UCI National Federations Newsletter #13 - 13.04.2016 


Dear members,

I have had the pleasure of attending some wonderful cycling events recently, not least the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Italy. It was the second time, after 2011, that these Championships were held in the Lombardy town of Montichiari.

The four days of competition were crucial this year as they offered the athletes a final opportunity to secure a ticket for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in September. The atmosphere was quite something, and I was also delighted to see the Organising Committee’s initiative to hold daily sessions for school children to meet with athletes and learn more about the discipline.

Moving to road cycling and the Spring Classics, I was fortunate to be able to follow some great racing, starting with a weekend in Italy for round four of the UCI WorldTour, Milano-Sanremo, and the third round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. More recently, I was in Belgium for the Ronde van Vlaanderen. With victories for Peter Sagan and Lizzie Armitstead, our rainbow jerseys were very much in the limelight at the finish line in Oudenaarde.

The launch of the inaugural UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup was held in Paris at the end of March, and I felt a real interest in and enthusiasm for this new series which marks the integration of the discipline into the UCI.

Meanwhile, April heralds the start of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, which opened in Lourdes (France) on April 9th and 10th.

129 teams from 30 countries have registered for the 2016 season. We are delighted to have two nations, Luxembourg and Malaysia, registering a team for the first time, as well as Mexico returning with a team after an absence of four years. 


The UCI International Calendar is a key element of the UCI Sports Department’s work and in order to complete this important task, the contribution of our National Federations is crucial.
The registration procedure for the UCI events will allow the preparation of the different calendars for next season.
The guide below contains the registration procedure for all disciplines.
We kindly ask you to respect the deadlines for the submission of the completed registration forms.

Finally, please bear in mind article 1.2.012 of the UCI Regulations: a race can only be considered for registration if the organiser has honoured his or her financial obligations with the UCI.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information.

Date for the 2016 season end
The UCI Management Committee has finalised the date for the end of the Road season: Sunday 23rd October 2016.

The following events will conclude the 2016 Road season:
  • Abu Dhabi Tour (UAE) - ME - 2.HC (20-23.10.2016)
  • Chrono des Nations (FRA) - WJ/MJ/WE/ME - 1.1 (23.10.2016)
  • Japan Cup Cycle Road Race (JPN) - ME - 1.HC (23.10.2016)

2017 UCI Road World Championships – Bergen (NOR)
The UCI Road World Championships will take place next year in Bergen (Norway) from 16th-24th September. National Federations can find attached an information document introducing the region and ways of accessing Bergen, the provisional programme of events as well as the list of hotels with guaranteed prices for the delegations and ways to book.

2016 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships
The UCI World Cycling Centre is delighted to host the 2016 UCI Junior Track World Championships and will be providing significant support to talented riders by supplying mechanics, racing bikes and low cost local accommodation. This is all part of the UCI’s strategy to help nurture and support developing nations and to grow the sport in new markets.

In order to fill another gap in the journey towards perfect parity between men’s and women’s Track events, the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships programme - which you can find here - includes a 20th exhibition event.
As you can see on the programme, which has already been published on the Championships’ website, a Women’s 20km Madison event will take place on Saturday 23rd July, potentially with 10km qualification events in the morning if the number of participating teams exceeds the maximum number of teams permitted on a 200m track.
As it is an exhibition event, there will be no World Champion in this category.
2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
The UCI is working to finalise the calendar for the 2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, as well as the programmes for each round. We aim to have four rounds in compelling and attractive locations, consistent with the new qualification system for the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Registration deadlines Papendal (NED)
National Federations are reminded that the UCI online registration system for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal opens on 14th April,12:00 CET, and closes on 28th April, 12:00 CET.

2016 UCI BMX World Championships - Competition Guide
The competition guide for the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships in Medellin (COL) is now available on the UCI website. To retrieve it, follow this link.

2016 UCI BMX World Championships – Accreditation and registration deadlines
National Federations are reminded that the accreditation system for the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships in Medellin, Colombia is now open. The system will close on 12th May,12:00 CET.

The number of team assistants for the challenge / masters categories has been increased.

Type Maximum number of accreditations
NF President 1
NF General Secretary 1
NF Officials 1
NF Accompanying Officials 1
Press Officer 1
National Technical Director 1
Team Staff – Championships Categories  
Team Manager – Championships 1
Team Assistants – Championships 3
Coach – Championships 2
Mechanic – Championships 2
Doctor – Championships 1
Paramedic Assistant – Championships 2
Team Staff – Challenge and Masters Categories  
Team Manager – Challenge and Masters 1
Team Assistants – Challenge and Masters 15
Coach – Challenge and Masters 2
Mechanic – Challenge and Masters 2
Doctor – Challenge and Masters 1
Paramedic Assistant – Challenge and Masters 2
Total maximum 40
Please take note of the following:
  • On site requests (requests that are made after the online accreditation is closed) will be limited in number and subject to evaluation on a case-by-case basis. Approval of such late requests cannot be guaranteed even if quota mentioned above has not yet been reached. We strongly recommend that accreditation requests are made using the online system.
  • The Challenge and Masters team manager can only request the accreditation badges for the Challenge and Masters team staff, and not those for the Championships team staff (unless the team staff are the same as for the Championships categories).
  • Team staff accredited for both Challenge and Championships categories will receive a single badge valid for both.
  • Challenge team staff accreditations will not allow access to the Championships team area.
2016 UCI BMX World Championships – Status of Challenge Track
The UCI can confirm that construction of the Challenge track for the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships has begun. It is expected to be completed on 30th April.

2016 UCI BMX World Championships – UCI BMX Convention
The deadline to register your delegation (maximum 2 delegates / country) for the 2016 UCI BMX Convention is 12th May. The registration form is available here. Please e-mail completed forms to the UCI Off-Road department.

2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
The 2016 season of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup opened in Lourdes, France, for the second consecutive year. After rain and damp conditions all week leading up to the event, race day dawned sunny and warm, drastically changing course conditions.

You can read the news, consult the results and watch the highlights of the Women Elite and Men Elite’s races on the UCI website.

Information on Cairns and Albstadt
After the first leg of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lourdes (FRA), we are now focused on the next events. Later this month, we will see the Mountain Bike athletes competing on next year’s UCI Mountain Bike World Championships courses in Cairns (AUS) on April 23rd and 24th with Cross-country and Downhill. Then in May, Albstadt (GER) will host the first single Cross-country event of the season on May 21st-22nd 2016, followed by la Bresse (FRA) on May 28th-29th 2016.
Online registration deadlines for these events are as follows:
  • Cairns (AUS): 07.04.2016 – 18.04.2016, 12:00 CET
  • Albstadt (GER): 05.05.2016 – 16.05.2016, 12:00 CET
  • La Bresse (FRA): 12.05.2016 – 23.05.2016, 12:00 CET
Please find below the useful links for the rider’s registration:

2017 UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar – Procedure/deadlines
The 2017 Mountain Bike International Calendar Procedure is sent together with this newsletter. We would like to remind you the deadline to submit your events is July 29th 2016

2016 UCI Trials World Cup schedules
The schedules for the five 2016 UCI Trials World Cup rounds are now available on the UCI website.

2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup - Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
We would like to remind you that the deadline for registration is today, Wednesday 13th April 2016. If you have not yet had the chance to do so, please register your riders as soon as possible. The competitions will begin on Friday 6th May with the team relay, followed by the time trial on Saturday 7th and the road race on Sunday 8th.

Training for National Classifiers
A training course for national classifiers will be organised during the Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium. The theory courses will take place on Monday 16th May and will be followed by a practical workshop on Tuesday 17th May. An invitation letter was sent last week to all the main addresses of the National Federations. The deadline for submitting candidates’ registrations has been set for 20th April. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email.  

UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
The 2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will be held in Perth (AUS) from 1 to 4 September 2016. 10 wildcards are available only for National Federations that are not hosting a qualifying event.

For further information, please consult the documents below:
For any questions, please contact us.
Testing for technological fraud
The UCI’s Technical Team has been testing for technological fraud for many years and with the objective of increasing the efficiency of these tests we have been trialling new methods of detection over the last year. We have looked at thermal imaging, x-ray and ultra sonic testing but by far the most cost effective, reliable and accurate method has proved to be magnetic resonance testing using software we have created in partnership with a company of specialist developers. The scanning is done with an ipad and enables an operator to test the frame and wheels of a bike in less than a minute, as the images below demonstrate.
It is with this scanning method that we detected a hidden motor at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Heusden Zolder in January 2016 where we tested 114 bikes. We have tested bikes at many races this year (for example 216 at Tour of Flanders, 224 at Paris Roubaix) and will continue to test heavily in all disciplines throughout the year. We shall also be licencing the product to our National Federations later this year once we are sure it is ready for wider distribution. Further details can be provided by our Technical Manager Mark Barfield at

Disciplinary case
The UCI Disciplinary Commission’s decision on the technological fraud hearing regarding Femke Van den Driessche is expected to be rendered and announced in the coming days.
Training Course for UCI Indoor Cycling International Commissaires
The next training course for UCI Indoor Cycling International Commissaires will take place in Switzerland from 10th-12th June 2016.

14 National Federations, having Indoor Cycling activities, have been asked to send their potential candidates applications. The UCI will operate a final selection based on the received files and available places. The parties concerned will be informed of the final selection in April.

 Upcoming events 
ROAD          -           TRACK          -          MOUNTAIN BIKE
BMX         -         CYCLO-CROSS         -         TRIALS

INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING


BMX Freestyle Park

In three weeks’ time, cycling history will be made with the staging of the opening round of the first ever UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup.

The French city of Montpellier will be the venue of the first round from May 4th to 8th followed by Osijek (Croatia) on July 21st-23rd, Denver (USA) on September 3rd-5th and Edmonton (Canada) on September 16th-18th.

This young and dynamic discipline, in which jumps and figures are more important than speed, marks a new chapter in our sport. By integrating BMX Freestyle Park into its cycling disciplines, the UCI is embracing a young generation of bike riders who impress with their daring and bike handling skills as well as their mental and physical strength.

Backflips, tailwhips, nose wheelies, wallrides, 360s and grinds… the uninitiated will learn a whole new vocabulary as they watch competitors execute figures that will be judged according to difficulty, originality and style. Taking place on different urban features such as angled obstacles, curbs, rails and walls, BMX Freestyle Park goes back to the “street” origins of BMX.

It is already a popular feature of the FISE World Series, the International Festival of Extreme Sports, and the first edition of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup will remain part of this series, organised by the French company Hurricane Action Sports. This partnership between the UCI and Hurricane Action Sports will help grow the discipline and its international following.

The spectacular nature of the discipline attracts young people living in cities, an important target of the Olympic Movement, which is embracing the discipline by including it in the 2017 ANOC World Beach Games and the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. In addition, the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup will be a springboard for the 2017 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships, which will also include mountain bike cross-country Eliminator (XCE) and trials.

Potential hosts of BMX Freestyle Park competitions should be encouraged by the low cost of construction of the sporting infrastructure which is delivered ready for use, is temporary and does not require a large surface area.

The growth potential for this already popular cycling discipline is enormous and there is no doubt that we are embarking on a new and exciting era. 



UCI Data Project
A new data project which will, over time, allow for better interaction between National Federations and the UCI was brought in at the beginning of 2016; the principal idea is to put in place tools (web portal, interfaces, etc.) to facilitate the exchanging of information and the collection of results.

One important element in the eventual success of this project will be the introduction of a unique ID number for all riders. This will allow all members of the cycling family and its partners to identify a rider with much greater precision and to collect their results, keep their records updated and to facilitate the passing of information between Federations. This replacement for the UCI code will definitely come into effect in 2017, and will become the standard for data exchanges.

In order to ensure that this project is a success, and to allow us to be certain that the eventual solutions satisfy our needs, we would like to involve a panel of National Federations willing to help us define and design the system. If you are interested, please contact our IT Manager.

WADA Prohibited List Reminder
Please let us remind you that, as of 1.01.2016, a substance called “meldonium” has been added to the WADA Prohibited List in section S4.5.3 (please find the links to the 2016 Prohibited List and the Summary of Major Modifications
The drug that contains this substance is named “Mildronate” - but may also be present in other preparations, for instance Mildron.ts, Quaterine, MET-88, or THP.
Please do not hesitate to contact the CADF should you have any question.




Qualification Places
In accordance with the schedule published at the end of the Qualification System for the XXXI Olympic Games, the UCI has received confirmation of the take-up of all qualification places by the relevant National Olympic Committees.
Consequently, the reallocation of leftover places scheduled for 11th April has become irrelevant, and the next and final stage will be each sport’s registration deadline for the Olympic Games, which must be before 18th July.

Following the announcement by the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committee concerning the cancellation of the test event, which had already been postponed twice, we are able to confirm that at time of writing, the track surface has been completed from the cote d’azur to the foot of the outer railings.
There is of course still a lot of work to be done to finish the building, but the Organising Committee is working flat-out to meet the upcoming final completion dates, under the continued supervision of the UCI and the IOC.


Qualification places

In accordance with the IPC Qualification Guide, the qualification period for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games ended on 27th March, one week after the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy. The rankings and provisional allocations of qualification places have been updated and are now available on our website at this page.

Bipartite Invitations
The procedure for bipartite invitation requests began on March 30th 2016. National Paralympic Committees wishing to submit a request must complete the appropriate form and return it by email to the address shown. The deadline for submitting a request is 27th April 2016; requests will not be considered after this date.

Confirmation of quotas
On 13th April 2016, the UCI will inform all National Paralympic Committees in writing of the number of places allocated as well as ’ring-fenced’ places. The NPCs will have until 27th April to confirm take-up of their places. 



Aussie cycling stars pay tribute to Hayman’s Roubaix #ParisRoubaix Photo © Graham Watson


It's been a busy weekend so far @BMXSuperX! Who will be crowned champions? #UCIBMXWC


Såpeglatt på brosteinen i dag. Velt på 3 av 6 nordmenn så langt. Alle på sykkelen. #sykkellandslaget #2sykkel


There is still time to apply for our training courses for cycling’s different professions, including our comprehensive Coach Development Programme and Mechanics Training Courses.

Coach Development Programme
In 2016 we are running two courses at the UCI WCC headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland. We have already received applications for these courses but space is still available.
  • Level 3 (Diploma):
    August 8 - September 2
  • Level 2 & 3 (Diploma) BMX specific:
    October 3 – 28
Do not hesitate to apply, as each course is restricted to a maximum of 15 participants.

The BMX specific course is being run in response to demand from coaches of this discipline. The course will take place at the same time as a BMX talent identification camp, and course participants will be able to work with these athletes during the practical sessions.

As a reminder, the UCI WCC Coach Development Programme is divided into three levels. Level 1 and 2 courses can be conducted in different countries, while the highest level, leading to the UCI WCC Diploma, is a course that takes place uniquely at our headquarters in Switzerland. Since the launch of the Coach Development Programme in 2010, 85 men and women from 46 countries have received the UCI Coaching Diploma, then taking their expertise back to their own countries to develop cycling worldwide. At the Asian Cycling Championships in Tokyo at the beginning of the year we caught up with three of our Diploma graduates.

Coaching course in Timor
Still on the subject of coach education, a Level 1 course was recently held in Timor, conducted by Portuguese National Coach Gabriel Ruivaco Mendes.  The eight-day course was attended by around 25 men and women. It is interesting to note that Gabriel Ruivaco Mendes was one of our first UCI Diploma graduates in 2010 – he is now national coach and also sharing his expertise further afield with up and coming coaches.

UCI WCC Mechanics Course
Our first 2016 mechanics trainees recently left the UCI World Cycling Centre armed with their Level 2 qualification. After four weeks of training, all four South Koreans successfully completed the four-hour practical exam leading to their Level 2 certificate. Among the trainees was Audrey Ji Yeong Yook, our first female graduate. Two of the last intake of mechanics work independently, one works for the Korea Cycling Federation and one is based at the UCI WCC South Korean satellite centre.

There is still room on our next four Level 2 courses, as well as Level 3 courses later in the year which are restricted to mechanics who have already obtained Level 2. More details about the mechanics training, including the calendar of courses and application form, can be found here.

These courses are a fantastic opportunity to get hands-on experience, helped by our UCI WCC tutor Jean-Louis Guihard-Thébault while working alongside professional mechanics and the centre’s high-level athletes.

Don’t forget that here is also the possibility to request a Level 1 course in your own country. For further information, contact

Tour du Maroc
Six of our Under-23 road trainees set off for Morocco at the end of March, to tackle the 10-stage Tour of Maroc, part of the UCI Africa Tour. The UCI WCC Team was made up of trainees from Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Macedonia, Guatemala and Morocco.

Our young athletes held their own amid the professional peloton and improved every day. They are still in the learning process but even so, managed some magnificent results, finishing fifth in the teams’ classification. Some of the stand-out individual results include:
  • German Nicolas Tivani Perez (Argentina) finished 5 times in the top 10 and won the final stage
  • Tivani Perez and Anass Ait El Abdia (Morocco) finished 1st and 2nd in the sprint classification respectively
  • Caio Godoy Ormenese (Brazil) finished 3rd in the mountains classification and 3rd in the youth classification
  • Final General Classification: Anass Ait El Abdia (Morocco) 16th, Caio Godoy Ormenese (Brazil) 20th and German Nicolas Perez Tivani (Argentina) 21st.
We are looking forward to the next races, including the Tour de Bretagne (April 25th – May 1st), where the team should show an even higher level.
Training camps for UCI National Federations at the UCI WCC
Use the UCI WCC high-quality infrastructures as base camp for your preparation to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Your Federation is welcome at the UCI World Cycling Centre to train on its BMX Supercross track or for any cycling training camp (track, BMX, road, mountain bike) under the responsibility of your own coaches.
The UCI WCC offers infrastructures in pleasant surrounding:
  • 400m BMX Supercross track with 8m and 5m departure ramps and straights divided into Pro and Challenge lines
  • 200m covered velodrome
  • Gym and Wattbikes
  • Inhouse restaurant and accommodation in the centre of Aigle, Switzerland
  • Testing facility with resident Sport Scientists
Our team will be happy to send you a detailed proposal for your next training camp: Info & reservation:
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