Presidential Decree

Belisario Betancur, President of the Colombian Republic
Bogotá, 11 June 1984

Article 1.
The national government considers cycling a sport of special significance in Colombia, and in promoting Colombia abroad. Consequently the government, by means of the Colombian Institute of Youth and Sport, and the relative regional sports administrations, shall encourage the practice of cycling, as a recreational activity and in the organization of competitions and sporting events in all their forms, in accordance with the regulations emitted to this effect.

Article 2.
This decree shall take effect from the date of expedition. To be communicated and implemented.1

On Monday 24 June 2013, Manual for Speed will publish the first in a series of essays about Development in Colombia: from institutions, agencies, clubs, academies and teams to individual riders, friends and families.

  1. Rendell, Matt, Kings of the Mountains, London; Aurum Press Ltd, 2002 []