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UCI National Federations Newsletter #10 - 20.01.2016 


 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 

Dear members,

For this first newsletter of 2016, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and the very best for the coming 12 months.

An Olympic year is upon us, and while I know our National Federations will be busy in the run-up to Rio 2016, there is also plenty to look forward to for our non-Olympic disciplines.

Not least of these is cyclo-cross, for which the World Championships will take place in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, at the end of the month. As is the tradition, these are the first UCI World Championships of the year, and the 2016 edition will go down in history as being the first cyclo-cross Worlds to have a separate Women’s U23 category. I am greatly looking forward to these Championships, during which we will also hold our first Management Committee meeting of the year.

But for the moment I have just arrived in Australia for the first event of the 2016 UCI WorldTour, the Santos Tour Down Under. During this week of racing we are also holding Oceania’s first UCI Sharing Platform (USP) in Adelaide, which will be followed by Asia’s second USP after Astana in May 2014. This time the Asian seminar will be hosted in Tokyo, coinciding with the Asian Continental Championships.
 
Some 20 representatives from five National Federations will be present for the USP in Adelaide, while more than 50 delegates from close to 40 Federations are taking part in the Asian USP in Tokyo. After Oceania, each of the five continents will have had at least one USP in the last two years. They have all been very productive and positive, with NFs sharing best practices, discussing issues particular to their continent and developing strong continental networks.
 
I am delighted by the enthusiastic response from our NFs to these latest USPs. Several have chosen to give presentations covering a wide range of topics including bike tourism, the development of indoor cycling, para-cycling, cycling for all and organising a national stage race. Both this month’s UCI Sharing Platforms are being held in conjunction with the Continental Confederation's Congress, so I'm looking forward to some excellent discussions on each occasion. 


 SPORTS 

 ROAD 
UCI Road World Championships 
At the end of January, the UCI will send out the following useful information to National Federations and UCI teams in preparation for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha:
  • specific prices and conditions for transporting luggage and bikes, as negotiated by the Doha 2016 Organising Committee on Qatar Airways flights;
  • hotels: free accommodation for riders (bed + breakfast);
  • procedure for obtaining visas.
 
At the end of February, the UCI will provide information regarding the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen:
  • hotels: list of hotels offering special rates, as negotiated by the Bergen 2017 Organising Committee, and booking conditions for National Federations.

Olympic Games
The athlete quotas for men’s road cycling events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have recently been published on the UCI website; they can be viewed by clicking here.


 
Registration for UCI Continental Teams and UCI Women’s Teams 2016
As of 13th January 2016, the UCI had received a 149 registration applications from the UCI Continental Teams and 40 for the UCI Women’s Team.
 
Please note that further applications are still expected and that the figure above may change.
 
In the past two years, the United States and Italy have registered the most UCI Women’s Teams.
 
All teams currently registered can be found on the UCI website.


Seminar for UCI WorldTeams’ Sports Directors
Since 2014, the UCI has organised a seminar for sports directors working within UCI WorldTeams. This seminar aims to expand dialogue with the sports directors and ensure a correct understanding and interpretation of new and existing regulations. UCI International Commissaires also attend, so that the dialogue reflects practical race situations. Two sports directors from each team are requested to attend each year, so that all relevant personnel can benefit from this training within a few years.

In 2016, this seminar will take place in Brussels on 26th February, on the eve of the ‘Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite’ event.



Regulations
A number of changes of the regulations, proposed by the relevant UCI Commissions, and approved either by the Professional Cycling Council or the UCI Management Committee over the last year, entered into effect on 1 January 2016. We believe that it is helpful to provide further details or clarification of these changes.
 
Please find here further information and explanations concerning the several points of the Regulations.


 
 TRACK 
UCI Hour Record
We only had to wait four short months before someone had another go at the mythical UCI Hour Record, despite the two previous attempts being almost 12 years apart.

According to the regulations, a record cannot be beaten by less than a metre. With Molly Shaffer Van Houweling covering 46.273km last year, Australian rider Bridie O’Donnell must therefore cover at least 46.274 km in order to enter into the history books.

Will she manage it? Find out in Adelaide, on 22nd January at 8pm local time (10.30am CET). Follow her attempt here
 

2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Quotas
The quotas for the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships in London will be available here from 22nd January.

Warning
The final places for the Scratch Race, Points Race, Omnium and Madison are subject to change in accordance with article 9.2.023, which provides for a reduction in the number of qualifiers in order to leave space for additional champions. These final places can therefore only be confirmed alongside the definitive quotas, which will be published at the conclusion of the African Continental Championships on 19th February 2016.
 
Rider registration
May we remind you that online registration of riders participating in the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships must be done through the UCI Online Registration System between 8th February and noon 22nd February (CET) at the latest. 
 
Limited access
Due to the popularity of the discipline in the United Kingdom and with very strict local regulations of the infrastructures imposing very limited access to the centre of the track and the stands, the UCI is forced to significantly restrict the number of accreditations available. Therefore, the number of accreditations delivered cannot exceed the number of places allocated to the UCI in the stands.
 
It goes without saying that each athlete and his entourage will be given the accreditation they require.
 
All other accreditations requests will have to go via our Accreditation System by 21st February at noon (HEC).

Official Hotel
Preferential rates at the official delegate hotel (Doubletree by Hilton – Tower of London) during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships are available until the 28th January.
 
If interested, please contact Anna Cox at CSE:  anna.cox@cseplc.com or +44 (0)121 647 4091



Track Test Event – Rio 2016
As you already know following our President Brian Cookson’s communication on 15th January, due to construction delay the Test Event planned for the new Rio Olympic Velodrome on 18th-20th March has had to be postponed for several weeks. The new dates will be 29th April -1st May.
 
The UCI is naturally concerned that the Velodrome construction in Rio is being further delayed and that the Test Event has also been delayed as a result. Our priority has to be the riders whose training and preparation schedules have for a long time been set around the Rio Games, relevant test events and the wider global cycling calendar. It is crucial that all parties work together to ensure the very best conditions for the athletes both ahead of and during the Games and guarantee that they compete in world class settings.
 
Additional information about the competition programme as well as registration instructions can be found here.
 
 BMX 
2016 UCI BMX World Championships – Medellin (COL)
The schedule of the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships is available on the UCI website.
 
The Quota for Championships Categories is also available on the UCI website.

 
UCI BMX Permanent Career Numbers
The final list of 2016 UCI BMX permanent career numbers is now available on the UCI website.

 
 MOUNTAIN BIKE 
2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
The following documents are now available on the UCI website:
  • Programmes
  • Online registration deadlines
  • 2016 UCI Mountain Bike marathon series ranking and XCO junior ranking publication dates
  • List of U23 riders (top 10 U23 men and top 5 U23 women) that can decide to race the entire World Cup season as Elite. The list will be updated at the end of the month once we have the confirmation of the rider decision.
  • Document with the information on the 2016 UCI Juniors Series – XCO / UCI junior events XCO.


2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Nove Mesto (CZE) and Val di Sole (ITA)
The following documents are now available on the UCI website:
  • Programmes
  • Participation quotas
  • Online registration deadlines

2016 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships – Laissac (FRA)
The following documents are now available on the UCI website:
  • Programme
  • Online registration deadline

2016 UCI Mountain Bike teams
A reminder of the key date for the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike teams:
  • 12.02.2016 - Publication of the UCI Mountain Bike team ranking – Endurance/Gravity (ranking 31st December 2015 linked to the new team) & Publication of the UCI MTB teams.
 CYCLO-CROSS 
2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Report on Namur
The fourth round of the 2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup took place in Namur (BEL) on 20th December 2015.

The extremely challenging course on the slopes of the citadel made the riders go to the limit to get the best possible results on a dry, relatively warm Sunday.

You can read the related news and check the full results on the UCI website.



Report on Heusden-Zolder
The fifth round of the 2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup took place in Heusden-Zolder (BEL) on 26th December 2015.

On the dry and fast course, riders still faced enough obstacles and a strong wind to make the difference at the car racing circuit of Zolder. This event was also a rehearsal for the upcoming Cyclo-cross World Championships.

You can read the related news and find the full results on the UCI website.


Report on Lignières-en-Berry
The sixth round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup round in Lignières-en-Berry, in the heart of France, delivered four great races on a cold but sunny Sunday 17th January 2016. The slightly muddy course at the ‘Horse and Donkey Center’ mixed numerous technical obstacles with a few power sections. On this challenging course World champion Mathieu van der Poel (BKCP-Corendon) and European champion Sanne Cant (Belgium) were able to display their excellent form with solo victories in respectively the Elite Men and Women category.

You can read the related news and find the full results on the UCI website
 

 
2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
The 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will take place in Heusden-Zolder (BEL) on 30th and 31st January 2016. You will find all the useful information relating to this event on the UCI website:
 PARA-CYCLING 
2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup
The 3rd round of the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup has been awarded to Spain and the Basque Country. This will take place on 15th-17th July in Bilbao, where many riders have already had the opportunity to race because the same organisers have run the famous annual C1 event that has been taking place for several years. This round will therefore mark the final stage of the World Cup, and the last stop before the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
 

Regulation changes in effect from 1st January 
Regulation changes with effect from January 1, 2016 have been published on our website here. These are mainly clarifications and necessary updates before the Paralympic Games. The regulation concerning the height of the safety bar on tricycles will only come into effect on 1st January 2017, in order to give the teams and riders time to adapt.
 

Award for ‘Best Organiser’ of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup
As every year, the UCI awards the prize for ‘Best Organiser’ to the committee that scored the highest number of points following various evaluations. Four exceptional World Cup events took place in 2015, and the results were very close with only 1 point separating first from second, out of a maximum total of 180 points. So, with a score of 154 points, the Organising Committee of Maniago (ITA) finished first, followed very closely by Yverdon-les-Bains (SUI). We warmly congratulate all our organisers who put in exceptional work and without whom it would not be possible to have events of such high quality!
 

Publication of provisional factors for track events at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games 
With the Paralympic Games approaching, it is time to publish the factors that will be used during the Track events in Rio. As a guide, please find below the current factors, including the results from the World Championships from 2011 to 2015. These factors will be updated, taking into account the results of the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy.
 
Factors
C5 - 100.00%
C4 - 97.16%
C3 - 100.00%
C2 - 93.26%
C1 - 92.69%



Survey on the participation at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Pietermaritzburg (RSA) from 6th to 8th of May.
In order to help the Organisation Committee to prepare its event,  we kindly ask you to answer this survey which will be used to estimate the number of athletes who will take part in the 1st leg of the UCI 2016 Para-cycling Road World Cup in Pietermaritzburg (RSA).

 
 MASS EVENTS 
UCI Gran Fondo World Series
Following a name change for the series and the revision of the events’ visual identity, the series website has also been updated.

The qualifying calendar has also been published on our website with the series beginning on 11th – 13th March in Perth, Australia. This event will also serve as a test event for the World Championships in September.
 Upcoming events 
 
ROAD          -           TRACK          -          MOUNTAIN BIKE
 
BMX         -         CYCLO-CROSS         -         TRIALS

INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING


 SPOTLIGHT ON... 

Cyclo-cross

Tens of thousands of fans will flock to the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, on 30 and 31 January. Let's take a closer look at cycling's winter sport.

In the 65 years since the first UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, cyclo-cross has evolved with the times without ever losing sight of its roots as an exceptionally tough discipline. In terms of equipment, the advent of mountain bikes in the 1990s encouraged innovation in the world of cyclo-cross.

In Montreuil, near Paris, in early 1996, French rider Miguel Martinez became the first Under-23 World Champion – using flat handlebars. This would not be possible today. Shortly after his victory, the regulations were changed to stipulate that the handlebars should be the traditional style, like those used on the road.

The wholesale adoption of carbon fibre by the road peloton in the early 2000s also filtered through to cyclo-cross.

Another major change came two seasons ago with the introduction of disc brakes. Last year, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Mathieu Van der Poel both became World Champions in Tabor on bikes equipped with disc brakes, a more powerful, precise alternative to conventional brakes. The advent of disc brakes, preferred for hilly courses, has allowed riders to tailor their equipment to the circuit.

A cyclo-cross race can also be won or lost depending on a rider's strategy. This is particularly true for equipment; in bad weather and on muddy terrain, a bike's performance may be compromised. There have always been pits and organisers are now obliged to provide double pits so that riders can change bike twice per lap. In this respect, cyclo-cross has, in turn, inspired changes in mountain bike events. Pits were introduced to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the mid-2000s. The difference is that you can't change your bike in a mountain bike race but only some of its elements (wheels, chain, etc.).



Wide variety of courses

As for the design of cyclo-cross circuits, the discipline is very flexible and, as a result, could be introduced to many parts of the world. A World Cup season is made of very physical courses, like Namur, and faster circuits such as Heusden-Zolder.

This season, a round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup was held in the heart of Las Vegas for the first time. However, cyclo-cross can also be the victim of its own success, as has happened in the Benelux countries. For example, the Hofstade venue became too cramped to accommodate the riders, spectators and World Cup caravan. But the event has found a refuge at the Zolder motor racing circuit, more suited to the tens of thousands of fans who congregate to cheer on the riders.

The attraction of cyclo-cross is also the dynamic racing format. Races are 40 minutes long for Juniors and the new category of Women U23, introduced in Zolder at the end of January, 50 minutes for Women Elite and Men U23, and one hour for Men Elite. The duration of the events provides scope for lots of twists and turns in the race situation. And that is precisely the charm of the discipline.

 


 UCI NEWS 

Management Committee
The first UCI Management Committee meeting of the year will be held in Hasselt, Belgium on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th January during the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships.
 

UCI Sharing Platforms
Delegates in the Americas will be the next to benefit from the UCI Sharing Platform being held in Venezuela in May 2016. 

 

 UCI EVENT HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES 

As part of its efforts to improve relationships with host cities and regions, the UCI held a seminar at its headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, on 13th January.
 
Following the successful launch in Richmond last September, this seminar was the chance for representatives of the cities and regions to visit the UCI World Cycling Centre.
 
The seminar was not only an opportunity to present the details of the available events, but also enabled the cities and regions to receive full and transparent explanations on how the UCI teams interact with organisers around a UCI event, covering aspects such as sport, marketing, communications and the development of Cycling for All.

 

 

 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC UPDATE 

This month we take a look at another of our Olympic cycling disciplines: Track cycling. Track has featured in all but one of the modern Olympic Games.

Track at the Olympics: key facts
Olympic Debut: 1896
Events: Team Sprint, Team Pursuit, Sprint, Keirin, Omnium (All Men & Women)

The beginnings
The first track races were held in the late nineteenth century, partly as a winter training activity. The first World Championships were held in 1895.

Olympic history
Track cycling was included in the programme of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens 1896. The programme featured five events for Men, including a 12-hour race. Only two competitors completed the event, with an early lap gain winning the gold for Adolf Schmal (AUT). Paul Masson (FRA) won three events including the Sprint.

The Men’s Sprint event has appeared in 25 of the 27 modern editions of the Olympic Games, and the Men’s Team Pursuit made its debut in 1908.

Women’s Track cycling made its first appearance in the Games of Seoul 1988, growing to its current quota of five events in 2012.

 
Only 198 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

 

 #SOCIALMEDIA 

 
Start from scratch. Happy New Year y'all!
 

   @BMXAustralia

A cool story on youngster Chelsea McLeod in @TheAusTimes eMag! READ HERE #BMXAFamily
 

   @BritishCycling

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 UCI WCC CORNER 

 
Scott Bugden has joined the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) as the new Track coach with the task of preparing athletes for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the track cycling events at the Olympic Games. Scott will be a familiar figure to some after delivering training to various National Federations around the world.

From early 2016, the UCI WCC will have use of a laboratory that will provide a wide range of tests and exercises for our participants. This new equipment will be of enormous benefit to the National Federations and will allow us to develop our knowledge of elite performance.

Four training courses for National Federation coaches were organised during the final two months of 2015: Cyprus, Mali (Level 1 certificate), South Africa and in Australia (Mountain Bike, Level 2 Certificate) for the first time. 

 
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