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UCI National Federations Newsletter #4 - 08.07.2015 


 MESSAGE FROM THE UCI PRESIDENT 

Dear members,

We are just two weeks out from the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. BMX is cycling’s youngest Olympic discipline and one that continues to develop and gain in popularity worldwide. The BMX Worlds are unique, as not only do they reunite the best Elite riders from all over the globe, but the week before they also attract hundreds of competitors in the Challenge classes from as young as five years old.

It was our desire to build on this huge popularity that led us to explore the possibility of integrating BMX Freestyle Park into our range of disciplines. It immediately became clear that this was the right road to take. The International Festival of Extreme Sports (FISE) World Series will provide the ideal setting for next year’s inaugural UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup, and the first UCI Urban Cycling World Championships are foreseen for 2017, combining our new discipline with mountain bike cross-country Eliminator (XCE) and trials.

One of five BMX Freestyle specialties, BMX Freestyle Park is already incredibly popular and will now see its profile elevated as an official UCI discipline. We will work together with the Hurricane Company, organisers of the FISE World Series, to ensure that the integration of our new discipline is carried out efficiently and smoothly.

Not only does BMX Freestyle Park enjoy a huge following, particularly among the younger generation, it is relatively easy to organise events at low cost. Its integration can only benefit the UCI, our National Federations, BMX and cycling as a whole.



 

 SPORTS 

BMX Freestyle Park Integration

Following the UCI’s recent announcement to integrate BMX Freestyle Park into its structure, the UCI will regularly update all National Federations on the status of integration, as well as the important topics each Federation needs to know in order to begin managing BMX Freestyle Park in its own country. 

This month, we have two topics for you:
  • What is BMX Freestyle Park?
  • Overview of the Process of BMX Freestyle Integration
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The first important element for the attention of our National Federations concerns the selection of the events in the 2016 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup. In 2016, this series will consist of at least 3 rounds. The events will be held as part of the multi-sport FISE World Series events, which are organized as a partnership between Hurricane Action Sports (The UCI’s partner for managing BMX Freestyle Park) and the chosen host city.

Our goal in this is to ensure that our National Federations are informed and involved, and are in a position to give their approval to host a BMX Freestyle Park World Cup event. Once the UCI has contacted each National Federation to introduce this topic and answer their questions, it will then be up to the host city and Hurricane to apply to the concerned National Federation for its’ support to host a BMX Freestyle Park World Cup.

Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the UCI Off-road department.

 
 ROAD 
 
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Regulations amendments
Please take note of the most recent regulation amendments for Road, namely:
 
Art. 2.2.010
The article now clarifies the requirement of rider accommodation during stage races: “In all road stage races on the international calendar, the organisers must cover the subsistence expenses of the teams from the night before the start to the final day; riders must stay in the hotels provided by the organiser throughout the entire duration of the race”.


The decision was made in order to reaffirm absolute fairness between all riders. The amended article comes into force immediately.

 
 BMX 

2015 UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder (BEL)
The UCI will publish entry lists on 10th July. Please note that National Federations are responsible for ensuring that all entries in the UCI online system are correct; we suggest you double-check these before the registration system closes on 9th July.


2015 UCI BMX Convention

National Federations who have not yet sent their registration forms to attend this convention should do so by 9th July. Please send completed forms to Kevin MacCuish.

The convention will be held on Thursday 23rd July at 15:00 at the Circuit Zolder Congress Centre (location details available in the competition guide)
The convention agenda is enclosed.
Reminder: The competition guide is available on the UCI website. Please ensure that all team managers receive it.


2016 UCI BMX Calendar
The deadline to send registration forms for the 2016 UCI BMX Calendar is July 31st, 2015.


2015 UCI BMX SX World Cup – Engelholm (SWE)
The online registration system opens on 23rd July and closes on 6th August. 
The competition guide of the event will be available on the UCI website on 8th July.

 
 INDOOR 

2015 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships
General information, registration forms and accommodation options for the 2015 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships which will take place in Melaka (MAS) on 20-22 November 2015 are available on the UCI website.
Please respect the registration periods indicated on the forms.

 
 MASS EVENTS 

UCI World Cycling Tour Final
Preparations are in full swing and more than 600 riders have already registered for the final which will take place from 3rd to 6th September in Aalborg and Hobro (DEN). In terms of participation, the objective is to reach between 1,500 and 2,000 athletes.

There are two qualifying events left in this season’s programme:
‘La Leggendaria Charly Gaul’ in Trento (ITA), 17th – 19th July  
‘Radweltpokal’ in Sankt Johann (AUT), 22nd – 26th August

More information

 
 MOUNTAIN BIKE 

The 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships will take place in Vallnord (AND) from 31st August 2015 to 6th September 2015. All useful information relating to this event can be found on the UCI website.

In the competition guide, you will find information such as the official programme, course maps and profiles. 

The online registration system for riders will be open from 10th August 2015 to 24th August 2015 (12:00 CET).

The online accreditation system for media, organisers, teams and UCI partners is already open and will close on 24th August 2015 at 12:00 CET.


2015 UCI 4X World Championships

The 2015 UCI 4X World Championships will take place in Val di Sole (ITA) on 20th and 21st August 2015. All useful information relating to this event can be found on the UCI website.

In the competition guide, you will find information such as the official programme and the event’s regulations.

The online registration system for riders will be open from 6th August 2015 to 17th August 2015 (12:00 CET).


2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
The next legs of the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano will take place on the North American continent, in Mont Sainte-Anne (CAN) and Windham (USA). Don’t miss the online registration deadlines for these events.


2016 International Mountain Bike Calendar
The deadline to send registration forms for the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike Calendar is 31st July 2015.


The main events of the 2016 UCI Mountain BIke calendar have been unveiled. The details of the World Cup calendar are on the UCI website. On this calendar, we see the return of Cairns (AUS) and La Bresse (FRA).

The 2016 Mountain Bike World Championships will take place in two different places, Nove Mesto Na Morave (CZE) and Val di Sole (ITA) because of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

All related news can be found on the UCI website. 


2015 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships report

The 2015 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships took place on 27th June 2015 in Val Gardena (ITA). The event crowned two new World Champions: Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR) and Alban Lakata (AUT).
All related news can be found on the UCI website. 


 
 TRACK 

Registration procedure for 2015 UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships 
Please note that each National Federation taking part in the 2015 UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships in Astana (KAZ) must use the online system to register all persons included in the delegation:
 
- Registration and accreditation of riders (deadlines specified hereafter)
- Accreditation of all persons included in the delegation (managers, trainers, guests, etc).

 
The UCI must receive registrations via the Internet or by mail within the following deadline: at the latest on (art. 9.2.004):
Sunday 9th August 2015 12h00 (GMT +1).


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Do not hesitate to check our website for further information regarding the 2015 UCI Juniors Track Cycling World Championships.
 
 PARA-CYCLING 

The 3rd leg of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup will take place between 24th and 26th July in Elzach (GER). This small town of 7,000 inhabitants has already hosted several C1 events since 2010, and therefore the event’s organising committee is already very familiar with para-cycling. The following week, from 29th July  to 2nd August, the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will take place in Nottwil (SUI). Situated just 170km from Elzach, these two events could prove to be very successful thanks to their proximity in terms of both timing and location. Remember, these two events count towards qualification for the 2016 Paralympic Games and are the final Road World Championships before the Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Registration for the championships in Nottwil will close tomorrow (9th July) at 5pm. 

 
 CYCLO-CROSS 

2015 Cyclo-cross training camp
The annual Cyclo-cross training camp took place at the UCI’s WCC in Aigle, Switzerland, from 23rd to 28th June 2015. 14 riders from 9 nations benefitted from the expertise and knowledge of the camp’s head coach Geoff Proctor. Training included Cyclo-cross drills and skills, endurance road training and classroom sessions. News regarding this camp can be found on the UCI website. 


New Women’s Under 23 category
In accordance with the announcement made on 30th January this year, the members of the UCI Management Committee, who met in Aigle on 18th and 19th June, approved the modifications to the UCI Regulations for Cyclo-cross, introducing a new Women’s Under 23 (17-22) category taking effect from the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder (BEL). This new category will also apply to Continental Championships and – for the National Federations who wish to follow suit – to National Championships.

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 TRIALS 

2015 UCI Trials World Youth Games - Aywaille (BEL)
Please complete this registration form and send it to Dani Parramon before Monday 20th July 2015.

The race parameters of the 2015 UCI Trials World Youth Games have been published and are available on the UCI website.

It is highly recommended that you take part in the team manager and coach meeting scheduled on Friday 31st July from 12h30 to 13h00. Instructions concerning the development and procedure of the Trials Youth National teams’ competition will be given. The meeting will be held at Hostellerie Villa des Roses, Avenue de la Libération 4, 4920 Aywaille (BEL). 


2015 UCI Trials World Championships 
The 2015 UCI Trials World Championships will take place in Vallnord (AND) from 31st August 2015 to 5th September 2015. All useful information relating to this event can be found on the UCI website.

In the competition guide, you will find information such as the official programme and event details.

The online registration system for riders will be open from 10th August 2015 to 24th August 2015 (12:00 CET).

The online accreditation system for media, organisers, teams and UCI partners is already open and will close on 24th August 2015 at 12:00 CET.


2015 UCI Trials World Cup - Vöcklabruck (AUT)
The online registration system opens on 23rd July and closes on 3rd August.


2015 UCI Trials World Cup - Albertville (FRA)
The online registration system opens on 6th August  and closes on 17th August.



2016 UCI Trials Calendar
The deadline to send registration forms for the 2016 UCI Trials Calendar is 31st July 2015.
 Upcoming events 
 
ROAD        -        TRACK        -        MOUNTAIN BIKE        -        BMX
 
TRIALS        -        INDOOR        -        PARA-CYCLING


 SPOTLIGHT ON... 

Federation name: Cycling Canada
Founded: 1883     
President: John Tolkamp
CEO & Secretary General: Greg Mathieu
Disciplines: road, track, mountain bike, BMX, cyclo-cross and para-cycling
Cycling Canada is the national governing body responsible for the organisation and promotion of cycling in Canada. The organisation is a member of the Union Cycliste Internationale and the Pan-American Cycling Confederation (COPACI). It governs and actively promotes the cycling disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, BMX, cyclo-cross and para-cycling. 1,200 clubs are affiliated to the National Federation and they have over 11,000 licence holders, 75% male and 25% female.

Cycling Canada enables the development of athletes by leading high performance programmes. The development of a strong network of certified coaches and instructors, organisers, officials, events, volunteers and staff is one of the national federation’s guiding strategies ensuring amongst other things, access to cycling for all.


“Hop On, Canada” campaign: rallying cry to get more people on bikes
 
This new initiative from Cycling Canada encourages people to get on their bikes and contributes to the country’s reputation as a leading cycling nation. One of the elements of this multi-platform campaign is a visually stunning and cleverly executed 60-second ad showing a series of bikes in various scenarios, without riders. As they zoom around tracks, down country roads, or over mountain sides, the pace and music crescendo. More bikes join the caravan as the spot concludes, encouraging riders to “hop on” for a bicycling adventure of their own. The idea is simple but makes for an engaging way to position the Federation at the heart of cycling in Canada.
The spot is also supported by print and social media, including the campaign microsite. There you will find the premise of the campaign under the headings “Ride”, “Cheer”, “Support” and “Challenge” which includes information on how you can support the sport and its athletes, athlete profiles and interviews, overviews of the various disciplines, how to get started, how to volunteer as well as listings of upcoming races and events.

Cycling Canada will be adding stories and information to the site each month leading to the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2016 Olympic Games.
 Hop On 
 

Find out more about some of Cycling Canada’s other initiatives:
 
CAN-BIKE: series of courses on all aspects of cycling safely and enjoyably on the road
Let’s ride: coaching course designed for coaches working with youth at the community level
Race Clean Own Your Victory: athlete driven anti-doping programme that complements the "Roulez Gagnants au Naturel" programme run by the Québec Cycling Federation.

 

 UCI NEWS 

UCI Management Committee welcomes progress in implementing strategic plan
 
The UCI Management Committee met at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June and welcomed the progress that has been made in implementing the strategic plan to develop cycling as a competitive sport and activity over the coming years.
The UCI Strategy sees a renewed focus in growing cycling in all its forms across the world focusing on four key principles: development, internationalisation, ethics and excellence.
 
The UCI Management Committee awarded the following UCI events:
  • 2016 Para-cycling Track World Championships to Montichiari (Italy)
  • 2017 Para-cycling Road World Championships to Pietermaritzburg (South Africa)
  • 2017/18 UCI Masters Track World Championships to Los Angeles (USA)
The Management Committee received an update on preparations for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With cycling venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games still to be confirmed, the Management Committee reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the best possible Olympic experience for athletes and fans. UCI President Brian Cookson reiterated this concern during his meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday 22nd June.
 
The next UCI Management Committee meeting will take place in Richmond (USA) during the 2015 UCI Road World Championships this September. 


National Federation affiliations
The UCI Management Committee was pleased to approve the affiliation of the Icelandic Cycling Union and the Cycling Federation of Mauritania at its recent meeting. Their official membership requests will be considered at the 2015 UCI Congress together with the Kosovo Cycling Federation and the Vanuatu Amateur Cycling Federation. This will bring the membership of the UCI to 185 National Federations. 


2015 UCI Annual Congress and UCI Road World Championships
The annual UCI Congress will be held in Richmond (USA) on Friday 25th September during the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.
 
The official Congress convocation notice, agenda and folder will be circulated to National Federations in August.
 
All National Federations are eligible to receive hospitality packages to the world championships including access to the UCI lounge and the official gala dinner. Invitations will be sent out via email to National Federations shortly.

 

 UCI NEW BRAND IDENTITY 

The UCI recently unveiled its new brand identity which will help modernise the image of the organisation. A new logo is central to the update.
 
The distinctive rainbow stripes are a prominent feature of the new logo, reflecting the heritage of the UCI and its World Championship events. It is only the second time in 115 years that the UCI has refreshed its logo.
 
Key elements of the brand modernisation are a stronger UCI identity and increased visibility across all applications.
 
The redesigned logo is supported by a broader communications package, including iconography, graphics, photography and typography. The rebrand, which is being implemented across all UCI initiatives, aims to strengthen the UCI’s relationships with its stakeholders, audiences and commercial partners.
 
We are happy to provide you, via this link, with all necessary files and guidelines to update your communication material. In addition, we kindly ask you to send any use of the UCI logo to ucimedia@uci.ch for approval. 

 


 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC UPDATE 


Only 394 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
 

Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games: National Commissaires Training in Curitiba, Brazil 2015

The Union Cycliste Internationale, in cooperation with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and the Brazilian Cycling Federation, recently organised national commissaires courses for the Olympic cycling disciplines on the American continent.

The purpose of these courses was to provide training for the National Technical Officials (NTO) in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and to ensure the development and progression of National Commissaires on the American continent.
 
Both an Elite National Commissaire Road course and a National Track Commissaire course were held between 15th and 21st June and were led by UCI instructor Wayne Pomario (CAN), a UCI International Commissaire for many years.

Heralding from 8 different nations, there were 24 participants in total for the ENC Road course and 22 participants for the National Track course, with 20 of the participants in common across both courses.

Straight after these courses were held, a Para-cycling National Commissaire course was held on 22nd and 23rd June 2015. Taught by UCI instructor Catherine Gastou (FRA), the course saw the participation of 14 people from Brazil and Mexico.

The Mountain Bike Elite National Commissaire course took place this week at the same venue and was led by UCI instructor Artur Jordens (BEL). Over 10 participants from 4 different nations took part.

 

 #SOCIALMEDIA 

 
Congratulations to Valens Ndayisenga who has won the National ITT for the 3rd time in a row! #Thismuchpower
 

   @CyclingAus

How do @CyclingWA continue to produce world class talent? Murray Hall tells us in The Lead Out
 

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FUNDRAISER @Alex_A_Green is raising funds to purchase a new leg brace #Rio2016 @AUSParalympics http://igg.me/at/WtSGQ1jsfP8 


 UCI SPONSORS SECTION 

Sufferlandrian “national” training camp at UCI World Cycling Centre

The UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland, regularly welcomes National Federations wishing to make use of its facilities for their Elite athletes.

From June 14 to 20, the UCI WCC hosted 10 athletes and three support staff from a nation with a difference: Sufferlandria, a virtual nation of mountains, dirt, gravel and other cycling terrain featured in The Sufferfest workout training videos. This year, users of these videos (Sufferlandrians) were offered the chance to leave their virtual cycling world and take part in a training camp at the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) Swiss headquarters.

On the programme: road rides, cyclo-cross, track cycling, BMX, time trialling, skills and classroom sessions.

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 UCI's WCC CORNER 


Thomas Allier on UCI BMX World Championships preparation

Eleven UCI World Cycling Centre trainees will be lining up in the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden Zolder, Belgium, in two weeks’ time. Spotlight on their preparation with UCI WCC coach Thomas Allier…

This year for the first time, a group of the athletes remained at the UCI WCC over the winter months and were able to continue training on the centre’s new BMX Supercross track.

“This allowed them to work hard all winter and you could really see the difference compared with other years. They were extremely competitive right from the start of the season,” says Allier.

However, with the UCI World Championships scheduled for the end of July, Allier needed to ensure that they did not peak too soon. That is why, after the second round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal, the Netherlands, at the beginning of May, the coach allowed them to ease off for a while

“Athletes need to rest both physically and mentally. They use up a lot of nervous energy when racing.”

So how exactly does an Elite BMX athlete train?


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