It is a pleasure and indeed an honour for me to contribute to this newsletter for the first time in my role of UCI President.
I have written to all the National Federation Presidents since my election, but I would like to reiterate how much I look forward to working with all of you for the good of cycling and its stakeholders, from athletes and teams, to organisers and fans.
As I stated in my election manifesto, I will make sure that the UCI and its World Cycling Centre are at the service of our National Federations, not least with the establishment of a solidarity fund about which I will be able to give you more details once they have been approved by the UCI Management Committee and the Foundation Board of the World Cycling Centre. My aim is to reinforce our development activities and ensure that athletes worldwide have access to adequate training facilities and coaching advice. But that is not all. We have a great deal planned over the next four years, not least to:
- Further the worldwide development of skills and professions related to cycling
- Foster cooperation between country members
- Ensure that the UCI is a Resource Centre for National Federations, including building an accessible documentary database
- Review sporting equipment and infrastructure, consolidate equipment acquisitions, and combine and share technical solutions
- Support projects undertaken by National Federations and provide expertise where needed
- Identify experts capable of supporting our National Federations’ projects
- Develop an intranet that is accessible to the NFs and that will facilitate exchanges with the UCIThe UCI’s work with and for the National Federations is of the utmost importance if we want to see cycling grow and I know that together we can achieve great things. We are embarking on a new adventure together which I am convinced will see our sport gain in strength, global reach, popularity and credibility. Our shared passion for cycling will help us move forward and take cycling to even greater heights.
I thank you once again for your vote of confidence at the UCI Congress last month, and look forward to meeting you in the near future.
UCI News: 186th UCI Congress – Meet the new UCI Management Committee – News from the UCI General Management and President’s Office
Road – 2017 UCI Road World Championships – UCI Sports Directors Course – 2018 UCI Continental Teams and Women’s Teams registration – UCI WorldTeam and Professional Continental Team applicants for 2018 – 2017 UCI Cycling Gala – UCI 2017-2018 Road Season
Track – 2017-2018 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup – Regulation changes – 2018-2019 season
Urban Cycling – 2017 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships
Mountain Bike – 2018 Mountain Bike Regulations – 2018 Financial Obligations – 2018 Mountain Bike Calendar
BMX Racing – 2018 BMX Regulations – 2018 Financial Obligations – 2018 UCI BMX World Championships and Challenge
BMX Freestyle – UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup – 2017 UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup Rankings – 2018 Youth Olympic Games – UCI BMX Freestyle app
Cyclo-cross – 2017-2018 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – UCI Cyclo-cross Rankings – 2018/19 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Bid Guide – 2018/19 UCI Cyclo-cross Calendar – National Championships category check
Trials – 2017 UCI Trials World Cup
Para-cycling – Registration forms for Para Track events on the UCI calendar -IF Classification Meetings and VISTA – UCI Classification Administration
Indoor – UCI Athletes’ Commission
Cycling for all: 5 new UCI Bike City labels awarded in Bergen
Spotlight on… Lesotho’s Mountain Bike Team
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.
The 186th UCI Congress was held in Bergen, Norway, on Thursday 21st September.
Ninety-Four National Federations took part in the event, during which David Lappartient was elected President of the UCI by 37 votes to 8 for the outgoing President Brian Cookson. The voting system gave 45 voting delegates representing all Continental Confederations the opportunity to elect the UCI President and the following UCI Management Committee members for the next four years.
- Mr Renato DI ROCCO (ITA) representing the UEC
- Mr Mohammed BEN EL MAHI (MAR) representing the CAC
- Mr Amarjit Singh Gill DARSHAN SINGH (MAS) representing the ACC
- Mr Harald Tiedemann HANSEN (NOR) representing the UEC
- Mr Toni KIRSH (GER) representing the UEC
- Mr Artur LOPES (POR) representing the UEC
- Mr José Luis LOPEZ CERRON (ESP) representing the UEC
- Mr Igor MAKAROV (RUS) representing the UEC
- Mr Tony MITCHELL (NZL) representing the OCC
- Mr Bob STAPLETON (USA) representing the COPACI
- Mr Tom VAN DAMME (BEL) representing the UECThe Presidents of the Continental Confederations are ex officio members of the UCI Management Committee:
- Dr Mohamed Wagih AZZAM (EGY) as President of the CAC
- Mr Rocco CATTANEO (SUI) as Acting President of the UEC
- Mr José Manuel PELAEZ (CUB) as President of the COPACI
- Ms Tracey GAUDRY (AUS) as President of the OCC
- Mr Osama Ahmed Abdullah AL SHAFAR (UAE) as President of the ACCFinally, the UCI Congress voted in favour of granting the National Federations of Anguilla, Curaçao, St Maarten and Guinea-Bissau official membership of the UCI, taking its total membership to 190 National Federations.
Meet the new UCI Management Committee
During the first meeting of the new UCI Management Committee, which took place the day after UCI Congress, the three new UCI Vice-Presidents were elected. They are Dr Wagih Azzam (Egypt), Mr Renato Di Rocco (Italy) and Mr José Manuel Peláez Rodriguez (Cuba).
Mohamed Wagih AZZAM (EGY), UCI Vice President
Dr Azzam was a member of the Egyptian national cycling team before moving into the administration of the sport and qualifying as a UCI International Commissaire in 1991. President of the Egyptian Cycling Federation – he was elected to this position for the first time in 1988 and recently re-elected for another term – Dr Azzam has also been heavily involved in the Egyptian Olympic Committee, including as Secretary General between 2008 and 2012. He has been President of the African Cycling Confederation since 2005. As a member of the UCI Management Committee, Dr Azzam was elected UCI Vice President by his peers in 2013 and his position in this role was confirmed in 2017. He is also member of the Foundation Board of the UCI World Cycling Centre.
Renato DI ROCCO (ITA), UCI Vice President
Renato di Rocco has been appointed Vice President of the UCI for the second time after his former years in this role from 2009 to 2013. Secretary General of the Italian Cycling Federation from 1983 to 1997, he has been Federation President since 2005 and a member of the UCI Management Committee since 2009. Mr di Rocco is also a member of the UCI Remuneration Commission and member of the Foundation Board of the UCI World Cycling Centre.
José Manuel PELAEZ (CUB), UCI Vice President
At the UCI Management Committee meeting held the day after 2017 UCI Congress, José Manuel Pelaez was elected UCI Vice President, a position he had already held in 2008-2009. President of the Cuban Cycling Federation since 1981, Mr Pelaez was elected President of the Pan American Cycling Confederation 10 years later and still holds the position today. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Amateur Cycling Federation (Fédération Internationale Amateur de Cyclisme or FIAC) in 1991 and 1992. He has been a member of the Cuban National Olympic Committee for 20 years and has held pivotal roles with the Instituto Nacional de Deportes Educación Física y Recreación de la República de Cuba since 1981.
Mohammed BEN EL MAHI (MAR)
President of the Moroccan Cycling Federation since 2008, Mohammed Ben El Mahi is also a member of the Moroccan National Olympic Committee and President of the Union Francophone de Cyclisme. He has been a member of the UCI Management Committee since 2013. A lawyer and barrister with training in mediation and conflict resolution techniques, he has valuable input in his role of President of the UCI Arbitral Board, a position he has also held since 2013.
Rocco CATTANEO (SUI)
Rocco Cattaneo was a professional road cyclist before becoming involved in the administration of the sport. He has served two terms as a member of the Swiss Cycling Management Board (1989-1994 and 2001-2003) and was a member of the UCI Management Committee from 2005 to 2013. He has been Vice President of the UCI World Cycling Centre Foundation Board since 2006 and was elected Vice President of the Union Européenne de Cyclisme last March before replacing David Lappartient as President of the UEC. Mr Cattaneo was also President of the Organising Committee for the 1996 UCI Road World Championships in Lugano (SUI) as well as the 2003 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, also in Lugano.
Amarjit Singh Gill DARSHAN SINGH (MAS)
Amarjit Singh Gill Darshan Singh has served cycling for many years as an International Commissaire, Doping Control Officer and event organiser. He currently holds several key positions with the Asian Cycling Confederation, not least Treasurer, Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the Anti-Doping Commission. He is also Vice President of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation and Chairman of its Anti-Doping and Disciplinary Commission. Organising Secretary of several rounds of the ACC Track Asia Cup, he held the same role for rounds of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup held in Malaysia in 2000 and 2001.
Tracey GAUDRY (AUS)
Former Olympian, multiple Australian Champion and ranked number 3 in the world in 1999, Tracey Gaudry has been active in sports administration since retiring from competitive road cycling. Since the early 2000s, she has held numerous positions with regional and national sporting bodies in Australia. President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation and member of the UCI Management Committee since 2012, she was UCI Vice President from 2013 to 2017. Ms Gaudry has long been a champion for the advancement of women in cycling.
Harald Tiedemann HANSEN (NOR)
Member of the UCI Management Committee since 2015, Harald Tiedemann is President of the Norwegian Cycling Federation and served on the European Cycling Union as Vice President and Treasurer from 2013 to 2017. Five-time Norwegian Champion on the road and on the track, Mr Hansen has also been involved in event organisation: he was Chairman of the Board for the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Lillehammer/Hafjell and President of the Organising Committee for the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen.
Toni KIRSCH (GER)
Toni Kirsch’s career in cycling began as a youth coach in 1984, an activity he continued until 1995. He held administrative roles in club and regional cycling from 1995, as Chairman of the Cycling Club Staubwolke Quadrath for 10 years then as President of the Cycling Federation North Rhine-Westphalian from 2005 until 2017. He also organised numerous races, including the time trials at three editions of the German Championships. He has been Vice President of the German Cycling Federation since 2007.
Artur LOPES (POR)
A member of the UCI Management Committee since 2001, Artur Lopes’ career in sports administration stretches back to 1963. Since then, he has served on numerous bodies both in Portugal and internationally. President of the Portuguese Cycling Federation for 20 years (1992-2012) Mr Lopes was a member of the Management Committee of the International Professional Cycling Federation (Fédération Internationale de Cyclisme Professionnel or FICP) from 1990 to 1993, President of the Professional Cycling Council from 1993 to 1997 and Vice President of the UCI from 2008 to 2013. He is currently President of the UCI Remuneration Commission and Vice President of the Portuguese Olympic Committee.
José Luis LOPEZ CERRÓN (ESP)
A professional cyclist from 1979 until 1984, José Luis López Cerrón then worked as a Sport Director for various professional teams (1985 – 2000) and race organiser from 2001 to 2012. In 2012, he was elected President of the Federación Española de Ciclismo, a position he has held since. He was also President of the Organising Committee for the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada. Mr Lopez Cerrón is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Spanish Sports and a member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish National Olympic Committee.
Igor MAKAROV (RUS)
A former professional cyclist and member of the USSR national cycling team, Igor Makarov has, since his retirement from competition, been a key supporter and sponsor of Russian cycling. Mr Makarov became deputy chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Cycling Federation in 2008 and was elected President of the Russian Cycling Federation in 2010. Since 2016 he has been Honorary President. He was elected onto the UCI Management Committee in September 2011. Mr Makarov has prioritised the hosting of major international events with Moscow hosting the 2011 UCI Junior Track World Championships and the 2012 European Mountain Bike Championships.
Tony MITCHELL (NZL)
Having raced competitively in the cycling disciplines of road, track, mountain bike and BMX, Tony Mitchell, a business leader and governance specialist, has since served the sport on the administrative side. In May 2017, he was appointed chairman of Cycling New Zealand’s Board, having served as a Board member and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee since 2013. Mr Mitchell is also Vice President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation and founder of the UK-based club and racing team Zappi’s.
Osama Ahmed Abdullah AL SHAFAR (UAE)
A member of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) since 2011, Osama Ahmed Abdullah Al Shafar is part of the OCA International Relations Committee. He is Founding President of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF), Honorary Life President of the Asian Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (ABBF) and former President of the Emirates Bodybuilding Federation (EBBF). As President of the UAE Cycling Federation, he was elected, in March 2017, President of the Asian Cycling Confederation.
Bob STAPLETON (USA)
A member of the USA Cycling Board of Directors for eight years, Bob Stapleton has been Chairman of the Board of USA Cycling since 2014. His involvement in cycling began as owner and operator of one of the world’s most successful former professional cycling teams, Team HTC-Columbia, which clocked up more than 600 professional victories between 2007 and 2011. He has supported the USA’s hosting of major international cycling events including the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville and the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond.
Tom VAN DAMME (BEL)
Tom Van Damme has been a member of the UCI Management Committee since 2013. He is also President of the UCI Road Commission and of the Professional Cycling Council. Director of the Royal Belgian Cycling League (RVLB) from 1997 to 2010, Tom Van Damme was elected its President and Director in 2010. He has extensive experience within the Olympic movement, not least as Board Member of the Comité Olympique et Interfédéral Belge (COIB) since 2009, member of its Executive Committee since 2013 and CIOB Vice President since 2015.
News from the UCI General Management and President’s Office
At its meeting on September 22nd in Bergen, Norway, the UCI Management Committee nominated Amina Lanaya as Acting Director General.
After obtaining a law degree from the University of Dijon (France), Amina worked for an international law firm in Paris, and subsequently for a Swiss law firm in Lausanne. She joined the UCI more than 12 years ago. After more than eight years working as part of the UCI Legal Services, she was nominated to the position of UCI Deputy Director General in 2013.
Amina has double nationality – Moroccan and French. She speaks French, English and Arab, and has a good knowledge of Spanish.
Frédéric Magné heads the UCI World Cycling Centre as its General Director, a position he has held since 2009.
After a professional track cycling career (1987-2000) punctuated by seven titles of UCI World Champion and four participations at the Olympic Games, he joined the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in 2001 to coach and supervise the World Cycling Centre’s (WCC) track athletes.
He continued this activity until 2004 when he became Manager of Training and Development (2004-2006). In 2007, he was appointed Technical Director by the Japanese Cycling Federation and was based in Japan until returning to Aigle, Switzerland, in 2009.
Frédéric Magné has double French and Swiss nationality. He speaks French and English, and has a good knowledge of Japanese.
Marjorie Guillaume joined us on October 2nd in the position of Adviser to the President. Marjorie worked alongside the President as Campaign Director for the recent election which took place at UCI Congress in Bergen, Norway. She will continue to work with the President and will meet you during future travels.
Marjorie has a Master’s Degree in Government and Politics / International Law and Diplomacy as well as an MBA in Global Management and degrees in Special Education and International Relations. She has over 15 years’ experience as an international business adviser, including 10 years at the UK Department of International Trade at the British Embassy in Paris, France. During this time, she was Deputy Trade Adviser in Smart Cities Technologies then, from 2015 to 2017, Head of Sport Economy France, providing business analysis and advice linked to major sporting events such as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Euro 2016 football tournament and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
In possession of double nationality – American and Haitian – Marjorie speaks English and French, and has a good knowledge of Spanish.
The IOC President welcomed the newly-elected President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) David Lappartient. The two leaders discussed the cooperation between the IOC and the UCI on numerous subjects of common interest. The UCI President assured Mr Bach that he could count on the UCI to hold high the Olympic values and to rest a loyal and innovative partner committed to working alongside the IOC to achieve their common goals.
2017 UCI Road World Championships
The UCI would like to congratulate the Local Organising Committee of the Bergen 2017 UCI Road World Championships, the Norwegian Cycling Federation and all the participants in what was an amazing edition of the UCI Road World Championships and one that we’re sure everyone will remember for a long time to come.
UCI Sports Directors Course – new dates
The UCI Sports Directors Course scheduled for 6th-12th November 2017 will be moved to 22nd-25th January 2018, and priority is being given to Sports Directors hired by UCI WorldTeams and UCI Professional Continental Teams who do not have the required certification.
For Sports Directors hired for 2018 by a UCI WorldTeam or UCI Professional Continental Team without the required certification, and whose existing work commitments prevent them from attending on these dates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another UCI Sports Directors course will be organised in November 2018. Dates for the course will be announced as soon as possible and we would encourage interested candidates to request to be on the mailing list by writing to email@example.com in order to anticipate future numbers.
2018 UCI Continental Teams and Women’s Teams registration
National Federations are kindly reminded that the new deadline for submission of the completed documents for UCI Continental Teams and UCI Women’s Teams is 10th November 2017. Further, we’d like to draw your attention, once again, to the additional disclosure of the following documents accompanying all UCI Women’s Team(s) applications:
- Annexe C-1 (budget)
- Annexe C-3 (bank guarantee calculation)
- Annexe D-1 (riders list)
- Annexe D-2 (staff list)
- Annexe D-3 (benefits for riders)
- Bank guarantee copyWe would like to remind you there has been a regulation change regarding the bank guarantee duration as from the second year of registration. This change is reflected in article 2.17.022 of the UCI Regulations and allows teams to avoid having two bank guarantees running at the same time during the first three months of the year. Other regulation changes coming into force for 2018 season can be found here.
We remain at your disposal, and can work with you to help achieve the successful and timely registration of UCI Teams under your aegis. Please address any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCI WorldTeam and Professional Continental Team applicants for 2018
The list of UCI WorldTeam and UCI Professional Continental Team applicants for the 2018 season is available here.
There has been strong interest from primarily UCI Continental Teams making the step up to the second division of cycling teams. We would like to thank the respective National Federations for their work in supporting the development and growth amongst the UCI Teams registered in their country.
2017 UCI Cycling Gala – 24th October 2017, Guilin (CHN)
Now currently in its third year, the UCI Cycling Gala brings together the stars of road cycling from all around the world and recognises the achievements of the best riders and teams of the season. The awards ceremony and gala dinner will showcase the key moments of the 2017 season and celebrate the riders and teams that delivered standout performances. Prizes will go to the best UCI WorldTour and Women’s WorldTour teams and riders, as well as to the UCI Road World Champions. Some of our recently crowned 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Champions will also receive awards for their amazing achievements.
UCI 2017-2018 Road Season
The UCI 2016-2017 season concludes on 24th October 2017 with the Gree-Tour of Guangxi and the UCI Cycling Gala in Guilin, China.
As such, the Vuelta a Guatemala (23rd October-1st November) and the Vuelta a Colombia Femenina Oro y Paz (24th October-29th October) kick off the UCI 2017-2018 Road season for the Men Elite and Women Elite categories respectively.
As the Individual UCI World Ranking is a rolling calculation of points accrued over 52 weeks, there is no ‘re-setting’ of the points toward an individual’s points tally with the new season.
2017-2018 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World CupNovember sees the first two rounds of the 2017-2018 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Pruszków (Poland) and Manchester (Great Britain), on 3rd-5th November 2017 and 10th-12th November 2017 respectively.
For organisational reasons, the number of staff accreditation passes will vary depending on the number of riders participating in each round of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup. The ratio will be as follows: one staff accreditation per participating rider (1:1), except for teams with only one rider, who may receive up to two staff accreditations.
Reasoned requests for additional accreditations must be sent to the UCI.
Staff and rider registration
Online registration for participating riders and staff members for the first round in Pruszków closed on Sunday 15th October 2017 at 12:00 (CET). Starting lists will be published here.
The registration system for the second round in Manchester will close on Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 12:00 (CET).
Reminder – 3rd and 4th rounds of the 2017-2018 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup:
- Milton (Canada), 1st-3rd December 2017, with registrations open 27th October-12th November 2017.
- Santiago (Chile), 9th-10th December 2017, with registrations open 27th October-19th November.A summary table of the different events at the different rounds, as well as registration deadlines and rankings dates, can be found here.
Accommodation and transport
All information concerning accommodation and transport during World Cup rounds is available in the respective information bulletins, available here.
New: Special Bonuses
In order to reward the top three men and women riders of the season in the Sprint, Keirin, Omnium and Madison events, the prize-winners will be awarded the following bonuses:
- Winner of the 2017-2018 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup: CHF 10,000