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UCI National Federations Newsletter #11 - 11.02.2016 


 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 

Dear members,

We are just three weeks out from the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which I am delighted are taking place at the velodrome in London’s Lee Valley VeloPark.

It is nearly four years since this velodrome buzzed with the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the memories live on. Forty-four nations have qualified athletes to compete for the rainbow jersey from March 2 to 6, and what an inspirational venue to do so.

It is not only Elite athletes who benefit from the world class velodrome and surrounding facilities. The Lee Valley VeloPark is a wonderful example of how the Olympic Games can leave a legacy for the local population. Not only does the velodrome host international racing, it also opens its doors to thousands of cycling enthusiasts who wish to take part in youth sessions, sign up for a “track taster” session or go through the accreditation process enabling them to race at local level.

The Lee Valley VeloPark’s remodelled BMX track also offers initiations, skills sessions and youth sessions for the public, while different mountain bike trails and a one-mile road circuit allows fans to get a taste of cycling’s other two Olympic disciplines.

It is fantastic to see the legacy that has been left from these Games, and I am very much looking forward to returning to the Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome for the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.


 SPORTS 

 ROAD 
2016 UCI Road World Championships - Important Pre-journey information
In preparation of your delegation attending the next UCI Road World Championships to be held in Doha (Qatar) from 9th to 16th October 2016, we ask you to take note of the information available in the document attached which will allow you to benefit from preferential rates.


International calendar registration procedures for events in October/November/December 2016
Events taking place from 17th October 2016 to 31st December 2016 which did not submit their registration form in the course of the June 2015 calendar procedure can submit a registration request to the UCI road international calendars within the following deadlines:
 
Deadline for the forms to be sent by the organisers to their National Federations: 29th February 2016
Deadline for the forms to be sent by National Federations to the UCI: 10th March 2016

Calendars submitted to the UCI Management Committee for approval: 3rd June 2016
 
Registration forms will be sent directly to the concerned organisers in the following days.
 
We kindly ask you to adhere to the deadline for filling out and returning the registration forms (10th March 2016). Do not hesitate to contact us for any clarification on this procedure (road@uci.ch). 



UCI Women’s Olympic Rankings
The women’s road cycling rankings will be published every month on the UCI website. These rankings will allow you to track the rankings which will be used as part of the qualification system for the women’s road cycling events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
 
It is the UCI rankings by nation on 31st May 2016, based on results obtained at Women’s Elite road events between 1st June 2015 and 31st May 2016, which will be used for this qualification system. 

 
 BMX 
2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup
The race parameters for the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series are now available on the UCI website.
 
Please note that the UCI has taken back the general organisation of the BMX Supercross World Cup, in particular all the tasks undertaken until now by the company GSX. From now on, please address any questions directly to the UCI Off-Road department.
 

Opening dates of accreditation system for Supercross (rainbow pass)
The UCI accreditation system will soon open to allow national teams to apply for their 2016 Rainbow Pass for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. The system will open on 12th February at 12h00 CET and will close on 26th February at 12h00 CET.
 
To use the system, you will need the username and password of your National Federation. Click here to access the system.
 

2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Registration Deadline
The registration deadlines for the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup are now available on the UCI website.
 

Date Change – 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup - 
Rock Hill 
Please note that the date for the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup round in Rock Hill (USA) has been changed to 30th September and 1st October (1 week later than originally planned). Rock Hill will now take place only 1 week before the series final, in Sarasota (USA) (8th and 9th October).
 
 MOUNTAIN BIKE 
2016 UCI Mountain Bike teams
A reminder of the key date for the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike teams:
  • 12.02.2016 - Publication of the UCI Mountain Bike team ranking – Endurance/Gravity (ranking 31st December 2015 linked to the new team) & Publication of the UCI MTB teams.
 CYCLO-CROSS 
2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
The 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships took place in Heusden-Zolder (BEL) on 30th and 31st January 2016. You will find all the information related to this event on the UCI website

The home crowd finally had something to celebrate during the second day of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. On a stormy Saturday, the Belgians had to be content with a bronze medal for Sanne Cant in the Elite Women category won by the Dutch rider Tahilta de Jong. The weather improved slightly on Sunday and so did the locals. They captured two rainbow jerseys at the former F1 car racing circuit in Heusden-Zolder. Wout Van Aert (Belgium) won a thrilling race in the Elite Men category, bouncing back from a seemingly lost position after a foot-in-wheel incident with defending champion Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands). The second gold medal was won by Eli Iserbyt in the U23 Men category.
 

2017 Cyclo-cross International Calendar and 2018 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
Following its first meeting of 2016 held in conjunction with the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, the UCI Management Committee has approved the 2016/2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and the 2017 Cyclo-cross International Calendars and decided to award the 2018 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships to Valkenburg, The Netherlands. 
 TRIALS 
Date Change – 2016 UCI Trials World Cup / Krakow
Please note that the date for the 2016 UCI Trials World Cup in Krakow (POL) has been changed to 20th and 21st of May. (1 week earlier than originally planned).
 

2016 UCI Trials World Championships – Val di Sole (ITA)
The schedule of the 2016 UCI Trials World Championships is available on the UCI website.

 
 PARA-CYCLING 
Information on the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
 
Following the responses received from our survey on participation in the 1st leg of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, the Organising Committee and the UCI took the decision to reduce the number of competition days to 2. In light of the reduced number of participants, the competitions will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th. As a result, the classification days and different meetings have been moved. Our website has the relevant updated documents:
We also take this opportunity to remind you that the number of UCI points awarded for this leg has been doubled. In effect, the maximum number of points attainable will be 120 instead of 60. These UCI points will count towards qualification for the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.
 INDOOR 
2016 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships
 
Preparations for the next UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships are continuing and the Organizing Committee has already sold 60% of the available tickets, with the event still 10 months away. The organisers fervently hope to beat the 2010 record of 18,000 spectators across three days of competition. The Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, which also hosted the previous edition, will see the best Cycle-ball and Artistic Cycling athletes come together.

For more information and tickets click here.
 Upcoming events 
 
ROAD          -           TRACK          -          MOUNTAIN BIKE
 
BMX         -         CYCLO-CROSS         -         TRIALS

INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING


 SPOTLIGHT ON... 


Cycling for All in Iran

More than 10,000 adults, children, men and women united in the Iranian capital of Tehran on February 5th to take part in a mass cycling event “Tehran, city of bikes.”

Some rode the 8km loop once while others completed it as many times as possible during the 1h30 that the roads were closed. The aim was not necessarily to ride as fast as possible, but to have fun with friends, family and fellow cycling enthusiasts.

“We want people to have fun on their bikes, whether they are kids, old, men or women,” says Khosro Ghamari, President of the Cycling Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“Tehran, city of bikes,” the first event of the year on the UCI Cycling for All calendar, is part of a much wider push to increase cycling for all in Iran. Over the last five years Iran’s national cycling federation has overseen a number of initiatives to coax its population onto bikes.

“Iran is looking at cycling from a new viewpoint,” explained the Federation’s Manager of International Relations Navid Kasirian. At the recent UCI Sharing Platform held in Tokyo, the Iranian Federation shared its cycling for all activities with National Federations from all over Asia.

While Iran boasts talented pros who have topped the UCI Asia Tour rankings in recent years - Ghader Mizbani, Hossein Askari, and Mehdi Sohrabi to name a few -, the Federation is placing increasing emphasis on cycling for the general population.

“With crowded cities, commuters travelling long distances to get to work, and everyone seeking convenience, people were forgetting about bicycles,” said Mr Kasirian. “We decided to create a Cycling for All committee, encourage Government investment in the sport, organise festivals in different cities and create special bike routes in giant cities.”

He stressed the importance of having the cooperation of local authorities: for example the Tehran Municipality has put a great deal of effort into cycling for all, including organising and sponsoring “Tehran, city of bikes.”


Cycling for All initiatives

Khosro Ghamari, formerly Head of Sports and Youth Affairs in the western province of Markazi, is a major advocate of Sport for All and a driving force behind Iran’s shift to Cycling for All. In just a few years, the progress has been considerable, not least with the establishment of some 400 annual cycling festivals throughout the country.

Tehran, a city of some 9 million inhabitants, now boasts a total of 280km of bike routes, with another 80km currently under construction. Similar bike route projects are under way in other major cities such as Mashhad and Esfahan. Governmental Offices must dedicate 1% of their funds to sport, and the National Cycling Federation encourages them to use part of this money to buy bikes for their employees. Likewise, the Federation encourages the country’s 31 provincial cycling associations to purchase bikes.

“We would like every single Iranian to have a bicycle,” says Mr Ghamari.

Those who are not in a possession of a bike can make use of Bike Houses located in major cities, which give citizens a chance to borrow a bike for a limited period of time. These rental stations are manned by staff capable of giving technical services and advice to individuals, groups or families wishing to go for a ride.


Plans for the future

“Attitudes are definitely changing and the number of people using bikes has clearly increased,” confirms Mr Ghamari. But he is not yet satisfied and is working on more propositions which he intends submitting to parliament: the President of the Cycling Federation of Iran would like to see every new car sold delivered with a bicycle in the boot. He is also working on a proposition to close a different part of Tehran to motorized traffic each weekend in order to allow the population to ride in safety.

“Tehran, city of bikes” is the only Asian event on the UCI Cycling for All calendar. While proud of this achievement, Mr Ghamari and his Federation would like to increase the number of cycling for all events in the country and see other Asian nations follow suit.

His ultimate dream is to see a ‘Cycling for All Day’ held simultaneously across all Asian countries and registered on the UCI calendar… “so we can all ride together for one day.”

 


 UCI NEWS 

Following its first meeting of 2016 held in conjunction with the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, the UCI Management Committee awarded the following events:
 
2018 UCI Road World Championships
The competition will be organised by the city of Innsbruck and the Tyrol region (Austria).
Date: 23rd-30th September 2018
 
 
2018 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
The event will be organised by the city of Valkenburg (Netherlands).
Date: 3rd-4th February 2018
 
 
2016 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships
This event will be organised at the UCI World Cycling Centre track in Aigle (Switzerland).
Date: 20th-24th July 2016
 
 
2016 UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships
This event will be organised by the town of Val di Sole (Italy).
Date: 31th August-4th September 2016
 
 
UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships 2016-2017-2018
This event will be organised by the town of Mol (Belgium).
Date:  2nd-3rd December 2016


In another significant move towards gender equality in cycling, the UCI Management Committee decided that from this year, the women’s prize money per round of the UCI Trials World Cup will be equal to the Men Elite.
 
Just over a month after he was elected by his peers as President of the renewed UCI Athletes Commission, Dutch road rider Bobbie Traksel was co-opted on the UCI Management Committee and attended his first meeting in Belgium. Following his election at the 2015 UCI Congress in Richmond, Harald Tiedemann Hansen, President of the Norwegian Cycling Federation (NCF) since 2008, also attended his first UCI Management Committee meeting.
 
Finally, the following calendars were also approved: 2016/2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and International Calendar, as already mentioned above, and the 2016/2017 Track Cycling International Calendar. Dates of the 2016/2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup will be revealed in due course.
 
The next UCI Management Committee meeting will take place on 2-3 June in Lausanne (Switzerland).

 

 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC UPDATE 

Open practice on the Rio 2016 BMX track

Following the BMX test event in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) on 4th October 2015, the UCI and Rio 2016 have agreed on the changes that will be made to the BMX track for the Olympic Games. The document attached describes the changes to the track, as well as the process that will be used to test the changes.
 
Following the work on the track, an open practice will be held for all interested national teams from 17th to 19th March, 2016. In order to participate, please contact the BMX Sport Manager for Rio 2016, Jorge Vazquez (jorge.vazquez@rio2016.com). 

 
Only 175 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

 

 #SOCIALMEDIA 

 
Making the move to Italy: GB men's endurance team head to our new European training base http://po.st/GBAcademyItaly 
 

   @USAcycling

Olympian @evelyn_stevens will attempt to break the UCI Hour Record Feb. 27! http://bit.ly/23SJN0m 
 

   @FFCyclisme

Dépêchez-vous : il reste quelques places pour participer aux stages de BMX 100% filles http://po.st/StageBMXFilles 


 UCI WCC CORNER 

Sharing Platforms in Oceania and Asia
 
On 22 January 2016 in Adelaide, 16 delegates from five nations took part in the very first UCI Sharing Platform seminar for Oceania. James Carr UCI Head of International Relations presented an update of UCI work followed by a presentation of the UCI World Cycling Centre by Belinda Tarling, WCC High Performance Manager. Afterwards each Federation was invited to give a 5 to 15 minutes presentation on their structure and a particular subject. Cycling Australia and Cycling New Zealand together with the smaller Federations of Fiji, Guam and Tahiti were able to discuss, making each other aware of the work done by their Federation. Information was also provided on how to source assistance from the WCC and the Olympic Solidarity on funding specific projects.    
 
On 26 January 2016 in Tokyo, 40 delegates from 27 Asian National Federations attended the UCI Sharing Platform seminar. James Carr presented an update of UCI work and UCI World Cycling Centre Director Frédéric Magné and Belinda Tarling delivered a presentation giving information about  the 2015/2016 WCC programmes such as the new mechanic courses, funding opportunities and information about the Olympic Solidarity. They also took part in a short workshop to assist with long term planning for the Federations' athletes and coaches.
 
Both UCI Sharing Platform seminars were very successful providing the perfect settings to meet and exchange experiences and knowledge.
 
At the 2016 Asian Cycling Championships some Elite and Juniors female athletes such as Lee Hye-jin who previously trained at the UCI World Cycling Center were particularly successful. Coaches from Malaysia Mohd Rizal Tisin, Junaidi  Mahamad Nasir and Adrian NG Boon Kiong from Singapour attended the Championships as coaches for their Federations. They all successfully completed the coaches training course organised by the UCI World Cycling Centre in October 2015.
 
 
Mechanic Training Course
 
The UCI WCC will launch new Mechanic courses in 2016. These courses will be run under the instruction of UCI WCC Manager Mechanic Alex Roussel and UCI WCC Mechanics Tutor Jean-Louis Guihard- -Thébault.
In this exciting new programme Federations will be able to request Level 1 Mechanics training courses in their own country or send applicants to the UCI WCC for high level Mechanics training. All details can be found on our website (Mechanic Training Course).
 
 
Training camps for UCI National Federations at the UCI WCC
 
Use the UCI WCC high-quality infrastructures as base camp for your preparation to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
 
Your Federation is welcome at the UCI World Cycling Centre to train on its BMX Supercross track or for any cycling training camp (track, BMX, road, mountain bike) under the responsibility of your own coaches.
 
The UCI WCC offers infrastructures in pleasant surrounding:
  • 400m BMX Supercross track with 8m and 5m departure ramps and straights divided into Pro and Challenge lines
  • 200m covered velodrome
  • Gym and Wattbikes
  • Inhouse restaurant and accommodation in the centre of Aigle, Switzerland
  • Testing facility with resident Sport Scientists
Our team will be happy to send you a detailed proposal for your next training camp:
Info & reservation: cmc@uci.ch.
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