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Canadian Heritage

August 31, 2010 20:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports 2010 Union Cycliste International Mountain Bike World Championships

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2010) - Today the Government of Canada confirmed funding to the Canadian Cycling Association in support of the 2010 Union Cycliste International (UCI) Mountain Bike World Championships, which run from August 30 to September 5 at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec. The announcement was made during the opening ceremonies by Daniel Petit, Member of Parliament (Charlesbourg–Haute-Saint-Charles), on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport).

"Our Government is proud to support the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, which will once again showcase some of our country's elite athletes." said Mr. Petit. "This event provides participants and spectators alike with an exciting opportunity to enjoy the highest level of competition. I am confident that we will see many of these athletes competing in London in 2012."

Mont-Sainte-Anne first hosted the Mountain Bike World Championships in 1992 and again in 1998. It remains one of the rare sites to have hosted these prestigious championships on more than one occasion and is the only site in the world to have held a UCI event every year since the sport of mountain biking gained prominence in 1991. The 2010 Mountain Bike World Championships will attract the sport's best athletes, including Canadian Olympic medallist Marie-Hélène Prémont, and will be the crowning event of the season. More than 50 countries, 800 athletes, 2,200 Vélirium enthusiasts, 350 journalists, and 100,000 spectators are expected to take part in the full week of activities and competitions.

The Government of Canada believes that participation in sport is part of a healthy lifestyle and contributes to a healthy society. Hosting international sport events gives Canada the opportunity to showcase our country to athletes and spectators from all over the world.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from the playground to the podium. A contribution of $500,000 was provided for the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships through Sport Canada's Hosting Program.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Vanessa Schneider - Director of Communications
    819-934-1122
    vanessa.schneider@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca