MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
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:
- whether the team budget is balanced;
- whether the team sponsors or other revenue sources are solvent and capable of meeting their financial commitments;
- whether riders and other staff contracts are compliant with UCI Regulations and the Joint Agreements;
- whether riders and other staff are covered by the mandatory insurance policies;
- 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 email@example.com 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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