountain Bike Marathon Championship launch ceremony, said, “Our city, Sakarya is a city where people from all nationalities and cultures live together, so I call the city as the city of the cities. People with Bosnian, Circassian, Laz, Turkish, Albanian, Kurdish and many other origins live here in unity. The championship, one of the most respected cycling organizations in the world that pertains to our city Sakarya, will take place here this year. We will host athletes, teams, press members, sports fans and bike lovers from all over the world in our city. We will show the hospitality of Sakarya inherited from our ancestors to the whole world."

Erol Küçükbakırcı President of Turkish Cycling Federation said "we are here today to promote UCI World Mountain Bike Marathon Championships that will take place in October. As Turkish Cycling Federation, we always support such organizations. Such organizations contribute to the promotion of our city and our country. Our Mayor of Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality supports active life. Active life means health and economy. Sakarya is a city where people love cycling. In our country, cycling as a sports organization is getting increasingly more attention from the public every day. I would like to thank everyone who attended."

Governor Çetin Oktay Kaldırım said “Our city, Sakarya is an important sports city, a branded sports city, we have achieved great success not only in team sports but also in individual sports, and Sakarya has achieved international success in sports, raised many valuable athletes who became a brand in their sport, so it is an important sports city. The same with Turkey, becoming a brand in the world, Sakarya is becoming a branded city with its natural beauty, agricultural and industrial opportunities and peaceful life, and is evolving into an exemplary position to other cities. This city is truly a paradise on earth with its natural beauties; such as rivers, sea shores, green forests, suitable for four seasons of tourism.  It is one of the cities that has a very important geographical location with very strong logistic facilities. Hopefully, it will reflect all these strengths to sports infrastructure, and will be a brand city that raises important athletes both in team sports and individual sports with its many sports infrastructures, as in the valley we are in. I hope many successful athletes, world champions will be nurtured here".

Prof. Dr. İbrahim Kalın, Presidential Spokesperson, who started his speech by thanking everyone who attended the ceremony, said “Sakarya is a city with many beauties. I am sure that this organization will be held in the best way. It is very accurate for Sakarya to host this important cycling organization because Sakarya is the most suitable city for this organization with its agriculture, greenery and nature. Building such a sport facility like Cycling Valley here in Sakarya, Turkey indicates that we will host such huge organization, in the future too. On this occasion, I express my gratitude to all the people of Sakarya for their interest in cycling. With such interest and support, such giant organizations will be held more in our country.”