The Secretary General of the Union Europeéenne De Cyclisme (UEC), Enrico Della Casa, personally brought to Hungary the contract for the 2022 European Road Cycling Championships, which was signed today in Budapest with Zolt Törzsök, Vice President of the Hungarian Cycling Federation (MKSZ).
The European Indoor Cycling Championships will see the best of two disciplines, artistic cycling and cycle-ball, compete against each other in 2022. The event will be hosted in Nyíregyháza, which also hosted the 2020 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) V4 Juniors Road World Cup. Due to the pandemic last year, it was the only Nations' Cup race in the world that could be held, so the European Union was right to pay attention to both the Hungarian organisers and the venue.
Dr Tünde Szabó, State Secretary for Sport, said at the time that cycling is one of the most spectacular sports, so the Government is happy to support the organisation of any such event.
According to Péter Princzinger, President of the Hungarian Cycling Federation, international cycling organisations and federations are increasingly interested in Hungary, which is due to two important factors. On the one hand, Hungarian riders have moved up the international rankings, so more and more people are following the development of the sport in Hungary. On the other hand, domestic cycling events and races such as the Tour de Hongrie, the V4 Kerekparverseny or last year's Junior Nations' Cup reflected effective organisational work that convinced decision-makers that Hungary is capable of hosting world-class sporting events.
Although cycling is one of the sports less affected by the epidemic, it was Indoor Cycling that had a lot of difficulties in 2020. Nevertheless, we are very confident that at next year's continental tournament, excellent Hungarian riders such as Martin Schön, Zsófia Hugyecz, Vilmos Toma and Tamás Árendás will enrich Hungarian cycling with medals.