Submitted by admin on April 23, 2009 - 00:35
Until 1932 the sport of amateur cycling in New Zealand was controlled by the New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association, and the national championships for cycling events were held in conjunction with the national athletic championships. The NZAAA, however, was not affiliated to the French Union Cycliste Internationale, the world-governing body of cycling, and New Zealand cyclists were not eligible to enter international competitions. In 1929 a rival amateur body, the New Zealand Union of Cyclists, was formed in Auckland. Both applied for international affiliation which was refused by the UCI on the ground that only one such affiliation could be granted to each country. Although protracted negotiations took place between the NZAAA and NZUC, little progress was made towards establishing unified control of the sport. In 1932, therefore, the NZAAA decided to relinquish all control over cycling. As a result of this the New Zealand Amateur Cycling Association was formed.