Dear Athletes and Sports Fans
We are delighted to host UCI 2020 Mountain Bike Marathon World Championship, the world's most respected cycling organization.
Sport that brings everyone under its roof regardless of language, religion and race all over the world is a symbol of brotherhood and peace; at the same time, it helps the development of healthy societies and healthy individuals.
Sports, which contributes greatly to our physical and mental development, is also an important factor in forming social unity. Competitions bringing everyone together contribute to forming a universal culture.
In Sakarya, we attach importance to every branch of sports. We do not hesitate to provide everyone from 7 to 70 with all our opportunities in our city, "City of Sports”. Not only professional sportsmen and athletes; we also support amateur sports.
It will make us happy if everyone in our city includes any sport into their daily routines. In this context, we carry out studies without ignoring this issue in our projects that we have realized in order to spread cycling.
"Cycling Valley", where the championship will take place, is one of the best in Europe and among few cycling valleys in the world. "Cycling Valley’’ is a centre for our people to have a rest, to breathe and socialize as well as to do sports activities. It is a place where everyone can either do sports or have pleasant moments with his family.
I would like to express my gratitude to everyone, especially our President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who contributed to host this world-wide organization in our city.
Mayor of Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality