UCI National Federations Newsletter #17 - 02.08.2016 


Dear members,

In three days the Opening Ceremony will mark the official start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The next day, Saturday August 6th, the winner of the men’s road race will be one of the first Olympic Champions of these Games of the XXXI Olympiad to be crowned. With three days of road cycling, six days of track cycling, then three days of BMX followed by mountain bike racing on the final two days, cycling is definitely one of the high-profile sports of the Olympic Games.

Eighteen Olympic titles are at stake in cycling with perfect equality between men and women (nine titles each). We are fortunate to be in this strong position, which we strive to maintain and build on by holding onto our traditional values, embracing the future with innovation, further increasing the sport’s accessibility, and keeping an open dialogue with all of cycling’s stakeholders.

Our activities are in line with the mission of the Olympic Movement, namely in the fields of ethics and fair play, the fight against doping, men-women parity, protection of the environment, sport for all, and the promotion of our sport at all levels.

I take this opportunity to thank all our affiliated National Federations for the work they do worldwide to ensure our sport keeps its privileged position within the Olympic movement.

We are about to embark on the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, the largest and most popular multi-sports festival on the planet. Seventy-eight nations have qualified at least one rider for one of the cycling events and I wish every participant the best of luck. I hope you all enjoy watching the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


Tickets for 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



Team Leaders’ Guide
Please find attached the latest version of the Team Leaders’ Guide.
Some of the highlights of this guide include:
  • Key dates and personnel
  • Information on the competition format and rules
  • Details on processes relating to competition and training
  • Specific venue facilities and services, including transport information and maps
  • General information on topics that are vital for all sports, such as medical services, doping control, accreditation and security
We trust that this publication will assist you in your planning for Games time and your stay in Rio de Janeiro. If you require any additional information that has not been included in this guide, please do not hesitate to contact Rio 2016 competition management at your competition or training venue, or the Sport Information Centre or NOC Services Centre in the Olympic Village.

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

On-board GPS
Each rider will be issued two timing transponders that must be used during the Road Race events. The timing chip and GPS tracking device support will be issued for each rider during confirmation of starters. Additional details can be found in the Race Manual.

The lastest version of the training schedule has been published on the UCI website.

Onboard cameras
Following the conclusive tests carried out during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (2015) and London (2016), the OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Service) - in close collaboration with the UCI - will use onboard cameras during coverage of the track events at the Rio Olympic Games.

The cameras, mounts and technical teams will be the same as those used during the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

The unprecedented images obtained this way will guarantee total immersion for television viewers in the 2016 Olympic Games' track races.

Each rider will be issued two timing transponders that must be used during the Mountain Bike event. The transponder and GPS tracking device will be issued for each rider on race day. Additional details can be found in the attached document.




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

Olympic Games
Paralympic Games




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



Please find enclosed a communication from SHIMANO, official cycling provider in Rio and UCI's sponsor.

SHIMANO will be present in Rio de Janeiro from the beginning till the end of the Olympics, so you can count on their support at all cycling disciplines.



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Less than 4 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games! Good night! #roadtorio


Here is a view of the Velodrome inside the Olympic Park in Rio. Good luck to all the athletes that will be competing at these Games. #Cycling #RoadToRio @rio2016


UCI World Cycling Centre Corner: our Rio-bound athletes

Fourteen of the UCI World Cycling Centre’s trainee athletes will be competing in their respective national colours in Rio.

After putting the finishing touches to their preparation in Aigle over the last few weeks, the road, track and BMX athletes are reaching the peak of their form, with their coaches declaring them ready for the Olympic challenge.

UCI WCC Director Frédéric Magné is looking forward to following their Brazilian adventure: “Many of the athletes who arrive at the UCI World Cycling Centre dream of one day competing at the Olympic Games. When that dream becomes reality it is rewarding not only for the athletes but also for the UCI World Cycling Centre and our coaches. We are always proud to see our athletes compete for their countries, and we wish the best of luck to all the trainees travelling to Rio over the next week.”

Road race, August 6th and 7th
The first UCI WCC trainees to leave for the Brazilian capital are the members of the road group, some of whom have already joined their National Federations for the trip.

José-Luis Rodriguez (Chile) and Anass Ait El Abdia (Morocco) will line up in the men’s road race on August 6th, while Arlenis Sierra (Cuba) and Ahreum Na (Korea) take the start of the women’s road race the following day.

Our Brazilian trainee Caio Godoy is reserve for the host nation’s road cycling team.

“They are really ready. They are stronger than ever,” declares UCI WCC Coach Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas. “They recently finished their last specific block of training with some competitions. Now it’s all about tapering and peaking for the competition, which means low training volume and some quality but short sessions to keep the level they have at the moment.”

And their objectives?

“Their first goal was to qualify for the Olympics, but now it is to finish the race with the highest possible rank,” explains their UCI WCC coach.

Track cycling, August 11th to 16th
Eight members of the UCI WCC track group will be competing in the velodrome at the Barra Olympic Park.

The host nation Brazil will make its Olympic comeback to track cycling for the first time since 1992 with our trainee Gideoni Rodigues Monteiro, who will compete in the Omnium. Egypt’s Ebtissam Zayed Ahmed Mohamed will compete in the Women’s sprint, while Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) will line up in the sprint and the keirin.

Lisandra is the most experienced of our trainees, having already competed in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. UCI WCC Coach Scott Bugden confirms that the former UCI World Champion in the 500m time trial (in 2008) is back in her best shape and has recorded personal best times over 500m and 200m in recent weeks.

“We are hoping for a medal,” says the coach. “She has a chance in both the keirin and the sprint. She is incredibly experienced and in excellent form.”

Meanwhile five Korean athletes based at the UCI WCC with their coaches will also be travelling to Brazil full of hope.

Sanghoon Park was leading the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in the Men’s Omnium before a bad crash in Hong Kong put him out of contention. But he is back an action and going from strength to strength. Meanwhile the Men’s sprint team (Jeyoung Son, Dongjin Kang and Chaebin Im) will be aiming for a personal best time in Rio, with Dongjin (individual sprint) and Chaebin (keirin) capable of performing very well in their individual events.

The fifth Korean athlete, Hyejin Lee, is in with a chance of winning a medal in the Women’s keirin. Finalist in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup rounds in New Zealand and Hong Kong, she finished fifth at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in London in March, and last week set a personal best time of 10”760 in the flying 200.

“She’s up there with the fastest,” warns coach Ross Edgar.

BMX, August 20th and 21st
Japan’s Yoshi Nagasako and Venezuela’s Stefany Hernandez will be the UCI WCC’s representatives in the BMX competitions, while Renaud Blanc (Switzerland) and Natalia Suvorova (Russia) will also travel to Rio as reserves.

 “We’re going for a gold medal,” says UCI WCC Coach Thomas Allier, who will travel to Rio with the athletes on August 12th.

At London 2012, Stefany’s Olympic campaign came to an end in the semi-finals. This time round, the 2015 UCI World Champion has the firm intention to make the final and win a medal, preferably gold.

“She is in amazing shape,” confirms UCI WCC Coach Thomas Allier. “The goal is gold. Yoshi is also extremely strong again,” he adds.

The UCI World Cycling Centre will be hoping for an Olympic title for 2016 UCI World Champion Joris Daudet, who has just spent two weeks training with the centre’s athletes, as he did earlier in the year to prepare for the UCI BMX World Championships.
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