Dear Cycle fans,
Cycling is a modern way of exercise where muscle stength coexists alongside with the use of the wheel, an invention that changed the course of humanity. Nowadays modern bicycles make use of new technological achievements (materials, computer science etc.), a factor that makes the involvement with the sport ever more attractive and interesting.
Over the past few years there is a significant number of bicycles in our area, which urges the Municipality to turn its eye more seriously upon this sport. Therefore, despite all the difficult circumstances, we undertook the organization of the 17th International Cycling Championship for journalists, which is a very significant event with great prestige on the international athletic calendar. Taking into consideration the invaluable help of our volynteers we believe that we can pull off a well organized starting point for the organization of more significant athletic events in our Municipal.
Dear friends and fellow journalists,
Since the launch of the World Press Cycling Championships (WPCC) in France in 2000 it has become a great gathering not only of cycling-enthusiast journalists, but also radio and TV reporters, and media specialists from press agencies and digital publications.
For those professional colleagues from up to twenty countries, this unique event is much more than just sport at its best. It is also a reunion with old friends and a place where new friendships are formed. Ultimately the results are secondary. >After success in 2012, it is a personal pleasure for me that once again the sunny Island of Crete and particularly Agios Nikolaos will be our proud host. I would like to thank Mayor Andonis Em. Zervos, vice-mayor Charis Alexakis, Leuteris Rafailakis, vice president for sports, and all employees of the city administration, and say: "Together we are strong". I hope the WPCC 2016 in beautiful city of Agios Nikolaos can be a sign of friendship and solidarity with our Greek colleagues in these difficult times. It will be a sporting environment where fairness, the Olympic spirit, and European ideals are to the fore. Sports director of the 2016 WPCC is the experienced ‘Sports Tours Hellas' team under the guidance of my friend George Leventakis, who was responsible of the 2015 UWCT-stage in Skyros where he received great recognition. Proud supporter of the WPCC will once again be the International Cycling Union/UCI who provide the prestigious winners’ medals. Sponsor of the iconic WPCC champions’ jersey is Bioracer, which is the supplier to several national teams at the Olympics and World Championships. Take the chance to visit and enjoy with us the WPCC 2016. Come together with family and friends in picturesque Agios Nikolaos, with its numerous sun-drenched beaches, great hotels and wonderful restaurants. I'm sure you will, like me, immediately fall in love with the most beautiful town on Crete. I wish everyone a great build-up to the WPCC 2016 with strong numbers of participants. In the meantime have fun while training, take care, and all the best.