UCI National Federations Newsletter #2 - 13.05.2015 


Dear members,

Innovation and new technology has a rightful place in cycling, which is a sport that is constantly evolving while at the same time respecting its heritage and tradition.

By modernising the rules for the UCI Hour Record in May 2014, we unleashed a flood of enthusiasm and excitement that has revived the prestige of this historical record. Since last September there have been seven attempts on the men’s record, four of them successful, and it won’t stop there. We can expect the challenges to continue for both the men’s and women’s hour marks.

The use of onboard cameras has also proven extremely popular among riders and viewers. Following on from the use of these cameras within the professional road peloton, we brought innovative broadcasting from selected events at the 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, by fixing cameras under the bike seats and filming the action taking place behind.

Recently, the UCI announced a test of disc brakes during some UCI WorldTour events over the next two seasons, and at the recent Tour of Romandie, in Switzerland, the Swiss UCI WorldTeam IAM Cycling conducted a trial of geo-positioning data of riders, with our blessing.

All such advancements must go through a trial phase and involve the collaboration of our stakeholders, in particular the riders and teams. But with careful planning, open discussions and sufficient testing, there is no doubt that innovation can greatly benefit our sport.


BMX Freestyle Park
The UCI Management Committee is pleased to announce that it has decided to integrate BMX Freestyle Park into its strategy for the development of cycling. Park is one of the five BMX Freestyle specialties and is generally practised in an urban setting, in a venue similar to a skateboard park. The integration of this new discipline, which is very popular with young people, will be carried out in close collaboration with the UCI’s National Federations via the launch of a World Cup from 2016, with the objective of staging the first annual World Championships in 2017. To be named the “UCI Urban Cycling World Championships”, this new concept will include BMX Freestyle Park, mountain bike cross-country Eliminator (XCE) and trials. To achieve its goals of development, the UCI will  call on the experience of Hurricane Action Sports Company, a French company based in Montpellier which for nearly 20 years has organised the International Festival of Extreme Sports (Festival International des Sports Extrêmes – FISE), a global event that brings together other Freestyle sports and whose BMX Freestyle Park competition will become “UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup”. Via this collaboration, the UCI will help its 181 National Federations integrate BMX Freestyle Park in their respective countries, notably by training BMX Freestyle Park international Commissaires and integrating the BMX Freestyle Park regulations into the UCI Regulations. As with all the other disciplines, the UCI will see that the National Federations take charge of delivering licences to BMX Freestyle Park athletes. We are convinced that this initiative will contribute to increasing the globalisation of our sport, notably by attracting new audiences. We will keep in regular contact with our National Federations throughout the development process of this new UCI discipline.
2015 UCI Road World Championships Information Bulletin
All the key information to help your National Team plan for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond can now be found in the general information bulletin.
2015 UCI Juniors Track World Championships – site visit to Astana
As part of the preparation for the upcoming UCI Junior Track World Championships, Gilles Peruzzi, Track Manager, and Tiziana Lardieri, Track Event Coordinator, visited Astana on 29th and 30th April to ensure the progress of the Juniors Track calendar main event. Meetings with the Local Organising Committee were also held over the two-day visit to discuss general organisational aspects and the event’s competition schedule.

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2015-2016 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
As announced via a press release on 1st May, the UCI Track World Cup 2015-2016 calendar is now complete. The third and last leg has been awarded to the city of Hong Kong and will take place on the 16th and 17th January 2016.

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UCI 2015 Cycle-Ball World Cup: start of the season
The 2015 cycle-ball season begins in Plzen (CZE) on 16th May.
The registration deadline has now passed and more than 30 teams from 11 nations will be competing in eight rounds held in five countries. The finals will take place in Mosnang (SUI) on 5th December.
Further details on the schedule on our website.

Artistic cycling regulations: working group
Comprised of artistic cycling specialists this working group was set up in 2014 and given the brief of updating the discipline’s regulations.

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Bids for the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships
Bids to host the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships in 2017 and beyond are now being invited. Any national federation with an interest in staging the competition is asked to contact us.
Bids for the 2017 championships should be forwarded to us as soon as possible, preferably before early June 2015.
To request a bid guide, please contact us.


The updated Financial Obligations for the 2015-2016 Cyclo-cross season are now available on the UCI website in French and English


2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Presented by Shimano
After a successful first leg of the 2015 UCI MTB World Cup presented by Shimano in Lourdes (FRA), the focus is now on upcoming events. In May, the XCO experts battle it out for the first title of the season in Nove Mesto Na Morave (CZE) on 23rd and 24th May and then in Albstadt (GER) on 30th and 31st May.

Online registration deadlines:
Nove Mesto Na Morave: 7th to 18th May 2015, 12:00 CET
Albstadt: 14th to 25th May 2015, 12:00 CET

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2015 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships
The competition guideprogramme and registration deadlines of the 2015 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships taking place in Val Gardena (ITA) on 27th June 2015 have been published on the UCI website. 
The competition guide 
contains all rider and spectator information pertaining to the event.

Registration Procedure for 2016 Calendar - MTB events pre-calendar
Due to a last minute date change, the 2016 European Continental Championships will take place on May 5th to 8th 2016. Here, you will find the updated 2016 MTB Event Pre-Calendar.
Please note that the 2014 and 2015 European Continental Championships UCI points will count for the Olympic Ranking period; the 2016 European Continental Championships UCI points will not be taken into account for the Olympic Ranking period.

Bid Guide
The business model for the 2016 UCI MTB World Cup presented by Shimano has been reviewed. The bid guide, which will be available shortly, is currently being prepared and will be sent by email separately to all the National Federations.


Para-Cycling Road World Cup and Road World Championships 2015 - Online registration system information
The online registration system for the UCI Para-Cycling World Cup 2015 leg in Maniago (ITA) will close tomorrow, Thursday 14th May at 17h00 CET. The registration for the leg in Yverdon-les-Bains (SUI) is also open and will close on 22nd May at the same time. As a reminder, a document containing the opening and closing dates of our online system for the different events taking place in 2015 is available on the UCI website.

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2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Papendal (NED)
The second round of the 2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup took place in Papendal (NED) – 9th and 10th May 2015. This is the fifth consecutive year that the city of Papendal (Netherlands) has organised a UCI BMX Supercoss World Cup round.

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2015 UCI BMX World Championships – Heusden-Zolder (BEL)
You will find below information regarding accreditation for the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships, to be held from 21st to 25th July 2015 in Heusden - Zolder (BEL).

Competition guide
The competition guide of the event is now available on the UCI website.

The system will be open: Thursday 28th May 2015, 12:00 CET
The system will close: Thursday 9th July 2015, 12:00 CET
Please note that each National Federation taking part in the 2015 BMX World Championships must register the complete delegation, using the online system. The accreditation process is described in the competition guide of the event.

Riders’ registration
Information on the riders’ registration will be sent in June 2015.


UCI World Cycling Tour
Run by sports marketing agency Golazo Sports and overseen by the UCI, the UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) is a road-race series for amateur riders.
Five events have already been held this season, with three qualifying events set to take place in May:
14th-16th May: Copenhagen Gran Fondo (DEN)
22nd-24th May: Grey County Road Race (CAN)
22nd-24th May: Skyros Cycling Challenge (GRE) 

The series is proving very successful, as reflected by the fact that more than 1500 participants from 22 countries had signed up for the Copenhagen Gran Fondo by the beginning of May.
Further information

UCI World Cycling Tour Final
The UWCT Final will be held in Aalborg and Hobro (DEN) from 3 to 6 September 2015. 10 wildcards are available to National Federations that are not hosting a qualifying event. For further information, please consult the documents in the links below or contact us.

More information
Masters National Champions

Athletes Commission voting open

The composition of the UCI Athletes’ Commission is in its final phase. Having received a comprehensive list of candidates, the voting was opened on Monday 4th April.
The last day for athletes to vote for their peers to represent them at the Commission is 1st June.
The names of the 13 athletes composing the Athletes’ Commission will be disclosed on 7th June.

The UCI would like to thank the athletes and National Federations for their interest in the Commission. We wish all the candidate the very best of luck in the election.

 Upcoming events 
ROAD        -        TRACK        -        MOUNTAIN BIKE        -        BMX
TRIALS        -        INDOOR        -        PARA-CYCLING


Disc brakes in Professional Road Races
The UCI has been working with the WFSGI (World Federation Sporting Goods Industry) 
and in consultation with the AIGCP and the AIOCC to introduce disc brakes to road racing. The Equipment Commission has carefully considered the proposal submitted by the WFSGI and was impressed with the level of detail supplied within the supporting data. As a result, the Equipment Commission has agreed that Professional teams will be allowed to test disc brakes at events during 2016. Tests will not be allowed at the World Championships or the Olympic Games. There will be a full review of the test year and a final decision will be made with a view to allowing disc brakes to be used in road racing from January 2017. Professional teams are being allowed two opportunities to “pre-test” disc brake technology during late August and September 2015. The aim is to allow those teams that want a chance to evaluate the disc brake technology in the competitive environment. It will also allow the UCI to view how the use of disc brakes influences the race in key areas such as service, especially neutral service. There will be a collation of rider surveys towards the end of September and a review of the pre-test at the Equipment Commission meeting in the autumn.
Tandem Regulations
As we approach a Paralympic year, it is especially important that all equipment used meets technical regulations. Tandems are not exempt from these regulations and it is very important National Federations are aware of these and ensure that the equipment used by their para-cyclists is fully compliant.


Seven attempts, four of them successful, on the Elite Men’s UCI Hour Record in less than one year!  Since last September, the distance covered in 60 minutes has been extended by over 3.2km.

This month marks one year since the UCI simplified and modernised the rules for the UCI Hour Record.  The UCI announced in May 2014 that the record could be beaten on a bike that complies with the current rules for machines used in endurance track events. The new rules are less restrictive than the regulations introduced on 1st October 2000 to govern the technical specifications of bikes allowed for UCI Hour Record attempts.

The previous record of 49.700km, set by the Czech rider Andrej Sosenka in 2005, was waiting to be challenged and a succession of our sport’s athletes have already taken up that challenge.

Track cycling and time trial specialists have taken to velodromes in Switzerland, Australia, Mexico and Great Britain in an attempt to urge their bikes further than their predecessors.

On September 18th, 2014, Germany’s Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) was the first to tackle the mythical record, successfully raising the bar at the Vélodrome Suisse in Grenchen to 51.110km.

Voigt’s status of World Record Holder was, however, short-lived. Just six weeks later Austrian Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling) made the velodrome at the UCI World Cycling Centre the stage for his record-breaking performance of 51.852km.

Matthias Brändle: “Between 30 and 50 minutes was the hardest and I asked
myself ‘why did I choose to do this kind of event?’”



Pan American Road Championships and annual Congress of the Pan American Cycling Confederation
The Pan American Road Championships took place in Leon, Mexico last week between 6th and 10th May with the COPACI annual congress held on 8th May. The continent has an exciting few years ahead with events such as the Toronto Pan American Games, the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games to look forward to.

UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal
The UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal is now fully operational and ready to rule on its first cases. The tribunal was established in January 2015 as part of the reforms implemented since Brian Cookson’s election as President of the UCI. The UCI Anti-doping Tribunal takes over the task of adjudicating anti-doping affairs previously delegated by the UCI to its member associations. The UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal shall mainly have jurisdiction over anti-doping affairs involving international level riders. The judges are fully independent from the UCI and were nominated in view of their outstanding expertise in the field of anti-doping and dispute resolution.
The Procedural Rules and the list of judges of the Anti-Doping Tribunal are now published and available on the UCI Website.

National Federations Survey
The National Federations Survey, sent out at the end of March, closed on 30th April. The record number of responses, representing over 70% of our National Federations, will enable the UCI to acquire an excellent overview of the state of global cycling. The results of the survey will be published soon.

Upcoming 2015 UCI Road Coaching Course in Bahrain
A UCI Road coaching course, led by expert coach Scott Budgen, is being held from 21st to 31st May in Bahrain. With 17 trainee coaches from 13 National Federations attending, this course will help raise the level of coaching and have very positive knock-on effects for the development of cycling in the region. 

New President for the Indonesian Cycling Federation
Mr. Raja Sapta Oktohari was recently elected President of the Indonesian Cycling Federation (ICF) at its National Congress. Under his presidency, the ICF will continue to make a valuable contribution to the development of cycling in the country.



Building strong relationships with cities and regions throughout the world is a crucial matter for the UCI. Our sport needs these partners to host the many events which bring cycling to life. In the search for host cities, the UCI is fully aware that the National Federations have a key role to play. Their knowledge of the economic, political and local situation, as well as their vast network is a major asset that the UCI wishes to fully promote.
The first point of contact between the cities and the sport of cycling is quite often via the National Federations even when it concerns international events. New marketing tools have been developed to better support the National Federations and to enhance the UCI’s events: the objective is to succinctly present each of our disciplines and events in a simple format by providing a reference document to the National Federations which can be given to the interested cities.
Please find the brochures regarding our sport and all its disciplines here.


Only 450 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

This month we take a look at the youngest of our Olympic cycling disciplines: BMX.

Making its debut in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games, its fast-paced and exciting race format makes for great entertainment and thrilling competition.
BMX at the Olympic Games: key facts

Olympic Debut: 2008
Format: BMX Supercross

Maris Strombergs, the only Latvian to win two Olympic gold medals, has the
monopoly in the Men’s BMX having taken the title at both
the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
The beginnings
Bicycle motocross (BMX) emerged in California in the late 1960s, when motocross became a popular sport in the USA, the latter being the inspiration for the human-powered version of the sport.
During the early 1970s, a sanctioning body for BMX was founded in the USA with the International BMX Federation established in 1981. BMX rapidly developed a unique sporting identity and it became evident that the sport had more in common with cycling than motorcycling. Consequently, since 1993, BMX has been fully integrated into the Union Cycliste Internationale.

Olympic history
It was in 2008 in Beijing that BMX made its debut on the Olympic programme. The men’s event was won by Latvia’s Maris Strombergs. In the women’s event, it was France’s Anne-Caroline Chausson who took the first Olympic BMX title. Current Olympic champions are Maris Strombergs (LAT) and Mariana Pajón (COL).
BMX is one of the fastest and youngest cycling disciplines. Its principle is simple: Eight riders launch themselves from an eight-metre high ramp and race over a track alternating bumps, banked corners and flat sections. The battle for first place is fierce, as it is necessary to finish in the first four of the heats to have a place in the next round and then in the final.



Huge congratulations to @alexdowsett for a new UCI hour record - the bar is now raised to 52.937km! #PerfectHour


La Coupe du Monde 2015 de Descente prend son envol ce week-end à Lourdes. Découvrez le teaser @UCI_MTB !


Congrats @iamtedking on a stellar career in the pro peloton. A fantastic rider and an even better person.


UCI World Cycling Centre welcomes its 1000th trainee

Since opening its doors in 2001, the staff at the UCI World Cycling Centre have nurtured, coached and mentored hundreds of cyclists from 113 countries the world over. These athletes have been sent by their National Federation or detected in the UCI Continental Centres, UCI National Technical Centres or by UCI coaches.  

Last week, Jeanne d’Arc Girubuntu followed in the footsteps of these cyclists.  On Wednesday 6th of May, her 20th birthday, she became the 1000th trainee to pass the centre’s doors and wear the colours of the UCI World Cycling Centre. The fifth Rwandan to train at the UCI WCC, she is her country’s first female athlete to join the centre’s programme.

The role of the UCI WCC is to help the trainees realise their full potential by providing them with the equipment, coaching and racing that they do not necessarily benefit from in their own countries. For some, the aim is to win a national championships, others to shine at continental level while still others have gone on to win gold at a UCI World Championships or Olympic Games.

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