UCI National Federations Newsletter


UCI National Federations Newsletter #19 – 16.09.2016


Dear members

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games represented a superb showcase for our sport at international level. After the magnificent road races and track events full of memorable performances, the BMX and Mountain Bike races also thrilled cycling enthusiasts and introduced the disciplines to a new generation of fans. Although some sports struggled with ticket sales, the percentage of tickets sold for cycling events generally exceeded 90% and even reached 97% for Mountain Bike. UCI staff and the organisers, as well as volunteers, faced significant challenges right up until competition time. One of the most dramatic incidents involved fires that threatened the mountain bike course. However, the dedicated efforts of all involved made sure that the events passed off without problem. The BMX races demonstrated that our youngest Olympic discipline is now truly one of the most popular events at the Olympic Games and the Mountain Bike events held over the final two days of the Games attracted large crowds who witnessed the finest Mountain Bike riders in the world giving everything as they tried to write their names in the Olympic history book.

We can also be proud that cycling prompted great interest among the leading figures of the Olympic Movement, many of whom attended the cycling events, including IOC President Thomas Bach. The cycling events also proved popular all around the world, as evidenced by the excellent TV and online viewer statistics, details of which are provided in a recent press release published on the UCI website.

The Rio Games continue with the Paralympics, where the track events have just finished, paving the way for the road races which are taking place this week. The excellent spectator numbers in the velodrome bears witness to the progress of para-cycling; and this success has continued with the road events over the past few days.

Back in Europe, the focus was the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (Downhill and Four-Cross) and UCI Trials World Championships, both held in Val di Sole, Italy. The impressive spectator numbers for the Mountain Bike World Championships (in excess of 30,000) demonstrates the extraordinary vitality and huge popularity of cycling beyond its Olympic disciplines.

Another great event is on the horizon: the UCI Road World Championships, taking place in Doha, Qatar, from 9 October. This will be the first time for the World Championships to take place in the Middle East, and we can be proud of this further evidence of cycling’s globalisation. Preparations have reached the final stages, and we can expect a high-quality spectacle. The road races and time trials will finish at the Pearl Qatar, an artificial island also known as the “Arab Riviera”. Some of the events, in particular the Men Elite Road Race (257.5 km) will traverse the desert, another first for these Championships.

I would like to congratulate all our National Federations for the performances of their athletes in Rio and Italy and wish them all even greater success in the second half of the Paralympic Games and at the Worlds in Doha. Good luck and thank you for your commitment!


The entire UCI team present in Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was delighted to host members of its National Federations, both on their frequent visits to the Olympic Family Lounges during the different cycling events and at the specially-organised events; both the reception and the official UCI dinner took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere. A huge ‘thank you’ for your participation!

The National Federations will once again be welcome at the Doha 2016 UCI Road World Championships. Invitations have already been sent out, and we are hoping for a strong attendance from our National Federations at the 185th UCI Congress, which will be held on Friday 14 October from 9am to 12pm at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Al Corniche Street, Doha, Qatar. National Federations are also invited to follow the different races from the UCI lounges, and to attend the official dinner organised on Saturday 15 October. We would appreciate prompt replies to the emailed invitations, to allow us to host you in the best possible way.

Furthermore, the next meeting of the UCI Management Committee will be held in Doha, Qatar, on 12-13 October 2016, as part of the UCI Road World Championships.


UCI Road World Championships – Doha 2016
Quotas for participation and accreditation for riders and delegations

The participation quotas for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships have been published on the UCI website, on the dedicated page.This document also contains the quotas for accreditation for riders and delegations.

National Federations and UCI Teams taking part in the Team Time Trial are requested:

  • To register their riders on our online registration system, respecting the deadlines below:
    • Team time trial: 24 September 2016, 12h00 (GMT+1)
    • All other events except Men Elite events: 25 September 2016, 12h00 (GMT+1)
    • Men Elite events: 2 October 2016, 12h00 (GMT+1)
  • To submit accreditation requests for members of their delegation via the UCI online system, respecting the deadlines below:
    • Team time trial: 24 September 2016
    • National Federations: 25 September 2016
Beat the Heat
The “Beat the Heat” booklet was devised by Dr Sébastien Racinais, Dr Roger Palfreeman, Dr Yorck Olaf Schumacher, and Dr Julien D. Périard from the Aspetar sports clinic in Doha, and validated by the UCI Medical Commission. This document provides advice and recommendations for riders taking part in races in a hot climate. It was distributed to National Federations and UCI teams in July.Moreover, the following protocol has been put into place in cases of extreme heat:

  • The UCI will consult a group of experts comprised of the following people:
    • Dr Anton Zasada, Member of the UCI Medical Commission and Official Doctor at the 2016 Road World Championships
    • Dr Olaf Schumacher, Member of the UCI Medical Commission and Member of the Aspetar sports clinic
    • Dr Sébastien Racinais, Head of Athlete Health and Performance Research Centre, Clinique du Sport Aspetar
    • Dr Juan Manuel Alonso, Clinique du Sport Aspetar
  • At the end of September, this group will start to examine the weather forecast on site and will meet before each road race. Daily checks of the temperature will be conducted by two UCI representatives using thermal stress indicators.
  • The UCI will take decisions after consulting this group of experts, as well as the President of the Athletes’ Commission Bobbie Traksel and the President of the Commissaires’ Panel Ingo Rees.
  • The following measures may be decided in the event of high temperatures:
    • For the Men Elite’s Road Race, to reduce the 150km initial distance
    • For all other Road Races, to reduce the number of laps of the circuit
Furthermore, the UCI and the Doha 2016 Organising Committee will implement certain technical solutions for the races:
  • Two motorbikes will move through the race convoy to supply the riders with water,
  • Fixed cooling areas on the circuit with water sprays,
  • Distribution of water and ice to the teams before each race in the start parking area,
  • Supply of 10,000 TACX bottles for teams.
In-race security
The following measures have been taken in Doha
  • Works to remove islands in the last few kilometres of the course
  • Barriers adapted to the narrowing of the road in certain sections
  • Appropriately sized motorbikes (650cc) without paniers
  • Experienced drivers during the race
  • Safety coordination between the control centre, command and regulator positioned at the front of the race
UCI Cycling Gala Abu Dhabi 2016
For the second consecutive year, the UCI Cycling Gala will take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The athletes who shone in 2016 will be presented with their trophies on 18 October, just after the UCI Road World Championships and a few days before the Abu Dhabi Tour. Olympic champions, World Champions and other winners from the men’s and women’s UCI WorldTour classifications will be in attendance to take part in this wonderful evening, which will again demonstrate the unity of the cycling family. All National Federations are cordially invited to this event.UCI Road World Championships – Bergen 2017 official presentation in Doha
The event’s full programme will be officially unveiled to representatives of the National Federations and UCI Teams in Doha, on Thursday 13 October 2016 at 8pm, in the Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel (West Lagoon Bay, Doha). Anyone interested in attending the Bergen 2017 presentation in Doha can request an invitation from the Bergen 2017 Organising Committee at this address: Erik.halvorsen@bergen2017.no.

UCI Continental Teams and UCI Women’s Teams – Dates for 2017 registration
Registration instructions for UCI Continental Teams and UCI Women’s Teams were sent out to all National Federations on 16 August. We would like to remind you of the important dates to be respected:

  • 31 October: submission of list of teams proposed for registration by National Federations;
  • 25 November: payment of registration tax by different teams;
  • 1 December: Submission of completed registration file by National Federations, in electronic format only. Please retain the originals.
You are welcome to contact us at road@uci.ch with any questions concerning the registration process.
Sport Director Training
As in previous years, a training programme for Sport Directors has been organised, to allow them to conform to Article 1.1.077 of the UCI Regulations. The deadline for registering for this training programme is 23 September, and you are invited to consult this page where you will find all the necessary information. The training will take place from 8 to 15 November, with two options regarding the duration, and the exam will be on 21 October.
UCI Track Rankings
The UCI Elite Track rankings were updated on 12 September 2016 and are available here.You are reminded that these rankings take into account results obtained since 1 October 2015 at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, the Olympic Games, Continental Championships and National Championships, plus Class 1 (maximum best 3 results) and Class 2 (maximum best 3 results) International competitions.

2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
The first two rounds of the 2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup calendar are rapidly approaching; in just over a month, Glasgow (GBR) and Apeldoorn (NED) will welcome the best track athletes in the world:

  • Glasgow (Great Britain): 4-6 November 2016
  • Apeldoorn (Netherlands): 11-13 November 2016

You’ll find below the list of finals for each day at the first two rounds of the 2016-2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup. Detailed competition programmes for the two rounds will be published on the UCI website shortly. This list is still subject to minor changes.

#1 Glasgow (GBR)
Friday 04.11.16
W – Keirin
W – Team Pursuit
M – Team Pursuit
M – Individual Sprint

Saturday 05.11.16
W – Individual Sprint
M – Points race
M – Keirin

Sunday 06.11.16
W – Omnium
W – Scratch
W – Team Sprint
M – Madison
M – Individual Pursuit
M – Team Sprint

#2 Apeldoorn (NED)
Friday 11.11.16
W – Omnium
M – Scratch
W – Team Sprint
M – Team Sprint

Saturday 12.11.16
W – Keirin
W – 500m TT
M – Points Race
M – Team Pursuit
M – Individual Sprint

Sunday 13.11.16
W – Points Race
W – Individual Sprint
M – Keirin
M – Madison
M – Omnium

Quotas (Sprint, Keirin, Omnium, Madison)
The relevant quotas for the first two rounds will be decided and published when the registration system opens, on 4 October 2016 at 12:00 (CET); these will be based on the UCI Individual Ranking.

Rider and staff registration
Online registration for participating riders and staff members for the first two rounds of the 2016-2017 UCI Track World Cup must be done between Tuesday 4 October and Sunday 16 October 2016, 12:00 (CET), for the first round in Glasgow, and between 4 October and Sunday23 October 2016,12:00 (CET), for the second round in Apeldoorn, via the UCI Online Registration System.

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

Accommodation and transport
CSE will be responsible for transport and accommodation requests for the first two rounds of the 2016-2017 UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow and Apeldoorn. For more information please contact anna.cox@cseplc.com.

CSE may also be contacted to organise transport between Cali and Los Angeles. More information will be available on the UCI website in due course.

Post-Rio rule changes
The UCI has been looking at the current situation regarding track cycling since the beginning of the year. In order to ensure its Olympic status, but also to make the event formats more attractive to television, fans and commercial partners, it was necessary to conduct a more detailed analysis. One of the objectives was therefore to reduce the amount of ‘dead time’, to have shorter events to keep the audiences interested, and to make the competitions more attractive and ultimately easier to understand. Consequently, under the management of the UCI Track Commission, a sub-committee of experts representing different standpoints was set up, with the aim of conducting a detailed review of the disciplines currently on the World Championships programme. A series of changes was proposed by the sub-committee and accepted by the UCI Track Commission in July, and the UCI Track Commission has therefore recommended a series of changes to the UCI Management Committee which will take a decision at its meeting in Doha.

Once approved, and adjusted if necessary, the changes will be communicated in a document to be published on the UCI website. The relevant Articles will be integrated into the different Parts of the UCI Regulations in time for the 2018 World Championships.

Track Teams – Possible post-Rio registration
In light of the delay in publishing the World Cup calendar and the regulations for this season, the UCI Track Commission has decided to allow late registration for UCI Track Teams up to Friday 30 September.

In future seasons, the aim will be to publish the UCI Track World Cup calendar and regulation changes on time to ensure the registration deadlines are adequate.

You will find the registration form, as well as the procedure and a model contract on the UCI website. We would ask that you please submit all requisite documentation by email totrack@uci.ch before the deadline of 30 September.

2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships – Hong Kong
The table showing the maximum number of riders qualifying via the UCI Track Ranking has been modified in order to ensure greater parity between the large and small nations, but also in response to changes in event formats. The changes will be published on the UCI website.

Accommodation, meals and transport
CSE will be responsible for organising accommodation, meals and transport for the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong. Special prices have been negotiated at two hotels less than 10 minutes’ walk from the velodrome. For more information and bookings, please click here or contact anna.cox@cseplc.com.

UCI BMX Permanent Career Number Applications
The UCI introduced on 1 August 2006 a permanent number system for Elite Men & Elite Women. With this system, riders can choose a “career number”, which they have the exclusive right to use for their entire Elite class career. This will give riders a possibility to market themselves and to give media and spectators an easy way to identify riders. Now for the eleventh time, Elite riders are given an opportunity to apply for number that is not yet in use.Any riders who have a number that has expired (not scored any UCI points in the last season) will become vacant again. Such riders may re-apply for their number, although it will be subject to the normal procedure mentioned in the UCI rule book, § 10 International permanent race number system, (art. 6.1.073 to 6.1.076).

No later than 15 October 2016, each National Federation shall submit the attached application form that you can find here for all their Elite Men & Elite Women and Juniors Men and Women moving up to Elite in 2017 who wish to receive UCI BMX Permanent Career Number. That is, riders who were born in 1998 or earlier.

Important: Applications received after 15 October will not be accepted.

Elite riders who finished in the top 8 at the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships can choose to race with their World Championships number 1 – 8 up until the next World Championships, or they may instead decide to continue using their existing permanent career number. In either case, this choice is definitive. Should they decide to use their world number 1–8 during this period, their career number will be reserved for them (art. 6.1.075).

Important: If a rider believes that they might end the 2016 season without any points in the ranking of 31 December, 2016, they should re-apply for their career number to indicate to the UCI that they wish to keep using it.

You can find the list of 2016 UCI BMX available permanent career numbers here.

UCI BMX Supercross World Cup
4th round – Rock-Hill (USA)
The fourth round of the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be held in Rock-Hill (USA), 30 September until 1 October. The UCI online registration system for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Rock-Hill opens on 08 September 12:00 CET and closes on 22 September 2016 at 12:00 CET. You can find the competition guide here.

Last round – Sarasota (USA)
The fifth round of the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will be held in Sarasota (USA), 8 -9 October. The UCI on-line registration system for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Sarasota opens on 15 September 12:00 CET and closes on 29 September 2016 at 12:00 CET. You can find the competition guide here.

UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup
Denver (USA) – 3 to 5 September
The third round of the 2016 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup was held in Denver, Colorado (USA) on 3 to 5 September. It’s the first time that one of the FISE events which features the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup has come to the United States of America. Many top professional riders participated. Results:Women Elite
Hannah Roberts, USA
Nina Buitrago, USA
Angie Marino, USA

Men Elite
Brandon Loupos, AUS
Daniel Dhers, VEN
Jack Clark, GBR

Edmonton (CAN) – 16 to 18 September
The fourth round of the 2016 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup will be held in Edmonton (CAN) 16 to 18 September.

2016 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Ranking following Denver, USA
1 Daniel Dhers (VEN) – 27000
2 Martin Logan (AUS) – 23400
3 Mike Varga (CAN) – 18500

BMX Freestyle development
With the BMX Freestyle Park World Cup well on its way for 2016 we are already looking forward to 2017 when we expect to further develop the BMX Freestyle discipline among the National Federations. With the first official UCI Urban Cycling World Championships on the agenda plus an entire World Cup program, we want to form a good foundation for the future. BMX Freestyle Park has been added to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018. Given this, we are becoming organised for the 2017 season, with the help of the National Federations.

Along these lines, National Federations are reminded that they will need to be able to issue licenses for BMX Freestyle riders beginning on 1 January 2017. A license will be needed for riders wishing to participate in the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup in 2017, as well as the upcoming World Championships.

Also, the UCI has begun communicating with BMX Freestyle Park riders about the need to join the National Federation in the country where they live, as well as their responsibilities under the UCI regulations, including some basic information about anti-doping. The UCI has provided two information documents for riders on the UCI website.

For all BMX Freestyle questions and needs please contact us.

2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano
The final of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano took place in Vallnord (AND) on 3-4 September. You can read the news, consult the results and final standings and watch the highlights on the UCI website.
2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Downhill/Four-cross
The 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Downhill/Four-cross took place in Val di Sole (ITA) on 6 to 11 September. You can read the news, consult the results and highlights on the UCI website.
2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
The serie of 9 rounds will start again on the US territory with two rounds.
#1 – 21.09.2016 – CrossVegas – USA
#2 – 24.09.2016 – Jingle Cross Iowa City – USA
#3 – 23.10.2016 – Valkenburg Provincie Limburg – NED
#4 – 20.11.2016 – Koksijde – BEL
#5 – 26.11.2016 – Zeven – GER
#6 – 18.12.2016 – NAMUR – BELGIUM
#7 – 26.12.2016 – Heusden-Zolder – BEL
#8 – 15.01.2017 – Fiuggi Regione Lazio – ITA
#9 – 22.01.2017 – Hoogerheide Provincie Noord-Brabant – NEDWatch our teaser here.

Registration for rounds #1 and #2
For both events, the Online Rider’s Registration system has opened on 9 September and will close on 15 September 2016 at 12:00 CET. The riders’ registration for these events can only be made by the National Federations.

Bid procedure
The bid guide for the 2017-2018 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup will be sent before the end of September, for an expected return on 1 December 2016.

Derogation for the riders’ jersey 
A derogation to article 1.3.059 is granted for the 2016-2017 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup’s rounds so that the World, Continental and National jerseys for riders of categories Men Junior and Men Under 23 can be worn.

We have also decided to allow the leaders of the Women Under 23 and Men Under 23 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup to add the logos of her/his sponsors on the leader’s jersey and skinsuit, as long as they are member of a UCI recognised team.

This, in respect of sponsors investing in Cyclo-cross.

Licence for assistants: FAQ
We would like to clarify the situation for mandatory licences to get assistant’s credentials for the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.

A licence of any kind is acceptable, as long as it is delivered by a National Federation linked to the UCI, with a valid date. It does not need a specific endorsement of ‘mechanic’ or ‘medical assistant’ to be written on it, neither any ‘international’ licence.

This licence check starts on 20 September 2016, for the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup of CrossVegas (USA).

The licence check will be made by UCI commissaires: a photo, a copy of the licence or any scr