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UCI National Federations Newsletter #7 - 07.10.2015 


 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 

Dear members,

The 2015 UCI Road World Championships are behind us but the memories are still fresh. From the opening team time trial to the Elite road races on the last weekend, we were treated to road cycling at its very best. There is something very special about the quest for the rainbow jersey, and the racing in Richmond certainly reflected that.

Apart from the races, it was also an enormous pleasure for me to see so many of our National Federations at Congress. After a very successful Management Committee meeting, it was a privilege for me to address you at Congress, recap the progress we have made in the last two years and outline the initiatives planned for the future. The atmosphere was very positive, and it is good to know that we enjoy the full confidence of both the Management Committee and our 185 National Federations as we set about our task for the next 12 months. I look forward to continuing our work together as we further develop all the disciplines of cycling throughout the world.

Last Sunday, the Il Lombardia brought the curtain down on an excellent 2015 UCI WorldTour, and now it is time to celebrate the athletes who have distinguished themselves this season. That is the purpose of the inaugural UCI Cycling Gala, which will take place in Abu Dhabi on October 11th, on the evening of the last stage of the new Abu Dhabi Tour.

This gala evening is our chance to acknowledge the best athletes from the UCI WorldTour, the UCI Women Road World Cup and the UCI Road World Championships. Awards will also go to the new holders of the UCI Hour Record as well as to several other athletes or stakeholders in different categories.

My thanks go to our hosts the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and its General Secretary Aref Hamad Al Awani, as well as the United Arab Emirates Cycling Federation and its President Osama Al Shafar for hosting this event. The UCI Cycling Gala is a true celebration of cycling, and I look forward to acknowledging these truly great athletes in Abu Dhabi.



 


 UCI NEWS 

The 184th UCI Congress in Richmond (USA) officially welcomed 4 new members to the global cycling family – the Kosovo Cycling Federation, Icelandic Cycling Union, the Mauritanian Cycling Federation and Vanuatu Amateur Cycling Federation - bringing our membership to a record number of 185 National Federations.
 
Mr. Harald Tiedemann Hansen (NOR), President of the Norwegian Cycling Federation and Chair of the Bergen 2017 Road World Championships Organising Committee was elected to the UCI Management Committee.
 
The following received the UCI Merit Award in recognition of their contribution to cycling:
Mr Daniel Baal (FRA)
Mr Boo Woong Choi (KOR)
Mr Pehr Gotthard Bernhard Hansen (RSA)
Mr Graham Sycamore (NZL)
Mr Delmino Albano Magalhaes Pereira (POR)
Mr Hernando Zuluaga Aristizabal (COL)
Mr Peder Pedersen (DEN) (awarded posthumously)
Mr Mohammed Zeghloul (MAR) (awarded posthumously)

 

 SPORTS 

 ROAD 
UCI Road World Championships – Richmond 2015
The 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond (USA) were a resounding success; the crowd and atmosphere proved to be electric and the Libby Hill and 23rd Street cobbled climbs are sure to enter UCI Road World Championship folklore.
 
Participation exceeded all expectations for a host city outside of Europe with a total of 914 riders from 77 different nations.  The 9 victorious riders will have the honour of wearing the rainbow jersey in the events that they won in Richmond. They will do so until the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha (QAT).

National classification
The Netherlands (NED) won the inaugural national classification introduced for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.
The final classification is available here.
 

In-Race Communications
The UCI Management Committee approved the following changes to the regulations of road cycling which will come into effect from 2016:
In-Race Communications: Art 2.2.024

1. The use of radio links or other remote means of communication by or with the riders, as well as the possession of any equipment that can be used in this manner, during an event is prohibited except in the following cases:
  • Men Elite: UCI WorldTour, class HC and class 1 events
  • Women Elite: UCI Women’s WorldTour and class 1 events time
  • time trial events (...)

UCI Continental Teams and UCI Women’s Teams for 2016
The forthcoming deadlines in the registration procedure for UCI Continental Teams and UCI Women's Teams are as follows (in accordance with art. 2.17.033 of the UCI Regulations):
By 31st October: Each National Federation sends the UCI a list of teams that it intends to register as UCI Continental Teams or UCI Women's Teams for the following year.
From 1st October to 10th December: The UCI must receive the completed registration dossiers via the National Federation.
By 25th November at the latest: Payment of the registration fee to the UCI.
 
UCI Continental Teams and UCI Women’s Teams 2016 registration fees can be found here.

 
UCI Women’s WorldTour kicks off in 2016
 
The UCI recently announced the creation of the UCI Women’s WorldTour (WWT). The WWT, which will be launched in 2016, will become the leading series of races for women road cyclists replacing the former UCI Women Road World Cup series which ran from 1998 to 2015.
 
The new series will be a combination of one-day and stage races and will run for 35 days from March (Strade Bianche in Italy) to September (with the newly created one-day La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta in Spain), increasing the total number of competition days by more than 60%.
 
The 2016 calendar will take the peloton to 17 events across Europe, the United States and China, including for the first time multi-day events such as the Aviva Women’s Tour and the historical Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile (known as Giro Rosa). The popular Amgen Tour of California and the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic will be staged in the United States.

The top 20 UCI Women’s Teams will be invited to participate in each one-day event with some organisers choosing to increase the size of the peloton by offering a greater number of teams the chance to race. The top 15 UCI Women’s Teams will be invited to stage races. There will be WWT leader and young rider (U23) leader jerseys and individual stage races will also be allowed to introduce their own jerseys.
 
Increased media exposure is at the heart of the UCI’s strategy for the development of women’s cycling and there will be extensive live broadcast and streaming as well as highlight packages. Organisers will also provide a news clip to be distributed to international broadcasters after the race finishes and the UCI will ensure that each event is promoted across social media, including its dedicated women’s cycling channel.
 
The UCI Women’s WorldTour: key facts
35 days of racing
4 stage races
13 one-day races
9 countries
8 races broadcast live


Calendar:
1 - Strade Bianche, ITA - 5th March 2016
2 - Women's WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe,  NED - 12th March 2016 
3 - Trofeo Alfredo Binda - Comune di Cittiglio, ITA -  20th March 2016
4 - Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL - 27th March 2016
5 - Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL - 3rd April 2016
6 - La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, BEL - 20th April 2016
7 - Tour of Chongming Island, CHN - from 6th to 8th May 2016
8 - Amgen Tour of California, USA - from 19th to 22nd May 2016
9 - Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA - 5th June 2016
10 - Aviva Women’s Tour, GBR - from 15th to 19th June 2016  
11 - Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA - from 1st to 10th July 2016
12 - La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA – 24th July 2016
13 - Prudential Ride London, GBR – 30th July 2016
14 - Crescent Vargarda UCI Women's WorldTour, SWE – 19th August 2016
15 - Crescent Vargarda UCI Women's WorldTour TTT, SWE – 21st August 2016
16 - GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA – 27th August 2016
17 - La Madrid Challenge By La Vuelta, ESP – 11th September 201
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 TRACK 
2015-2016 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
Last month a UCI delegation visited the venues of the World Cup rounds which will be held in Cambridge (NZL) and Hong Kong (HKG) in order to check the status of preparations. As these two organising committees have never previously hosted a major UCI event at their new velodromes, it was important to ensure that everything would be ready in time before the teams arrive for these final qualifying events ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
 
The competition schedules for these two rounds of the World Cup were also confirmed during the visits and are now available on the UCI website.
 
The three rounds of the 2015-2016 World Cup will incorporate the 10 Olympic events as well as the following Class 1 endurance events:

#1 Cali (COL)
Men - Points race, Individual Pursuit, Madison
Women - Scratch Race

#2 Cambridge (NZL)
Men - Scratch Race, Madison
Women - Scratch Race

#3 Hong Kong (HKG)
Men - Points race, Scratch Race
Women - Points race, Scratch Race
 
These additional World Cup events can be entered via the same online registration platform used for the various Olympic specialities and are subject to the same closing dates.
 
Entry to these events will be limited based on the UCI Elite Individual Ranking so as to not exceed the maximum number of riders allowed on the track (art. 3.1.009).
 
 
Development of the UCI Track calendar

At its last meeting in Richmond (USA), the UCI Management Committee approved a number of measures with a view to restructuring the UCI Track calendar.
These measures arose from consultations with National Federations and other UCI stakeholders in August which were then analysed by the UCI Track Commission. The exact regulations are still to be finalised, but here is an insight into the major changes which are expected.

 
 BMX 
The 2016 UCI BMX International Calendar was approved by the UCI Management Committee and is available on the UCI website.
The calendar includes the 2016 BMX Continental Championships and BMX Supercross World Cup.
 

The Financial Obligations for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup events have been updated. The riders’ entry fee has increased from €125 to €150. The overall prize money paid by the UCI will be equal for Men and Women Elite as from 2016. For 2017, the Women’s prize money for each UCI BMX Supercross World Cup event paid by the organisers will be equal to the Men’s prize money.
 

Update – BMX Freestyle Integration
Steady progress is being made on the next major milestone as the UCI works to integrate BMX Freestyle Park into its structure, i.e. the creation of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park Regulations. The BMX Freestyle Park Regulations will be integrated into the body of the existing UCI Regulations as Part VI bis “BMX Freestyle Park Events”. This new part of the UCI Regulations will include all of the information needed to run BMX Freestyle Park competitions, including topics such as categories, event procedures and the judging system.
The UCI plans to approve and release Part VI bis on its website at the end of January 2016 at the latest.
 

Reminder – UCI BMX Permanent Career Number Deadlines
National Federations must submit the application form to receive a UCI BMX permanent number for the 2016 season before the deadline of 15th October 2015. Applications received after 15th October will not be considered


2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup - Report on Rock Hill (USA)
Despite steady rain, the first ever UCI BMX Supercross World Cup held in Rock Hill, South Carolina (USA) was a great success. The venue, which will host another round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in 2016 as well as the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships, features a track which has a surface composed of a material called “slurry”. This track surface remains hard and with good traction even in heavy rain, making it possible to continue racing.
A total of 109 Men Elite riders and 44 Women Elite riders from 26 different nations participated. As the final event in the 2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series, the series champions were crowned in Rock Hill – Liam Phillips (GBR) and Marianna Pajon (COL) claimed the overall series titles in 2015.


UCI World Cycling Centre’s BMX track
With the Olympic Games less than one year away, the UCI’s BMX track is available for use by National Federations and we would be very pleased to welcome your athletes along to the UCI World Cycling Centre. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with cmc@uci.ch to arrange your visit. 

 
 MOUNTAIN BIKE 
The UCI Mountain Bike regulations, which will come into effect from 1st January 2016, were approved by the UCI Management Committee and are now available on the UCI website. Please note that the amendments are highlighted in red. The main changes are as follows:
  • UCI Mountain Bike World Cup – DHI Men Elite / Women - participation
    The number of UCI points to participate has increased to 30 in the UCI DHI individual reference ranking.
    The number of riders that the National Federations may enter has been reduced from 6 to a maximum of 3 per category.
  • UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - DHI mixed team classification: DHI Men Juniors points will be included in the DHI Mixed Team classification.
  • The duration and length of the DHI events has been determined in different races classifications and Enduro events will be considered as Class 3 events.
  • UCI XCO Juniors events will give UCI points in the XCO Juniors ranking and the XCO UCI Juniors ranking will now be drawn up over a period of one year. Additional information regarding the XCO Juniors events is available on the UCI website.
  • UCI Elite Mountain Bike Teams: a maximum of 15 teams are offered the opportunity to register as a UCI Elite Mountain Bike team; the top 12 in the UCI Mountain Bike team rankings plus 3 additional teams selected at the UCI’s discretion. 

The Financial Obligations have been updated and the annual UCI Mountain Bike Team registration will increase to €2’000 from 2016. The registration fee for the UCI Elite Mountain Bike Teams will remain the same. The UCI Mountain Bike team instructions will be sent shortly.
 

The 2016 UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar was approved by the UCI Management Committee and is available on the UCI website. The calendar includes the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Mountain Bike Continental Championships, UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Series, UCI XCO Junior Series.


The 2016 Mountain Bike Continental Championships have been confirmed and are displayed on the UCI website. For the UCI Olympic Qualification Ranking please be informed of the following:
  • Europe and Asia: the 2014 and 2015 Continental Championships UCI points will count for the Olympic Ranking Period, but the 2016 Continental Championships UCI points will not be taken into account for the Olympic Ranking Period.
  • Oceania, America and Africa: the 2015 and 2016 Continental Championships UCI points will count for the Olympic Ranking Period.
 CYCLO-CROSS 
2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup - Report on CrossVegas (USA)
The first round of the 2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup was held in Las Vegas on 16th September 2015. This was the first ever American World Cup round featuring two night-time races. 46 Women and 68 Men Elite from 20 different nations participated. News relating to this event and full results can be found on the UCI website.


2015-2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup - Valkenburg (NED)
This month the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup heads to the famous Cauberg climb in Valkenburg on 18th October 2015. There will be World Cup races in four categories: Men Elite, Women Elite, 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 8th October (12:00 CET) till 12th October 2015 (12:00 CET)
 TRIALS 
The 2016 UCI Trials International Calendar was approved by the UCI Management Committee and is available on the UCI website; the calendar includes the 2016 UCI Trials World Cup events.
 

2015 UCI Trials World Cup - Antwerp (BEL)
122 riders from 20 countries took part in this round of the 2015 UCI Trials World Cup held in Antwerp (Belgium) last weekend. The impressive Grote Markt square provided the backdrop in which the 2015 winners were decided.
 
Men Elite 20"
Experienced rider Benito Ros (ESP) took the top spot on Belgian soil. He finished the season with 779 points in front of the recently crowned 2015 UCI World Champion Abel Mustieles (ESP), who finished the season with 764 points. Lucien Leiser (SUI) was third overall with 569 points.
 
Men Elite 26"
Jack Carthy (GBR) won his second UCI Trials World Cup in a row with Vincent Hermance (FRA), and Giacomo Coustellier (FRA) finishing second and third overall.
 
Women Elite
The winner in Vöcklabruck (AUT) and Albertville (FRA), Tatiana Janickova (SVK) won the UCI Trials World Cup despite her third place in Antwerp (BEL). The winner in Flanders was the Australian rider Janine Jungfels, recently crowned 2015 UCI World Champion. The Slovak finishes with 773 points to Janine Jungfels’ 720 points and Nina Reichenbach’s (GER) 663 points. With her fourth consecutive World Cup title, Tatiana Janickova (SVK) is now on a par with Karin Moor (SUI), winner from 2006 to 2009.

 
 PARA-CYCLING 
Review of the 2015 season
Para-cycling enjoyed an exceptional year in 2015 with a record number of events and participants. In total, 31 C1 races were registered on the UCI calendar, accompanied by four rounds of the World Cup and two World Championships, on track and road. There was a high turnout at all the World Cup events, Maniago (ITA) holding the record with 315 athletes, closely followed by Yverdon-les-Bains (SUI) with 307 riders. For the first time since Para-cycling was integrated into the UCI, the final event of the World Cup was held on the African continent, in Pietermaritzburg (RSA). This event's Organising Committee is already planning the 2016 edition, as well as the 2017 Para-cycling Road World Championships.


Classification
The "zero classification" policy put in place by the IPC for the 2016 Paralympic Games means that all athletes must have a "confirmed" or "review" status with an evaluation date after the Games in order to take part in the competitions in Rio. An updated version of the Classification Master List will shortly be available on the UCI website to assist National Federations. This will provide review dates showing which riders will have to be re-evaluated in 2016. The dates of classification opportunities for next year have already been published on the UCI website.


Para-cycling training camp at the UCI World Cycling Centre
Following the success of the first para-cycling track training camp held in Aigle (SUI) in March 2015, the WCC and the UCI decided to repeat the experience in November 2015. The objective is to allow the selected participants to improve their track performances. The riders will take part in optimised training sessions and will also have the opportunity to participate in a C1 track event in Manchester (GBR) shortly after the camp with the support of WCC coaches. A third camp will be held in March 2016 before the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships followed by a first road camp in Spring 2016.


Change of regulations regarding tandem pilots
A change of the regulations is planned to come into effect on 1st January 2016. National Federations and riders should be aware that the period of eligibility for tandem pilots will change if the new rule is approved.
Article 16.3.004 would be amended and the waiting period before becoming eligible to be a tandem pilot would reduce from 24 to 12 months for former members of a UCI WorldTeam or UCI Professional Continental Team. For riders from other UCI-registered teams, the waiting period would change from 12 months to 1st January of the year following the end of the rider's contract.
 INDOOR 
2015 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships – change of location
The World Championships, originally in Melaka (MAS), will now take place in Johor Bahru (MAS) located near the border with Singapore. Following the request received by the UCI from the Malaysian Cycling Federation to change the location of the competition, a UCI Technical Delegate visited the site at the end of September and confirmed that this new location fulfilled the criteria required for this event. The World Championships will take place between 20th and 22nd November 2015.


2016 Calendar
The Indoor Cycling international calendar was approved by the UCI Management Committee in September and is now available on the UCI website. The calendar comprises more than 60 events and includes several competitions from less traditional countries, with events in Asia such as Japan, Hong Kong and Macau.


2015 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup
The last two events of the 2015 season will be held at St. Gallen (SUI) on 10th October and Höchst (AUT) on 24th October. These competitions will allow teams to secure the last spots for the final which will take place in Mosnang (SUI) on 5th December.
 

Activities – Association for the Promotion of Indoor Cycling
Training camps in Canada

Under the supervision of Kathrin Igel, a coach and member of the Association for the Promotion of Indoor Cycling, two Cycle-ball and Artistic Cycling camps were held in Montreal and Quebec at the end of September.
Two artistic coaches and one cycle-ball coach assisted Canadian athletes in improving their performances by providing invaluable advice and recommendations.
The Canadian Cycle-ball team will take part in the 2015 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships in Johor Bahru (MAS).

 
 MASS PARTICIPATION EVENTS 
UWCT qualification series - Change of name
The UCI World Cycling Tour will be renamed “UCI Gran Fondo World Series” from 2016. The final will be renamed “UCI Gran Fondo World Championships”.
The series will continue to be managed in collaboration with Golazo Sports, a sports marketing agency based in Belgium. A press release will be sent out at the end of October, via Golazo, in order to launch the new series as well as the 2016 calendar.
 

Awarding of events 
The UCI Management Committee awarded the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships to the city of Albi, in France during its meeting in September. This city will also be the host of a UCI Gran Fondo World Series event in May 2016 – l’Albigeoise – a cyclosportive set to celebrate its 21st edition.
 

2015-2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Series
After two successful events, the series continues with the "Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic" which will take place on 18th October. The series will then resume with an event in Perth (AUS) from 11th to 13th March 2016.
 
The international calendar of mass participation events was approved by the UCI Management Committee in September.
 Upcoming events 
 
ROAD          -           TRACK          -          MOUNTAIN BIKE
 
BMX         -         CYCLO-CROSS         -         TRIALS

INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING


 SPOTLIGHT ON... 

Federation name: Rwanda Cycling Federation
Founded: 1977
President: Aimable Bayingana
Secretary General: Thierry Rwabusaza 
Disciplines: Road, Mountain Bike and Trials
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The Rwanda Cycling Federation is the national governing body responsible for the organisation and promotion of cycling in Rwanda. The organisation is a member of the Union Cycliste Internationale and the African Cycling Confederation (CAC). It governs and actively promotes the cycling disciplines of Road, Mountain Bike and Trials.
The Rwanda Cycling Federation is developing the sport of cycling at a national level by enabling training courses and workshops for cycling leaders, coaches, commissaires and other cycling officials.


Africa Rising Cycling Center (ARCC)
The Africa Rising Cycling Center is home to Team Rwanda and is located in the Musanze District. The facilities not only support Rwandan athletes but also riders from Central and Eastern Africa. The staff at the ARCC is directly involved with the development of cycling in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Team Rwanda, Team Ethiopia and Team Eritrea together make up Team Africa Rising. Read more about this initiative here.
 

UCI World Cycling Centre trainees
Jeanne d’Arc Girubuntu became the 1000th trainee to arrive at the centre. The fifth Rwandan to train at the UCI WCC, she is Rwanda‘s first female athlete to join the centre’s programme and the first to compete at this year’s UCI Road World Championships in Richmond (USA) finishing 87th in the Elite Women’s road race. Valens Ndayisenga, also a trainee at the UCI WCC, took part in the Men’s Under 23 road race in Richmond.
 

Tour of Rwanda

The 7th edition of the Tour of Rwanda takes place from 15th to 22nd November 2015 and has been part of the UCI Africa Tour since 2009. The category 2.2 stage race will see 17 teams take part: 11 heralding from Africa, 4 from Europe, 1 from America and 1 from Australia.
 
Aforementioned WWC trainee Valens Ndayisenga became the first Rwandan cyclist in history to win the Tour of Rwanda in 2014.
 

Rwanda at the Olympic Games
Adrien Niyonshuti is the only person to have represented his country in the discipline of cycling at the Olympic Games by qualifying and competing in the Mountain Bike Cross-country at London 2012.
 
He became a professional rider in 2009 with Team MTN Cycling and currently rides for South African UCI Continental team MTN-Qhubeka.
 

 

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 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC UPDATE 

Rio 2016 BMX test event / Pailo Maumo
Rio 2016 Test Events: BMX and Mountain Bike

Following on from the successful road cycling test event held in August, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games is stepping up its preparations for next year’s Olympic Games with two more ‘Aquece Rio’ events taking place during October. The main purpose of the test events is to test the field of play, results and timing as well as giving the Rio workforce, including volunteers, the opportunity to experience the sport. 

Located in the west of Rio, the neighbourhood of Deodoro played a prominent role in the 2007 Pan-American Games, when a number of new venues were built there. This resulted in increased participation of young people in several sports and the aim is to build on this achievement through the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. A sporting legacy will be left with the X-Park, which will include the Mountain Bike and BMX centres, along with a 500,000m2 public leisure area, the second biggest in Rio.
 
On 31st August, the BMX centre was formally opened by the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, and as a key step in the preparation of the venue over the weekend of 2-4 October, many top riders took part in the BMX test event.   

Together with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, the UCI has taken into account concerns from riders about the safety of the BMX Deodoro track. Track alterations were carried out over the weekend, enabling the venue to be tested on Sunday. Although bad weather conditions meant the test had to be shortened, the event allowed the organisers and the UCI to ensure the safety of the track, without detracting from the excitement of competition.

Athletes’ feedback is an important part of any test event, and adjustments are often required once a track has been used in race conditions for the first time. The valuable input from the competitors in Rio at the weekend will help ensure that, together with Rio 2016, the UCI delivers the best possible track for next year’s Olympic Games.

Next up, the Mountain Bike test event will see 52 men and 34 women take on the course designed by Nick Flores on 11th October. Many of the top ten riders from the rankings will take part.  The course is now fully prepared with all the planned obstacles in place. It will offer a challenge to these riders, and showcase spectacular views of this area of Rio, including the ‘Giant’s Footprints’.

Following these events, the UCI will work with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games to ensure that, based on the feedback from the participants, the final preparations for these venues guarantee optimal conditions ahead of next year.


Only 302 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
 


 UCI EVENT HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES 

As previously announced in this newsletter, a seminar for potential organisers was held during the final weekend of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond. Over 20 participants representing some ten cities took part, the first time that such an event had been organised by the UCI.
 
The first morning of the seminar consisted of a UCI presentation which included the UCI’s events, the various financial models and application process. The UCI emphasised the need for National Federations to be involved with candidate cities as they considered a bid. The UCI also highlighted the importance of establishing long-term relationships by creating genuine partnerships. The selection of events must be a task shared by the UCI and the cities in order to identify events that best meet each city's objectives. Special emphasis was given to the presentation of the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships, a new UCI event which will be launched in 2017.

The President of the Advocacy Commission and UCI Vice-President, Tracey Gaudry, described the role and missions of this Commission. The UCI Bike City Label was then presented together with information on the associated eligibility criteria. This relaunched concept was praised by the cities participating in the seminar, who expressed their appreciation for the link between the sport and Cycling for All.

Tim Miller, COO of the Richmond 2015 Organising Committee, also shared his experiences. Tim was able to provide an in-depth insight into the challenges, difficulties and successes encountered in organising the UCI Road World Championships. This invaluable contribution was welcomed by the seminar participants.
 
On Saturday afternoon, the participants were able to experience Richmond 2015 from the inside by visiting the now mythical Libby Hill!
 
Sunday was dedicated to a behind-the-scenes visit to afford cities an impression of the magnitude of the event: the TV compound, media centre, podium, etc.
 
Several meetings were held with the cities and their National Federations over the weekend to discuss future projects.
 
Considered a real success, the seminar showcased the UCI in its natural environment: at a major cycling event. Contacts with potential organisers are essential and the UCI is already working on plans to host another seminar.

 

 #SOCIALMEDIA 

 
A reminder that nominations for a permanent UCI career number close TOMORROW. More info: http://bit.ly/1O6XjEn
 

   @fedeciclismocol

.@marianapajon, @oquendobmx y @RamirezBmx, probarán la pista de los Juegos Olímpicos @Rio2016 http://bit.ly/1iLYrDa 
 

   @DK_Cykle_Union

Congratulation @petosagan from @DK_Cykle_Union true legend! @UCI_cycling #Richmond2015
Photo: Ole Iversen


 UCI SPONSORS SECTION 


Marketing activations at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships
 
This year, a stronger focus was placed on providing UCI sponsors with a variety of activities and platforms in order to increase interaction with both fans and their clients. You will find below a few of them that are transferrable across UCI cycling events.
 
MAPEI
Hospitality plays a major role in the service delivered to sponsors. MAPEI, the Main Event Sponsor had a comprehensive VIP programme for their top clients and customers, housing over 130 of them in a customised area of the UCI lounge on the final two days. Furthermore, MAPEI benefitted from a wide national coverage on Universal and its affiliates (NBC and NBC Sport) appearing on 100 billboards and clips in the US.
 
TACX and the Sufferfest
Other sponsors seek to display their products to onsite visitors as well as to TV viewers. TACX, in partnership with another UCI partner, the Sufferfest, offered a 'mass' Knighthood attempt with 9 takers cycling approximately 11h non-stop. Upon completion, the participants, although rather tired, were delighted to receive their certificate on the podium from Neal Henderson, Taylor Phinney’s coach.
 
Tissot
Meanwhile, Tissot attracted fans to their FanFest booth through their engaging 'Ride the World Championships circuit' online video, using the latest generation of TACX trainers. Moreover, high-value Tissot watches were integrated into all Road race podium ceremonies, increasing awareness of their products across the cycling community.
 
Shimano
Shimano provided the all-important neutral assistance during the race and on the side of the road, they also had an impressive display truck on the well-trodden finish straight.
 
Santini
In Richmond, Santini was present at the FanFest and sold out its whole range of cycling clothing by the final Sunday morning despite restocking mid-week. Additionally, they delivered a significant amount of merchandising to the Organising Committee, increasing their sales and revenue both nationally and from HQ.


 UCI's WCC CORNER 

While new UCI World Champions Peter Sagan and Lizzie Armitstead continue to attract media attention, our UCI World Cycling Centre trainees can also draw maximum satisfaction from their performances in Richmond.

The stand-out athlete among our 16 trainees competing in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships would have to be Yumi Kajhara. After an impressive 11th place in the Junior Women’s individual time trial, the 18-year-old Japanese finished the road race in fourth place, winning the bunch sprint behind the three leaders. A particularly remarkable achievement given that the former swimmer only took up cycling two years ago. Her first contact with the UCI WCC was before last year’s UCI Road World Championships when she participated in our inaugural Junior Women’s training camp. She was ill at ease in a peloton and lacked basic technical skills, but has come a long way since then and will be returning to the UCI World Cycling Centre next year.

The UCI WCC coaches were no less delighted with their two other women trainees in Richmond, both of whom went beyond expectations in finishing their respective road races: Zimbabwe’s Skye Davidson was the 59th Junior woman across the line, while Rwanda’s first ever woman competitor at the World Championships, Jeanne d’Arc Giribuntu, surprised all with her 87th place in the Elite Women’s road race that registered 46 DNFs. Before Richmond, her toughest competition in a race had been at the African Continental Championships so she was extremely happy to last the distance against the world’s elite.

Obviously, the results lists do not convey the battles that were fought throughout the races. Jose Luis Rodriguez’s 72nd position in the Under-23 road race may at first glance appear unremarkable. But on learning that he spent over three-quarters of the race in a small breakaway that varied between three and five riders, we are left in no doubt that the Chilean rider has enormous potential. His 18th place in the individual time trial earlier in the week testifies to that.

Meanwhile two of the UCI WCC’s Juniors Dusan Rajovic (Serbia) and El Mehdi Chokri (Morocco) were well positioned with all the favourites in the Junior Men’s road race. However in difficult, wet conditions, Rajovic fell three times in the latter part of the race, while Chokri punctured, worked his way back alone to the group then was again held up by a crash in front of him.

“All the energy that a rider needs to win, he spent getting back into the peloton,” observes WCC Coach Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas. “At a World Championships you have to be strong but you have to be lucky too.”

Rajovic nevertheless finished 29th, 45s off the winner, while Chokri crossed the line in 92nd place.

Each race has its share of dramas and stories within the peloton and most of the UCI World Cycling Centre trainees coped admirably, with the coaches declaring themselves very happy overall with the results. The athletes have now returned to their own countries for some rest before attacking the next season.
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