UCI National Federations Newsletter #3 - 12.06.2015 


Dear members,

Last Sunday saw the UCI Women Road World Cup return to the USA with the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic. The Philly Classic, as it is known, was part of the World Cup series until 2001, and for its return to the series underwent significant changes. Not least, it was the featured race of the day, setting off early afternoon after the arrival of the morning’s UCI America Tour men’s race. In addition, the women and men competed for equal prize money.

The Philly Classic came one month after another great development for women’s cycling in the USA, the first-ever Women’s Tour of California.

Obviously this incredible progress for women’s cycling is not restricted to the USA. The Tour of Chongming Island World Cup on May 17th opened our eyes to just how active Asian countries are in developing women’s cycling.

Meanwhile, the next meeting of the UCI Women’s Commission will be held later this month during the Aviva Women’s Tour (of Britain). This event is one of the strongest supporters of the new women’s road series proposed for 2016.

In closing, I would like to point to the very strong women’s fields in the opening XCO rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, with significant viewership of the women’s racing on Red Bull TV.  Women are making their mark on all our disciplines.


Wiggins makes a decisive claim on the UCI Hour Record

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) congratulates Bradley Wiggins on his outstanding new UCI Hour Record of 54,526 km, set on Sunday evening in a full-to-capacity London Lee Valley VeloPark Velodrome. Wiggins beat the previous record, set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett on May 2 in Manchester, by 1,589 metres.

The 2014 UCI Individual Time Trial World Champion has become the eighth rider to attempt the modern UCI Hour Record, and the fifth to break it, in the space of nine months.

Bradley Wiggins’ UCI Hour Record attempt was a resounding success with the public with not only a packed velodrome, but also more than 105,000 viewers on our YouTube channel and over 2 million viewers on Eurosport. The attempt was also extensively covered by social media with over 11,000 mentions of the #UCIHourRecord official hashtag. The official UCI account had a record number of retweets of the tweet announcing the British rider’s success.

“I am really glad it’s done”, said Bradley Wiggins after the attempt.

“Bradley Wiggins was very impressive tonight”, declared UCI President Brian Cookson. “The UCI Hour Record has witnessed something special tonight in an incredible atmosphere that was reminiscent of the London 2012 Olympic Games. We modernised the event’s rules in order to create this kind of occasion.”

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Road National Championships
As all National Federations will organise their National Championships during the last week of June (22nd-28th June), we would kindly like to remind you of some important information.

2016 Road Calendars
1st June was the deadline for the registration of 2016 road events (except for the new UCI Women’s Series). If these registration forms have yet to be sent, we kindly ask you to do so as soon as possible to

Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Qualification System
The women’s qualification system for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games began on 1st June and will end on 31st May 2016. You can find the details regarding the qualification system on the UCI website (Road/Events/Olympic Games).

UCI Track Cycling World Cup
After last month’s confirmation of the 2015-16 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, preparations with the different organising committees are going well, notably with the finalising of the competition programmes of the three rounds; these will be published on the UCI website in due course.

UCI Juniors Track World Championships
In the near future, the track world will be at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships which will be held in Astana (KAZ) between 19th-23rd August.
In the next edition of this Newsletter, we will remind you of the registration periods; please note that the competition programme is already available on the UCI website.

Track Commission
On Thursday 3rd June, the Track Commission discussed the future direction of the discipline and the future of the World Cup in particular. As a consequence of these discussions, a presentation will be made to the Management Committee to then be debated. Following this, a document will be circulated to National Federations, and they will be asked to make comments on the proposal. These discussions signal an important step in the future of the discipline during which all stakeholders will be heard.  

To support the daily work of the discipline, the UCI is inviting applications for the position of Track Coordinator. We are looking for someone with excellent knowledge of track cycling. Therefore, please do not hesitate to propose candidates who you think may suit the position.


2015 UCI Trials World Youth Games
The 2015 UCI Trials World Youth Games will be held in Aywaille (BEL) on 1st and 2nd August 2015.    

The registration will start on 10th July 2015 and finish on 20th July 2015.
Publication of entry lists for all categories will be on 22nd July 2015.
The registration form for this event will be available in the July newsletter. 
Race parameters
The race parameters of the 2015 UCI Trials World Youth Games have been published on the UCI website.

2016 UCI Trials Calendar
We would like to remind you that the deadline to return the 2016 UCI Trials International calendar application forms is 31st July 2015.


UCI 2015 Cycle-ball World Cup
After a successful beginning to the season in Plzen (CZE) and a second leg which took place in Denkendorf (GER) on 6th June, focus now turns to the summer events. These will take place in Tokyo (JPN) on 5th July and in Altdorf (SUI) on 29th August. The Japanese leg will allow the Asian clubs to measure themselves against the European teams; developing Cycle-ball in Asia is a key element in the globalisation of this discipline.

Indoor Cycling Commission 

The session of the Indoor Cycling Commission was held in Frankfurt (GER) on 5th June - an update on the situation will be provided in the July Newsletter.

UCI Olympic Qualification ranking 
The first period to score points in the UCI Olympic Qualification Ranking ended on 24th May 2015. The second period is based on results from 25 May 2015 to 24 May 2016. After each ranking update, the running total for both periods will be published on the UCI website. Details per period can be viewed by selecting a period.

2015 UCI Mountain Bike Teams – Riders’ transfer period 6th–10th July 2015
As per the UCI Regulations, we would like to inform you that a rider from a UCI Mountain Bike Team can join another team only between the period from 6th to 10th July 2015.
Any transfer request must be received by email or by post at the very latest by Friday 10th July 2015 01:00 pm CET.
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2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
In May and early June, three events of the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano took place.
You can read the news, consult the results and watch the highlights of the Women Elite and Men Elite races on the UCI website.
The online registration system for the next event of the season will be open as follows: Lenzerheide (SUI): from 18th June 2015 (12:00 CET) to 29th June 2015 (12:00 CET).

This weekend, the 2015 UCI MTB World Cup presented by Shimano will make a stop in Leogang (AUT). This event will be for Downhill specialists only. Don’t forget to watch it live on RedBullTV.

2015 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships
This year’s UCI MTB Marathon World Championships will take place in Val Gardena (ITA) on 27th June 2015. Don’t miss the registration deadline for this event: 11th June 2015 (12:00 CET) to 22nd June 2015 (12:00 CET). Please find the link to the competition guide for further information.

2015 UCI Four-cross World Championships
The 2015 UCI Four-cross World Championships will take place in Val di Sole (ITA) at the same time as the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. Updated news regarding this event can be found on the UCI website.

2015 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships
The programme, qualification quotas and the registration deadline for the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Vallnord (AND) are available on the UCI website. The competition guide will be published shortly at the same link.

2015 BAKU European Games
The 2015 BAKU European Games will see two Cross-country races (Men and Women) taking place on 13th June 2015.
More information

2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
The bidding procedure for the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano was sent out on 22nd May 2015.
The files received are currently under review and the 2016 calendar will be released thereafter.

2016 UCI Mountain Bike Calendar
We would like to remind you that the deadline to return the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike International calendar application forms is 31st July 2015.


2015 Para-cycling Road World Cup
The 2015 Para-cycling Road World Cup began with the round in Maniago (ITA) on 5th–7th June where 315 riders – 245 men and 70 women representing 35 nations – took part.
Next week, the second World Cup round will be held on 14th-16th June in Yverdon (SUI), where 342 riders – 272 men and 70 women representing 37 nations – have registered.
Following these first two rounds, the national teams take themselves to Elzach (GER) on 24th 26th July to contest the final European round of the 2015 World Cup. 

For the record, only the results from the best round in Europe will count towards qualification for the Paralympic Games in Rio. 

Reminder of the registration deadlines for the third round of the Road World Cup in Elzach (GER) and for the Road World Championships in Nottwil (SUI).

We would also like to remind you that registrations must be done via our online system. No late registrations will be accepted.


2015 UCI BMX World Championships
Please find below all information relating to registration for the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships, to be held from 21st to 25th July 2015 in Heusden-Zolder (BEL).

Online registration
The system will open on 25th June 2015, 12:00 CET and close on 9th July 2015, 12:00 CET.
Publication of entry lists for all categories on 10th July 2015.
Entry Fees/Payment
Entry fees are mentioned in the competition guide of the event. They are handled by the Organising Committee. Please do not pay the entry fees in advance, but wait until you receive the invoice through the Organising Committee. The invoice number must be mentioned when paying.
Riders will not be able to enter the competition if the invoice is unpaid on the first day of competition.
Competition guide
We remind you that the competition guide of this event is available on the UCI website.
Accreditation request – National Federation Delegation 
The online system is already open and will close on Thursday 9th July 2015, 12:00 CET. To avoid misunderstandings, the UCI has decided to grant a maximum number of accreditations. The list of quotas, by type, is mentioned in the competition guide. 

UCI BMX Convention
The UCI BMX Convention will take place at the Circuit Zolder - Congress Center on Thursday 23rd July 2015, 15:00 – 16:30.     
A maximum of two representatives per country are allowed to take part in the UCI BMX Convention. National Federations must register their representatives through the delegates form before 9th July 2015. Late registrations will not be accepted.

2016 UCI BMX Calendar
We would like to remind you that the deadline to return the 2016 UCI BMX International calendar application forms is 31st July 2015.

2015 BAKU European Games
The 2015 BAKU European Games will feature BMX races for Men and Women; the event will take place from 26th to 28th June 2015.
More information

BMX Freestyle
Further details regarding the BMX Freestyle format will be given following the Management Committee meeting and will feature in July’s edition of the newsletter.

2015 Cyclo-cross training camp
Between 23rd and 28th June, the UCI Off-Road department and the UCI World Cycling Centre are hosting a Cyclo-cross camp for developing athletes in Aigle (SUI). The camp aims to support athlete development for the Cyclo-cross discipline with technique training, race planning and self-analysis. It is also a tool to help promote Cyclo-cross in the participants’ nation. Expert coaches Geoff Proctor (USA) and Beat Wabel (SUI) will instruct 14 athletes from Europe, Asia and South America. This camp has run very successfully for several years at the WCC.


UCI World Cycling Tour Final
As mentioned in the May newsletter, information relating to Wildcards and National Masters Champions for the Final (in Aalborg and Hobro (DEN) from 3rd to 6th September) must be submitted using the following forms:


Explanations can be found in the information letter.

UCI World Cycling Tour
The series is entering the second half of the season, with the final three events taking place in:
Ljubljana (SLO)
12th-14th June
Trento (ITA)
17th-19th July
Sankt Johann (AUT)
22nd-26th August 

More information

Athletes Commission composition confirmed

The composition of the UCI Athletes’ Commission has been confirmed with the closing of the voting period on 1st June.
The names of the 13 athletes composing the Athletes’ Commission are:

ROAD - Bobbie Traksel (NED) & Iris Slappendel (NED)
TRACK - Kevin Sireau (FRA) & Anna Meares (AUS)
MOUNTAIN BIKE - Greg Minnaar (RSA) & Georgia Gould (USA)
BMX - Donny Robinson (USA) & Mariana Pajon (COL)
PARA-CYCLING - Tobias Fankhauser (SUI) & Greta Neimanas (USA)
CYCLO-CROSS - Marianne Vos (NED)
TRIALS - Kenny Belaey (BEL)
INDOOR - Manuel Kopp (GER)

The members will appoint a President for the Commission during its first meeting in autumn 2015. To ensure athletes are well represented, the President will be co-opted onto the UCI Management Committee, the International Federation’s executive body that officiates under the authority of Congress.

The missions of the Athletes Commission are mainly to:
  • improve the training and competition conditions for athletes;
  • give riders the opportunity to have their say with the guarantee of being heard by the cycling family and its administration;
  • allow the UCI to receive riders’ opinions directly;reinforce the links between current or recently-retired athletes and the UCI.
UCI Riders' apparel regulations
A consolidated document relating to riders' apparel has been created and is now available on the UCI website. This document, available in French and English, includes all the updated UCI rules relating to the apparel.
 Upcoming events 
ROAD        -        TRACK        -        MOUNTAIN BIKE        -        BMX
TRIALS        -        INDOOR        -        PARA-CYCLING


Equipment checks

Throughout this season, and most recently at the Giro, we have been conducting equipment checks for what has been referred to as technical fraud. We are basically testing for the presence of an electrical motor hidden inside a racing bike with the aim of giving the rider additional power or assistance. We typically test five riders during each equipment check we schedule. The process we are using is to announce the test over race radio in the closing kilometres of the race and then, as the riders cross the line, we are tasked with approaching each rider, tagging the bike and then moving it to a discreet testing area generally behind the presentation podium. There is a general inspection of the bike to make sure nothing unusual is present and then we inspect more closely the area of the seat tube and bottom bracket. This may involve either the removal of the seat post or the removal of the chainset so we can use our scope to see inside the bottom bracket and ensure that there is nothing present that could give mechanical assistance.


The European continent is currently gearing up for the first-ever European Games, which will open in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku today.
As is the case with the Olympic Games, cycling will open play, awarding two titles on the first day of medal competition, Saturday June 13th. These first cycling medals will be for the mountain bike discipline, while BMX will bring the curtain down on these inaugural Games: the men’s and women’s finals will be raced on the afternoon of Sunday June 28th, just before the closing ceremony. Road cycling will take place on June 18th (time trials), June 20th (women’s road race) and June 21st (men’s road race.)
Mountain bike, road cycling and BMX are among the 30 sports that will feature in the first edition of the European Games. Coming just one year before Rio 2016, the competitions will carry qualification points towards next year’s Olympic Games, and will therefore be an important goal for some athletes.

It is two and a half years since the European Olympic Committees (EOC) General Assembly, presided over by Patrick Hickey, voted for the creation of this multi-sport event, which will be held every four years. At the same General Assembly in Rome, Italy, in December 2012, the city of Baku was awarded the organisation of this first edition.
Since then, the Union Européenne de Cyclisme (UEC) has worked very closely with the organisers to ensure that our three disciplines are well represented in Baku. These Games represent a significant work load in the year before the Olympic Games, but they are also a wonderful showcase for our sport and another opportunity for the athletes to measure up against high-level international competition.

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Professional Cycling Council (16-17.06) and UCI Management Committee (18-19.06) meetings at UCI headquarters
The Professional Cycling Council meeting will be held on 16th and 17th June at the UCI in Aigle (SUI), followed by the second UCI Management Committee meeting of 2015 on 18th and 19th June. Details of the decisions taken at the UCI Management Committee will be communicated to National Federations shortly after the meeting.

New President for the Federación Boliviana de Ciclismo and Federación Colombiana de Ciclismo
Mr Edgar Herrera has become the President of the Federación Boliviana de Ciclismo and Mr Agustín Moreno Aristizábal of the Federación Colombiana de Ciclismo. Both will make a valuable contribution to the development of cycling in their respective countries. 



Having recently updated the candidacy process for UCI events to make it clearer and more transparent, new programmes are to be put in place with the aim of improving communication with Local Organising Committees (LOCs) in conjunction with National Federations. Indeed, the UCI wishes to increase the level of contact with the actors interested in hosting UCI cycling events. It is essential to facilitate direct communication between entre the LOCs, the National Federations and the UCI in order to build trusting relationships that will allow for long-term strategic planning. Until now, the UCI had not been offering any meeting points for the interested LOCs. Contact could develop through international conventions, meetings or events but there was no formal, planned network that allowed the UCI to get across a number of messages and to promote its activities and those of the National Federations.
The UCI has therefore decided to create a programme, dedicated to those LOCs wishing to host cycling events, which will be held during the UCI Road World Championships. At the 2015 edition in Richmond, the potential LOCs will be invited to participate in a seminar over the final weekend; the best way of promoting cycling remains an invitation to the city administrations to our flagship event.
During this seminar, several activities will be offered:
  • Presentation of the UCI Road World Championships
  • Presentation of the different UCI disciplines and events
  • Presentation of the 2015 edition by the Richmond team
  • Discussion with future host cities Doha and Bergen
Analysis of a business case on the development of ‘Cycling for All’ by the Advocacy team
Visit to the heart of the event by going to different points on the route during the Elite Women’s Road Race The National Federations will be linked to this initiative and informed of the invited cities or regions. The aim is to create a community in contact with the UCI: this will enable them to exchange their experiences and ambitions in order to ultimately develop cycling as broadly as possible.


Only 420 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

This month we take a look at another of our Olympic cycling disciplines: Mountain Bike Cross-country.

Making its debut in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic Games, this discipline requires athletes to both have excellent endurance and outstanding technical skills to negotiate the undulating and challenging circuits.
Mountain Bike at the Olympic Games: key facts

Olympic Debut: 1996
Format: Mountain Bike Cross-country

The Mountain Bike Cross-country event will feature at the
Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the sixth time.
The beginnings
The first mountain bike races were held in California (USA) in the early eighties. This discipline has since then grown very fast, with the first World Championships held in 1999 and the World Cup a year later.

Olympic history
It was at the IOC Executive Board meeting held in 1993 in Monaco that it was decided to add a men’s and women’s mountain bike event to the programme of the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta in 1996.

At the most recent Olympic Games in London in 2012, the men’s event was won by Czech rider Jaroslav Kulhavy ahead of Nino Schurter from Switzerland in a thrilling sprint finish. The women’s title went to Julie Bresset from France.  

Mountain Bike Cross-country races are held over undulating circuits of 5 to 9km with technical descents, forest roads, rocky paths and obstacles. The events last between 90 and 105 minutes – and the number of laps is calculated according to time per lap in the men’s and women’s categories. Participants need to complete a pre-established number of laps, and the first to finish is the winner.
Brazilian mountain biker sets her eyes on Rio 2016

On a more recent note, scout the results of the 1st round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, and you will see a certain Brazilian, Raiza Goulão-Henrique, nestled in at 34th position out of 78 starters.

Nothing amazing at first glance. Except that this ambitious 24-year-old dreams of representing her country at Rio 2016. And to do so she is investing her all – physically and financially. It is her second season as an Elite rider, and she has decided to spend a lot of it in Europe where the task is not so easy.

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Beautiful blue bikes handed over by @VolkswagenSA to children in rural EC + KZN @Qhubeka


#HopOn is our rallying cry to encourage people to get on their bikes and contribute to Canada’s cycling reputation 


British Cycling seeks @trackworlds volunteers. Be there in London! Apply now: 


Trainers, rollers and work stands at the disposal of the National Federations during the 2015 UCI Road World Championships

TACX will bring to the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond an additional 30 cycle trainers and rollers and have them set up in the warm-up areas for all the National Federations’ riders to use. In total, there will be 70 rollers and trainers available to the riders during the time trial days (from Sunday 20th to Wednesday 23rd September included). Additionally, 20 improved Spider Team work stands for the team mechanics will also be at the teams’ disposal. It is a service completely free of charge to the National Federations.

How to proceed:
If you have any questions regarding the rollers, trainers and/or work stands, please contact Leon Kuijt at TACX directly:
Phone: +31 708 200 674 
On site:
The equipment will be accessible in the warm-up areas.


Strong start to season for Stefany Hernandez

After the first two rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, UCI World Cycling Centre trainee Stefany Hernandez is lying third in the overall World Cup rankings.
The 24-year-old  Venezuelan athlete finished third in the opening round in Manchester, Great Britain, in April, and claimed the same position the following month in Papendal, the Netherlands. Her next major challenge is the UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium (July 21-25). The UCI World Cup will then continue with the third of five rounds in Engelholm, Sweden, on August 15 and 16.
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