UCI National Federations Newsletter #12 - 18.03.2016 


Dear members,

March is a particularly significant month for track cycling and road cycling, with the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the opening of the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour.

Our second UCI World Championships of the year took the velodrome in London’s Lee Valley VeloPark by storm from March 2nd to 6th as the best track specialists in the world vied for the title of UCI World Champion. While medals were shared between 22 countries, our 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Champions represent 11 different nationalities.
On March 5th road cycling history was made by the women’s professional peloton which tackled the opening event of the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour. The Strade Bianche, in Italy, was the first of 17 events on this expanded calendar. The UCI Women’s WorldTour will accommodate the increased professionalism of the women’s peloton and provide a challenge worthy of the high level of our current Elite riders and teams.
This is all part of my vision for the UCI to be known as the best respected and trusted International Federation, one which embraces innovation whilst respecting our heritage. An organisation leading a sport which people, sponsors, stakeholders, want to be part of.

I am passionate about this vision and I know that there is still a lot of work to do. So I want to be clear that I fully intend to seek a final 4-year term as UCI President in 2017.
Finally, I am pleased to say that from now on a summarised Spanish version of this newsletter will be circulated to keep our friends in Spain and Latin America informed about developments in cycling. ¡Nos vemos pronto!


Qualification system for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships
The qualification system for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships has now been published on the UCI website.

Part IX: World Championships of the UCI Regulations has also been updated.
The main differences from the 2015 qualification system are:
  • The qualification system covers all categories (Men Elite, Men Under 23, Men Juniors, Women Elite, Women Juniors) and all events (road races, individual time trials, team time trials) at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships
  • The reference date for rankings used in the qualification system has been pushed back to 22nd August instead of the traditional 15th August due to the UCI Road World Championships being held in October.
  • The new UCI World Rankings replace the UCI WorldTour Rankings in the qualification system for the Men Elite road race.
  • The introduction of the new rankings for the UCI Women Junior Nations’ Cup, which allow the first five nations in said rankings to include an additional starter.

UCI Women Junior Nations’ Cup
The UCI has created the UCI Women Junior Nations’ Cup series for the 2016 season to capitalise on the momentum in women’s road cycling and recognise organisers committed to promoting women’s cycling. The rules of the series are similar to those of the Men Junior Nations’ Cup and are available on the UCI website (Regulations – Part II – Chapter XIV). The series already includes Continental Championships and some Women Junior events that already registered on the UCI Calendar. There are sporting and marketing benefits for organisers, while the financial obligations are kept to minimum. More information is available in this file. Thank you for circulating it among the organisers of Women Junior road events in your country. Please contact us if anyone is interested in joining the series. The UCI is looking ahead to the 2017 season and expanding the calendar.

Professional Cycling Council (PCC)
The PCC held its first of three annual meetings in Vevey (SUI) on 29th February through 1st March and focused its efforts on reviewing the 2017 UCI WorldTour calendar application process and considered the potential addition of up to roughly 25 competition days on the UCI WorldTour calendar.
As announced in this press release, there are 21 candidate events vying for a slot on the 2017 UCI WorldTour calendar. The selected candidates are likely to be announced at the second annual PCC meeting to be held in late June. The PCC also examined the application of 20 existing UCI WorldTour events and approved their granting registration on the UCI WorldTour calendar for the 2017-19 seasons, thereby bringing stability to existing economic agents and growth for newcomers.
2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
The 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships that took place from 3rd-6th March at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London were a clear success.

With no fewer than 52,293 tickets sold across the five days of competition, these were the best-attended UCI Track Cycling World Championships of the modern era.

The 339 riders present (197 men (58%) and 142 women (42%), representing 43 nations) were battling for the final available points counting towards the 2014-2016 UCI Olympic Track Ranking.

The 19 titles up for grabs were won by 11 different nations, and more than half of the nations present made the podium.

Olympic Games – Rio 2016 – Qualification places
With the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships ending, so did the qualification period for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

In accordance with the schedule published at the end of the Qualification System for the 31st Olympic Games, the UCI informed the National Olympic Committees and National Federations of the places which had been allocated to them on 14th March 2016.

The list of qualification places is available on the UCI website.

2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
As announced in this press release on 5th March, the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will take place between 12th–16th April in Hong Kong, which also hosted the third and final round of the 2015-2016 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in January 2016.

These Championships will mark the start of the new qualification system based exclusively on the UCI Rankings. These rankings will cover the points obtained since October 2015, in order to avoid points which are 12+ months old being deducted before the first round of the 2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

Details of this new qualification system and the changes to the relevant regulations are now available on UCI website.

2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
Hosts’ application documents must be returned to the UCI by 21st March, in order for the 2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup calendar (which will have 3 or 4 rounds) to be announced soon.
The conditions of participation are detailed in the corresponding regulation changes published here.
Registration Deadlines for the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup
All National Federations are reminded of the registration deadlines for the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup events, which can be found here.

Please be aware that registration for the first event at Santiago del Estero in Argentina is now closed.
2016 UCI BMX World Championships

Accreditation deadlines
The accreditation system for the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships in Medellin, Colombia will open on 31st March, 2016 at 12:00 CET and close on 12th May, 2016 at 12:00 CET.

The maximum number of each type of accreditation offered will be listed in the Competition Guide, which will be published shortly.
Registration deadlines
The registration system for the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships opens on 28th April, 2016 at 12:00 CET and will close on 12th May, 2016 at 12:00 CET.

UCI BMX Freestyle Park Regulations
The UCI BMX Freestyle Park regulations are now available in both English and French on the UCI website.
2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
You will find in the attached document all the necessary information for the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup such as:
  • Schedules
  • Online registration deadlines: access, link, deadline, log-in/password information, etc
  • Team Area reservation: access, link, deadline, etc
  • Rainbow pass: quotas, distribution, etc
  • UCI Ranking publication dates as well as the Marathon Series Ranking and XCO Junior Series Ranking dates
  • The final 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
  • UCI Juniors Series – XCO: additional information
  • Rider’s transfer period: dates, information, etc
Please be aware that registration for the first DHI event in Lourdes (FRA) opens on 24th March and closes on 4th April at 12:00 CET.

In addition, the Media Guide of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup has been published on the UCI website, it contains all the main information about the series.

2016 UCI Mountain Bike Team
The final list of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike Team (ELITE & Standard) has been published on the UCI website.

Fien Lammertyn, Organiser of Antwerp World Cup round, and Peter Fish, president of the Trials Commission
2016 UCI Trials Organisers seminar / Best Event 2015
The 2016 UCI Trials Organisers seminar took place at the UCI Headquarters, in Aigle (SUI), on Thursday March 3rd and 4th, 2016.

The trophy for the best event of the 2015 UCI Trials World Cup series was awarded to Antwerp (BEL) for the second time in a row. Kenny Belaey, four-time UCI World Champion, is a driving force behind the organisation of this event.

End of the qualification period for Rio 2016
The qualification period for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will end on Sunday, 27th March and the final quotas will be published the following week on our website. As a reminder, the qualification procedures and methods for allocating places are explained in the qualification guide, available here.

Start of the procedure for bipartite invitation requests
The procedure for bipartite invitation requests for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will begin on 30th March, 2016. A request form will be available on our website and must be completed and returned to us by 27th April at the latest. Incomplete or late requests will not be considered. It will be possible to download the form from this page.

Updates to the 2016 classification dates
For your information, the 2016 classification dates have been updated on our website. In fact, a BVI classification will be organised during the 3rd round of the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Spain. Don’t forget to check this document regularly to keep up-to-date with any potential changes or additions. The classification dates can be found here.

UCI Cycle-ball World Cup
The documents for the 2016 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup registration have been sent to the Indoor Cycling Representatives within the National Federations concerned.

Plase note that the registration deadline is Thursday 31st March 2016.

Should you have any questions or need any information, please feel free to contact Anne-Laure Favre, UCI Indoor Cycling Coordinator.

Activities status - Promotion Club Indoor Cycling
The competitions of the East European Cup held on 20th February in Prague (POL) and on 5 March in Bokod (HUN) have marked the first activities of this year.
In the coming weeks, a training camp will be organised in Canada from 28th March to 8th April. Mrs Kathrin Igel of the Association’ volunteers will take care of this activity together with Mr Marco Rossmann, in charge of Indoor Cycling within the German Cycling Federation. The focus will be put on the Canadian athletes’ preparations for the 2016 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships.
2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Series
After the qualifiers held in Poznan (POL), Lorne (AUS) and Durban (RSA) at the end of 2015, the season restarted in Perth last week (11th to 13th March). 402 riders have taken part in the Time Trial, while the Road Race had a great success with 962 riders. This qualifier has also served as a test event for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships next September.
 Upcoming events 
ROAD          -           TRACK          -          MOUNTAIN BIKE
BMX         -         CYCLO-CROSS         -         TRIALS

INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING


UCI Women's WorldTour

The women’s professional peloton is currently writing a page in cycling’s history as it races the opening events of the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour. And with the first five events held on five consecutive weekends, the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour is certainly kicking off under full steam.

The Strade Bianche provided a fitting season opener along the white roads of Italy’s Tuscany on March 5th, with the peloton attacking 121 kilometres including seven gravel sectors (22 kilometres) and 1800 metres of climbing. The Strade Bianche lived up to all expectations, and saw UCI Road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead take victory in front of one of the rising stars of women’s cycling, Kasia Niewiadioma.

But that was just the beginning.

The Women’s WorldTour Ronde Van Drenthe followed in the Netherlands just seven days later, and racing continues through until September when La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta will bring the curtain down on the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour.

The UCI Women’s WorldTour replaces the former UCI Women Road World Cup and has been introduced to accommodate the fast growth of women’s cycling and provide a significant boost to the sport.

UCI President Brian Cookson explains: “The UCI Women’s WorldTour is about bringing together the best riders in the top women’s races in a coherent, exciting and expanded calendar of events. It will provide the perfect platform not just to grow women’s cycling around the world, but also to boost the profile of women’s cycling. I am convinced that the new structure we now have in place is an important milestone in the evolution of women’s cycling.”

The 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour at a glance
  • 17 events
  • Calendar spanning six months
  • 35 days of racing
  • Spring Classics
  • Stage races
  • Monument races
  • Events organised across Europe, in the United States and China
  • Competition days increased by more than 60%
  • At least 20 UCI Women’s Teams at each event
  • Overall rankings for individual, Under-23 and teams

What the pros have to say

Lizzie Armitstead, UCI Road Race World Champion and two times winner of the UCI Women Road World Cup: “I think the new structure and specific initiatives involved in the UCI Women's WorldTour will hopefully lead to more positive change.”

Women’s UCI Hour Record holder Evelyn Stevens: “I see the UCI Women’s WorldTour as a clear indicator of growth and excitement around women's cycling.”

Megan Guarnier (USA - Boels Dolmans Cycling Team): “The UCI Women's WorldTour will provide a narrative to our racing season.”

Kasia Niewadioma (POL – Rabo-Liv Women Cycling Team): "I am proud that I can be part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour for the first year ever. I am excited and happy and looking forward to the 2016 season."

2011 UCI Women Road World Cup winner Annemiek van Vleuten (NED – Orica-AIS): “I think the UCI Women’s WorldTour is a very good step for women’s cycling, because it includes some of the biggest races. It is a small but good step towards making women’s cycling more professional. It will help us go onto better things.”

The UCI is closely following the season’s racing, which will surely be the most exciting for women’s professional cycling ever. Don’t miss our regular UCI Women’s WorldTour Chronicle or our Diary of two Pros, which follows the season through the eyes of Annemiek van Vleuten and Kasia Niewiadoma.

Tracey Gaudry, UCI Vice President and Chair of the UCI Women’s Commission sums up this latest development in women’s cycling: “Under Brian Cookson’s administration, we set out to place women’s cycling on the same platform as men. In less than three years we have created the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Teams, riders and event organisers are all on-board, and fans will now be able to see the best female cyclists all around the world.”


The Congress of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme was held in Faro, Algarve, Portugal on Sunday 13th March with delegates attending from 37 National Federations and in presence of Brian Cookson, President of the UCI. 



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Our trainees at the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Former, current and future UCI World Cycling Centre trainees put their abilities to the test at the recent UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London.

It is always a pleasure to see our athletes competing at the highest international level, and we are delighted that some have already obtained qualification spots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Young Mexican Ignacio Prado will join us in Aigle at the end of this month fresh from a magnificent second place in the Scratch in London. Igancio will train with our road group, interspersed with specific track sessions, in the run-up to Rio. We also welcome Cuba’s Arlenis Sierra who finished 3rd in the points race and 7th in the Scratch. She will join our Women’s Road Group through until June.

Congratulations also go to Jinje Gong (China) for her second place in the team sprint. She trained with us in 2012 and 2013, and we will follow her Rio 2016 campaign with great interest.

One of our longest-standing trainees Shuang Guo continues to demonstrate fine form, narrowly missing out on a medal in the keirin in London. Shuang was among our first intake of trainees when the UCI World Cycling Centre opened, and has been a regular visitor to our training facilities since then. Two places behind Shuang, in sixth place, was Lee Hyejin, one of five Korean athletes who have been training at the UCI World Cycling Centre this year and who competed in London.

Finally, another trainee and experienced athlete familiar to the UCI World Cycling Centre, Cuban Lisandra Guerra, competed in the sprint, the Keirin and the 500m, with ninth place in the latter. She also returns to train in Aigle in the run-up to Rio 2016.

First para-cycling training course of the year

The 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships kicked off yesterday, and some of the contenders have been putting the final touches to their preparation at the UCI World Cycling Centre.

Seven athletes and one coach from Hungary, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain and Ghana are on the two-week training camp which finishes just two days before the UCI World Championships in Montichiari, Italy (March 17-20).

This is the third para-cycling training camp to be held at the UCI World Cycling Centre and as usual the demand was high, with 19 applicants for the limited number of places available.
First mechanics’ training course of the year at the UCI WCC

The new Mechanics Education Programme is under way at the UCI World Cycling Centre with the first course running through until April 1st. The first four-week course is for Level 2 mechanics and is being attended by four Korean trainees, including our first woman trainee mechanic.

The UCI World Cycling Centre has remodeled its Mechanics’ Training Programme this year, holding more courses and accepting more trainees thanks to the new workshop facilities which include four additional workspaces.

As a reminder, National Federations may request Level 1 mechanics training courses in their own country or send applicants to the UCI WCC for higher level training.

Six more courses will be held throughout the year, and details can be found on our website.

UCI WCC Laboratory of Sport and Physiology
This week the coaches are preparing the new laboratory which will provide a closer and more scientific analysis of our trainees’ potential and progress. The new athletes are being tested on arrival and their progress will be tracked throughout their stay. Equipment includes:
  • bio electrical impedance instruments to measure body composition including the percentage of muscle, fat etc
  • Spirometers to measure pulmonary capacity
  • lactate pro to measure lactate content
  • accelerometers to measure power, velocity, acceleration on strength exercises etc
  • Wattbikes, that provide cycling-specific performance data.
  • contact mats to measure the high jump and pliometry.
 The Laboratory of Sport and Physiology will allow our coaches to work with specific data to provide specific training programmes adapted to each athlete.
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