UCI National Federations Newsletter – September 2018


Dear Members,

It is hard to believe that is already one year since I was elected President of the Union Cycliste Internationale in Bergen, Norway.

The last 12 months have been extremely busy, fulfilling and rewarding. I would like to take this opportunity to look back at some of our major achievements since September 2017.

One of my priorities after my election was to strengthen the credibility of our sport and fight against technological fraud. The appointment of Mr. Jean-Christophe Péraud as Manager of Equipment and the Fight against Technological Fraud accelerated this process and we have been able to strengthen the effectiveness of race checks using different technologies: magnetic scanning, X-ray and thermal imaging. Extensive testing has been carried out at races throughout the year, and all tests have been negative.

The place of women in our sport is another priority, and we have made great progress by taking several measures such as with a strict Code of Conduct that will have to be signed by employees of UCI Women’s Teams, equal prize money paid by the UCI for men and women across all disciplines and all UCI competitions, the introduction of a Women Junior category to the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup from the 2020/2021 season, a gender equality policy within the UCI administration, as well as gender equality during podium ceremonies. Significant progress has also been made both in governance and the sporting side of women’s cycling in the last few years and our Charter to promote gender equality in cycling will reinforce and further develop this important sector of our sport.

Furthermore, the UCI has reinforced its International Relations Department, headed by my Director of Cabinet and International Relations Mrs Marjorie Guillaume, to increase its support to our 190 National Federations. In parallel, we have created the Solidarity and Emerging Cycling Countries Commission, presided by UCI Vice-President Dr Azzam, to strengthen the UCI Solidarity Programme working with a strong UCI World Cycling Centre.

In the medical field, the UCI appointed a UCI Medical Director, Professor Xavier Bigard who is implementing a medical policy for athletes, and leading research into harmful effects of different products and methods. We are moving towards banning the use of Tramadol in competition and strict testing for corticosteroids in order to protect athletes’ health.

It has been a very exciting year from a sporting point of view with the first ever UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu (China). Cycling made history once again during the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow where over 800 cyclists represented our sport in the disciplines of track, road, BMX and mountain bike. Having the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships at the UCI World Cycling Centre for the second time, after 2016, and decisions to integrate snow bike events and the Enduro World Series into the UCI International Mountain Bike Calendar from 2019 are among some of the key highlights.

We have also moved towards fairer and safer racing with the appointment of a new “Support/TV” Commissaire at the three Grand Tours, the five Monuments and the UCI Road World Championships, and the extension of the time gap protocol (an increase from one to three seconds for a time split in bunch sprints) to all races on the UCI International Calendar. These are just some of the advancements that have been made in the last year and I thank all our National Federations for their support and hard work.

Lastly, please note down the different key meetings that will take place ahead of the UCI Congress. The Professional Cycling Council will meet on 24 September and the UCI Management Committee members will begin its working sessions on 25 September. In addition, the Junior Conference will be held on the afternoon of 26 September followed by UCI Solidarity Conference scheduled from 15:00 to 17:30 on 27 September.

The UCI Annual Congress is on Friday 28 September and delegates are expected to arrive at 8:00 am at the “Congress Innsbruck” (Rennweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck). Further scheduled activities include the UCI DataRide Seminar that will take place after the Congress followed by a demonstration of cycle-ball and artistic cycling. The Solidarity & Emerging Cycling Countries Commission will convene on 29 September.

I very much look forward to seeing you at the UCI Congress in Innsbruck where you will receive a copy of the UCI Agenda 2022 and discuss how will continue to build the future of cycling together.


David Lappartient

UCI President



ROAD: 2019 UCI Continental Teams and UCI Women’s Teams
TRACK: 2018/2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup: update – Olympic Rankings
URBAN: 2018 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships
MOUNTAIN BIKE: 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz – 2018 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships
BMX RACING: Webcast information – UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Final, Santiago del Estero (ARG)
BMX FREESTYLE: Reminder, quota and registration deadlines for 2018 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships – Reminder, competition guide for 2018 UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup in Chengdu (CHN) – 2018 UCI BMX Freestyle Forum
CYCLO-CROSS: 2018/2019 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, 3rd Round in Bern – 2019-2020 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Bid Guide
TRIALS: 2018 UCI Trials World Cup – Berlin (GER) -2018 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships – 2018 UCI Trials World Cup in Val di Sole-Trentino (Italy)
PARA-CYCLING: IPC Sport Meeting and IPC Membership Gathering
INDOOR: 2018 UCI Cycle Ball World Cup
MASS EVENTS: 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships – 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Series
OLYMPIC GAMES – Youth Olympic Games





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


2019 UCI Continental Teams and UCI Women’s Teams

We would like to remind you that each National Federation must confirm the teams they intend to register for the 2019 season by 30 September 2018. In order to do this, please complete the new A-1 form (Authentication Form: pages 40-42 of the Instructions for Registration available via the National Federations’ Extranet) created for this purpose, and return it by email toroad@uci.ch.

2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup: update
Quotas (SP, KE, OM, MA)
The quotas (Individual sprint, Keirin, Omnium and Madison) for every round of the 2018-2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup were drawn up and published on Friday 14 September 2018 at 12:00 CET, the opening date of the registration system for the first two rounds.

As in previous seasons, where a quota is not taken up by a qualified nation, subsequent nations in the UCI Ranking of 14 September 2018 will be invited to register one athlete. The first five reserve nations are shown in the quotas table (R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5).

The corresponding Individual Ranking was used to determine the reserve quotas for the Individual Sprint, Keirin and Omnium. The Nation Ranking was used for the reserve quotas for the Madison.

Staff and rider registration
Online registration for participating riders and staff members for the first round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup opened on Friday 14 September 2018 at 12:00 CET. More detailed information on dates can be found below:

  1. Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (FRA), 19‐21 October 2018 – registration from Friday 14 September to Sunday 30 September 2018.
  2. Milton (CAN), 26‐28 October 2018 – registration from Monday 17 September to Sunday 7 October 2018.
The table showing all the qualifying competitions can be found here. This table will be continually updated as competitions are confirmed.
Olympic Rankings

Following the first qualifying competitions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Olympic Rankings have been published and updated here: http://www.uci.org/track/rankings  They will be updated at the end of each qualifying competition.

The table of registration deadlines, as well as the updated programme of events for the different rounds, is available here.

2018 UCI Urban Cycling World ChampionshipsUCI Online Registration System for the 2018 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships will:

  • open on Monday 1 October 2018, 12:00 CET
  • close on Friday 26 October 2018, 12:00 CET
2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz
The 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz took place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland from 5 to 9 of September. We noted, a record of nations participating at the UCI MTB World Championships with 55 nations. Over the whole week, we saw 65’000 spectators along the course. A total of 15 nations won a medal at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz.

You will find the news, results and more information on the UCI website.

2018 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships

The 2018 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships took place in Auronzo di Cadore, Italy on 14 September.

Henrique Avancini became the first Brazilian rider in mountain bike history to win a world title with his victory in the men’s race, while Annika Langvad of Denmark successfully defended her title in the women’s race to take her fifth win in the Marathon.

You will find the news, results and more information on the UCI website.


Webcast information – 2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Final – Santiago del Estero (ARG)

Federations are reminded that the final rounds of the 2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will take place in Santiago del Estero on 29-30 September. The live webcast can be viewed here.

Reminder – quota and registration deadlines for 2018 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships

The UCI has decided to set a participation quota by nation for the 2018 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Championships, which will be held during the 2018 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu, China. Further information is available here.

Reminder – Competition guide for 2018 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships, Chengdu (CHN)

The competition guide for the 2018 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu (CHN) is now available on the UCI website here.

2018 UCI BMX Freestyle Forum

As with the BMX Racing discipline, the UCI will hold the annual UCI BMX Freestyle Forum for National Federations to discuss topics relevant to BMX Freestyle with the UCI. This will be held on Tuesday 6 November during the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu (CHN). Two participants from each National Federation are invited. If your Federation plans to attend the Forum, please complete this registration form and return it to the UCI no later than the deadline indicated on the form (26 October 2018).

Competition Guide: UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup Final, Chengdu – CHN

The competition guides (BMX Park, BMX Flatland) for the 2018 UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup Final in Chengdu, CHN are now available on the UCI website here



2018-2019 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, 3rd Round in Bern (SUI)

The Online Rider Registration system will open on 11 October and will close on 17 October 2018 at 12:00 CET. Rider registration for this event can only be carried out by the National Federations.

Please note that on-site rider confirmation for Elite Men and Women categories may be carried out by the Team Managers of UCI registered Cyclo-cross Teams. For all other categories and Elite Men and Women riders not belonging to a UCI Cyclo-cross Team, rider confirmation is to be carried out by the National Coach of each participating nation.

2019-2020 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Bidding Guide

The Bidding Guide for the 2019-2020 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup is available following this link.

Licenses for riders’ assistants during the 2018-2019 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup

We would like to remind you about the mandatory licenses for obtaining assistant credentials during the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup and the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.

A license of any kind is acceptable, as long as it is awarded by a National Federation affiliated to the UCI and has a valid date. It does not need a specific title of ‘mechanic’ or ‘medical assistant’ to be written on it, nor need to be an ‘international’ license.
The license check will be conducted by UCI Commissaires: a photo, a copy of the license or any screenshot proving the link between the license holder and a National Federation will be accepted. The document is presented by the National Coach; the owner of the license does not need to be physically present during the license check.

2018 UCI Trials World Cup – Berlin (Germany)

UCI Online Registration System for the final round of the 2018 UCI Trials World Cup will:

  • open on Friday 21 September 2018, 12:00 CET
  • close on Thursday 4 October 2018, 12:00 CET
2018 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships 

We would like to remind National Federations about the special exemption for Trials: all National Federations may register an unlimited number of riders per category.

2018 UCI Trials World Cup – Val di Sole-Trentino (Italy)

Full results can be found here.

IPC Sports Meeting and IPC Membership Gathering

The UCI took part in the IPC Sports Meeting which was held on 5-6 September 2018 in Madrid (ESP). Various topics were discussed, such as the television broadcasting of the Paralympic Games with OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Services), the results and ranking system for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with PRIS (Paralympic Results and Information Services) and other Paralympic Games IPC related matters.

The IPC Membership Gathering was held on 7-9 September at the same venue. This was an opportunity to speak with various people within the Paralympic world about different issues relating to athlete wellbeing, the development of young athletes and classification.

2018 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup

After a stopover in Hong Kong at the beginning of August, the series returned to Europe with the German round in Krofdorf on 8 September. The focus is on teams from Eastern Europe, with three Czech teams taking part in the tournaments and one Hungarian team – KSE Baj – taking part in the event in Sangerhausen. These two towns have already hosted the series in previous years and have relied on that experience to ensure the competitions run smoothly.

Information bulletins are available on the UCI website.

2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships 

The 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships were successfully held in Varese (ITA) on 29 August-2 September, setting a new participation record for the event.

In total, 61 different nationalities were represented during the Championships, with 617 riders taking part in the 22km individual time trial, and 2558 riders tackling either the 130km or 103km hilly courses during the main Gran Fondo race on the Sunday. In total, 17 male and female athletes in each of the time trial and Gran Fondo events were crowned UCI World Champions, receiving the coveted rainbow jersey during the official podium ceremony.

In addition, the team relay (organised on the Friday evening as a side event of the Championships), saw Slovenia, Canada and Italy claim the top three spots among the 18 teams of four athletes participating in the event.
The full results from all events held during the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships can be found here.

2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Series 

The 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships had barely ended when the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Series got underway. Athletes are now aiming to qualify for the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships which will take place on 5-8 September in Poznan (POL).

Two qualifier events in September allow athletes to secure early tickets for the 2019 World Championships: the first of 21 events, Amy’s Gran Fondo took place in Lorne (AUS) on 16 September, while the Poznan Bike Challenge (POL) on 23 September offers riders an early taste of the 2019 World Championships course. In October, Varese (ITA) will host its Tre Valli Varesine qualifier, just five weeks after organising the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

For more information about the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, please visit:
Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games 

Technical meetings

As part of the Youth Olympic Games being held on 6-18 October in Buenos Aires (ARG), three technical meetings for cycling events have been scheduled:

–  BMX Racing: 4 October, 14:20 – 15:00 at the Vicente Lopez competition venue. The meeting will be held in the ‘IF + Event Manager Workroom’ on the second floor, beneath the starting ramp.

–  BMX Freestyle: 8 October, 12:00-13:00, at the Urban Park competition venue. The exact location of the room will be shared shortly.

–  Combined events: 12 October, 17:00-19:00, in the Olympic Village.  There will be presentations on all combined events (road and mountain bike) at this meeting, to be held in the ‘Chef de Mission’ hall.

We would like to remind you that at least one representative per nation, for each event in which they are participating, must attend the technical meetings.

 UCI Focus Day

Please note that the UCI Focus Day will take place on 12 October in the Olympic Village Hall. The conference will begin at 15:00 for an hour.

All cyclists taking part in the Games must attend. One additional representative per nation is welcome.

The new BMX Racing and BMX Freestyle Youth Olympic Champions will be invited on stage to talk about their experiences.

 Upcoming events
ROAD          –           TRACK          –          MOUNTAIN BIKE
BMX         –         CYCLO-CROSS         –         TRIALS

INDOOR          –          PARA-CYCLING


Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Summit

On 18-20 October, the UCI will be present at the ‘Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Summit‘ – an annual conference in Paris focusing on transportation in urban areas. The UCI has been confirmed as an institutional partner of the event, which allows all UCI partners to benefit from reduced entry fees for the event. Please do not hesitate to use the code “AUTONOMYUCI2018” during registration to benefit from this offer.

Bringing together decision-makers from across the sector, the event is an opportunity to champion cycling in the urban transportation mix. Whether attendees or speakers come from industry, cities, national governments or academia, they come to learn about mobility trends and the future of transport. Please do not hesitate to contact the UCI Cycling for All team (cyclingforall@uci.ch) should you have any questions regarding this event.

European Week of Sport

The European Week of Sport (EWoS) is a European Union initiative running on 23-30 September, with the aim of getting Europeans to be more active. Cycling has been recognised as one of the key means to achieving this goal.
With Austria holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2018, the opening of the European Week of Sports will be held in Vienna. Austria’s national day of sports – Tag Des Sports – will be held on 22 September, with activities taking place across the country; a bicycle parade will take place in Innsbruck as a side event of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships. Open to all, this event will champion the power of cycling and its potential as an inspiring elite sport and as an everyday activity.
The opening of the EWoS also marks the closing of the Bike For Europe Tour. After travelling through several UCI Bike Cities and Regions – Drenthe, Gelderland, Woensdrecht and Limburg-Valkenburg – the north team of riders will have travelled over 1500km and will arrive in Vienna, having promoted cycling for all throughout their tour. Included in their stopovers was a visit to Brussels on 4-6 September, meeting with EU and local city leaders to highlight the importance of promoting cycling in major cities. Gathering in front of the European Parliament, the riders then toured the city’s cycling infrastructure, learning about how the city is shifting to promote and support active mobility.


The 18th Asian Games were hosted for the first time by two cities, Jakarta and Palembang (Indonesia) from 18 August to 2 September. The Asian Games are the exclusive property of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), bringing its members together to enhance the ability of Asian athletes and promote mutual understanding through fair competition. The multi-sport festival is held every four years.

Road cycling and mountain bike competitions took place in Subang, while track cycling was contested at the Jakarta International Velodrome and BMX racing at the Pulomas International BMX Center. These two outstanding cycling venues were certified at the top “Class 1” by the UCI and are able to host any international sporting event. “With these venues and this quality, I hope we can apply for a future World Cup.”, said Indonesia Cycling Federation’s president, Mr. Raja Sapta Oktohari.

The Chinese, South Koreans and Japanese dominated in the four cycling disciplines, followed by athletes from Hong Kong China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan. China led with 13 medals, including 6 gold. Japan won 14 medals (3 gold), while South Korea had 13 (3 gold).

In road cycling, history was made as Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan and Na Ah-reum of South Korea won both men’s and women’s road and time trial titles respectively to complete an unprecedented road cycling double. Na Ah-reum added to her record two more gold medals in track for her victory in the women’s team pursuit and women’s Madison. Azizulhasni Awang from Malaysia won the men’s sprint and Jai Angsuthasawit from Thailand got gold in men’s keirin. Sarah Lee from Hong Kong China won both women’s sprint and women’s keirin.

China and Indonesia best performed in mountain bike with Ma Hao and Yao Bianwa from China who won gold at the men’s and women’s cross-country events. Khoiful Mukhib from Indonesia won the men’s downhill and Tiara Andini Prastika clinched an historic gold medal for the host country in the women’s downhill. With this achievement, Tiara became the first Indonesian female cyclist to claim a gold medal in mountain bike during the Asian Games. Finally, Yoshitaku Nagasako from Japan and Zhang Yaru from China won the men’s and women’s in BMX racing competition respectively.

Memorable 2-week Asian Games ended with great success and with such cycling top-level infrastructure, Indonesia is willing to host more cycling events in the near future. BMX stadium in Pulomas and the Velodrome in Rawamangun “are legacy of the Asian Games” said UCI’s President, David Lappartient.



Final international competitions of the year for UCI WCC trainees
September is presenting our UCI WCC trainees with some of their biggest international competitions yet.

At the beginning of the month (5-9 September), our eight mountain bike athletes lined up at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz in Lenzerheide (SUI). The aim for these XCO specialists was to gain racing experience of the very highest level in their respective categories (Elite, Under-23 and Junior). Swapping the WCC colours for their national jerseys – Botswana, Lesotho, Romania, Croatia, Kenya, Tunisia and Argentina – they were able to put into practice what they have been learning in Aigle as they strive to reach their goals. You can read about the progress made by our Olympic Solidarity trainees Matshediso Ebudilwe and Tumelo Makae here.

Meanwhile we have 12 women and 10 men competing in Innsbruck-Tirol (AUT) at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships (23-30 September). These young trainees, aged between 16 and 25, represent South Africa, Uzbekistan, Eritrea, Colombia, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama, Burkina Faso, Chile, Hong Kong, Belarus, Argentina, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Paraguay, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago and Vietnam.

Over the same period (29-30 September), six of our trainees – representing Japan, South Africa, Thailand, Chile, Denmark and Belgium – will travel to Argentina for the fourth and final round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. One of them, Thailand’s Master Komet Sukprasert, will remain in Argentina after the competition to compete for his country in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, while South African Monqoba Madida will return home for his National Championships on 7th October.

WCC Director Frédéric Magné said: “It is immensely rewarding to see these talented young athletes competing in international competitions against the world’s best. Many of them come from countries that do not have a tradition of cycling, but thanks to their determination and the dedication of our professional WCC coaches they are progressing at an incredible rate.

“Many of our former trainees have gone on to lead very successful careers as Elite riders, and I am sure that will also be the case for a number of our current intake in the years to come.

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