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UCI National Federations Newsletter #16 - 13.07.2016 


 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 

Dear members

It is with enormous anticipation that we await the 2016 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships at the UCI World Cycling Centre’s velodrome.

Open since 2002, the UCI WCC is primarily a high-level coaching and training centre, which is recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Since its opening we have welcomed more than 1100 trainees from all over the world for road, track, BMX and other disciplines. Many of these athletes have gone on to distinguish themselves at national, continental and international level.

From July 20 to 24, talented junior track athletes from 43 nations will race on the same boards that over the years have become so familiar to our current and former trainees such as Olympians and former UCI World Champions Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton, Cuban Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez, and Guo Shuang, from China. It was also on this track that Matthias Brändle set a UCI Hour Record in October 2014.

In the past, many UCI Junior Track Cycling World Champions have gone on to win UCI World Championship and Olympic medals. I have no doubt that this will again be the case: some of the athletes competing in Aigle next week could well be the future Elite stars of the discipline.

I feel privileged to have these UCI Junior Track Cycling Championships taking place so close to my office, and I look forward to watching the performances of the world’s young track cycling talents.



 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC UPDATE 

Rio 2016 Olympic Games - Invitation to the National Federations
We would like to inform National Federations that it is possible for them to buy tickets for all sessions of our disciplines represented at the Olympic Games. For further information, please contact internationalrelations@uci.ch.


Information on next month's National Federations Newsletter
The next National Federations Newsletter will be a Rio 2016 special edition. It will be sent just before the beginning of the Olympic Games and will contain all the last minute information you might need.


Competition programmes
The detailed programmes are available on the UCI website:

TRACK
Final registration for participating riders
We would like to remind you that registration by sport for the Olympic Games must be completed before 23:59 (GMT-4) on 18 July.
 
Velodrome - Test Event
The Rio track was finally able to be tested by six nations over two days of competition on 25-26 June 2016. The participating athletes described it as fast and world-class standard. The UCI is continuing to observe the construction works, but has been reassured by the progress made over the past few weeks.



MOUNTAIN BIKE & BMX
We are pleased to reveal the final list of starting slots allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) for mountain bike (cross-country Olympic) and BMX at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 


PARA-CYCLING
Deadline for confirmation of registrations
We would like to remind you that the deadline for confirmation of registrations for the  Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is 15 August 2016. This confirmation must be made by the National Paralympic Committee of each country via the Rio 2016 online registration system. For more information, please refer to the IPC Qualification Guide.

Trials at the Olympic velodrome and visit of the national para-cycling team
The weekend of 25-26 June saw the first trials in the Olympic velodrome, during which riders from six different countries took part in an omnium race. The athletes were satisfied with the track, which they described as being fast and of good quality. The Brazilian national para-cycling team was also present, and was able to verify that all areas were indeed accessible.


ANTI-DOPING
Please find hereafter an overview of the key features of the International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Programme of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, in Rio de Janeiro.


 
We are 22 days from the Olympic Games in Rio.


 UCI NEWS 

Revised Classification System for National Federations
The member Federations have been historically split into two Groups for each continent.  For the purposes of the UCI Financial Obligations, these 10 Groups were then each allocated to one of 4 Categories paying respectively 100, 60, 50, 40% of the Financial Obligations.  The UCI Management Committee has sought to adapt this system in order to achieve the following goals:
  • Establish objective criteria by which Federations are classified
  • Seek a fairer system which better reflects ‘ability to pay’
  • Encourages smaller & less wealthy Federations to hold races
  • Provides a system which can be easily and consistently updated according to new data
  • Make the system less ‘binary’ – eg an Asian Federation can now be in Groups 1, 2, 3 or 4 instead of only Category 1 or 3 as is currently the case
The Management Committee has approved a classification system proposed by the International Development and National Federation Commission which categorises each Federation, independently of their continent, by criteria linked to participation, popularity and wealth.  The 4 Groups will now pay respectively 100, 80, 40, 20% of Financial Obligations.  Furthermore the UCI affiliation fee will now vary between each of the 4 Groups rather than simply between the old Groups 1 & 2.
 
The list of National Federations by Group for 2017 is now published under Financial Obligations on the UCI website.

 

 SPORTS 

Identification Number Clarification
Please find enclosed a clarification statement from the UCI following recent queries related to identification numbers.

 
 ROAD 
2017 Instructions for the registration of UCI Continental and Women’s teams
The 2017 instructions for registration of UCI Continental and Women’s teams will be made available by the week of 1 August. As the registration process goes through National Federations, we invite all candidates to contact their corresponding federation should they be interested in registering a UCI Continental or Women’s Team.

For any question or additional information, please do not hesitate to contact road@uci.ch.
 

2016 UCI Road World Championships
How to combat the heat

The UCI Road World Championships will take place in the Middle East for the first time, in Doha (Qatar) on 8-16 October 2016. In response to the frequently asked questions concerning cycling in a hot and humid climate, the UCI, in collaboration with the Aspetar sports clinic, has produced the « How to combat the heat » booklet, which provides useful recommendations for athletes and their staff.

Reminder of procedure to be followed for obtaining a visa for Doha
As mentioned previously in the general information bulletin, the Doha 2016 Organising Committee aims to simplify the process for obtaining a visa to enter Qatar. Each National Federation and UCI Team participating in the event must provide the Doha 2016 Organising Committee with the list of people (officials, staff, riders) in their delegation, specifying their role in the event and attaching a copy of their passport.
 
Upon receipt, the Doha 2016 Organising Committee will process the visa requests through the Qatari authorities. This procedure should be used for officials and management staff.
Visa requests must be addressed to Samah (Doha 2016 Organising Committee)
Email: visa@dohacycling2016.com
Telephone: +974 505 958 87
 
Reminder about radio frequencies
As mentioned previously in the general information bulletin, UCI Teams and National Federations wishing to use their own radio frequency must request use of frequencies from the Communications Regulatory Authority – State of Qatar.

The request form for use of the private mobile radio spectrum must be addressed to frequencies@dohacycling2016.com by 1 August 2016.

 
 TRACK 
Final countdown to UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships
In just one week, the best junior track cyclists in the world will put their skills to the test in their very own UCI World Championships.

The UCI World Cycling Centre (UCI WCC) is preparing to welcome more than 300 athletes from 43 countries to the 2016 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland. The five days of competition will run from Wednesday July 20 to Sunday July 24. 

"We are delighted to stage this major event,” said UCI WCC Manager Paul-Henri Rey. “While the centre’s mission is first and foremost to train young athletes, the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships will enable us to open our doors to a wider cross-section of athletes and supporters."

“We had six months to put everything in place and, thanks to a young and dynamic Organising Committee, we are now in the starting blocks and ready to go. As well as the significant investment made by UCI, we have had tremendous support from the local authorities such as Aigle and neighbouring communes, which shows that the whole region is behind these UCI World Championships.”
He added that around 50 volunteers will be working on each day of competition.

Entry to watch the racing is free of charge, and with side-activities including BMX initiations, agility courses for children and a climbing wall, the UCI WCC aims to attract families to the event.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to witness high level racing and see the Elite riders of the future in action,” said Mr Rey. “There is seating for 680, and we expect the riders’ families and supporters to create an exceptional atmosphere.”

Several National Federations have already travelled to Aigle to familiarise themselves with the 200m track in the run-up to the Junior Worlds.

This is the third time that the UCI WCC has organised a UCI World Championships after those for the former UCI B World Championships in 2003 and the UCI Para-cycling World Championships in 2006. It was also on this track that Matthias Brändle set the UCI Hour Record in October 2014.
2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
The UCI has revealed the four legs of the 2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup; the following cities will welcome the very best international track athletes:
  • Glasgow (Great Britain), 4-6 November 2016
  • Apeldoorn (Netherlands), 11-13 November 2016
  • Cali (Colombia), 17-19 February 2017
  • Los Angeles (United States), 25-26 February 2017
The detailed competition programmes for the different legs will be published on the UCI website as and when they are confirmed.
 BMX 
BMX Racing
2017 UCI BMX Calendar

We would like to remind you that the deadline to return 2016 UCI BMX International calendar application forms is 29 July 2016.
 
 
BMX Freestyle Park
UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup – Second round in Osijek (CRO), 21–23 July
The second round of the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup will take place in Osijek (CRO).

The opening round in Montpellier, France was won by England's Alex Coleborn. The top of the field will make it to the Pannonian Challenge from 21-23 July, including Australian Logan Martin, who is currently sitting in sixth position and is looking to move up a place or two in Croatia.

14-year-old Hannah Roberts (USA) leads the Women division after a strong performance in France.
 
Registration is open here.
Travel information can be found here.
 
UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup - Men Top 3:
1 Alex Coleborn (GBR)
2 Daniel Dhers (VEN)
3 Mike Varga (CAN)

UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup - Women Top 3:
1 Hannah Roberts (USA)
2 Elizaveta Posadskikh (RUS)
3 Shanice Silva Cruz (NED)
 MOUNTAIN BIKE 
2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Downhill/Four Cross, Val di sole (ITA)
The competition guide of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Downhill/ Four-Cross taking place in Val di Sole (ITA) on 6-11 September 2016 is published on the UCI website.

In the Competition Guide, you will find all the information you might need if you want to attend the event as a rider or spectator, as well as the rider’s registration and accreditation deadlines.
 

2016 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, Laissac (FRA)
The 2016 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships took place in Laissac, France on 26 June. Jolanda Neff (SUI) and Tiago Jorge Oliveria Ferreira (POR) joined the winners’ circle of the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships. You can read the news and check out all the results on the UCI website.
 
2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Cross-country, Nove Mesto Na Morave (CZE)
After five years hosting award-winning UCI World Cup competition, the Czech town welcomed the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships for the cross-country disciplines. Read the news, check out the results and watch highlights on the UCI website.
 
2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
In August, we will see the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returning to Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) and Vallnord (AND) with double events.

Please find below the registration deadlines and useful links:
 
2017 UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar
We remind you that the deadline for return of registration forms for the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar is 29 July 2016.

In addition, the main events of the 2017 Mountain Bike calendar have been published. You can find the details on the UCI Mountain Bike Calendar on the UCI website.
 CYCLO-CROSS 
2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and 2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships - Registration deadlines
The deadlines for registration for the nine legs of the next Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and the 2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bieles (Lux) have been published on the UCI website.
 
The programmes for the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup are also available.
 

UCI Regulation changes – Radios
Article 5.1.059 has been modified and now authorises radio communication in cyclo-cross, but with specific restrictions:
  • Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships only;
  • Men elite and women races only
  • Radio communication from rider to staff only, known as ‘one-way’
  • Radio communication from management to the rider is forbidden
Consequently, earpieces, as used in certain road events, are still forbidden in all cases.
 
 
Access to the start line, finish and equipment stations for the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will henceforth be awarded by the commissaires to mechanics and riders’ assistants, and only after verification of the respective licences.

This distribution will take place during the confirmation of riders taking the start, under the responsibility of the national coaches. The presence of the assistants in question will not be compulsory during this verification; a copy or photo of the licences will be sufficient. A help sheet for preparing for this verification will be provided to national federations through the event registration portal.

We would ask that the National Federations ensure that the relevant assistants are indeed in possession of a licence.
 TRIALS 
2016 UCI Trials World Youth Games – Freiamt (GER)
The following documents have been published on the UCI Website

Registration form
Please find the registration form attached. The deadline to returne the completed file is 25 July,12.00 CET to offroad@uci.ch.  

Entry lists
Publication of entry lists for all categories will be on 27 July.


2016 UCI Trials World Cup – Vöcklabruck (AUT)
The third round of the 2016 UCI Trials World Cup will be held in Vöcklabruck (AUT) from 30-31 July 2016.
 
Registration will open on 14 July and close on 25 July. The entry list will be published on 26 July.
 

2017 UCI Trials International Calendar
We would like to remind you that the deadline to return 2016 UCI Trials International calendar application forms is 29 July 2016.

 
 PARA-CYCLING 
2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Basque Country (SPA)
The 3rd and final leg of the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup will take place on 15-17 July in the Basque Country, in Spain. The organising committee for this event – Fondation SAIATU – is well-known in the world of para-cycling, given that their C1 race is one of the oldest in Europe. In celebration of their 20th anniversary in 2016, the committee has decided to organise a leg of the UCI World Cup in four different towns and cities: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Elorrio, Mungia and Bilbao.

This event promises to be a great success, with no fewer than 260 riders registered from 35 countries, and will be the final opportunity for the athletes to measure themselves against their competitors in a top-level UCI race before the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. 

 
 INDOOR CYCLING 
2016 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup
Three rounds have already taken place between May and July. The third round was held in Osaka (JPN) on 10 July and provided a good opportunity for Japanese athletes and other Asian teams to measure their skills against the European teams.

The fourth round will be held in Sangerhausen (GER) on 27 August 2016.

Results and information bulletins can be found on the UCI website.
 
 
Artistic Cycling regulations - Update
In order to ensure a regular rules update, the dedicated working group has been steadily working on proposals for an update for 1 January 2017. The main topics of this update are:
  • Implementation of new figures for teams ACT4 and ACT6, and addition of rules for the evaluation of performance regarding the new figures.
  • Modification and clarification of some rules for the evaluation of difficulty and performance.
  • Modification of the explanation of figures for handstands and headstands for single and pair discipline.
The relevant modifications will be submitted to the UCI Management Committee for final approval.
 MASS PARTICIPATION EVENTS 
2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

Courses release
The 2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will be held in Perth (AUS) from 1 to 4 September.

The time trial will take place on the stunning Rottnest Island, situated 18 km off the coast of Perth, on the same course as the qualifier event a few years ago. A challenging course of 19.5 km will await the riders, who will mainly face flat and windy sections.

The road race will start in Elizabeth Quay, in the city centre of Perth and will finish 30 km outside Perth in Kalamunda. Two different distances are available according to the age groups.

The courses for both the time trial and the road race have been released and detailed maps are available at:
The qualifier event in Trento (ITA) on 15-17 July will be the last opportunity for masters’ riders to qualify for the World Championships.

 
Wildcards - Reminder

Following our communication in the April Newsletter, we respectfully remind you that 10 wildcards are available only for National Federations that are not hosting a qualifying event. Masters National Champions can also register for the event. All necessary documents are available from the links below:
For any questions, please contact us.
 Upcoming events 
 
ROAD          -           TRACK          -          MOUNTAIN BIKE
 
BMX         -         CYCLO-CROSS         -         TRIALS

INDOOR          -          PARA-CYCLING


 SPOTLIGHT ON... 

Our Olympic Champions coming back for more

Of the 14 individual cycling Olympic Champions from London 2012, 10 will be in Rio to defend their titles... or chase different ones. An overview:

Road
Kristin Armstrong (USA) – time trial
Forty-two years old and still going strong... just over a year after coming out of retirement, Kristin Armstrong will travel to Rio for both the time trial and the road race. Double Olympic Champion in the race against the clock (2008 and 2012), she finished 3rd in the discipline at the USA National Championships in May.

Marianne Vos (NED) – road race
For many years, Marianne Vos was unstoppable, clocking up numerous victories across different cycling disciplines, including the road race Olympic title in London 2012, which she added to her title on the track (points race) from Beijing 2008. Out of action last year due to injury, she returned to competition in March 2016 and will defend her title in Rio.

Track
Bradley Wiggins (GBR) –back to track
He already has seven Olympic medals to his name, including four gold. Olympic Champion in Athens 2004 (individual pursuit) and Beijing (individual and team pursuit), Wiggins concentrated on road for his home Games in London 2012, taking the title in the time trial. The UCI Hour Record holder returns to the track for Rio 2016 with Great Britain’s pursuit team.

Jason Kenny (GBR)
The 2016 UCI Sprint World Champion will be defending his Olympic titles in the individual and team sprints. In Beijing he had already won silver and gold respectively in these two specialities. With his sprint world title in London in March this year, he has clearly announced his intentions.

Lasse Norman Hansen (DEN)
Hansen was just 20 years old when he took gold at London 2012 in the Omnium, the multiple-race event’s first appearance on the Olympic track programme. The young athlete has also been named as part of Denmark’s pursuit team, which took bronze at the 2016 UCI World Championships

Laura Trott (GBR)
Laura Trott delighted the home crowd in London with her victories in the Omnium and team pursuit, and will defend both titles in Rio. Now aged 24, the young athlete, who first began cycling to accompany her mother, won this year’s UCI World Championships in the Omnium and Scratch race.
 
Anna Meares (AUS)
A member of the UCI Athletes’ Commission, Anna Meares will be competing in her fourth Olympic Games in Rio. With a total of five Olympic medals (including two gold) to her name since Athens 2004, she will be defending her individual sprint title in Rio, as well as competing in the team sprint and keirin.

Mountain Bike
Jarolslav Kulhavy (CZE)
After abandoning in Athens 2004 then finishing 18th in Beijing 2008, the Czech rider finally took the Olympic title in London 2012. UCI World Champion for cross-country Olympic in 2011 and cross-country Marathon in 2014, Kulhavy will line up in Rio fresh from a silver-medal performance at the 2016 UCI World Championships in his home country.

BMX
Maris Strombergs (LAT)
He holds 100% of the BMX Olympic titles, winning gold the first time the discipline appeared at the Olympic Games, in Beijing 2008, before repeating the performance in London 2012. Not yet 30 years old, the man who admits having cried with fright when introduced to the sport at the age of five, will try to score a hat trick in Rio.

Mariana Pajon (COL)
BMX Olympic Champion at the age of 20, Mariana Pajon captured the hearts of many in the English capital with her radiant smile. She was flag-bearer for Colombia at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony and her gold medal was only the second in history for her country at an Olympics. In May this year she was crowned UCI World Champion in her birth city, Medellin. 

 

 

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 UCI WCC CORNER 

Just seven months after its inauguration, the UCI World Cycling Centre satellite in New Delhi, India, is already opening its doors to other Asian nations.
 
From June 19 to 26, the satellite welcomed 25 men and women from 12 countries for a Level 1 UCI coaching course for track and road. The UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland, sent out one of its own professional coaches, Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas to lead the course, which was organised by the Cycling Federation of India.
 
Despite their varied backgrounds – from those starting out in the profession to others with already vast experience as athletes and/or coaches -  the course participants were extremely determined and focused.
 
“It was wonderful to meet such a motivated group of coaches from all around Asia, and also a surprise to see some young up and coming coaches who already have very good knowledge and experience,” said Gonzalez-Tablas. “They have set up a network and can contact each other, or the UCI World Cycling Centre directly, with any doubts or queries they come across as coaches. They are the key to the further development of cycling on the continent.”
 
More than half of the course was practical, while some 40% of the time was spent in the classroom.
 
Countries participating in the course were Afghanistan, Chinese Taipei, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Islamic Republic of Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar.
 
While in New Delhi, the UCI WCC coach also tested and observed some of the satellite’s resident athletes, confirming that in time and with the appropriate work some could become part of the training group at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland.
 
As part of their training and to monitor their progression, athletes based at the New Delhi satellite centre benefit from 10 Wattbikes that were sent out from Switzerland as part of the UCI WCC’s partnership with the indoor bike trainer manufacturer.
 
Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas also spent time with the satellite centre’s staff to show them how to get the best use out of the Wattbikes and explain the data collection process. All Wattbike data from the satellite’s centre will be sent to the UCI WCC in Switzerland for monitoring and analysis.
 
“This sharing of information allows us to keep in touch with the progress of athletes at our satellite centres and is used as part of our talent detection programme,” explains UCI WCC Director Frédéric Magné. “Our satellite centres in Asia and Africa are vital for the development of cycling on these continents and we work closely with their staff and athletes.”

 
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