Dear members,

Our second UCI World Championships of the year are taking place this week, for track cycling. From April 12 to 16, the Hong Kong Velodrome is providing the stage for the world’s best track specialists as they compete in the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot.

After the successful introduction of the Women’s Madison at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, I look forward to seeing who will capture the first rainbow jerseys in this event. We now have perfect parity between men and women on the track, and the latest addition has been warmly welcomed, with 18 nations taking part in the Women’s Madison at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

I also had the privilege of witnessing some excellent track cycling at the African Continental Track Championships in Durban, South Africa, at the end of March. It was the third consecutive year that the event had been held and there was record participation with some 20 nations present. The level of competition was very high, and I am sure that, with the continent’s huge depth of talent, we will see more and more of their track cyclists succeeding internationally.

Everyone was very saddened however by the tragic death of Egyptian cyclist Eslam Nasser Zaki on the first day of competition in Durban while participating in the tempo race of the Men’s Omnium. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and his team mates.

Onto road cycling, the Spring Classics season has been fascinating so far, and I was fortunate to follow the Ronde van Vlaanderen in Belgium on April 2nd.

Finally, you will have seen that we launched our Cycling For All Manifesto at the beginning of last week, outlining our goals, activities and strategy to promote cycling in all its forms worldwide. I encourage you all to read this document, and I look forward to continuing our progress together in creating a more bike-friendly world.

Message from the President

UCI News: Forum on Elite Sport

Registration Procedure for UCI Calendars 2018 / 2018-2019
Road – 2017 UCI Road World Championships – Specifications for Race Organisers
Track – 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot – Nominations and elections for the UCI Athletes’ Commission / Track Cycling representatives – UCI Regulations / Part III: Track races update
Mountain Bike – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
BMX Racing – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – 2017 UCI BMX World Championships
Trials – 2017 UCI Trials World Cup
Para-cycling – Athletes’ Commission – UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Information on the test event for recumbent pedal tricycles
Indoor – 2017 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup
Mass Participation Events – 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships – 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Series
Women in Cycling – Summary of the functions of the three UCI judicial bodies
Equipment – Disc brakes
Commissaires – Commissaires’ Commission

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UCI WCC Corner

We remind National Federations to consult their dedicated Extranet on a regular basis. Besides the possibility 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.

Forum on Elite Sport
The Association for Sports Performance Centres (ASPC) will be holding the 10th International Forum on Elite Sport in Durban, South Africa from 24-26 August 2017.

The Forum will bring together the leadership of over 80 of the World’s Olympic Training Centers and High Performance Sports Organisations for three days of professional development and networking.

The Durban Organising Committee has secured a diversity of excellent presenters on topics such as leadership, working together, resource deployment, athlete development, anti-doping, women in sport and healthy NOC relations. Keynote presenters include Eddie Fletcher, Sports Scientist from Wattbike, who will be presenting on the Talent Identification project that they have established with the UCI World Cycling Centre and Doug Ryder, Team Principal of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.

The Forum is an excellent opportunity to invest in your own development, it provides a means for discussion and the open sharing of common issues and solutions with people working in the field of elite sport. For more details please visit the Durban Forum website or follow the Forum on Twitter.

The UCI International Calendar is a key deliverable of the UCI Sports Department’s work and in order to complete this important task, the contribution of our National Federations is crucial.

The registration procedure for the UCI events will allow the preparation of the different UCI International Calendars for next season.

The guides below contain the registration procedure for all disciplines.
General calendar procedure
UCI Women’s WorldTour candidates guide
We kindly ask you to respect the deadlines for the submission of the completed registrations forms.

Finally, please bear in mind the content of article 1.2.012 of UCI Regulations: a race can only be considered for registration if the organiser has honored his or her financial obligations with the UCI.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries or require further information.

2017 UCI Road World Championships
A reminder that the qualification system for the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen (NOR) has now been published on the UCI Website.

Accommodation availability in Bergen is also fast diminishing and we highly recommend that NFs with an expected large contingent secure their rooms as soon as possible to avoid logistical difficulties come September.

Specifications for Race Organisers
A new resource available online, whilst targeted at the UCI WorldTour, gives NFs a great tool to further develop their race organisation capabilities and is a useful reference for all race organisers in order for them to develop best practices and to know the gold standard against which they can benchmark themselves.

This specification for race organisers, in conjunction with the race circulation guide published last month, constitute the UCI’s commitment to providing clear guidelines for greater uniformity and standards.

2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot – Hong Kong, China
Entry list
The list of riders participating in the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot is available here.

For further information please contact

Reminder: post-event TACX offer of used rollers for €70
We kindly remind you that after the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, TACX is offering used rollers to National Federations for the price of €70 ex. VAT. If you are interested, please email After the event, an invoice will be sent directly to the National Federation and transport will need to be arranged individually. The roller models available will be: Antares.

UCI Regulations – Part III: Track Races – Update
Following the different regulation changes carried out during the 2016-2017 World Cup season, Part III has been entirely updated and is available here.

Two additional changes have been made:
Omnium – Tempo Race
The way a lost lap is addressed has been altered in order to correspond with other events; from now on, a lost lap incurs a 20-point deduction (as is the case in the Points Race and the Madison) in the event standings
The table of sprint competitions has reverted to the previous structure of matches pairing the fastest rider against the slowest.

2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
The 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano is about to start and we would like to remind you of the registration deadlines for the first three legs.

As in the past two years, Downhill specialists will gather in Lourdes (FRA) on 29th-30th April for the opening round of the 2017 season. In May, we will see the Cross-country family come together for their single events in Nové Město na Moravě (CZE) on 20th-21st May and then in Albstadt (GER) on 27th-28th May.

The online registration deadlines for these events are as follows:
Lourdes (FRA): 13th April 2017 – 24th April 2017, 12:00 CET
Nove Mesto Na Morave: 4th May 2017 – 15th May 2017, 12:00 CET
Albstadt (GER): 11th May 2017 – 22nd May 2017, 12:00 CET
Please find below useful links for rider registration:
Online registration system – Riders registration
Registration deadlines
Online registration for UCI Mountain Bike World Cup events, in accordance with Article 4.5.003

2018 – 2020 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Bid Guide
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Bid Guide for the 2018 to 2020 seasons can now be found here.

UCI BMX Supercross World Cup

Registration Deadlines
Reminder of registration deadlines for the first two legs of the BMX Supercross World Cup:
Papendal (NED): 13th April 2017 – 27th April 2017, 12:00 CET
Heusden-Zolder (BEL): 20th April 2017 – 4th May 2017, 12:00 CET
Competition Guides
Please follow the links to find the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup competition guides for Papendal and Heusden-Zolder.

2017 UCI BMX World Championships
Reminder of the Online Accreditation System:
9th May 2017 – 11th July 2017, 12:00 CET
Reminder of the registration deadlines via the online system:
26th June 2017 – 13th July 2017, 12:00 CET

2017 UCI Trials World Cup

Registration Deadlines
The registration deadlines for the first leg of the Trials World Cup in Aalter (BEL) are:
27th April 2017 – 11th May 2017, 12:00 CET
General Race Parameters
The 2017 World Cup General Race Parameters can be found here.

The programmes for the five 2017 Trials World Cup events can be found here.

UCI Athletes’ Commission
We would like to remind you that the UCI Athletes’ Commission will be renewed throughout 2017 and that the process for electing new members has already begun for the para-cycling representatives.

Two representatives will be elected – one man and one woman – and the role of these representatives will be to present proposals on a number of topics relating to para-cycling to the UCI Management Committee, and to act as ambassadors for the discipline. The members will be elected for a period of four years, running between the UCI Congresses in 2017 and 2021.

In order to be eligible, an athlete must have featured in the end-of-season ranking in the 2017, 2016, 2015, or 2014 seasons. They must submit their candidacy by August 21st 2017, and the elections will take place in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, during the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. Interested athletes may already submit their candidacy to by attaching their CV and a written statement of support from their National Cycling Federation.

The final candidate list will be published in the week before the Para-cycling Road World Championships on

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Online registration deadlines
The first leg of the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup will take place in Maniago, Italy, on 12th-14th May 2017, and will be immediately followed by a second leg in Ostend, Belgium, on 18th-21st May. Registration dates are available on our website here.

We would like to remind you that, in accordance with Article 16.20.006 of the UCI Regulations, no late registration will be accepted after the deadlines.

Information on the test event for recumbent pedal tricycles
As mentioned in our previous Newsletter, a test event will be organised during the 2nd leg of the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium. This event will take place on Thursday 18th May, before the official start of the Individual Time Trial.

Registration for the test event can only be done by National Federations via the online registration system, respecting the same dates as published on our website. We would also ask you to send the list of riders participating in the test event to, to avoid any confusion with riders participating in the traditional event.

All riders participating in the test event must possess a valid UCI licence, be classified and registered on the Classification Master List in Class T1 or T2, and must also respect the general regulations of the event. If an athlete is not yet classified, he/she must present himself/herself for classification on Tuesday 16th (all day) or Wednesday 17th (morning) in order to be eligible for the test event.

2017 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup
The 2017 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup will get under way on 6th May in Beringen, a city located in the Belgian province of Limburg, which is hosting a leg for the first time since the World Cup began. The competition will take place in the sports hall in Beverlo, the hometown of the local club HZG Beringen. It is the first of five rounds, which will be followed by the Final in Willich (GER), at the beginning of December.

The last UCI Cycle-ball World Cup event held in Belgium took place in 2011 in Ghent. For the development of the sport, it is significant to see Belgium joining the Series again.

In total, 35 teams from more than 10 countries will take part in the 2017 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup. No fewer than 20 UCI International Cycle-ball Commissaires from 7 different countries will officiate during the various rounds.

2017 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup calendar
6th May Beringen Belgium
26th August Altdorf Switzerland
2nd September St. Pölten Austria
14th October Sankt Gallen Switzerland
4th November Liestal Switzerland
2nd December Willich Germany

2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will be held in Albi (FRA) from 24th to 27th August 2017. 10 wildcards are available only for National Federations that are not hosting a qualifying event.

For further information, please see the documents below:
Information letter
Form for Wildcards
Form for Masters National Champions
For any questions, please contact us.

2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Series
The next qualifier events will be held this month in Rhodes (GRE) on 21st-23rd April and in Kilmarnock (GBR) on 29th-30th April. The Rhodes Gran Fondo Tour is the second European qualifier event in 2017 and has already been part of the Series in 2016, while the Tour of Ayrshire is joining the Series for the first time, with the event programme including a Time Trial and a Road Race.

The UCI is aware that the specific roles and characteristics of the three main judicial bodies within the UCI are not always easily understood.

To this end, please find attached a brief presentation summarising the functions of the following three judicial bodies:
The Ethics Commission, an independent commission set up in 2016 whose aim is to ensure compliance with the UCI Code of Ethics;
The Disciplinary Commission, an independent commission in charge of imposing sanctions for breaches of the UCI Regulations;
The Arbitral Board, a body made up of independent arbitrators who are charged with ruling on all kinds of disputes, principally those of a contractual nature.
The UCI invites you to share this presentation within your National Federation, as well as with all other relevant people. As part of the presentation you will also find an overview of the procedure to follow if you wish to approach any of these bodies. The UCI’s legal services can also be contacted at with any relevant questions.
National Federations are aware that we are currently undertaking a trial of disc brakes in professional road racing. This trial was originally started in 2016, was then suspended following an incident and investigation, and then subsequently re started from the 1st of January 2017.

The trial was restarted following a comprehensive review of the incident in April 2016. The conclusion of this was that the injury in question was not caused by a disc brake. The UCI commissioned an independent risk assessment of the use of disc brakes which provided a comprehensive report that demonstrated that the risk was very low, especially when compared to other components. Both reports were added to the body of evidence that was originally considered by the UCI Equipment Commission and subsequently the UCI Management Committee.

Other information that was reviewed in the decision-making process related to brake performance, heat dissipation and the mitigation of any perceived risk. It was always anticipated that the trial would involve a peloton including both rim and disc braking systems and therefore this aspect was analysed in detail. This included consultation with riders that had used the technology, with the conclusion that braking differences exist within rim brakes and the situation was not exacerbated using disc brakes but could be improved due to the increased modulation provided by this technology.

All this information was considered and letters permitting the trial were provided by the CPA and the AIGCP to the UCI Management Committee which supported the restart of the trial for 2017. The conditions of the trial remain the same as in 2016 and it allows all UCI registered professional teams to use disc brakes in road events. The UCI remains neutral on the future use of disc brakes in road events but we are very keen that the trial continues to allow the collection of information and rider feedback through our stakeholders and direct communication with riders, teams, race organisers and commissaires.

While this covers the bulk of racing which professional teams are involved in, there are events governed by National Federations, including National Championships. We know that teams are keen to use disc brakes in these events and whilst we respect the independent nature of National Federations we would ask for cooperation on this trial. If you would like to review more of the evidence used or discuss this in more detail please contact our Technical Manager, Mark Barfield.
The Commissaires’ Commission was held in Rome on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th March 2017, and was a very informative meeting covering topics such as regulations, Commissaire training and the different disciplines’ seminars.

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