UCI National Federations Newsletter #25 - 23.02.2017


Dear members,

It was a pleasure for me to attend the African Cycling Confederation Congress in Luxor last week which was followed by the UCI Sharing Platform. These were held alongside the African Continental Cycling Championships, which I also had the privilege of watching.

Congratulations to Dr Mohamed Wagih Azzam, my UCI Vice-President, for his re-election as CAC President for another term. The Congress also elected nine voting delegates and five reserves for UCI Congress, and nominated two candidates for the Management Committee: current member and President of the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Cyclisme Mr Mohammad Ben el Mahi, and Mr Lucas Georges, President of the Seychelles Cycling Association.

After Congress, the Sharing Platform brought nearly all our National Federations together for a series of presentations, discussions, and sharing of ideas and experiences. I value these opportunities to see so many of our NFs working together for the benefit of cycling and helping each other with ideas and solutions.

This was our third Continental Congress and Sharing Platform of the year after those for Pan America (in Havana, Cuba) and Oceania (in Adelaide, Australia). I will also attend the ACC Congress, the Asian Road and Para-cycling Championships and the continent’s UCI Sharing Platform in Bahrain at the beginning of March, as well as the UEC Congress the same week.

Next weekend, the 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup draws to a close in Los Angeles, which will also host the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships a week later. These are our second UCI World Championships of the year and the first time this event is held in the season following a Paralympic Games. This represents great progress for the development of the discipline, and I take this opportunity to thank the 21 nations which have registered 77 athletes for this event. We are conscious that the award of this year’s event came late in the season and your support is greatly appreciated.


Message from the President

UCI News: Continental Confederations Congresses and UCI Sharing Platforms - Questionnaires on women's cycling

Sports :
Road – UCI Cycling Gala - UCI Road Continental Teams - Licences for riders' agents - Guidelines for Vehicle Circulation in the Race Convoy - Drivers' certificate for vehicle drivers in a UCI WorldTour event

Track – 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup - 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot
BMX Racing – 2017 UCI BMX World Championships and Challenge
Mountain Bike – UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup - 2017 UCI Mountain Bike teams

Trials - Cancellation of the 2nd round of the 2017 UCI Trials World Cup
Para-cycling - 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships - Commission Meeting - Regulation changes - Athletes' Commission

Indoor – 2017 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships - 2017/2018/2019 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup

Spotlight on… India
UCI WCC Corner

We remind National Federations to consult their dedicated Extranet on a regular basis. Besides the possibility to register their events on the international calendar or their athletes for different UCI events, the Extranet provides access to numerous administrative and practical documents. It also contains all the previous newsletters. 


Continental Confederations' Congresses and UCI Sharing Platforms
The CAC (Confédération Africaine de Cyclisme / African Cycling Confederation) Congress took place on Sunday 12th February, 2017 in Luxor, Egypt; Dr Mohamed Wagih Azzam was unanimously re-elected President of the Confederation by acclamation.
On February 13th and 14th, the UCI Sharing Platform was hugely successful thanks to the participation of several delegates representing the 32 National Federations present in Egypt as part of this great week of cycling, which also included the African Continental Championships. The next Sharing Platform will take place on March 1st in Bahrain, two days before the ACC (Asian Cycling Confederation) Congress. The UEC Congress will take place the same week.

Questionnaires on women's cycling
As part of the development of women's cycling within our National Federations, two questionnaires were distributed with the aim of understanding the different strategies that have been implemented.

It is essential that National Federations return these questionnaires. They will allow us to understand and analyse the strategies that have been implemented, and we will then be able to share best practices with all Federations; identifying gaps will also allow us to implement a development strategy.

We would urge National Federations that have not yet done so to send us the completed questionnaires by March 15th 2017 at the latest to the following email address:  



UCI Cycling Gala
The 2017 UCI Cycling Gala, where the year’s greatest achievements in women and men’s professional road cycling will be recognised, will take place in the Chinese city of Guilin, venue of the Tour of Guangxi’s final stage on 24th October 2017.

The 2017 UCI Road World Champions as well as the 2017 UCI WorldTour Champions will be recognised at this event.

We encourage teams to keep this date in mind to honour their 2017 Champions.

UCI Road Continental Teams
172 UCI Continental Teams and 44 Women’s Teams have been registered for the 2017 season, including first-time registrations from Albania, Belarus, Canada and Thailand.

Licences for riders' agents
We would like to remind National Federations that licences for riders' agents can only be issued if the agent in question is in possession of a valid UCI licence for the current season. A list of UCI-certified riders' agents can be found here.

The UCI has published the Guidelines for Vehicle Circulation in the Race Convoy as an appendix to the UCI Regulations
This guide applies to all international events on the UCI calendar; all drivers in the race convoy are required to comply and Organisers are responsible for the correct application of the guide at their event.

This guide is intended as material to support training of National Federations, Organisers and Commissaires, in order to improve the coexistence of vehicles and riders and thereby increase the safety of everyone during events.

While certain countries have long-standing practices that do not correspond exactly to the published guidelines, National Federations are asked to gradually move towards standardised practices. Consequently, UCI Commissaires are instructed to only report practices to the UCI that have a major and obvious impact on (1) safety, (2) the correct running of the event, (3) the image of cycling or (4) on sporting integrity.

We would also remind you that law enforcement agencies and official authorities of the relevant countries retain their powers in terms of issuing instructions concerning event safety and application of local regulations, with which riders must comply as a matter of priority.

Finally, the UCI would like to thank all stakeholders and representatives of the National Federations who helped to develop this guide, which is one of the pillars of the UCI's overall action plan for the safety of riders during races.

Certificate for vehicle drivers in a UCI WorldTour event
In 2013, new regulatory provisions were introduced obliging all members of the press wishing to drive a vehicle in the race convoy to also hold a UCI Licence (art. 2.2.035 of the UCI Regulations).

In addition, all drivers who hold a “licence for a vehicle driver in a road event” [para 1.8 of art. 1.1.010 of the UCI Regulations] are also required to be in possession of a “Driver's certificate delivered by the UCI” (art. 2.2.035 bis of the UCI Regulations) according to the instructions published on this subject, if intending to drive a vehicle in the race convoy during a UCI WorldTour event. The certificate will be issued to drivers who have completed a UCI course.

This provision primarily concerns press drivers (photographers, TV, radios…) who usually hold a “licence for a vehicle driver in a road event”. Holders of a licence for all other functions [art. 1.1.010 of the UCI Regulations] are exempt from these obligations. However, the UCI encourages all drivers to take part in the course at some point.

With the support of the International Association of Cycling Journalists (AIJC), 15 courses have been scheduled for the 2017 season: 
  • Friday 24th February before the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite
  • Friday 3rd March before Strade Bianche
  • Saturday 4th March before Paris – Nice
  • Sunday 19th March before the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
  • Saturday 15th April before the Amstel Gold Race
  • Monday 24th April before the Tour de Romandie
  • Sunday 30th April before the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt
  • Thursday 4th May before the Giro d’Italia
  • Saturday 13th May before the Amgen Tour of California
  • Friday 30th June before the Tour de France
  • Friday 28th July before the Tour de Pologne
  • Saturday 29th July before the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
  • Friday 18th August before La Vuelta Ciclista a España
  • Thursday 7th September before the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
  • Wednesday 18th October before the Gree-Tour of Guangxi
The up-to-date list of drivers already in possession of a « Driver’s certificate delivered by the UCI” is available here. All drivers are kindly requested to check the expiry date of their certificate.

Drivers wishing to register are kindly asked to fill in the enrolment form (available here) and return it to with the subject “Driver’s certificate”.
2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup
This week sees the final leg of the 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup:
  • Los Angeles (United States) - February 25th-26th, 2017
All available documentation on the event can be found here

2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot - Hong Kong, China

We would strongly encourage teams to book accommodation by contacting at CSE in order to benefit from the best possible deal.
We also like to remind you that the roads in Hong Kong are not open to cyclists. The closest hotels to the velodrome have been reserved by CSE. If you book after the end of this month, you will inevitably be required to stay further away from the velodrome, which may cause problems with transport and services.
Quotas for the World Championships will be published in the week following the final leg of the 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Los Angeles on the page dedicated to the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot, which can be found here.

Reminder: 240 rollers and trainers provided by TACX at the 2017 UCI Track World Championships presented by Tissot

TACX have offered to bring 240 rollers and trainers to Hong-Kong for the UCI Track World Championships presented by TISSOT. TACX will set up a ‘neutral’ warm-up area in the track centre with up to 30 trainers and rollers for all riders to use at their own convenience. Additionally, they will make the remaining 210 rollers available to the National Federations for the duration of the event, training days included. The models of the trainers and rollers available will be as follows:
In order for us to plan the distribution as best as possible, we would ask you to let us know by email how many trainers and rollers you need for the period. Please get back to the UCI before 3rd March, 2017.
On site, TACX will have a distribution point in the track centre for you to collect and return the rollers and trainers.
TACX and the UCI is pleased to be able to offer this service to you and help reduce your cost.
Reminder – 2017 UCI BMX World Championships and Challenge (international license + medical insurance)
National Federations are reminded of the requirement to ensure that all participants in the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships and Challenge in Rock Hill USA, regardless of their category, have an international licence valid for the 2017 season.
Likewise, riders must have sufficient insurance necessary to cover them while attending the championships, in accordance with the UCI Regulations, specifically article 1.1.006:
1.1.006 1. Federations shall issue licences according to such criteria as they may determine. They shall be responsible for monitoring compliance with these criteria.
Before the licence is issued, the licence holder and the national federation must ensure inter alia that the licence holder is adequately insured against accidents and civil responsibility in every country where he practices competitive cycle sport or training throughout the year for which the licence is issued.

National Federations are informed that neither the UCI nor the organiser are responsible in case a rider’s insurance coverage is deemed as not valid.
Likewise, National Federations are reminded of Article 6.1.005:
6.1005: A rider aged 17 years or over may choose to compete at either Championship, Challenge or Masters (only if aged 30 and over) level at the beginning of the season, in the appropriate age and gender group.
A rider cannot participate in more than one of the Championship, Challenge, or Masters levels during the same season. The rider’s licence must indicate the category of the rider; riders may only be registered in the categories indicated on their licence.

This means that all riders who wish to race in the challenge categories in Rock Hill must take a licence as a challenge rider at the start of the 2017 season, and participate as a challenge rider until 2018.

UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup
We are pleased to announce the return of mountain bike cross-country Eliminator (XCE) to the highest level with the launch of a new UCI World Cup in 2017. All the rounds will be characterised by city-centre competitions.

The series is made possible thanks to the UCI’s partnership with City Mountainbike, organisers specialised in the staging of XCE events in urban settings. Their events have been registered on the UCI International Calendar since 2012. City Mountainbike will be responsible for all aspects of the event organisation, such as the course set-up, official timing and television production.

Raced over short and technical courses in heats of four riders at a time, XCE is a mixture of cross-country Olympic, for the type of course, and four-cross, for the format.

The discipline, which featured on the programme of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano for three seasons (2012 – 2014), will now have a series in an enhanced format. XCE, present since 2015 at national and continental level and at the UCI World Championships, will set out to conquer city centres throughout the six-month season.

From May in Volterra (Italy) to October in Beirut (Lebanon), the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup will visit eight cities in seven countries from three continents.

2017 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup calendar
Volterra (ITA) – 5-6.05.2017*
Columbus (USA) – 3-4.06.2017
Waregem (BEL) – 24-25.06.2017
Bangkok (THA) – 29-30.07.2017*
Winterberg (GER) – 26-27.08.2017
Apeldoorn (NED) – 2-3.09.2017*
Antwerp (BEL) – 23-24.09.2017
Beirut (LIB) – 15-16.10.2017*

*Pending confirmation by National Federation

2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
Please note that the following documents are available on the UCI website:
  • Schedules
  • Online registration deadlines
2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Cairns (AUS)
Please note that the following documents are available on the UCI website:
  • Schedules
  • Online registration deadlines
2017 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships – Singen (GER)
Please note that the following documents are available on the UCI website:
  • Schedules
  • Online registration deadlines
2017 UCI Mountain Bike teams
The 2017 UCI Mountain Bike Teams have been published on the UCI website as well as the UCI Mountain Bike Team Ranking for Endurance / Gravity teams.
2017 UCI Trials World Cup
The second round of the 2017 UCI Trials World Cup scheduled for Prague on 1st and 2nd July 2017 has unfortunately been cancelled and will not be replaced.
2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships – Los Angeles
The 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships will take place from March 2nd - 5th in Los Angeles, at the VELO Sports Center. The event will be held one week after the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup taking place at the same venue, and will therefore benefit from the pre-existing infrastructure. 77 riders from 21 nations will be in attendance to compete for first place and the coveted World Champion jersey.
In keeping with the UCI's desire to develop Track Para-cycling, it was decided to make the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships a continuous annual event, thus bringing an end to the traditional break in the year following the Paralympic Games.
A forum of nations will be held on Wednesday, March 1st during these Championships, where all representatives from the National Federations will be invited to participate and will receive important information concerning the coming years. The UCI will also answer any questions from representatives relating to the discipline and to the forthcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The forum will be held from 15:30 to 17:00 at the UCI's official hotel.

Commission Meeting in Los Angeles
The Para-cycling Commission will convene on March 6th in Los Angeles, after the World Championships, for its first annual meeting. Several topics will be discussed, such as classification and technical regulations. A working group will be established to discuss and study the specifications of handcycles and tricycles in order to update the regulations.

Regulation changes effective from 01.02.2017
The recent changes to regulations that were approved by the UCI Management Committee in January came into force on February 1st, 2017. These are available on the UCI website here.

The main changes concern procedures for classification, which have been updated to conform to the 2017 IPC Classification Code. This code must be implemented by all Paralympic sports by January 1st, 2018. 

Athletes' Commission 
With the composition of all the UCI Commissions being renewed in 2017, the Athletes’ Commission is also electing new members. This procedure began at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bieles (Luxembourg) with the election of two cyclo-cross representatives.
As the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles are imminent, we are now calling for candidates (one male and one female) for the two para-cycling representatives on the Commission. The role of these representatives will be to present propositions concerning a large number of para-cycling-related topics to the UCI Management Committee, and to act as ambassadors for the discipline when dealing with different UCI committees and bodies.
Members of the Commission are elected for four years. The mandate will run from the 2017 UCI Congress until the Congress in 2021.
To be eligible, candidates must be included in the final rankings of the current season, or the 2014, 2015 or 2016 seasons. They must put themselves forward for the role before August 21st 2017.
The elections will be held at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships which take place in Pietermaritzburg (South Africa) from August 31st to September 3rd.  A system will be organised to enable para-cyclists who take part at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships to vote even if they do not attend the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. Details will be communicated in the days before the competition.
Although the elections won’t take place for several months, we encourage potential candidates to already inform us of their interest by sending an e-mail to:
The final list of candidates will be published on the UCI website the week before the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. The results will also be communicated via
2017 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships
Preparations for the 2017 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships are underway. The international event will be staged at the new tradeshow centre in Dornbirn (AUT) between 24th – 26th November 2017. Under the slogan “A time to make friends”, the organisers look forward to welcoming the world’s top artistic cycling and cycle-ball athletes and more than 3,000 spectators each day.

The UCI will conduct a site visit on 23rd and 24th February to inspect the newly refurbished competition site. The final green light for the World Championships will then be given provided all requirements are fulfilled.

The 2017 edition will be the eighth UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships to be held in Austria and the fourth hosted in Vorarlberg. The state is, after all, firmly at the centre of Indoor Cycling activities in Austria.

Information and tickets are available here.

2017 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup 
Registration documents for the 2017 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup have been sent to the Indoor Cycling Representatives of the National Federations concerned.
The registration deadline is Wednesday 8th March 2017.

Should you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact:

2018-2019 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup
After a review of the season length of the UCI Cycle-ball World Cup, it has been decided to spread the season over two years, with the first leg being held in April 2018 and the Final in January 2019. The events will take place from April-May and September to December, thereby avoiding the need for tournaments to be staged during summer months, which are not favourable for Indoor activities.

The calendar is expected to be composed of six European legs and one non-European leg.

Any questions can be addressed to
2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Series – Calendar procedure
The 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Series kicks off after much anticipation in the coming days. This series represents the pinnacle of Cycling for All events around the world and we are constantly working to ensure it continues to develop and benefit from maximum exposure.
This is why the calendar procedure for next year’s UCI Gran Fondo World Series has been reviewed with a candidature deadline set for 31 March 2017.
By moving the procedure forward, the calendar can be approved by the UCI Management Committee at its meeting in June 2017. Events will therefore benefit from longer exposure before the season begins. There will also be time to implement an effective communication and generate more interest and commitment from riders and fans.
The complete bidding procedure can be requested by contacting:
 Upcoming events 
ROAD          -           TRACK          -          MOUNTAIN BIKE
BMX         -         CYCLO-CROSS         -         TRIALS

INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING


We continue our series focusing on the work of our National Federations with a look this month at India. We encourage all our National Federations on the five continents to send information and pictures illustrating their activities and development projects to

Earlier this month, the 37th Asian Track Cycling Championships took place at the indoor cycling velodrome in New Delhi.

Hundreds of athletes from all over the continent converged on the Indian capital for this annual event which saw them riding in the tracks of India’s own cycling stars. For as well as hosting top quality international competition, New Delhi’s velodrome houses India’s National Cycling Academy and the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) satellite, a residential centre complete with mechanics’ workshop, gym, and Wattbikes. It is staffed by 15 coaches, as well as mechanics, a masseur, physiotherapist, mental coaches, psychologist, dietician… no stone is left unturned when it comes to the development of the nation’s riders.

Around 50 young talents aged 14 to 16 reside at the satellite centre where they can combine training with academic studies. They also rub shoulders with the Indian National team (Men, Women, Elite and Juniors).

“Basically, this is the nursery for all the talented young hopefuls who will provide the bench strength of the Indian team,” said Onkar Singh, Secretary General of the Cycling Federation of India, shortly after the opening of the satellite centre at the end of 2015.

These facilities and training possibilities are possible thanks to an agreement between the National Cycling Federation of India and the Government through the Sports Authority of India. The country aims to field a strong contingent of Indian cyclists at the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In the meantime, India enjoys a global rise in the popularity of cycling at all levels.

“Thanks to our efforts and persuasion with different authorities, we have been able to activate all the 15 velodromes across the country,” says Mr Singh. “Another six are either under construction or in the advanced stage of planning. Our aim is that by 2019, all the major states will have at least one track.”

In addition to 2000 cyclists licenced directly with the Federation, another 3000 are licenced through the 22 affiliated provincial associations and four Government Boards. These include cyclists of all ages and across the disciplines of mountain bike, road and track cycling.

National Championships are held annually in these three disciplines, each time in a different part of the country with the aim of developing the sport’s popularity nationwide. 

Cycling is also encouraged among students, with State and National Championships for schools held annually and serving as a basis for talent identification. Likewise, all-India inter-University Cycling Championships for both road and track are held every year under the guidance and patronage of the Cycling Federation of India.

Another area of emphasis is the development of women’s cycling.

“We encourage greater participation of women in our championships and now have almost equal participation in our various national events,” enthuses Mr Singh.
At races with monetary rewards, men and women receive equal prize money, and the National Cycling Academy has the same number of Junior women as Junior men.

“At first we had trouble convincing parents of women cyclists to bring them to the residential Academy but now we have produced better results, things are easier,” observes Mr Singh.

Concerning cycling professions, courses are held regularly for coaches and Commissaires. A UCI Level 1 coaching course held in May 2016 attracted coaches from 14 countries, with more planned for 2017. Meanwhile, the Indian Federation organises a Commissaires Course before each National Championships.

Aims for 2017
The Cycling Federation of India has no intention of slowing down its ambitious programme. For 2017 objectives include:
  • Work towards medal-winning performances at the 2018 Asian Games
  • Strengthen the strength of junior cyclists and expand the talent identification programme
  • Continue and strengthen coach education
  • Upgrade the UCI WCC satellite to make it a hub of cycling for all South and West Asia.




Courses for mechanics
National Federations can now apply for one of the UCI World Cycling Centre’s Expert mechanics to deliver a Level 1 course in their country.

Part of the UCI WCC Education Programme for National Federations, this offer is new in 2017 and is added to a similar initiative for coaches in which UCI WCC Experts deliver Level 1 coaching courses across the world.

National Federations can apply to host a Level 1 mechanics course for 10 to 15 mechanics. Lasting five to seven days, the course is delivered in French or English and includes theory and practical sessions. Successful participants will receive UCI WCC certification.

Although some courses have been given in different countries in the past, this new programme gives all Federations the opportunity to improve the level of their mechanics’ expertise. Funding for all courses is organised by the Federation, which must also provide a suitable working space and the necessary equipment. All course participants should have their own bikes and tool kits.

More information about how to apply to host a course and what must be provided can be found on the UCI WCC website.

Level 2 and 3 courses for mechanics are delivered only at the UCI WCC headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.
Talent identification camp
Young road cyclists from all over Europe were put through their paces at the UCI World Cycling Centre last week during a Talent Identification camp.

At the beginning of a new Olympic cycle, the UCI WCC is on the lookout for athletes who could potentially qualify for Tokyo 2020. A request to Europe’s National Federations to put forward the names of their best young male and female road cyclists was followed by a selection process that resulted in 37 Junior men and women from 17 countries travelling to Aigle, Switzerland.

After one week under the watchful eye of the centre’s professional coaches, some of the athletes will be invited back to the UCI WCC this summer to prepare for the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway, in September.

“Looking ahead to the 2020 Olympic Games, the aim is that these athletes will form our Elite group in the next few years,” explains UCI WCC High Performance Manager Belinda Tarling. She added that other talent identification initiatives would be carried out in different regions and for all the Olympic cycling disciplines.

At the UCI WCC last week, the coaches were looking not only at the athletes’ current form but at their potential to improve, their mental attitude and physiological tendencies. The young cyclists trained on the road, the track, in the gym, and on the centre’s stationary Wattbikes. Their week in Switzerland also included theory sessions focusing on technical issues, tactics and anti-doping.
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