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UCI National Federations Newsletter #9 - 09.12.2015 


 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 

Dear members,

In this last newsletter for 2015 I would like to reflect on the year and touch on some of our achievements. It has been an enormous pleasure to work with our National Federations over the past 12 months as we continue to modernise the UCI and grow our sport across the world.

The year started off with the report of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission, an extremely important piece of work for our credibility, which was delivered on time and well within budget. Our willingness to open ourselves up to this unprecedented level of external scrutiny has been key to restoring trust in the UCI and building our working relations with other anti-doping organisations.

For the first time in track cycling we had onboard cameras at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in St-Quentin-en-Yvelines allowing spectators to watch racing from a totally new perspective.

We continued to embrace new technology with the testing, in close collaboration with all our stakeholders, of disc brakes in professional road cycling. Trials will continue in more races in 2016.

Meanwhile, the fervour following the modernised regulations of the UCI Hour Record increased still further. Six attempts were made on the men’s record, which is now held by Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins (54.526km) and two attempts on the women’s record with American Molly Van Houweling establishing a new mark of 46.273 km.

The UCI Road World Championships in Richmond marked the event’s return to the USA for the first time since 1986, when they were held in Colorado Springs. Other “firsts” in the USA included a spectacular round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Las Vegas and a round of the UCI BMX World Cup in Rock Hill.

The UCI WorldTour seminar in Barcelona in December marked the successful conclusion of discussions amongst all our stakeholders on the structures we will put in place to develop men's professional road cycling over the next several years with stability for existing organisers and teams.

The good news also concerns people who ride bikes as they go about their everyday lives. I am delighted that more than 700 cities in 50 countries now have bike-share schemes. From Guangzhou to Paris to Los Angeles, cities are shifting their attention from keeping cars moving to making it easier for the public to cycle. Our revival of the UCI Bike City label will encourage cities to commit even more to Cycling for All programmes.

The UCI World Cycling Centre and its satellite centres have had a vital role to play in the development of our sport worldwide, and you can read more about the year’s successes further on in this newsletter.

As we draw to the end of the year, we look forward to 2016 which will continue to see our sport progress. With the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour and the integration of BMX Freestyle into the UCI calendar, it is going to be a big year.

Thank you all once again for your tremendous support.


 SPORTS 

 ROAD 
UCI WorldTour Seminar
The annual UCI WorldTour seminar was held on 7th and 8th December in Barcelona. Every year, organisers of the UCI WorldTour events, UCI WorldTeams and riders’ representatives get together at the end of the season to discuss, with the UCI, potential strategies for developing the UCI WorldTour. Evidently, this seminar is aimed at future projects and that is why this year’s headline topic was the reform plans for 2017, details of which were revealed for the first time. UCI President Brian Cookson, accompanied by UCI Vice-President and Professional Cycling Council President David Lappartient and President of the Road Commission Tom Van Damme, detailed the various proposals which were discussed amongst the stakeholders over the past months. Greater stability for event organisers and teams is at the heart of the reform. A detailed explanation of the candidacy process for the 2017 UCI WorldTour – which will begin in mid-December 2015 – was given. Events interested in applying are asked to consult the bidding guide which will be published on the UCI website in the very near future.
 
For further information, please refer to the UCI press release that was sent out at the end of the seminar.
 

UCI Women’s WorldTour Seminar 
Following the UCI WorldTour seminar, some of the organisers extended their stay in Barcelona for the UCI Women’s WorldTour seminar. They were joined by some new organisers and it was the first time that they all came together in preparation for the 2016 season, the very first of the series.
 
Sport and technical aspects were presented and discussed, followed by sessions on media and promotion. 29 participants representing 17 events participated. The first event of the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour will be the Women’s Strade Bianche and will take place on 5th March in Siena, Italy.



2016 UCI Continental and Women’s Teams
We would like to kindly remind the National Federations that completed registration forms must be submitted to the UCI prior to 10th December 2015.
 
 
Qualification System – Games of the XXXI Olympiad – Rio 2016
We remind you that further to the qualification system published on the UCI website, the number of Road men’s quota places obtained by NOCs will be confirmed in the first two weeks of January 2016.
 
Please find here the table of upcoming milestones.

 
 TRACK 
2016-2017 UCI Track Calendar Registration
The deadline to register events for the 2016-2017 Track season is 15th December 2015. Information on the calendar procedure which was sent to existing organisers can be found here.
 

Registration for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong
The deadline to register the number of athletes participating in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong was 4th December. However, we would like to remind you that the deadline to register the athletes’ names is 25th December at 12h00 (CET).
 

2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships qualification system
In addition to information provided in previous newsletters, the qualification system for the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will be structured as follows:
  • The qualifying period will cover the 12 months from February 2016 to February 2017 i.e. one month before the World Championships, date and location of which are yet to be confirmed.
  • The best results from all events registered on the UCI International Calendar during this period will from now on count towards qualification for the World Championships, be they from the World Series, the Continental Championships or Class 1 and 2 events, according to the new points scales which are yet to be validated.
  • Certain details, particularly concerning hosting regulations and the broadcasting of the World Series are under discussion with potential candidates for organising the 2016-2017 series.
 BMX 
2016 UCI BMX World Championships – Medellin (COL)
The schedule of the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships is available on the UCI website.

 
 MOUNTAIN BIKE 
2016 UCI Mountain Bike Team Registration
Documents for the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike Team registration have been sent to all the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike Teams. The registration and payment deadline is 15th January 2016.
 

2016 UCI Mountain Bike Regulations
As a reminder, the UCI Mountain Bike regulations coming into effect from 1st January 2016 can be found on the UCI website as well as documents containing additional information regarding the UCI XCO Junior Series and XCO Junior events.


2016 UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar
As a reminder, the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar has been approved and is available on the UCI website (click on 2016). The calendar includes the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike  World Cup, Mountain Bike Continental Championships, UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Series, UCI XCO Junior Series.

The 2016 Mountain Bike  Continental Championships have been confirmed and are displayed on the UCI website. For the Olympic Mountain Bike Ranking Qualification, please note the following:
  • Europe and Asia: the 2014 and 2015 Mountain Bike Continental Championships UCI points will count for the Olympic Mountain Bike Ranking Period. The 2016 Mountain Bike Continental Championships UCI points will not be taken into account for the Olympic Mountain Bike Ranking Period.
  • Oceania, America and Africa: the 2015 and 2016 Mountain Bike Continental Championships UCI points will count for the Olympic Mountain Bike Ranking Period.
 CYCLO-CROSS 
2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Report on Koksijde
The third round of the 2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup took place in Koksijde (BEL) on 22nd November 2015. Belgian champion Sanne Cant repeated her victory from last year with a flawless display in the Women’s race. With her solo win, she takes the lead in the World Cup from Italian champion Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sud Tirol). In the Elite Men category, large crowds witnessed a spectacular duel until the final corner between World Cup leader Wout Van Aert (Vastgoedservice-Golden Palace) and popular veteran Sven Nys (BEL). Nys was crowned the winner, the fiftieth World Cup victory of his long career. Van Aert retains the lead in the World Cup classification by a small margin. All related news and full results can be found on the UCI website.
 
Information on Namur and Heusden-Zolder
December sees two classic rounds of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup take place in Namur on 20th December 2015 and Heusden-Zolder on 26th December 2015. There will be World Cup races in four categories: Elite Men, Elite Women, Men Under 23 and Men Juniors. The programme as well as other event information can be found on the UCI website. The online registration system will be open as follows:
  • Namur: from 10th December 2015 (12:00 CET) to 14th December 2015 (12:00 CET).
  • Heusden-Zolder: from 16th December 2015 (12:00 CET) to 21st December 2015 (12:00 CET).
 
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:
  • The competition guide contains information such as the official programme, course map, rider registration, accreditation, event regulations, etc.
  • The online rider registration system will be open from 14th to 22nd January 2016 (12:00 CET). The rider registration for this event can only be done by the National Federation.
  • The online accreditation system is already open and will close on 22nd January 2016 at 12:00 CET.
 PARA-CYCLING 
2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
The first leg of the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup will take place in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, between 6th and 8th May. Although the organisation of the 2015 edition was a success, low participation is expected next year, principally due to the fact that the qualifying period for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games will close on 27th March 2016. With the aim of increasing participation in this event, the Para-cycling Commission approved the Organising Committee’s exceptional request to double the number of UCI points available at this event. Consequently, points awarded at this event will be equivalent to those handed out at the World Para-cycling Championships, as indicated in article 16.18.004 of the UCI Regulations. Even if this change has no effect on the qualifying rankings for the Paralympic Games, it will nonetheless affect the Road Race and Time Trial starting orders in Rio for those riders participating. Indeed, the General UCI Ranking is taken into account when considering riders’ appeals (articles 16.7.004 and 16.7.010). Finally, in order to help the Organising Committee with its preparation, the UCI will organise a survey of nations in January 2016 to assess the number of participants going to Pietermaritzburg.
 

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – Prostheses and adaptations approved for competition
In order to facilitate the work of Commissaires, Classifiers and Technical Delegates, and to ensure equality between all riders, all athletes with prostheses, orthoses or other adaptations must have them approved and certified before participating in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Following the procedures introduced in 2015, the next adaptation checks will be conducted at the 2016 World Cups and World Championships. Riders who have not had their adaptation(s) approved will not be permitted to use them in competition. Those who have already had their equipment checked during the 2015 season or before, and with their certified adaptation(s), do not need to have them checked again. Their approval certificates are in production and will be sent out by the end of January. All documents relating to classifications and the approval procedure are available on our website.
 

Update on the UCI website
For your information, the para-cycling page of the UCI website has been updated to include all official reports from the Paralympic Games, UCI World Championships and UCI World Cups since 2008. These documents are available in PDF format at the following page.
Moreover, the registration deadlines for the 2016 UCI World Championships and World Cups have been published on the events page. Please respect them, and note that no late registrations will be accepted.
 

IPC General Assembly
The 17th IPC General Assembly took place on 14th and 15th November in Mexico City, Mexico. This event was the opportunity for the IPC, the National Paralympic Committees and the International Federations to meet and discuss classifications and the future of Paralympic sports. More details on this topic are available on the IPC website.


2016 UCI licences
As a reminder, please note that licenses issued for para-cycling riders must comply with the articles 1.1.024 and 1.1.036 of the UCI Regulations. Therefore, the UCI category written on the 2016 licence must be "para-cyclist".

 
 WOMEN IN CYCLING 
Women Sport Directors at the UCI
 
Traditionally a male dominated environment, the UCI Sport Director (DS) course takes place once a year in Aigle. Unlike other years, in 2015, nine participants out of forty were women. This was a first in the history of the course, and is another step in the right direction for women’s cycling.
 
Earlier in 2015, the UCI announced that scholarships would be available for women wanting to become UCI certified Sport Directors. Demand was high, with more than fifty registrations from over twenty nations, enabled by a successful social media campaign run by the UCI.

For this first edition, women currently working as Sport Directors or recently retired professional athletes were given priority and seven women were awarded these scholarships. Two other women who applied but did not get selected decided to fund themselves and also attended.
 
The eight-day course covered areas such as the structure of professional cycling, sporting controls at road races, anti-doping, leadership and social media. All participants took an exam at the end of the course and we are pleased to report that all female participants successfully passed to receive the UCI Sport Director Certification.
 
We look forward to seeing them working with women’s and men’s teams in 2016, and hope this initiative can be repeated next year to offer this opportunity to more women in this area of cycling.

 
 Upcoming events 
 
ROAD          -           TRACK          -          MOUNTAIN BIKE
 
BMX         -         CYCLO-CROSS         -         TRIALS

INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING

 EQUIPMENT 

Helmet safety
The safety of riders taking part in competition is of the highest priority for all involved in the sport of cycling. UCI regulations pertaining to this important area are described below.
 
Article 1.3.031, sub-section 3 states that:
 
“Each rider shall be responsible for:
- ensuring that the helmet is approved in compliance with an official security standard and that the helmet can be identified as approved;
- wearing the helmet in accordance with the security regulations in order to ensure full protection, including but not limited to a correct adjustment on the head as well as a correct adjustment of the chin strap;
- avoiding any manipulation which could compromise the protective characteristics of the helmet and not wearing a helmet which has been undergone manipulation or an incident which might have compromised its protective characteristics;
- using only an approved helmet that has not suffered any accident or shock;
- using only a helmet that has not been altered or had any element added or removed in terms of design or form”.

 
Adding accessories and safety certification
Please note that adding accessories and/or elements to helmets is not allowed unless they are the official accessories provided by or recognised by the manufacturer of the helmet. Manufacturers have to test their helmets with accessories attached in order to receive safety certification. If the helmet has not been tested with said accessory, it cannot be used and is not appropriate for use in competition.
 
Cameras and visors are the most common accessories added to helmets. The issues relating to these accessories have been addressed by working with manufacturers. Further development is needed and some manufacturers are working towards certifying their helmets for use with cameras.
 
There have been a number of cases of helmets being used with visors when they were not designed to do so. The Giro Advantage and Giro Advantage 2, which are time trial helmets, are good examples of this. The use of a visor on a helmet such as this is not allowed as its use negates the certification.
 
If in doubt, please contact the UCI equipment team for clarification on which helmets can be used with visors.


Modification of the article 1.3.014 of the UCI Regulations
The UCI Equipment Commission  has approved two modifications to this article. The first will give the manufacturers of saddles a degree of tolerance in their manufacturing process.

Article 1.3.014 of the UCI Regulation states that :
“The length of a saddle shall be 24cm mimimum and 30cm maximum”.

This article is modified as follows :
1.3.014
“The length of a saddle shall be 24cm mimimum and 30cm maximum. A tolerance of 5mm will be allowed”.

The second modification has been approved following the submission of a wide range of data demonstrating that this alteration will significantly reduce the risk of injury to riders but presents no performance advantage.

Article 1.3.014 of the UCI Regulation states that :
“The plane passing through the highest points at the front and rear of the saddle shall be horizontal”.

This article is modified as follows :
1.3.014
“The plane passing through the highest and lowest points at the front and rear of the saddle can have a maxmum angle of nine degrees from horizontal”.

These modifications came into effect on 1st December 2015.


 SPOTLIGHT ON... 

UCI's rebranding

In line with the modernisation of the UCI brand – which was revealed in June this year – the UCI has been working to bring consistency and coherence in all visuals developed around our activities in the past few months.
 
Notably, this work included:

It became clear to us that there should only be one rainbow jersey, without any differentiation between our disciplines, and that we should therefore drop the pictograms used at present on all but the road race jersey.
 
We strongly believe that the same importance should be given to a road race World Champion, a cyclo-cross or an indoor cycling one. These athletes are our World Champions, no matter the discipline. The same principle should also apply to the leader’s jersey of our World Cups.
 
We are convinced that while respecting the heritage of our competitions, we will be giving a more modern look and feel to our podium celebrations with these redesigned jerseys and medals.
 
As for the WorldTour events, our goal was to bring the UCI back to the heart of these identities and reflect a strong link between the WorldTour and the Women’s WorldTour, ultimately giving a fresh start to the series.
 
In each of the above links, we are pleased to share with you the guidelines for the mentioned events. These guidelines contain all the downloadable logos and will enable you to update all of your communication materials. In addition, we kindly ask you to send any new material produced with the UCI logo to ucimedia@uci.ch for approval.

 


 UCI NEWS 

Anti-doping: rule modification
 
Over the past months, the UCI Anti-Doping Commission (“ADC”) studied the UCI World Championships participation requirement under article 9.2.002, which is replicated under the Olympic Games (article 11.1.003bis) and the Continental Championships (article 10.1.006) sections.
 
The first paragraph of the provision reads as follows:
 
A rider against whom an investigation was opened in relation to a fact which may cause a breach of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, will not be eligible for the World Championships or is not authorized to participate to the World Championships [Olympic Games/Continental Championships] until the end of the suspension or until his definitive acquittal. In the event of a positive A Sample, this clause applies starting from the notification of the abnormal analysis result to the rider.
 
After careful review, the ADC was of the view that these provisions (articles 9.2.002, 11.1.003bis and 10.1.006 - collectively “the Rule”), were to be removed mainly on the basis that the revised UCI Anti-Doping Rules (“ADR”), effective since 1st January 2015,  made the Rule redundant.
 
During its last meeting held in conjunction with the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, USA, the UCI Management Committee examined the ADC’s suggestion and agreed to remove the Rule from the relevant sections of the UCI Regulations.
 
The removal of the Rule is in effect since 7 December 2015. Therefore, with respect to anti-doping requirements exclusively, (non-)participation in the UCI World Championships, Olympic Games and Continental Championships will from now on only be governed by the provisional suspension and ineligibility rules provided for in ADR.


Mandatory medical monitoring programme
 
As outlined in the UCI Regulations (part 13, chapter 3, § 2 and 3), the UCI has a mandatory medical monitoring programme for UCI WordTour Team and UCI Professional Continental Team riders. Also part of the programme are a selected number of women road riders as well as some Track, Mountain bike and BMX riders. This selection includes:
  • UCI Women’s Teams (not yet implemented).
  • Track: the first 100 men and the first 40 women of the UCI individual classifications at 31st December of the preceding year.
  • Mountain bike (cross-country): the first 100 men and the first 40 women in the UCI individual classifications, Olympic format, at 31st December of the preceding year.
  • BMX: the first 50 men and the first 20 women of the UCI individual classifications at 31st December of the preceding year.
Twice a year, riders must undergo the medical tests listed in the “Programme of obligatory tests for UCI medical monitoring” drawn up by the Medical Commission.
 
Bi-annually, the team or National Federation shall announce and confirm to the UCI that the required medical tests have been performed using the official medical monitoring control declaration form by sending an email to: medical@uci.ch.
 
Please note that the tests must be performed in a laboratory recognised by the UCI.
 
More detailed information about the mandatory medical monitoring programme is available on our website.

As a reminder, please note that the UCI Medical Consultant is not involved in any anti-doping matters, however, if you have queries of a general medical nature, please contact Dr Ton Zasada.

For TUE requests, questions about the biological passport and any other anti-doping related matters, please contact the CADF directly: contact@cadf.ch

 

 

 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC UPDATE 

Tokyo 2020 Cycling Venue Masterplan unveiled
 
The Venue Masterplan for the cycling events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has today been agreed by the IOC Executive Board following close consultation and planning between the UCI, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
 
Designed to deliver an unforgettable experience for riders and fans and significant post-Games benefits for cycling in Japan, the Venue Masterplan has been mapped out in-line with Olympic Agenda 2020 – placing a focus on cost effectiveness, sustainability and legacy.
 
The Road Races and Time Trials will take place in the City of Tokyo, starting and finishing at the iconic Imperial Palace Garden, and showcasing Tokyo’s stunning backdrops.
 
The BMX Supercross events will take place at a purpose built temporary facility at Ariake in the centre of Tokyo with 5,000 seats.
 
The Track cycling events will take place at the Japan Cycle Sport Centre in Izu, in the Shizuoka Prefecture, approximately 120km from Tokyo. The existing velodrome will undergo significant refurbishment and the seating capacity increased.
 
The Mountain Bike events will take place at the Japan Cycle Sport Centre in Izu on a existing course, which will be newly renovated to meet the Olympic standard. The course, adjacent to the velodrome, will feature the spectacular Mount Fuji as a backdrop.
 
Commenting on the Tokyo 2020 Cycling Venues Masterplan, UCI President Brian Cookson said: “Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for cycling at the Olympic Games and I would like to thank the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for their collaboration in agreeing these venues. Athletes, spectators and those watching around the world will experience not just incredible venues, superb infrastructure and forensic planning, but also spectacular backdrops such as the Imperial Palace Garden and Mount Fuji to create truly unique cycling events.”
 
More information is available in the UCI press release.

 

 #SOCIALMEDIA 

 
Les Français en mode biathlon aujourd'hui en @hautemaurienne. cc @jice_peraud @p_latour @ThibautPinot @coppeljerome
 

   @TRwandaCycling

The riders are back in camp to prepare for three races in Morocco from December 17-20. #teamisteam
 

   @CyclingAus

Look back on the stunning images of the last 2 years of Omnium and Para-Cycling Nationals 


 UCI WCC SPONSORS 


The UCI World Cycling Centre and Wattbike: Working Together to Develop Future Stars

In partnership with Wattbike's sport science team headed up by Eddie Fletcher, coaches from the UCI World Cycling Centre (UCI WCC) are close to finalising standard global testing and talent screening protocols for road, track, mountain bike and BMX athletes. The protocols will allow the UCI WCC team to assess and compare data of cyclists from around the world in order to identify and nurture exceptional talent.
 
However, the partnership between the WCC and Wattbike does not end at talent identification. For UCI development riders who compete in track cycling, there is a further opportunity to be a part of Team Wattbike and compete in the elite track cycling league, the Revolution Series, as part of their preparations for the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, World Championships and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
 
“It’s a really good level so the riders can put into practice all they’ve learned at the UCI World Cycling Centre. It’s the best platform for riders to gain experience and get ready for even higher goals like the World Cups and World Championships.” states Miguel Torres, coach at the UCI World Cycling Centre.
 
The partnership between the UCI WCC and Wattbike aims to identify future talent and develop the stars of the future. Click here to watch Team Wattbike at the latest Revolution Series and discover more about the winning partnership between the UCI WCC and Wattbike.


 UCI WCC CORNER 


A year at the UCI World Cycling Centre

In 2015, Daniel Teklehaimanot made history by becoming the first black African to wear the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France. Chris Froome won the legendary three-week event for the second time after 2013. Meanwhile Merhawi Kudus, from Eritrea like Teklehaimanot, was the youngest rider in this year’s TdF peloton.

The three riders made headlines for three very different reasons. But they all have one thing in common: they are former trainees of the UCI World Cycling Centre. As is Ramunas Navardauskas, the Lithuanian who won bronze in the Elite Men’s road race at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond.

While the UCI WCC could not claim full responsibility for their successes, it certainly helped shape these athletes, teaching them good training practises, giving them racing experience and preparing them physically and mentally for life as professionals.

More than 1000 trainees have passed through the doors of the UCI WCC in the last 13 years. All have been given the chance to develop and realise their full potential, be it at a national, continental or international level. That is the objective of our Centre: to give these talented athletes a chance.

The UCI WCC and its satellite centres around the world are unfailing in their desire to help them live their dreams, and it is just reward when a trainee, past or present, manages to break through in the tough world of cycling.

One of the highlights of 2015 was the title of UCI World Champion for our BMX trainee Stefany Hernandez. Since arriving in Aigle in 2012, the Venezuelan athlete has gone from strength to strength and her rainbow jersey is testimony to her talent, hard work and commitment, as well as that of our UCI WCC BMX coach Thomas Allier.

Meanwhile Yumi Kajihara’s fourth place in the Junior Women’s road race at the Worlds in Richmond this year was nothing short of remarkable. When the young Japanese rider first arrived at the UCI WCC in 2014 she was just 17 years old and had only been cycling for a year. Although talented, her technical skills were near non-existent and she was afraid in a peloton. The UCI WCC road coaches were able to pinpoint her weaknesses and raise her level so that she could show her true colours at the highest international level.

2015 was also the year we welcomed our 1000th trainee Jeanne d’Arc Girubuntu, who a few months later became Rwanda’s first woman cyclist to compete at the UCI Road World Championships. In March, we hosted the first ever para-cycling training camp which was so successful a second one followed in November.

A few weeks ago, we opened a new satellite centre in New Delhi, India. This houses the Track National Team of India and will also work with young riders as well as train people in cycling’s different professions. The inauguration of this latest satellite centre comes at the end of a year that was rich in activities worldwide:
 
 
2015 at a glance

Athletes

Track:
  • 36 trainees from 10 countries.
  • 10 athletes competed at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships
  • 4 athletes competed at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships.
Road:
  • 36 trainees from 18 countries
  • 17 athletes competed at the UCI Road World Championships
BMX:
  • 21 trainees from 11 countries
  • 11 athletes competed at the UCI BMX World ChampionshipsJuniors:
Juniors:
  • 21 trainees from 11 countries
In addition, shorter training courses were held for para-cycling (28 trainees from 11 countries) and cyclo-cross (15 trainees from 9 countries)

Cycling professions

Coaches:
  • 22 coaches from 17 countries on the UCI WCC Diploma course
  • 6 coaching interns working on a longer-term basis with our own coaches to build on their expertise
Sport Directors:
  • 49 Sport Directors from 18 countries
  • Including nine women, seven of whom benefitted from a scholarship offered by the UCI WCC
Mechanics:
  • Four trainee mechanics from four countries on eight-week internships 
Around the world
  • 299 athletes and coaches trained at our satellite centres in Japan (92), South Africa (107) South Korea (57) and Argentina (43)
  • 24 athletes and coaches participated in a training camp organised in Athens by the Union European de Cyclisme prior to the U23 European Championships
  • 342 coaches attended training courses in 13 countries throughout the year. These were organised in collaboration with National Federations, other national sporting bodies and Olympic Solidarity.
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