UCI National Federations Newsletter #8 - 11.11.2015 


Dear members,

At the end of October, I attended the two-day General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Washington D.C.

The UCI was one of around 20 International Federations represented alongside 206 National Olympic Committees. I took the opportunity to hold numerous one-to-one meetings with key figures, including IOC President Thomas Bach, to discuss relevant issues concerning our sport and the Olympic Movement. As always, I received very good feedback and it is clear that, for everyone, cycling remains one of the most important sports in the Games.

As well as receiving an update on Olympic Agenda 2020 from Thomas Bach, there were some extremely interesting discussions led by ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, not least concerning the inaugural World Beach Games. The ANOC selected San Diego as host of the 2017 edition, and I am delighted that our youngest cycling discipline, BMX Freestyle, is on the list of sports for this event, a few months after being included on the programme for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

With four disciplines on the Olympic programme, cycling can be proud that it is also capable of integrating a new and modern sporting concept such as the World Beach Games. This is a demonstration of our sport’s diversity and wide-ranging appeal.

On the subject of cycling’s diversity, later this month we will crown the UCI World Champions in cycle-ball and artistic cycling. These are among our sport’s most spectacular disciplines, testing the athletes’ stamina, strength, balance and bike-handling skills. The 2015 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships will take place in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, for the second time after 1996. The last time they were held in Asia was in Kagoshima, Japan, and I am pleased that they are once again being hosted outside the traditional European borders. My thanks go to the organisers, the Malaysian National Cycling Federation and its President Datuk Haji Abu Samah-Wahab, for giving us the opportunity to return to Malaysia with our leading indoor cycling event of the year.



Accommodation at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha (QAT)
Please find here the accommodation guide for Teams and National Federations to the UCI 2016 Road World Championships in Doha (QAT).

Enclosed is information regarding all of the hotels in Doha as well as the competition schedule. Please note that, in order to assist the National Federations with the costs involved in participating in these Championships, the Organising Committee is covering the cost of accommodation for riders only on a bed and breakfast basis.

For more information, please contact Mr John Lelangue, Director of Sport and Technical Operations of the Doha 2016 Organising Committee, directly.

Women’s Teams and Continental Men’s Teams : reminder of registration deadlines
We would kindly ask the National Federations to take note of the next two deadlines for registering Continental Men’s and Women’s Teams for the 2016 season:
  • 25th November 2015: deadline for payment of the registration fee
  • 10th December 2015: completed registration forms must be submitted to the UCI

Men’s Professional Teams: registration timeline
On 1st October, UCI WorldTeams and UCI Professional Continental Teams submitted their registration file for the 2016 season. Every year, these teams must satisfy ethical, financial and administrative criteria as set out in the UCI Regulations. Please note that, in addition, only UCI WorldTeams are subjected to a 4th criterion which measures sporting worthiness in order to feature in road cycling’s 1st division.
As part of the evaluation of the financial criterion, all teams must undergo an assessment performed by EY Lausanne, the auditor appointed by the UCI. Amongst other things, the latter examines:
  1. whether the team budget is balanced;
  2. whether the team sponsors or other revenue sources are solvent and capable of meeting their financial commitments;
  3. whether riders and other staff contracts are compliant with UCI Regulations and the Joint Agreements;
  4. whether riders and other staff are covered by the mandatory insurance policies;
  5. whether the bank guarantee is issued by a solvent bank and for the right amount.
The teams received their EY report on 2nd November and based on this report and other available information, the UCI administration was able to notify 28 of the teams that they had been granted registration for the 2016 season.
Teams applying for a UCI WorldTour licence (first request or renewal) were not notified at this stage as their request must be brought before the Licence Commission; their hearings are scheduled for 17th November. UCI Professional Continental teams, whose file was not found to be compliant, will also be heard by the Licence Commission later in November. The full decision of the Licence Commission regarding these teams is expected by the end of November.
It should be noted that the change in dates taking place during the 2016 season (which will run from 1st January to 15th October) will require that the entire team registration process is brought forward and therefore means that all decisions are made by early October 2016.

Reform of Men's Professional Cycling: update
The Reform of Men's Professional Cycling, which has been the subject of discussions amongst the different stakeholders over the past two years, obtained approval from the UCI Management Committee at its meeting in Richmond after receiving prior approval from the Professional Cycling Council. To summarise the broad principles which were announced in the press release:
  • The Reform will apply from 2017 through 2019 and will aim first at consolidating the UCI WorldTour calendar and the existing UCI WorldTeams which have had to endure difficult economic conditions;
  • While this consolidation process takes place, the UCI will aim at further globalising the reach of the UCI WorldTour calendar by integrating up to 20 new days of competition with events which embody the values of excellence and globalisation;
  • In parallel, a reorganisation of the second division into a unitary and more intelligible whole will be gradually brought about;
  • The Reform remains committed to providing for an open competition system whereby new and worthy teams may be granted access to the top division when certain conditions apply;
  • Teams and events will be subjected to regular assessments whereby compliance with new “cahier des charges” (both teams’ and organisers’) will be measured;
  • New rankings will be introduced aiming at bringing to life more compelling narratives throughout the season.
We are confident that this latest Reform project will garner broader consensus than previous projects insofar as it does not exclude or reduce any of the existing UCI WorldTour events and it continues to allow the participation of UCI WorldTeams on class HC and 1 events.
This reform project is currently undergoing a new round of consultations amongst the stakeholders to finalise all remaining details. The full details along with the exact application procedure will be first unveiled at the UCI WorldTour seminar on 7th and 8th December. The relevant documentation will be made available to all other stakeholders shortly after.

Track events registration for the 2016-2017 season
The calendar procedure for Track was sent to all 2016-2017 track event organisers last week. 

The slight delay in sending out the procedure was due to some changes taking place in the upcoming 2016-2017 track season:
  • Following the Track Commission meeting which was held in early September, it was decided to only have 2 Classes (CL1 and CL2) for the Track discipline instead of 3.
  • The Elimination Race has now also been added to the registration form as a separate specialisation (and not only as a part of the Omnium). 
Once organisers have filled in the form, registration forms will be sent to their National Federation. It is up to each Federation to send the filled out forms to  before 15th December 2015
The draft calendar will then be sent to the UCI Management Committee for approval at their next meeting the 29th January 2016.

UCI Track Team registration
The current UCI Track Teams and National Federations have received instructions on how to register a UCI Track Team for the upcoming season.

The deadline to register a UCI Track Team for the 2016-2017 season is 6th February 2016.

Reminder – Registration deadlines for the UCI Track World Cup in Cambridge (NZL)

We would like to remind you that the deadline to register for the UCI Track World Cup in Cambridge, New Zealand is 13th November 12h00 CET (Central European Time).
The registration dates for the remaining World Cup rounds and next Track World Championships can be found here.

Development of the UCI Track Calendar
Further to the information made available in the Newsletter #7, it is important to stress that qualification for Olympic programme events at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will no longer depend solely on World Cup rankings.
As is already the case for other events, qualification for all World Championship events will be determined by the UCI Track Rankings, towards which all UCI Track Calendar events will count, including the UCI World Series.
Further details on these new rankings and the new points scale will be made available soon.
This calendar restructure should, in the short term, simplify the task of UCI World Series organisers in working alongside the current UCI Track Cycling World Cup. In the longer term, a new consultation will soon be launched with the aim of considering the Olympic programme for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The UCI Track Commission gains two new Members
As part of the discipline’s restructuring, the UCI now has two new members on its Track Commission. They are:
  • Mr John Tolkamp – President of Cycling Canada
  • Mr Kevin Tabotta – National Performance Director at Cycling Australia
These two members were nominated by the UCI Management Committee during its last meeting, held during the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond the 23rd and 24th September 2015. 

New UCI Track Coordinator
The recently-advertised position of Track Coordinator has been filled by Ms Monia Turin, who took up her role within the UCI Track and Para-cycling department on 9th November.

As well as having gained a Masters in Sports Management last year, and speaking four languages, Ms Turin has international track experience as an athlete within the Swiss national team, and through her contributions to the organisation of several international events on the UCI Track Calendar. 

2016 UCI BMX International Permanent Career Numbers
Please find below the provisional list of the 2016 UCI BMX international permanent career numbers. This list includes all riders who presently have international permanent career numbers in the 2015 season, as well as all of those presently without permanent career numbers who applied by the deadline of 15th October 2015.
This list is provisional, as it is not yet known which riders will finish the 2015 season without earning any UCI points (that is, riders who earned no UCI points in the period between 1st January to 31st December 2015). As per article 6.1.074, all such riders lose their permanent career number and must apply for it again by the deadline the following season (if not already requested).
The final list of 2016 UCI BMX international permanent career numbers (minus those riders who did not earn UCI points in the 2015 season as described above) will be updated in early January 2016 and will be published on the UCI website. At that time, the 2016 list comes into effect, and all riders on the 2016 list must use the number identified on this list (no other riders may do so). Meanwhile, please note that the 2015 UCI BMX international permanent career numbers list presently found on the UCI website remains in effect until the new list is published in January 2016.

2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Best Event
The UCI is pleased to announce that Manchester (GBR) has been chosen as the best event in the 2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series.

After the end of each season, riders, the UCI BMX Commission, sponsors, the UCI, GSX Events and media representatives are asked to rate each of the events in the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on a number of different criteria such as technical aspects, event atmosphere and overall quality of the organisation.

While the 2015 series featured five very high quality events, this year, the organisation in Manchester rated at the top of nearly every category. The UCI extends its congratulations to the organiser, and looks forward to the return of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup to Manchester in April 2016.

2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano – Best Event
The UCI is pleased to announce the results of the vote for best events of the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano as follows:
  • Cross-country – Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE)
  • Downhill – Lourdes (FRA)
As is the tradition, athletes, team managers, journalists, sponsors and UCI staff voted for the best cross-country Olympic (XCO) and best downhill (DHI) events of the season. Voters took numerous factors into account, including organisation, courses and atmosphere.

Nove Mesto na Morave hosted its fifth consecutive XCO event in 2015 and for the fifth consecutive year, it has been voted best XCO event of the series.

For its first appearance on the calendar, Lourdes opened the DHI racing season and has been voted best DHI event of the series.

More information can be found on the UCI website.

2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano - Digital Report
For the fourth year running, the UCI’s official media partner Red Bull Media House (RBMH) produced the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. The figures are as follows:
2015 online broadcast
19 live programmes were broadcast online (6 Cross-country Men + 6 Cross-country Women + 7 Downhill) on Red Bull TV and on selected partner platforms worldwide:
  • In total, there were 38 hours of live coverage
  • In addition, there were thirteen 26-minute highlights programmes reaching 930,000 views 
In 2015, there was an increase of 45% in viewership compared to 2014:
  • 2.9 million views for live broadcast and replays in 2015 compared to 2 million views in 2014.
  • Significant increase in views on the replay side for both disciplines, which more than doubled.
  • Steady progress in attracting new viewership for the Cross-country (XCO) live races between 2013 to 2015.
  • Big progression for replays in 2015 with over 725,000 viewers for the XCO races after there had been no significant improvement between 2013 and 2014.
  • For the Downhill (DHI) races, it was noted that video on demand (delayed viewing) was used more frequently than in previous years.
  • Overall audience (watching live broadcast or replays) for the DHI races has increased from 2013 to 2015 by nearly 60%. 
For more details please consult the report here. Further details can also be found on the UCI website.

2016 UCI Mountain Bike Teams registration
The necessary documents for the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike Teams registration have been sent to all 2015 UCI Mountain Bike Teams. The deadine for registration and payment is 15th January 2016.
Please find all necessary information enclosed

2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

Report on Valkenburg
The second round of the 2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup took place in Valkenburg (NED) on 18th October 2015. The event resulted in splendid wins for home rider Lars van der Haar (Team Giant-Alpecin) and Italian champion Eva Lechner (Team Colnago SudTirol). You can read all related news and check the full results on the UCI website.

Koksijde: deadlines, programme and information
The next round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will be held next month in Koksijde (BEL) where the sand dunes at the North Sea will provide completely different challenges to the Cyclo-cross peloton. There will be World Cup races in four categories: 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 from 12th November 2015 (12:00 CET) to 16th November 2015 (12:00 CET).

UCI Cyclo-cross Commission report
Please find here the UCI Cyclo-cross Commission report for the meeting held on 19th October 2015 in Brussels. Topics covered include the growth of Women’s Cyclo-cross as well as changes to the World Cup structure.

2015 UCI Trials World Cup – Best Event
The UCI is pleased to announce that Antwerp (BEL) has been chosen as best event of the 2015 UCI Trials World Cup.

The top five riders in the overall World Cup and a group of Trials stakeholders are asked to rate each of the events of the UCI Trials World Cup.

Ever since this award was established in 2013, Antwerp has won two out of three times; both in 2014 and 2015.

2016 UCI Trials Calendar: National Championships
We would like to encourage the National Federations to register their Trials National Championships on the UCI Calendar. We have noticed that certain National Federations host their Trials National Championships without registering them on the UCI calendar. For development purposes and for the allocation of UCI points to the riders, it is essential to register Trials National Championships on the UCI Calendar.

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships – Montichiari (ITA)
As per the dates published on the UCI International Para-cycling Calendar, the next edition of the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships – the final qualifying event for the Paralympic games in Rio – will take place in Montichiari on 17th-20th March 2016.
Due to an international fair also taking place in the region at the same time and attracting a large number of people, it is strongly recommended that participants make their bookings as soon as possible in order to guarantee accommodation reasonably close to the velodrome. 

UCI Para-cycling Commission

In the midst of several challenges which the discipline and its commission must overcome, the latter will meet in London on 23rd and 24th November for its second annual meeting.

Notable topics to be covered will include forthcoming UCI events, Championships and World Cups, the development of the International Calendar and different aspects of the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

On a more technical note, rule changes will be discussed, notably an alignment on the rules covering the UCI Hour Record for Para-cycling. Approving adaptations of equipment and other issues relating to rankings will also form part of the topics covered at this meeting.

Update on the para-cycling camp
With support of the UCI World Cycling Centre, a new para-cycling training camp is being held from 2nd to 12th November 2015 in Aigle. Further to the success of the first edition in March 2015, the Para-cycling Commission was keen to repeat the experience in order to allow athletes to benefit from the facilities and coaching at the UCI WCC and to therefore improve their performance on the track.
Update on qualification ranking for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
A provisional qualification ranking for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be published on the UCI website by the end of the week.

2015 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup
The final will take place on Saturday 5th December in Mosnang (SUI). After a highly-competitive 2015 season, the best teams will look to end the season on a high; Switzerland will be represented by two teams, as will Austria and the Czech Republic, while Germany will put forward three. Japan, as well as the local team which benefits from a wildcard entry, complete the line-up.
Artistic Cycling Modification – ACT4 Women
Following consultation with stakeholders and after recommendation by the Indoor Cycling Commission, the UCI Management Committee has approved the opening of the “ACT4 Women” discipline within an “ACT4 Open” category. This means that from 1st January 2016, teams participating in this discipline may be composed of four female and/or male athletes.

The main objectives of this change are:
  • Encouraging participation in this discipline at national and international levels;
  • Encouraging new countries to create teams in this discipline;
  • Allowing more flexibility in the composition of teams;
  • Increasing the number of teams, notably in relation to World Championship participation
  • More generally, increasing the number of athletes taking part in artistic cycling. 
The articles of regulation affected by this change will be updated in due course.
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INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING


There have been a number of requests from National Federations and teams to purchase the time trial bike test jig that the UCI uses. We are pleased to announce that we are now able to coordinate the order of these jigs and cases from the manufacturer.
The kit, priced at CHF 3,500, includes:
  • The jig allowing to check all the dimensional and position rules
  • Tools for assembly and a complete assembly / disassembly / user guide
  • Calibration tools
  • Rigid box with custom foam
Electronic level for the saddle orders must be placed by the 3rd December 2015 by email.


The UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships

The final UCI World Champions for 2015 will be crowned in two weeks’ time in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships include two of cycling’s lesser-known but incredibly technical disciplines: cycle-ball and artistic cycling. We catch up briefly with a few of this year’s main contenders.

Cycle-ball: Patrick Schnetzer, Austria
In 2011 Austrian Patrick Schnetzer became the youngest Cycle-ball World Champion in the history of the sport. He will turn 22 one week before this year’s UCI World Championships, where he hopes to add a fourth world title to those he won in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Schnetzer took up the sport at the age of seven after watching a family friend: “I liked it from the start. It was my first sport. You can start playing without any background in gymnastics, cycling or football,” he claims.

The ten hours that Schnetzer dedicates to training each week include around six hours on the bike (agility, passing and shooting exercises) plus another three to four hours of physical and fitness training.

With his current team mate, Markus Bröll, he won all the major national and international titles last year, including the UCI Cycle-ball World Cup and the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships. The pair from the Austrian club RC Höchst has qualified for the UCI World Cup Final in December, but first will try to defend their rainbow jersey in Malaysia at the end of this month.

The competition will be tough, not least from 2012 World Champions Roman Schneider and Dominik Planzer, from the Swiss club RS Altdorf. Silver medallists at last year’s World Championships, they clearly wish to claim back the rainbow jersey this year.

 “Once you’ve been at the top, you obviously want to go there again,” warns Schneider.

Artistic cycling, ACT4: RV Sirnach, Switzerland
After failing to even qualify for the Worlds in 2013, Céline Burlet, Flavia Zuber, and sisters Melanie and Jennifer Schmid, stole the show the following year in the Czech city of Brno, taking the world title two months after establishing a new world record of 220.70 points.

Aged from 19 to 23, the women’s team from RV Sirnach will compete in Malaysia in two weeks time with all the pressure that goes hand in hand with wearing the rainbow jersey.

“Last year it was easier for us because it was our first UCI World Championships and we had nothing to lose,” points out the elder of the Schmid sisters. Melanie. “As defending champions of course we want gold again.”

The four young women have been a team since 2008. During the competition season, they train together a minimum of four times a week plus weekends.

Melanie Schmid believes their solidarity is one of the keys to their success: “It is very important to communicate openly and hold together even if someone has a bad time or fails an exercise in competition.

“We have been training together for so many years that we know everything about each other. We all have our strengths, weaknesses and fears and we know how to complement each other. We know that we are only stronger together.”

Artistic cycling, single man: Wong Chin To, Hong Kong
While international artistic cycling competitions are largely dominated by Europeans, Wong Chin To has put Asia well and truly on the map, winning bronze medals at the last two UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships.

In the lead up to Johor Bahru, he is intensifying his training in a bid to once again make the podium.

“My bronze medal in 2013 was the highlight of my sporting career so far because it was a surprise. This achievement motivated me to work harder the following year. “Of course there is more pressure on me after two bronze medals two years running.”

Wong Chin To believes successful artistic cyclists must believe in themselves, work hard and be able to deal with failure: “We have to fail many times and hurt ourselves during training in order to learn a new exercise. My strong point is that I never give up. I try again and again.“

“My weakest point is that I feel nervous easily during competition.”

Although artistic cycling is not one of Hong Kong’s most popular sports, it is getting increased exposure thanks to public demonstrations and courses in schools.

“I am sure that there are some talented young athletes with potential who can follow in my footsteps,” he says.


2016: UCI Sharing Platforms on three continents
Following the successful second round of UCI Sharing Platforms in Europe and Africa in 2015, the UCI is taking these events to Oceania, Asia and America in 2016.

First up will be Oceania, with a UCI Sharing Platform event taking place in Adelaide (AUS) on 22nd January following the OCC Congress. The UCI team will then travel to Tokyo (JAP), where the event will be hosted following the ACC Congress on Tuesday 26th January.

Venezuela will be the venue for the UCI Sharing Platform Americas event and will take place around the time of the COPACI Congress in May.

This second round of events has seen a change in format since its inception in 2013. This new direction puts an emphasis on the UCI presenting its ongoing work to the continents on all different levels, be it strategy, anti-doping, sport, international relations, bidding procedures or development, giving not only an overall picture of the international governing body to all our member Federations but giving them the opportunity to meet UCI staff. The second part of the event focuses on giving a platform to the National Federations to share their initiatives covering ever-evolving issues within the cycling community through case studies and discussions.

New Medical Consultant
We are delighted to announce that we have a new Medical Consultant, Dr Anton Zasada. Dr Zasada is a general practitioner in the Netherlands who has been involved in cycling for more than 25 years. Since 1990, Dr Zasada has gained tremendous experience in the field as UCI Official Doctor at numerous UCI World Championships.
The Medical Consultant is in charge of the implementation and development of the UCI’s medical rules which are designed to protect the health of athletes. The Medical Consultant is the main contact point for UCI’s stakeholders with respect to medical-related issues. The Medical Consultant is exclusively dedicated to the area of sports medicine and does not work on anti-doping matters.


At its meeting of September 2014, the UCI Congress agreed to the creation of a UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal. The main objective was for the Tribunal to hear first instance cases for which the UCI has jurisdiction, i.e. involving international-level riders, meaning that such cases would no longer be referred to National Federations to organise disciplinary proceedings and their adjudication.
The Tribunal was set up simultaneously with the entry into force of the new UCI Anti-Doping Rules, based on the 2015 WADA Code.
As for its composition, the Tribunal is made up of four judges of high reputation who were chosen for their expertise in the areas of anti-doping and sports arbitration.
Since the constitution of the Tribunal, the judges, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Tribunal which is dealt with by UCI’s Legal services, have been charged with drafting the Tribunal’s Procedural Rules, which reflect the objectives of ensuring fair and effective resolution of cases. The first case was submitted to the Tribunal in the course of the summer and the decision was rendered recently. As the Tribunal is competent for violations that were asserted as of 1 January 2015, the workload of the Tribunal should steadily increase over the next few months.
The creation of the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal is another significant step to ensure the UCI’s credibility and effectiveness in anti-doping matters. The Tribunal will allow for better consistency and uniform quality of decisions, regardless of the licence-holders’ nationalities. It should lead to a quick and cost effective resolution of cases and hopefully a reduction of the number of decisions appealed before CAS. It puts the UCI in line with almost all other International Federations.
National Federations will thus see the administrative burden of having to organise hearings and adjudicate cases reduced. The National Federation of the licence-holder concerned shall however contribute to the costs of the Tribunal by paying a fixed fee. Such financial contribution has been set by the Management Committee at CHF 7’500 for each case.
The Procedural Rules, the list of judges of the Anti-Doping Tribunal and the Tribunal’s Judgments are published and available on the UCI website.


The UCI has recently announced the relaunch of the UCI Bike City label to reward the cities and regions who invest in developing cycling.
Cycling is more than just a competitive sport: it is also a popular leisure activity and an efficient means of transport. In these roles, the bike can help public authorities face environmental and health challenges by limiting noise, reducing traffic congestion and improving public health.
As the governing body of cycling, the UCI is fully aware of this aspect of cycling and has initiated some projects which will strengthen the UCI's support to the different projects to promote cycling for citizens. Beyond the excitement and emotions that go hand in hand with hosting a high-level cycling competition, the UCI can help host cities and regions establish a true legacy from the event. This is achieved largely through the development of Cycling for All.
The Bike City label will be awarded annually, during the UCI Road World Championships to the cities and regions that have proved their commitment to cycling.
The criteria will be based on 2 key pillars:
  • hosting UCI cycling events
  • investing in Cycling for All
In order to receive the label, cities must meet the criteria of both these pillars.
The UCI Bike City label comes in three levels, depending on the scope of the development plan. The label will be awarded for a four-year period.

Hosting UCI cycling events
Hosting a UCI event is the best way to highlight a city’s initiatives to develop cycling. Moreover, it is also a key element in motivating a population to cycle for leisure or as a sporting activity.
The criteria to become eligible for the UCI Bike City label are the following: 
  • 1st level: to host at least one UCI World Cup and one UCI World Championships for two different disciplines during a four-year period.
  • 2nd level: to host at least one UCI World Cup and two UCI World Championships for two different disciplines over a four-year period.
  • 3rd level: to host at least one UCI World Cup and one UCI World Championships over a four-year period, plus the UCI Road World Championships within 10 years of these events.
For example, a city organising the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships and a round of the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup will be eligible for the 1st level.
Or a city organising the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, a round of the UCI Trials World Cup, and which organised the UCI Road World Championships in 2010 will be eligible for the 3rd level.

Investing in cycling for all
This pillar assesses the effort of a city or region to develop cycling for their citizens. This assessment will be carried out by examining the following nine elements:
  • Strategy - 15 points
  • Ambition - 15 points
  • Funding - 10 points
  • Protected bike lanes - 15 points
  • Safety for cyclists - 10 points
  • Participation - 10 points
  • Cycle training - 10 points
  • Measuring progress - 10 points
  • Sustainability - 5 points
For each of these elements some more detailed, fact-based criteria will be provided to candidates in order to ensure a fair and transparent assessment.
UCI experts are available, free of charge, to work with cities and share best practices from all over the world.
The first award of the UCI Bike City label will be allocated during the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha.
Through the UCI Bike City label, the UCI hopes to accelerate the development of cycling, reward the cities and regions who have invested in it and inform people who are looking for bike friendly areas.



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Improving Performance Together

Over the past 15 months, the UCI World Cycling Centre coaches have been integrating the Wattbike into their global programme at training camps in Aigle and at their satellite centres around the world. 
"The impact the Wattbike has had has been profound. It has completely changed our strategy going forward and allows us to be far more ambitious in our global talent ID and coach education plans. For the first time we are able to legitimately compare performance data from all over the world and reassess what constitutes world class talent,"
commented UCI WCC Director, Fred Magné.
The Wattbike is a very sophisticated but affordable cycle ergometer providing highly accurate performance data for coaches and the most realistic ride feel for athletes. Developed in consultation with Peter Keen, the former British Cycling Performance Director, they have been used by many National Federations since their launch in 2008; and can be found at the UCI WCC HQ in Aigle, satellite centres in Korea and Japan and shortly will be installed in the South Africa, North Africa and Argentina centres. With the assistance of Wattbike’s sport scientist Eddie Fletcher, coaches from the UCI WCC are close to finalising global testing and talent screening protocols for road, track, mountain bike and BMX athletes that the UCI WCC will encourage National Federations to adopt. 
Talking about the partnership with the UCI WCC, Founder and Marketing Director of Wattbike John Wilson commented; “Working with the UCI World Cycling Centre feels like the right thing to do for us as a business. The UCI WCC's mission is unique in world sport and very special. They are building a great team with a very good culture. Just as we have seen the impact culture can have on success with the All Blacks rugby team's selfless leadership, this in our view is absolutely why the UCI WCC is being successful now, will continue to be and why we are so supportive. Their project is a fantastic example of the force for positive change the UCI can and is delivering."
To find out more details about how the UCI WCC is benefitting from the use of Wattbike, please contact us directly. For details about Wattbike, please contact John Wilson and visit their website.


Worldwide development of our sport across different disciplines continues with training camps in Switzerland and Argentina, and the opening of a new UCI World Cycling Centre satellite centre in New Delhi.

Para-cycling training camp, UCI World Cycling Centre, Aigle, Switzerland
After the incredible success of our first para-cycling training camp in March, it was clear that there was a high demand for this sort of initiative. Again with the support of the UCI Para-cycling Commission, we have organised a 10-day high level camp focusing on track cycling.

Eighteen athletes and two coaches from nine countries are at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle from November 2nd to 12th. They are among the best in their respective countries and most have their eyes firmly set on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Many have already medalled at major international competitions such as the UCI Para-cycling World Championships and UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup.

On leaving Aigle, a number of the camp participants are travelling to England to compete in the Manchester Para-cycling Track International from November 13th to 15th.

Nations represented at the training camp are: Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, South Africa, Slovenia, Serbia and the USA.

Junior talent identification camp and coaches training, Mar del Plata, Argentina
In November 2014, our first training camp in Argentina attracted 34 athletes and 20 coaches from 14 Central and South American countries. Several athletes were invited to continue high-level training at the UCI WCC in Aigle.

This month our WCC coaches return to Mar del Plata to repeat the exercise with 20 athletes from 11 countries.

“They will have the opportunity to improve their track cycling technique, race tactics and general aspects of training that will help them develop as young athletes,” said WCC High Performance Manager Belinda Tarling.

The eight coaches attending will work towards the UCI WCC Diploma qualification. This course is usually delivered only at the UCI Headquarters in Aigle.

The high-level course is possible thanks to the collaboration between the UCI World Cycling Centre, the Unión Ciclista de la República Argentina and its President Mr Gabriel Curuchet, the COPACI and its President Mr José Manuel Pelaez, the National Olympic Committee of Argentina and the High Performance Sports Agency ENARD.
Opening of UCI WCC Satellite Centre, New Delhi, India 
Produce world class track cycling athletes from India who can be competitive at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships from 2019 and at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. That is the vision of the new UCI WCC Satellite Centre which officially opens its doors in New Delhi, India, on November 21st.

The Satellite Centre is the fruit of collaboration between the UCI WCC, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Cycling Federation of India (CFI).
Already the training ground for the National Track Team of India, the SAI Velodrome at the Indira Gandhi stadium will now be the base of our fourth UCI WCC satellite centre after those in South Africa, Japan and Korea.

More than just an athlete training centre, the satellite will create and develop a High Performance structure that will also focus on talent identification, coach education, mechanics training and the development of administrative, technical and medical staff.

It is envisaged that some 55 Indian athletes (men, women and Juniors) will train at the velodrome each year, with the possibility for some athletes, coaches and mechanics being invited to further their development at the UCI WCC in Aigle, Switzerland. The new UCI WCC Satellite Centre in New Delhi will also welcome athletes from other Indian subcontinent countries.
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