UCI National Federations Newsletter #22 - 17.11.2016 


Dear members,

There was little time to draw breath after the UCI Road World Championships in Doha before tackling the new season for track cycling.

Supported by our title sponsor and first-ever UCI World Cycling Partner Tissot, the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup got underway in Glasgow (GBR) at the beginning of November followed by the second round just a week later in Apeldoorn (NED).

As you know, this season we see the number of UCI World Cup titles for men and women double from five to 10, with the introduction of the Scratch race, points race, 1km/500m time trial, individual pursuit and Madison.

In Glasgow, we witnessed the first Women’s Madison at this level of competition. This will also be introduced at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, bringing perfect parity between the men’s and women’s events. This season also sees the new Omnium format, which now comprises four endurance events – Scratch race, tempo race, elimination and points race - held on the same day.

These changes were very well integrated into the opening rounds in Glasgow and Apeldoorn and I look forward to the rest of the season. As is always the case at the beginning of a new Olympic cycle, we are discovering new young athletes ready to challenge the more established names in the sport. It will be interesting to follow their progress this season.

Alongside our World Cup series for track, the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup is also in full swing and will continue this coming weekend with the fourth round in Koksidje (BEL). This is always a spectacular and popular event through the sand dunes of the North Sea.

Meanwhile our final UCI World Championships of 2016 will take place in Stuttgart (GER) at the beginning of next month. From December 2 to 4, the best cycle-ball teams and artistic cyclists will meet up for the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships. I am very much looking forward to watching this spectacular event and presenting our new UCI World Champions with the rainbow jersey. These lesser-known disciplines never fail to impress and I know we will be treated to a breath-taking three days of competition.

On a completely different and very sad note, I am sorry to inform you of the passing of one of our colleagues Suzanne Gabali after a long battle with illness. I know Suzanne, a member of the UCI staff since 1995, was known to many of our National Federations and she will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences go to her family.


UCI News: UCI logo – National anthems – DataRide

Road – registration deadlines women’s teams and continental men’s teams
Track  –2016-2017 World Cup–  2017-2018 Calendar – 2017-2018 Teams
Mountain bike – Registration 2017 Teams
BMX – Schedule 2017 World Championships – International Permanent Career Numbers             
BMX Freestyle news
Cyclo-cross – Registration deadlines 2016-2017 UCI Telenet World Cup – Deadline bids for 2017-2018 Telenet UCI World cup2017-2018
Trial – 2017 World Cup – 2017 World Youth Games
Paracycling –  meeting of the Commission
Indoor –2016 World Championships –  2017 calendar

Spotlight on the projects developed by our National Federations

UCI WCC Corner
We remind National Federations to consult their dedicated Extranet on a regular basis. Besides the possibility, among others, 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. 


In order to ensure that it is the most recent version of your country’s national anthem which plays when your athletes stand on the top step of the podium during a UCI event, we are currently updating our database. Consequently, we would appreciate it if you could send your preferred version in mp3 format to Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

We would also encourage our National Federations to add the UCI logo with a link to the UCI website onto their own websites, in order that your affiliate federations may directly access and consult any documents of interest. In order to obtain the new UCI logo in its different formats, feel free to send requests to   

The project is entering a critical stage and we would like to thank all Federations who have co-operated so far.  We enjoyed interacting with those Federations which were able to join us in Doha and very much appreciate the positive way in which the project has been received.
The changes to our regulations concerning the requirement for a UCI ID were published on our website immediately after the Doha meetings and you can read them here.
Many Federations have started to implement the UCI ID but many still have not.  If your Federation has not yet provided contact details to the UCI (and hence received a file of current UCI ID’s), please send by email to the name and email address of the person(s) responsible for licenses/membership and IT in your Federation.
Note that we are in parallel running a change process for timing companies, organisers, and timing companies.  You will receive separate communication as an organiser only if you have completed the contact information requested.


2017 Women’s Teams and Men’s Continental Teams: reminder of registration deadlines.
We would kindly ask the National Federations to take note of the next two deadlines for registering Women’s Teams and Men’s Continental Teams for the 2017 road season:

-25th November 2016: deadline for payment of the registration fee
-1st December 2016: completed registration forms must be submitted to the UCI (by email:
Feedback on new formats – Post-Rio rule changes
The first two Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup legs in Glasgow and Apeldoorn – which each saw around 40 nations and more than 240 athletes participate – allowed the new event formats brought in on 14 October 2016 to be analysed for the first time. Not only did the Women’s Madison make its first World Cup appearance in Glasgow, with 13 registered teams, but there were also new formats for the Madison, Sprint, Keirin, Points Race and Omnium. As a result, the UCI is already considering some adjustments, notably to the format of the Tempo Race, which will be communicated and applied soon.
Alongside this, the Track department would be delighted to hear feedback and suggestions from national teams via email to
2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup
Reminder of the 3rd and 4th legs:
- Cali (Colombia), 17-19 February 2017
- Los Angeles (United States), 25-26 February 2017
Rider and staff registration
Online registration for participating riders and staff members for the next two legs of the 2016-2017 UCI Track World Cup must be completed between Monday 16 January and Sunday 29 January 2017  at 12:00 (CET) for the 3rd leg in Cali, and between 16 January and Sunday 5 February at 12:00 (CET) for the 4th leg in Los Angeles, via the UCI Online Registration System.
Los Angeles Accommodation
For all reservations, please contact at CSE.
2017-2018 Calendar – Registration forms and instructions
The registration process for international track events on the 2017-2018 calendar will open on Monday 21 November 2016. On this date, National Federations will receive the registration forms and instructions by email. The National Federations must email completed forms to by 15 December 2016.
2017-2018 Track Teams – Registration forms and instructions
Registration forms and instructions for registering a track team for the 2017-2018 season will be sent to National Federations on Monday 21 November 2016. Forms and all required documentation must be emailed to before the deadline of Monday 6 February 2017.
2017 BMX World Championships schedule
The schedule for the 2017 BMX World Championships is now on the UCI Website.
2017 UCI BMX International Permanent Career Numbers
Please find here the provisional list of the 2017 UCI BMX international permanent career numbers. This list includes all riders who presently have international permanent career numbers in the 2016 season, as well as all of those presently without permanent career numbers who applied by the deadline on October 15, 2016.
This list is provisional, as it is not yet known which riders will finish the 2016 season without earning any UCI points (that is, riders who earned no UCI points in the period January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016). As per article 6.1.074, all such riders lose their permanent career number and must apply for it again by the deadline in the next season (if not already requested).
The final list of 2017 UCI BMX international permanent career numbers (less those riders who did not earn UCI points in the 2016 season as described above) will be updated in early January 2017 and will be published on the UCI website. At that time, the 2017 list comes into effect, and all riders on the 2017 list must use the number identified on this list (no other riders may do so). Meanwhile, please note that the 2016 UCI BMX international permanent career numbers list presently found on the UCI website remains in effect until the new list is published in January 2017.
2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Best Event
The UCI is pleased to announce that Santiago Del Estero (ARG) has been chosen as the best event in the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. This is the second time that this event has been selected as best event (the first time they won the best event was in 2014).
After the end of each season, a diverse group of BMX stakeholders are asked to rate each of the events in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on a number of different criteria such as technical aspects, event atmosphere and overall quality of the organisation.
While the 2016 series featured five very high quality events, this year, the organisation in Santiago del Estero rated at the top of nearly every category.
More information can be found here.
First UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup champions crowned in China
Australia's Logan Martin and America's Hannah Roberts claim title by winning the last round of the 2016 UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup in Chengdu.

During the last weekend of October BMX Freestyle Park athletes from all over the world met up in Chengdu, China for the last World Cup round of 2016. Daniel Dhers (VEN) and Logan Martin (AUS) were on top of the rankings before the last stop and whoever finished in front of the other would claim the first UCI BMX Freestyle Park title. Both riders did not make any mistakes and made it through to the final where Logan Martin edged out Daniel Dhers by 0.33 of a point (90.0 points vs 89.66). America's Colton Walker got third place on Sunday

2016 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup final standing. Men:
1.Logan Martin (AUS)
2. Daniel Dhers (VEN)
3. Nick Bruce (USA)
America's Hannah Roberts kept things interesting as she had a crash on a flair at the end of her first run. Although it did not look like she would get up and ride her second run, the 15-year-old grabbed her bike to do no-handers, barspins, backflips, tailwhips and a flair in run two. It's a sign of just how strong the ladies in this sport are. Cory Coffey (USA) claimed second place in China and 2nd in the 2016 World Cup overall behind Hannah. China's Zeng Peng Jia grabbed the last podium spot in China and Nikita Ducarroz got the bronze in the Freestyle Park overall in the women category
2016 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup final standing. Women:
1 Hannah Roberts (USA)
2 Cory Coffey (USA)
3 Nikita Ducarroz (USA)
2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano – Best Event
The UCI is pleased to announce the results of the vote of the best events of 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano as follows:
- Best event XCO – Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
- Best event DHI – Fort William (GBR)

As is the tradition, athletes, team managers, sponsors and UCI staff voted for the best cross-country Olympic (XCO) and best downhill (DHI) events of the season. Voters took numerous factors into account, including organisation, courses and atmosphere.
More information can be found here.
2017 UCI Mountain Bike Teams Registration
Mountain Bike Teams registration have been sent to all 2016 UCI Mountain Bike Teams and National Federations. Registration and payment deadline has been set to January, 15th 2017.

Assistants’ licence check for the 2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
During the first three rounds of the 2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, the licence check had been performed by commissaires in respect with the new UCI rule 5.1.0041. We have noticed a careful preparation by National Coaches to provide these lists and licences and we thank them for that. We do encourage the Coaches to keep on.
2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, report on Valkenburg (NED)
The third round of the 2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup has been held on the circuit of the future 2018 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, in Valkenburg Provincie Limburg (NED). Gioele Bertolini (ITA) got his 2nd consecutive victory in the Men U23 category. Yentl Bekaert (BEL) won the Men Junior race after a Belgium / France intensive match. The reigning World Champion Thalita De Jong (NED) dominated the Women race, while the race runner-up, Sophie De Boer (NED) became the new leader of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup. For the Men race, again it is a duel between Mathieu van der Poel (NED), the winner of the day, and Wout van Aert (BEL), who is still the leader of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.

2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, registration for Koksijde (BEL) and Zeven (GER)
The registration deadline for the 5th round of the 2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, is the following:
Zeven (GER) Saturday 26.11.2016
Registration opening: Thursday 17.11.2016, at 12:00 CET
Registration deadline: Monday 21.11.2016, at 12:00 CET
The entries list publication: Tuesday 22.11.2016, on
Security measures for Koksijde, 2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, on 20.11.2016
The access to the venue of the World Cup held in Koksijde will be strictly marshalled by the Belgian Police. The National Coaches have received specific instructions regarding the access, parking and accreditations. We kindly ask the attention of National Federations to this soon coming message.
Bids for 2017-2018 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – deadline
The bids to host a round of the 2017-2018 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup have to be sent to the UCI before the 1st December 2016. The bid guide is available here.

2016 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships, competition guide
The competition guide for the 2016 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships held on 02-03. December 2016 in Mol (BEL) is available here.
We remind you that the registration of riders is individual and can be requested on the Organisation website:
Cyclo-cross Continental Championships
The following riders have been crowned:
UEC Cyclo-cross European Championships
Toon Aerts (BEL), Men elite
Thalita De Jong (NED), Women elite
Quinten Hermans (BEL), Men U23
Chiara Teocchi (ITA), Women U23
Thomas Pidcock (GBR), Men Junior
Pan-American Continental Championships:
Stephen Hyde (USA), Men elite
Katherine Compton (USA), Women elite
Curtis White (USA), Men U23
Ellen Noble (USA), Women U23
Denzel Stephenson (USA), Men Junior

Instructions regarding the Continental Champion Jerseys are available on the Commissaires’ UCI extranet. Those riders are also qualified for the 2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Bieles (LUX), in addition to their nation’s quota.

2017 UCI Trials World Cup
The 2017 UCI Trials World Cup will include a total of six legs. The series will begin in Belgium in Aalter May 20-21.

The second round will be held in Prague (CZE), July 1st- 2nd then during the same month the third World Cup round visits Vöcklabruck (AUT) and Les Menuires (FRA) for the fourth round
The fifth round will be in Albertville (FRA) the last weekend of August.
The World Cup season will end in Belgium in Antwerp 23rd-24th September.
2017 Trials World Youth Games

It will be the first time the UCI Trials World Youth Games visits a Scandinavian country. Viborg (Denmark) will host the 18th edition of the most important international event for the young talent. Every year this event gathers almost 200 riders from 20 countries. The event will be held during the first weekend of August
UCI Trials social media
After the last 2016 UCI Trials World Cup round held in Antwerp, the UCI Trials Facebook page reached more than 25,000 followers. Don't miss the latest news on
Since November, you can follow our Trials activity on Instagram. The best photos and videos from the UCI Trials events as well as all the latest news!
2016 UCI Trials World Cup – Best event
The UCI is pleased to announce that Antwerp (BEL) has been chosen as the best event of the 2016 UCI Trials World Cup.

The top five riders in the overall World Cup and a group of Trials stakeholders are asked to rate each of the events in the UCI Trials World Cup.

Since the first best event established in 2013, Antwerp won three times in a row; 2014, 2015 and 2016
More information can be found here
Jozef Metelka’s participation in the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow
The first leg of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup took place on 4-6 November in Glasgow, Great Britain, and one para-cyclist was able to take part in the event. As part of its aim to develop and integrate para-cycling into the traditional events, the UCI awarded an exemption to Jozef Metelka, who had requested one for the individual pursuit. Metelka finished 14th out of 21 participants in a respectable time of 4:30.439, close to the C4 class world record of 4:29.112 which he himself set in Rio. This was a very impressive performance which marks an important step towards integrating para-cycling, following Alessandro Avigliano’s participation as a forerunner at the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships.
IPC Sports Debriefing Meeting
Also on 4-6 November was the 2016 Paralympic Games debriefing in Bonn, at the IPC headquarters, where a strong UCI presence looked to ensure that the development of para-cycling continues on the correct path. The principal aim of these meetings was to identify the positive and negative aspects of the Rio Games with an eye on Tokyo, to foresee potential problems and to organise the best possible event for athletes. It was also an opportunity for the UCI to meet people from different sports, and to share and compare experiences at the Games. These meetings were very constructive, and gave us confidence for the future.

Para-cycling Commission
The UCI Para-cycling Commission met on 20-21 October in Paris for its second annual meeting; several topics were discussed, including technical regulations and classifications. As a result, in order to align with the IPC’s International Standards, the UCI will update its regulations and classification procedures in early 2017. These changes will in no way modify the current classification structure, but will simply seek to clarify the current procedures and remove grey areas which are open to interpretation. 

2016 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup
The 8th round of the UCI Cycle-ball World Cup was held the last weekend of October in Wendlingen (GER).
The city of Winterthur (SUI) has welcomed the best teams of the season for the Final tournament which has been held on 12 November.

The results are available on the UCI website.

2016 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships – Stuttgart, GER
Preparations for the flagship event are underway and some non-European teams will arrive a bit earlier to participate in some training camps across Germany:

-The two Canadian women athletes (Artistic Cycling Single Women) have arrived on 15 November and train with Kathrin Igel (trainer – Association Promotion Club) in Fellbach, a city near Stuttgart. The Canadian Men Artistic Cycling athletes won’t be able to join this year’s event however;
-Semeul Shing (Hong Kong Delegation Chief) is arriving on 27 November together with 5 Artistic Cycling athletes. They will come to Erlenbach and prepare for the competition together with Rolf Halter (President – Association Promotion Club);
-The Malaysian Cycle-ball team and one Artistic Cycling athlete (Single Men) have arrived on 15 November. They will join a training camp in the Indoor Cycling club Niedernberg.
These training camps allow athletes to train with experienced coaches and disciplines’ experts to improve their skills.
All useful information on the World Championships are available on the official event website:

The final schedule will be shared directly with the concerned Indoor Cycling National Federations Representatives.

2017 UCI Indoor Cycling calendar
The 2017 calendar has been published on the UCI website.
Due to some difficulties in securing all organisers, the 2017 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup calendar is not yet available. The complete calendar will be communicated once it has been approved.

Artistic Cycling – Rules update 2017
The amended rules which will enter into force on 01.01.2017 are available on the UCI website.
Artistic Cycling World records
During competitions registered in the UCI Indoor Cycling calendar and according to defined criteria, Artistic Cycling athletes have the possibility to achieve World records.
During the “Swiss Austria Masters” held on 15 October 2016 in Unterstammheim (SUI), one new Artistic Cycling World record was achieved:
-ACT4 Open – RV Sirnach (SUI): 228.38 points (new world record)

The Swiss team (Céline Burlet, Melanie Schmid, Jenifer Schmid and Flavia Zuber) has brought the world record back to Switzerland. The previous record (226.04 points) was only held for a week by the German team from Steinhörin.
 Upcoming events 
ROAD          -           TRACK          -          MOUNTAIN BIKE
BMX         -         CYCLO-CROSS         -         TRIALS

INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING


Spotlight on our National Federations
Over the next few editions of our newsletter we will take a close look at some of our National Federations and the work being carried out to develop our sport in their regions. We encourage all our National Federations on the five continents to send information and pictures illustrating their activities and development projects to

Shani Bloch and Shlomi Haimy flew the flag high for Israel at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Bloch, a 37-year-old mother of three was the first ever female cyclist from Israel to compete at the Olympics. She finished a commendable 48th in the women’s road race.

Shlomi Haimy became the first ever Israeli mountain biker at the Games and astounded more than a few by completing the first lap of the men’s race in the lead group of five before suffering two flat tyres and finishing 29th.

It was the first time in 56 years that Israel had anyone competing at the Olympic Games cycling events. And it was not down to pure chance.

In the last three years, guided by its President Dr Yoni Yarom and CEO Yaron Dor, the Israel Cycling Federation (ICF) has developed our sport at all levels and across different disciplines. A few facts and figures:

-Budget: 1.1 million Euros (up 46% from 0.75 million Euros in 2013)
-License holders: 2500 (up 250% from 1000 in 2013)
-Events on the UCI calendar: 12 - four road and eight mountain bike - (up from five - for mountain bike only - in 2013)
-UCI teams: two - one road, one MTB– (up from zero in 2014)
-Social media exposure: over 8000 followers on Facebook (a rise of 30% in 12 months).

UCI Teams
Israel’s first UCI Continental Team, Cycling Academy Team, was established in 2015. Last season its members won stages in the Tour Azerbaijan and the Tour de Berlin. Founders Ron Baron and former pro cyclist Ran Margalio aim to step it up to UCI Professional Continental Team level in 2017.

Teamisgav Giant MTB Team, based in northern Israel, is a development project for U23 and Junior riders.

Cycling for all
Since its inception in 2010, the ICF’s Bikes4All project has established more than 100 new cycling clubs for youth across the country. Many clubs operate in underprivileged communities, with the project bringing together Jewish and Arab children in a friendly environment. The project is co-funded by the ICF, the Ministry for Sports and Culture and local government as well as private sponsors and donors.
Women’s Cycling
The ICF has a Women’s Cycling Coordinator on its staff, and runs special programmes, co-funded by the National Project Advancing Women’s Sports in Israel, for the development of women’s cycling. Initiatives include;

-a team of 11-16-year-old girls from different clubs who can train together once a month and attend an annual girls-only training camp,
-opportunities for the best to race in Europe at U17 level
-a high-performance programme for U23 and Elite women road and mountain bike riders.

What’s next
With road and mountain bike now well established in the country, the ICF is looking to develop other cycling disciplines. The country’s first cycling track is set to open at the Tel Aviv Olympic Sports Complex in 2018, thanks to a donation from Margaret and Sylvan Adams and from the Tel Aviv Foundation. Funding is also being sought to construct Israel’s first BMX tracks and a strategy is being developed to introduce and popularise both track and BMX.

Cycling’s four Olympic disciplines as well as Cycling for All are the focus of a new four-year development strategy in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF), presided by Robert Farrier, has the assistance of experienced professionals as it works to guide our sport into the future.

Mountain bike
There is already a solid foundation on which to work, particularly in mountain bike, which has seen a 400% increase in club membership between 2013 and 2016. This is thanks in no small part to the ideal terrain on the western peninsula of Trinidad in the picturesque tropical rainforest of Chaguaramas. However, in the last three years, new trails have been developed throughout both islands.

Result? Trinidad and Tobago will host its first international mountain bike event when the 2017 Caribbean Mountain Bike Championships stop over next September.

Track cycling
Track cycling is also on the up in Trinidad and Tobago, with club membership increasing 30% in the last two years.

Already hosts of the Easter International Cycling Grand Prix each March in the Arima Velodrome, Trinidad and Tobago’s activity in this discipline has been boosted by the construction of the Caribbean’s first indoor velodrome at the National Cycling Centre in Balmain, Couva. This broadens the horizons for cyclists not only in Trinidad and Tobago but also in the wider Caribbean, as demonstrated when T&T hosted its first ever continental event last year: the Junior Pan American Track Championships.

The country has now put in a bid to host the 2017 Elite Pan American Track Cycling Championships and aims to move onto major international events in the near future.

To meet the needs of those in the deep south of Trinidad, a new 333m outdoor velodrome has also been constructed in Siparia.

Development from a young age
Several clubs throughout Trinidad and Tobago have successfully implemented “Adopt a School” programmes that introduce children to the sport, cycle safety and the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. The aim is to get as many children onto bikes as possible which in turn expands the country’s talent pool.

Because the next step, in conjunction with the Sports Company of T&T and corporate T&T, is to initiate a nationwide Talent Identification programme throughout the country.

Related professions
Over the last two years, the TTCF has hosted National Commissaire courses for track, road and mountain bike. In addition, it hosted its first ever National Level 1 Mechanics Course. In 2017 the TTCF will implement quarterly educational workshops bringing together cyclists and coaches. The aim is to gain valuable input from both parties but also to focus on key topics such as anti-doping awareness and nutrition.



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Coaching and Mechanics course, Thailand, November 1 - 9

Our first experience combining a coaching and mechanics course proved motivating and successful.

At the request of the Thai Cycling Association, this unique course was organised in the centre of the country, at the Suphan Buri Sports School. The 25 participants included coaches and mechanics from different provinces of Thailand, as well as a coach from Malaysia.

The Level 1 coaching course was delivered by our external expert Ramlan Latiff, of Singapore, while the UCI World Cycling Centre’s own Mechanic Tutor, Jean-Louis Guihard - Thébault flew out to Thailand to conduct the mechanics part of the course.

On the programme: diverse subjects alternating the basics of coaching and mechanics. The coaching side varied from session planning and annual planning to such basics as the technique for handing out bidons, as well track-specific coaching techniques. To sharpen their mechanical skills, the participants learned about bike fitting, changing cables, adjusting brakes or changing wheels during a race.

The 25 mechanics and coaches, including one woman, worked in a studious but relaxed atmosphere, benefitting from excellent course conditions provided by the Thai Cycling Association.

Road and Track Coaching course, Kazakhstan, October 29 – November 7

Another first took place at the beginning of the month in Astana, Kazakhstan. Twenty of the country’s coaches (17 men and three women) attended a course… delivered in Russian.

It is the first time that such a course has been delivered in Russian. The course leader was Azerbaijan’s Elnara Musayeva, who completed a coaching course for women held at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, in 2013. The qualified coach put her experience and knowledge to the benefit of the participants of this Level 1 course, organised at the request of the Kazakhstan Cycling Federation.

Second para-cycling camp of the year in Aigle, November 21 - December 2

The UCI World Cycling Centre is preparing to welcome 11 para-cyclists to Aigle for the second para-cycling training camp of the year.

As on previous occasions, the athletes (tandems and C class) will be coached by the centre’s professional staff and benefit from the UCI WCC’s velodrome and facilities. The nine men and two women on the next camp come from five different countries and represent a mixture of world class para-cyclists and developing athletes.

The first para-cycling camp of the year took place in March before the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy. 
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