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UCI National Federations Newsletter #15 - 14.06.2016 


 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 

Dear members

We are just two weeks out from the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-country World Championships in Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic.

This year the cross-country specialities are separated out from the gravity and trials competitions, which will have their own UCI World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, in September.

It will be the first time in the 25-year history of these UCI World Championships, that they take place in the Czech Republic. However, Nove Mesto Na Morave is a longstanding host of our UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. It is therefore a huge pleasure to bring our World Championships to this town in central Czech Republic which is also a well-known winter sports resort.

The Czech Republic has a tradition of excellence in mountain bike cross-country, not least with 2011 UCI World Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy and last year’s bronze medallist in Vallnord Ondřej Cink. Meanwhile Katerina Nash, medallist at the 2010 and 2014 UCI World Championships is always a strong contender in the Women Elite field.

However, anything can happen in an Olympic year, and our 2016 UCI World Championships come just seven weeks before the Rio 2016 cross-country Olympic events.

Nine UCI World Champion titles will be awarded during the five days of competition in cross-country Eliminator, the cross-country team relay and cross-country Olympic races. Last year, riders from 14 different nations won medals, and I look forward to seeing a maximum number of National Federations represented this year in Nove Mesto Na Morave.


 SPORTS 

 ROAD 
Rider’s agent exam
This year, the rider’s agent exam will take place on June 24th at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle (SUI). Passing this exam aims to professionalise the riders’ agents in order for the activity to be standardised and better monitored. This certificate has to be added to the licence delivered by the relevant National Federation in order to represent a rider from a team in the first or second division (UCI WorldTeam or UCI Professional Continental Team). For more information, please check our website

2017 Instructions for the registration of UCI teams – 1st and 2nd division
The 2017 instructions for registration of UCI WorldTeams as well as UCI Professional Continental Teams will be made available around the end of June. It will specify all the regulations the teams need to respect in order to be registered as such. The document will also be sent to potential future managers who emitted their wish to build a new team. For any question or additional information, please do not hesitate to contact road@uci.ch.



2016 UCI Road World Championships 

Information Bulletin
All the key information to help your National Team plan for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha can now be found in the general information bulletin.

Online Registration System
As you will read in the information bulletin, the Online Registration System for your riders will open on Wednesday 24th August 2016.

We kindly ask you to please respect the following closing dates:
  • Team time trial: 24th September 2016
  • All other events, except Elite Men: 25th September 2016
  • Elite Men Events: 2nd October 2016
We would like to remind you that the quotas will be allocated based on the rankings of 22nd August 2016.

With regards to the Elite Men category, and for the first time, it is the UCI World Rankings which will be used for the allocation of quotas, instead of the UCI WorldTour Rankings; as for the UCI Continental Circuits Rankings, they will still be used for this allocation. By way of reminder, the Qualification System has been published on the UCI website.
 
 TRACK 
2016 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships

Registration for riders and staff
Online registration for participating riders and staff members at the 2016 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships must be completed between Monday 20th June 12:00 (CET) and Sunday 10th July via the UCI Online Registration System
 
Women’s Madison
As previously communicated, with the aim of achieving parity between men’s and women’s Track events, the Women’s Madison has been added to the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships programme as a demonstration event. In order to ensure participants’ safety, we would like to remind national teams that athletes must have been specifically trained in the techniques and regulations unique to the discipline. To the same end, a compulsory technical training session will be organised on Monday 18th July following that day’s official training sessions. More information will be provided in the technical guide, which will soon be available on the UCI website and on the event’s website.
 
#IRideClean Conference
The #IRideClean conference on the dangers of doping and the protection of clean athletes will be organised by the UCI and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation on Tuesday 19 July, at the end of the official training sessions. Riders' attendance will be compulsory. Race numbers will be distributed individually to riders upon presentation of a licence.
 
Reminder about conditions of participation for the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
We would like to remind you that following the regulation changes on 15th March 2016, a nation’s participation in the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships is required as a condition of eligibility for that same nation’s participation in the UCI Elite Track Cycling World Championships. Please refer to Article 9.2.027bis for more details.
 

2017 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships
During the last UCI Management Committee meeting in June, the 2017 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships were awarded to Shenyang, China. The competitions will be held on the 250m track at the Liaoning Sports Training Center (Baiye Base) on 23rd-27th August 2017.
 

2016 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships
Article 3.9.001 concerning masters riders’ eligibility for participating in the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships has been modified; the modifications are available here.
 

2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup

The UCI is about to finalise the calendar for the 2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup – to be signed off at the end of June – and the details with regard to the events to be held at each round.
 
 BMX 
2016 UCI BMX World Championships
The 2016 UCI BMX World Championships in Medellin (COL) came to a successful conclusion on 29th May. The championships categories featured 202 riders from 38 countries, while the challenge and masters events had 2144 entries from 36 countries. The results are available on the UCI website.

2018 UCI BMX World Championships
As was mentioned during the UCI BMX Convention, the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships has been awarded to Baku, Azerbaijan (host city of the first European Games).

UCI BMX Permanent Career Numbers
The list of UCI BMX Permanent Career numbers has been updated to reflect the results of the UCI BMX World Championships for those Men/Women Elite main finalists who chose to use #1 - #8 until the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships in Rock Hill. It has been published on the UCI website.
 
 
BMX Freestyle Park
The first ever UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup was successfully held in Montpellier, France on 4th-8th June. The win for Men Elite was taken by Alex Coleborn (GBR), 2nd place: Daniel Dhers (VEN), 3rd place: Mike Varga (CAN). Next round will be held in Osjiek, Croatia, from 21st to 23rd July 2016.
 
UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup – 5th Round Added
The fifth and final round of the 2016 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup series has been confirmed for Chengdu (CHN). It will be held on 28th – 30th October 2016.
 MOUNTAIN BIKE 
2016 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, Laissac (FRA), 26.06.2016
We would like to remind you of the following deadlines and useful links:

2016 UCI Mountain Bike Cross-country World Championships, Nove Mesto Na Morave (CZE), 28.06.2016-03.07.2016
We would like to remind you of the following deadlines and useful links:
 
2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Downhill / Four Cross, Val di sole (ITA), 06-11.09.2016
The programme and registration deadlines of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Downhill/Four-Cross are published on the UCI website. The competition guide with all useful information will be published shortly.
 

2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
We saw the Mountain Bike experts competing in Albstadt (GER) for the first Cross-country only event of the season on May 21st and 22nd, followed by la Bresse (FRA) on May 28th-29th. Then, in June, the two Downhill only events in Fort William (GBR) on June 4th-5th and Leogang (AUT) on June 11th-12th.
 
You can read the news, consult the results and watch the highlights of the Women Elite and Men Elite’s races on the UCI website.
 
In July, we will see the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano returning to Lenzerheide (SUI) with a double event. Please find below the registration deadlines and useful links:
 
2017 UCI Mountain Bike Calendar Registration
We remind you that the deadline to send registration forms for the 2017 UCI Mountain Calendar is July 29th 2016.
 
In addition, the main events of the 2017 Mountain Bike calendar have been revealed. You can find the details on the UCI Mountain Bike Calendar on the UCI website.
 
 
2016 UCI Mountain Bike Teams – Rider’s transfer period July 11th – 15th 2016
As per the UCI Regulations, we inform you that a rider of a UCI Mountain Bike Team can join another team only during the period from July 11th to July 15th 2016.
 
Please send us the changes request by email (offroad@uci.ch) or by post at the very latest by Friday July 15th 2016 01:00 pm CET with the following documents included:
 
Rider already in a UCI Mountain Bike team:
  • Termination contract signed by team and the rider (for juniors: parents’ or legal representative’s signature)
  • New contract signed by the team and the rider (for juniors: parents’ or legal representative’s signature)
  • Updated registration form (riders’ section)
To a new rider:
  • Contract signed by the team and the rider (for juniors: parents’ or legal representative’s signature)
  • Updated registration for (riders’ section)
 CYCLO-CROSS 
UCI Cyclo-cross rankings for the 2016-2017 season
The first UCI Cyclo-cross Rankings of the 2016-2017 season will be calculated on Tuesday 27.09.2016. As per last year, and according to the UCI rule 5.2.009, it will be then calculated every Tuesday until the 21.02.2017.

As a consequence, the registration of Men Elite and Women riders for the 1st and 2nd round of the 2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup (CrossVegas 24.09.2016 and Jingle Cross Iowa City 24.09.2016) will be based on the current UCI Cyclo-cross Rankings, as shown on our website.

As per the Article 5.3.006 of the UCI Regulations, the riders of the Top 50 UCI Cyclo-cross ranking are prequalified.
 

Reminder: derogation for Cyclo-cross courses with single pit area
As per article 5.1.028, a double pit area is mandatory for National Championships and UCI events in class 1. If it is not possible to design a course with a double pit area, the organiser’s National Federation must request the consent of the cyclo-cross commission to set up two single pits, before the 15.09.2016. Contact: offroad@uci.ch.
 TRIALS 
UCI Trials World Cup
Opening round held in Kraków (POL)

The 2016 UCI Trials World Cup opened on May 20-21 in Kraków, Poland, with strong fields in all three categories: 26" Men, 20" Men and Women.

Aurelien Fontenoy (France) won the Men's 26" category, leading a French sweep of the top four spots. Fontenoy won by a single point over Vincent Hermance; four points to five. In the Men's 20", one of Spain's regular stars, Benito Ros, took victory with five points, followed by Rick Koekoek (NED), one point behind.

The Women's event was won by Germany’s Nina Reichenbach with six points, after the defending UCI World Cup Champion Tatiana Janickova (SVK) had a disastrous final round: after leading the semi-final round, Janickova lost nine points in the final and had to make do with second place.
 
Check out the latest news.
 
 
UCI Trials ranking update after the first UCI Trials World Cup round
The 2016 Trials ranking has been updated after the 2016 UCI Trials World Cup opening round. The Spanish rider Abel Mustieles (Men Elite 20) with 1204 points, the French Vincent Hermance (Men Elite 26) with 1145 points and the Slovak Tatiana Janickova (Women Elite) with 1003 points are leading the classification.

The top ten athletes in the ranking are automatically qualified for the semi-finals of UCI Trials World Cup events, without being required to contest the quarter-finals. This privilege encourages riders to participate in a maximum number of C1 events in order to win valuable UCI points.

 
Check out the Trials ranking. Next update: 12.07.2016.
 
 
Round 2 - Les Menuires (FRA)
The second 2016 UCI Trials World Cup will be held in Les Menuires (FRA) from 9th to 10th July 2016.
 

The registration will start on 26th June 2016 and close on 4th July 2016, 12:00 CET.
Publication of the entry lists will be on: 5th July 2016.

The race parameters and schedule for the second round are available on our website.


2017 UCI Trials Calendar
We would like to remind you that the deadline to return the 2017 UCI Trials International calendar application forms is the 31st July 2016.


2016 UCI Trials World Youth Games – Freiamt (GER)
The 2016 UCI Trials World Youth Games will be held in Freiamt (GER) on 5th to 7th August 2016.   

The registration will start on: 17th July 2016 and close on 25th July 2016.
 
Publication of entry lists for all categories will be on 27th July 2016.
 
Please find the registration form for the 2016 UCI Trials World Youth Games here. The deadline to return the form is 25th July at 12.00 CET to offroad@uci.ch.
 PARA-CYCLING 
2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Ostend (BEL), 20th-22nd May
The second round of the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup took place in Ostend, Belgium, on 20th-22nd May 2016. Participation in the event was exceptional, with no fewer than 356 riders (including 42 tandem pilots) from 34 countries taking to the start line in this small town in the north east of Belgium. Despite the course being relatively flat, it was not without difficulty, as riders faced strong Belgian coastal winds the length of the course before crossing the finish line.
 

2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Basque Country (SPA), 15th-17th July
The registration period for the final round of the 2016 World Cup opened on Wednesday 8th June and will close on Wednesday 22nd June 2016. We would like to remind you that it is compulsory for everyone (including independent athletes) to register via the UCI Online Registration System in order to have their participation in the event authorised. Please also note that the classifications will take place on 12th & 13th July, and that all riders with a “new” or “review” sporting status must be evaluated by classifiers on those dates, in accordance with the classification schedule which will be published on our website following the closure of registrations.
 
 EQUIPMENT 
Technological Fraud
You will be aware that we have been using a new method of detecting technological fraud this year. We have invested heavily in the development of a method and equipment that is easy to use, effective, fast and reliable. We have investigated a number of methods of detecting concealed motors in bicycles including X-Ray, ultra-sonic, thermal imaging and magnetic resistance.
 
The most effective method we have found is magnetic resistance and we have developed hardware and software that is 100% effective in detecting technological fraud. The scanner utilises the principles of magnetic resistance by creating a fixed magnetic field and then measuring the disturbances to this field from items such as motors, control components wiring and batteries. We tested this extensively in our initial phase and have since carried out over 2500 tests in the field. The application also has a reporting function providing a full written report on each test undertaken.
 
This method is very robust and weatherproof and is easily deployed in any environment. It is easy to operate with minimal training and can scan bikes of any frame material. Scans take around thirty seconds enabling a single operator to scan a large volume of bikes in a small space of time.

We are confident that we have an effective, robust and reliable solution in place and we are now in a position to make this available to National Federations.
 
The initial package will include
  • Hardware
  • Training for operators
  • Operations Manual
  • Support
  • Software licence
For additional information or to arrange a live demonstration please contact materiel@uci.ch.


Time Trial Equipment Control Jig
We have a small number of Time Trial Equipment Control Jig available now for National Federations to order. The package includes all tools, packaging and instructions and can be ordered through the UCI for 3500chf. To place and order please contact materiel@uci.ch.

 
 COMMISSAIRES 
Training Guide for BMX Commissaires
 
We would like to inform you that the new Training guide for BMX Commissaires has been published in English and French on the UCI website.
  
This training guide was created in close collaboration with experienced BMX International Commissaires. We would like to warmly thank Mr Norm McCann and Mrs Christine Deconclois for their work.

The guide has to be one of the main source of information to prepare for the BMX National Elite and International Commissaires courses. Please feel free to use it for the BMX National Commissaire courses in your country, as well.
 Upcoming events 
 
ROAD          -           TRACK          -          MOUNTAIN BIKE
 
BMX         -         CYCLO-CROSS         -         TRIALS

INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING


 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC UPDATE 

Please find below health advice from the IOC, based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidance, relevant to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in preparation for travel to Brazil. 
 
These documents provide general health advice, including recommended vaccinations and more specific information on mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika virus. We would like to stress on the importance of this and that it shall be shared with your entire delegation. 


TRACK
Final registration for participating riders
We would like to remind you that registration by sport for the Olympic Games must be completed before 23:59 (GMT-4) on 18 July.
 
Velodrome
Despite a significant delay in the construction of the velodrome, the monthly test training sessions on 25 and 27 June have been confirmed. The UCI is continuing its very close supervision of the works on site in order to ensure that the velodrome is in the best possible condition to host the competitions for the athletes.
 
Programme of competitions published
The detailed programme for track competitions is available on the UCI website.


BMX
The athlete quotas for the BMX event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have been published on the UCI website. It includes the list of 23 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) qualified for the BMX event, as well as the quota of athletes earned by each of them. These NOCs have until 21st June to confirm acceptance of their quotas.


MOUNTAIN BIKE
The athlete quotas for the mountain bike events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been published on the UCI website. It includes the list of the 38 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) qualified for the mountain bike events (cross-country) at the upcoming Olympic Games, as well as the quota of athletes allocated to each of them.

According to the Olympic qualification system calendar for mountain bike, the NOCs have until June 15th to confirm the number of athletes entered. The UCI will reallocate all unused quota places by June 30th.


PARA-CYCLING
Approval of prostheses and adaptations before the Rio Paralympic Games
We would like to remind you that all riders participating in the Rio Olympic Games with a prosthesis, orthopaedic brace, or any other type of adaptation, must have them approved before the Games in order to be authorised to be used in competition. The approval process consists of two stages: the first is completing and submitting the approval request form available on our website. Subsequently, the equipment will be evaluated during a World Cup round or during the World Championships, and a UCI approval label will be attached if it is approved. The final opportunity to approve an adaptation before the Paralympic Games will be the final of the UCI World Cup round in Spain, which will take place on 15th-17th July.
 

 
We are 51 days from the Olympic Games in Rio.


 SPOTLIGHT ON... 

Two training camps for young athletes at the UCI World Cycling Centre

Talented young athletes from the world over will be training at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, from mid-June.

Starting the same day, June 14th, the cyclo-cross camp and track cycling camp are part of the UCI’s drive to continue developing the sport of cycling worldwide.


Cyclo-cross Development Camp, June 14-19

Organised for the fifth consecutive year and led by USA National Cyclo-cross Head Coach Geoff Proctor, this year the cyclo-cross development camp will benefit from the presence of two Belgian stars of the discipline. Two-time UCI Cyclo-cross World Champion and fifty-time UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup winner Sven Nys together with Sven Vanthourenout, also a UCI World Championships medallist on several occasions, will be on hand to lend their expertise and share their experience.

Always in high demand, this camp gives priority to Junior, U23 and Women riders, who are put through their paces during three training sessions a day that include conditioning, technical training and road riding as well as evening classroom sessions. This year, some 21 athletes aged 16 to 21, half of them women, are coming from thirteen countries to participate.

Former camp participants have gone on to race UCI World Cups and UCI World Championships, including the Czech Republic’s Adam Toupalik who attended for the first time in 2012 before taking bronze as a Junior at the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. This year he won silver in the U23 category. I appreciated how much the coaches helped me. It was a great stepping stone. Now I’m on a Belgian pro team and can focus everything on my racing!”

In 2015, Argentina’s Carolina Villafane became the first woman to represent her country at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. She attended the UCI WCC camp the same year: “Training at the UCI WCC made me a better athlete…. I tested my limits during that week, and I was very pleased to find out that not only I could do all the sessions on the schedule, but I also tapped into a new level of fitness I didn’t realise I had.”


Junior track cycling camp, June 14 – July 24

With the 2016 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships taking place at the UCI WCC velodrome, it was too good an opportunity to miss.

In the run-up to this major international event for Junior riders (July 20-24), the UCI World Cycling Centre has invited certain athletes to train on the very track they will encounter during racing.

Fourteen Junior athletes from eight countries will attend the training camp.

“We mainly targeted athletes from countries that do not have adequate track cycling facilities,” explains UCI WCC High Performance Manager Belinda Tarling. “Some of these riders do not even have a velodrome to train on but despite this are capable of competing at international level.  We want to give them a chance to prepare for the UCI World Championships in the best possible conditions.”

For the five weeks leading up to the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, they will benefit from the centre’s professional coaching staff and all of the facilities including the track, the gym, Wattbikes and physiology lab.


 UCI NEWS 

UCI Management Committee meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland
At its second meeting of the year, which took place in June, the UCI Management Committee adopted a newly strengthened and wide reaching Code of Ethics.

A far greater number of individuals will be bound by the strengthened Code including all UCI staff, consultants and event organisers. The general rules of conduct set out under the new Code are fully in line with best practice and the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) Code of Ethics, covering crucial issues including integrity, neutrality, non-discrimination and conflicts of interest.

In addition, the revised document significantly widens the field of competence of the UCI Ethics Commission which is responsible for ensuring that the Code is respected and implemented. Crucially, the UCI Ethics Commission membership will increasingly be composed of experienced professionals independent from the sport of cycling.

The new UCI Code of Ethics will be published shortly on the UCI website.

The UCI Management Committee also approved a final version of an extensively revised and modernised Constitution to be presented to the UCI Congress in October for its approval. This revised Constitution includes, for the first time, term limits for the UCI President.

The UCI Management Committee also agreed that from 2016 equal prize money will be introduced for the Men Elite and Women Elite team time trials at the UCI Road World Championships. This decision, in line with Brian Cookson’s desire to develop women’s cycling, means that Men and Women across all disciplines, categories and specialities, now benefit from identical prize money at all UCI World Championships. A similar decision has also been taken for BMX Class 1 events.

In the area of equipment, the UCI Management Committee approved a clarification to its regulations to make it clear that the use of disc brakes – already widespread – is authorised in mountain bike, trials and mass participation (road) events. These clarified rules are applicable with immediate effect. Their use in events on the international or national road race calendars remains suspended.

The Management Committee also reviewed its rider security action plan, which includes recently introduced rules governing motorcycle rider and car driver behaviour.

The following UCI World Championships were awarded at the meeting:
  • 2017 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships to Dornbirn (Austria)
  • 2017 and 2018 UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships to Vallnord (Andorra)
  • 2017 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships to Shenyang (China).
The next meeting of the UCI Management Committee will take place in Doha, Qatar, on October 12 and 13 during the 2016 UCI Road World Championships.



Rio 2016 Olympic Games - Invitation to the National Federations
During the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the UCI will organise a cocktail reception on the roof terrace of its official hotel, the Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza. This will take place on Monday 8 August; the exact time will be communicated to you at a later stage. We cordially invite all delegates from our National Federations present in Rio to join us that evening. Please sign up by contacting internationalrelations@uci.ch.
 
Still with Rio 2016 in mind, we would like to inform National Federations that it is possible for them to buy tickets for all sessions of our disciplines represented at the Olympic Games. For further information, please contact internationalrelations@uci.ch.

 

 MARKETING 


TACX provision in water bottles and rollers at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha

As an official supplier of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships, TACX will make available to National Federations on site both trainers for the warm-up and bottles to be used during the races.

TACX will bring 100 turbo trainers and rollers to help riders warm up before the time trial events. In addition to the final warm-up area just before the start of the time trial events (located behind the start ramp), TACX will make available rollers and turbo trainers to teams within the Team Areas. TACX will have a dedicated collect-and-return point within the Team Areas.

Furthermore, the UCI and TACX will provide 10 water bottles per rider. These bottles can be delivered at the accreditation centre upon arrival of the teams. During the road races, these water bottles will also be provided to the riders by the two water-carrying motorbikes.
 

 

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 UCI WCC CORNER 

Countdown to Rio 2016 for BMX trainees
 
Of the BMX athletes who have trained at the UCI World Cycling Centre between 2011 and 2016, eight have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and are awaiting news of their selection.
 
While for some, confirmation of their starting spots was a mere formality, for others it has been a nail-biting time.
 
Take, for example, Toni Syarifudin, who will become the first cyclist since 2004 to represent Indonesia at the Olympic Games. His selection for Rio is a wonderful example of the worldwide growth of this discipline, and demonstrates the role the UCI WCC can play in that development.
 
In 2011, BMX was little-known as a competitive sport in Indonesia. Toni Syarifudin was one of a very few promising athletes in the Southeast Asian island country trying to make their way in the sport despite a lack of training structure and knowledge. That is where the UCI World Cycling Centre was able to step in. Between 2011 and 2014, the young athlete trained in Aigle, Switzerland, for six months of the year, rubbing shoulders with the centre’s long-term trainees including Olympians Stefany Hernandez (Venezuela) and Yoshitaku Nagasako (Japan).
 
In 2014, Indonesia’s BMX coach Dadan Haries Poernomo also spent four months at the UCI WCC working alongside the centre’s own BMX coach Thomas Allier. When he started coaching BMX in 2007, Poernomo had gleaned most of his knowledge from reading magazines and asking for advice from the Asian continent’s stronger BMX nations such as Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand.
 
During his coaching internship in Aigle, the Indonesian coach armed himself with specific BMX know-how, training techniques and practical experience which he has since used to coach his national team and continue developing BMX in his country.
 
The Indonesian Cycling Federation has put a lot of effort into its BMX programme and the results are concrete. It has been a long road, but in just over two months, Toni Syarifudin will proudly wear the Indonesian jersey at the Deodoro Olympic Park at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
 
Former and current UCI WCC BMX trainees qualified for Rio 2016 awaiting selection.
  • Stefany Hernandez (VEN) from Mar 2012 to 2016
  • Yoshitaku Nagasako (JAP) from 2012 to 2016
  • Renaud Blanc (SUI) from October 2014 to 2016 
  • Toni Syarifudin (IND) from 2011 to September 2014 
  • Renato Rezende (BRA) from March 2011 to October 2011 
  • Priscilia Stevaux-Carnaval (BRA) from March 2011 to October 2011 
  • Jefferson Milano (VEN) from February 2013 to November 2013 
  • Carlos Ramirez (COL) from February 2011 to 2013 
 
Further afield…
 
A mountain bike coaching course took place in Asuncion, Paraguay, from June 5th to 12th and another course for road and track will be held in New Delhi, India, from June 19th to 26th. Our UCI WCC road cycling coach Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas will deliver the Level 1 coaching course and help train the staff at our Indian satellite centre on the protocols for the Wattbike.  Other NF coaching courses are scheduled in Sierra Leone in mid-June and in the United Arab Emirates in July.

 
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