MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF UCI

Dear members,

As we arrive at the end of 2016, we can look back with enormous satisfaction at a great year of cycling.

An Olympic year is always a special one, and 2016 was no exception. The Rio Olympic Games provided an excellent showcase for our four Olympic disciplines, with stunning racing for road, track, BMX and mountain bike, huge crowds and positive feedback from athletes and fans. Cycling confirmed its position within the Olympic movement and we can look forward with the greatest confidence to Tokyo 2020.

2016 has been a year of “firsts” with our inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour, the first UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup and our UCI Road World Championships breaking down geographical barriers by taking place for the first time in the Middle East. These were all significant steps forward for our sport, demonstrating our desire to continue developing cycling, move with the times, and meet the needs of riders and cycling’s stakeholders.

Our last UCI World Championships of the year, for Indoor Cycling, took place just a few days ago in Stuttgart and I was privileged to witness some of the cycle-ball and artistic cycling competitions. This was a truly magnificent event for one of our lesser-known but most impressive cycling disciplines.

We have a great deal to look forward to in 2017 with, among others, expanded calendars for both the UCI WorldTour and UCI Women’s WorldTour, as well as the inaugural UCI Urban Cycling World Championships, which will be held in China for the next three years thanks to our exciting new partnership with Wanda Sports. This agreement will also see a new UCI WorldTour event in China as well as an elite women’s event, mass participation races and the beginning of construction work on a new UCI World Cycling Centre satellite.

These are exciting times for our sport and I am delighted to have your support as we move cycling forward and further strengthen its position on the world sporting stage. All our National Federations play a very important part in the development of cycling and I sincerely thank you all for your commitment and hard work. I wish you all the very best for the end of the year and look forward to continuing our collaboration in 2017.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Message from the President

UCI News: Anti-doping, 2017 list of Prohibited Substances and Methods– UCI DataRide – 2017 UCI Sharing Platforms

Sports :
Road – New UCI WorldTeams – UCI WorldTour Seminar – Ground-breaking agreement with Wanda Sports
Track – 2016-2017 World Cup – Teams 2017-2018 – Financial Obligations
BMX Racing – 2017 BMX World Teams Registration – BMX Class HC Events
News from BMX Freestyle
Mountain Bike – 2017 Teams registration – 2017 Rules and Financial Obligations
Cyclo-cross – 2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
Indoor – 2016 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships

Equipment – 2017 Novelties

Spotlight on… Guam

UCI WCC Corner

We remind National Federations to consult their dedicated Extranet on a regular basis. Besides the possibility, among others, to register their events on the international calendar or their athletes for different UCI events, the Extranet provides access to numerous administrative and practical documents. It also contains all the previous newsletters. 

UCI NEWS

Antidoping 2017: WADA – List of Prohibited Substances and Methods coming into force on 1 January 2017

On January 1st 2017, the 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (the List), established by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which designated what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition , comes into force.

Please make sure that all stakeholders, and in particular your athletes and their entourage are aware of the new 2017 List and its changes by consulting it online:  https://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/science-medicine/prohibited-list

While, ultimately, the athlete is responsible for knowing what substances and methods are on the List and for the substances in his or her body; let’s make sure that we do everything we can in this regard to help keep them clean. Thank you!

UCI DataRide Update

The first piece of the DataRide tool is in final testing phase, on course for launch on 1 January. DataRide was presented to the President and staff at a recent staff forum in Aigle and we have begun a series of web-based presentations/training sessions for Commissaires.  We have also been raising awareness at Commissaires Seminars in different disciplines.
Remember, from 1 January, only riders in possession of a UCI ID will be allocated ranking points.  We would particularly draw your attention to any National Championships taking place in January and the need for all participants to be in possession of a UCI ID.
If your Federation has not already been in touch with the UCI, please send contact details tosupport.ucidata@uci.ch. The contact should be the person handling membership/licences.

UCI Sharing Platforms 2017

As previously announced, a UCI Sharing Platform will be organized in 2017 in each continent at the different Continental Congresses. Only the UEC opted to organize that opportunity for National Federations to share experience to its 2018 Congress.

The first two UCI Sharing Platforms proposed in 2017 will take place in Havana, Cuba, on 15th January for the National Federations members of the COPACI and in Adelaide, Australia, om 19th January for the National Federations members of the OCC. Interested National Federations have the possibility to register by Friday 23 December 2016 at the latest.

New electoral system for the UCI Athletes’ Commission, with the aim of wider representation

A year after reinvigorating its Athletes’ Commission, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has decided to change its electoral system and thus increase the representation of its various disciplines on the Commission.

In 2017, this new voting method will see the UCI Athletes’ Commission, currently chaired by Bobbie Traksel, increase from 13 to 16 members. This change will ensure a perfect Men/Women balance – previously reserved for Olympic disciplines – across the eight disciplines of our sport (road, track, BMX, mountain bike, para-cycling, cyclo-cross, trial and indoor cycling).

The 16 representatives on the Commission will be elected for a term of four years, up to the next elective Congress in 2021.

In order to be eligible, candidates must be active or not have retired from sport more than four years before the date of the elections.

In line with the specifications of the Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which elects its members at each Olympic Games, elections of two representatives from each discipline will take place at the UCI World Championships of the relevant discipline. Any athlete participating in the Elite World Championships is entitled to vote for the two representatives of the relevant discipline. The first discipline to renew its members will be cyclo-cross, during the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg (January 28th-29th, 2017).

Reflecting the will of the Federation to always listen more to the athletes, we remind you that as per the specifications of the Commission, the President of the Athletes’ Commission is elected by his/her peers and is co-opted onto the UCI Management Committee, the executive body of the Federation which operates under the authority of the Congress. In addition, one representative from each discipline will be co-opted onto the Commission of his/her discipline and will therefore represent the voice of the athletes on this Commission.

The Commission is required to meet at least once a year. Furthermore, in order to facilitate communication and taking into account the professional obligations of active athletes as well as their geographical diversity, the UCI has implemented an interactive platform to optimise communication between representatives.

Before each Championships, the UCI will communicate the eligibility criteria, the application process and the elections timeline through the National Federations Newsletter. The UCI will also communicate information on its website and its digital communication platforms (Facebook and Twitter).
Candidates will be able to submit their applications to the UCI no later than 15 days before the start of the World Championships. They are invited to send their curriculum vitae to the following address: athletes.commission@uci.ch. National Federations will be able to inform the UCI of any potential reasons for not electing a candidate.

The final list of candidates will be published on the UCI website five days before the start of the World Championships. The results will also be communicated via www.uci.ch.

As regards the first elections that will therefore take place at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg on January 28th-29th, 2017, the UCI will communicate the eligibility criteria in due course. The deadline for submitting applications has already been set for January 13th, 2017.

 SPORTS

 ROAD 
The UCI WorldTour formally welcomed 2 new UCI WorldTeams with exciting projects for the future, BORA-hansgrohe which continues on its meteoric rise from UCI Continental Team to the top tier of Men’s Professional Cycling; driven by its vision to develop the best German cycling talent whilst becoming an increasingly global brand in the world of cycling, and Team Bahrain-Merida which is very much an Asian centric Team, born out of a keen interest from the Bahraini government to promote its country from a tourism and aspirational goal for its National riders and the surrounding Middle East region.

The annual UCI WorldTour Seminar was hosted on the cycling friendly shores of Mallorca, Spain and drew record attendances from both the Men’s UCI WorldTour and the nascent UCI Women’s WorldTour. Combining both sister series’ stakeholders into one melting pot, it was an inclusive event which saw the UCI WorldTour family network, share and learn from each and have open forum discussions with the UCI and each other. Team owners, managers, key personnel and event organisers heard about the new developments from the UCI on their respective WorldTours, new WorldTour event organisers and WorldTeams presented their visions, future developments and legacy impacts, whilst the UCI Women’s WorldTour collectively planned for its next big steps toward further realizing the vast potential of its future to come.

Last but not last, Wanda Sports was welcomed as a partner for the UCI and add the 11th new event to the UCI WorldTour, capping off the 2017 UCI WorldTour calendar in the month of October. A new Class 1 Women’s Race will also be held in conjunction with the Gree Tour of Guangxi, with the aim of being a similarly bookending UCI Women’s WorldTour event in 2018.

 TRACK 
2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup

Reminder of the 3rd and 4th legs of the 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup:
Cali (Colombia), February 17th-19th, 2017
Los Angeles (United States), February 25th-26th, 2017.

Rider and staff registration
Online registration for participating riders and staff members for the final two legs of the 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup must be completed between Monday January 16th and 12:00 (CET) on Sunday January 29th, 2017 for the 3rd leg in Cali, and between January 16th and 12:00 (CET) on Sunday February 5th, 2017 for the 4th leg in Los Angeles, via the UCI Online Registration System.

May we remind you that, in order to be eligible, athletes must have at least 250 UCI points, either in the Qualification Ranking of October 4th, 2016 or in the most recently updated Ranking, in accordance with Article 3.4.004. The Ranking publication dates can be found here.

Los Angeles Accommodation
Please contact anna.cox@cseplc.com at CSE for all bookings; more information can be found here.

2017-2018 Calendar – Registration forms and instructions  
The registration process and forms for international track events on the 2017-2018 calendar were sent to National Federations at the end of November. National Federations must email correctly completed forms to track@uci.ch by December 15th, 2016. All documents are available on the UCI Extranet.

2017-2018 Track Teams – Registration forms and instructions 
Registration forms and instructions for registering a track team for the 2017-2018 season have been sent to National Federations, and are also available on the UCI Extranet. Forms and all required documentation must be emailed to track@uci.ch before the deadline of Monday February 6th, 2017.

2017-2018 Financial obligations – Update
The Track financial obligations have been updated; please familiarise yourselves with them here.

 BMX RACING 
Reminder – 2017 BMX World Teams Registration
In 2017, the UCI will make it possible to register BMX teams with the UCI. These teams will receive the same rights during UCI BMX Supercross World Cup events as national teams. You can find all the necessary documents here. Registration and payment deadline is January 15th, 2017.

BMX Class HC Events
In the 2017 UCI BMX Regulations, a new level of international event, Class HC, was introduced.

Class HC status is intended to be granted to events on the UCI International BMX Calendar that are made more difficult due to the depth of the field; as such, more points in the UCI Individual BMX Ranking are awarded for such events. However, please note the following:

-The financial obligations have also increased (higher calendar fee and high minimum prize money).
-Each rider’s best 3 Class HC results are counted within the UCI Individual BMX Ranking (in addition to their best 5 Class 1 results).
-The scale of points for Class HC events is between that awarded for a Class 1 event and that awarded for a Continental Championships.
-Class HC events take priority over Class 1 and Class CN events within the same continent, in case of a date conflict.
-Class HC events, and the available points, are open to all riders regardless of nationality or continent of origin.
-Rules concerning eligibility of events for Class HC status:
> New events on the UCI International BMX Calendar (new organiser, new venue or both) are not eligible for Class HC status.
> There must have been sufficient participation at the event in the Men Elite category during the previous season such that at least semi-finals were held.
> All requests for Class HC events must be approved by the continental confederation.
> A maximum of 6 Class HC events can be registered within each continent in each season.

Class HC status must normally be applied for within the calendar application process for international events (application forms due by the end of July). However, as Class HC status is newly available for 2017, the UCI will exceptionally make it possible to upgrade qualifying events on the 2017 UCI Calendar from Class 1 to Class HC status.

In case you would like to propose that one or more Class 1 events already registered on the 2017 UCI International BMX Calendar are upgraded to Class HC status, please forward your proposal directly to your continental confederation for approval. Continental Confederations are responsible for resolving any date conflicts, or selecting which applications will be accepted in case more than 6 are received.

The UCI will accept applications for Class HC status from the Continental Confederations until Friday, 6th January. Each application must be accompanied by the 2017 technical guide, the results from the Men Elite category for the event in 2016, and the date and place where the event will take place in 2017.