UCI National Federations Newsletter #57 – 28.02.2019
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we were able to announce this last month that Glasgow and Scotland will host the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships in 2023. This announcement constitutes a decisive step towards the delivery of this historical event.
I am absolutely thrilled that these Championships – one of my pledges during my campaign to become UCI President – are taking shape. Bringing together 13 UCI World Championships, thousands of the world’s best cyclists, and tens of thousands of spectators and fans, the UCI Cycling World Championships will be the biggest UCI event ever organised. It is an ambitious project that I know Glasgow and Scotland will do justice, drawing on their considerable experience in organising major international sporting events such as the 2018 European Sports Championships. The UCI looks forward to working with them to ensure this event, a true festival of cycling, is a huge success.
The 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot started this week. These championships take place in Pruszków, Poland, which already hosted this event in 2009, and most recently organised the opening round of the 2017-2018 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup. With next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games looming, the athletes are vying not only for the rainbow jersey but also important qualification points in the Olympic Ranking.
The UCI World Championships for track cycling are our second of the year, coming one month after those for cyclo-cross. Bogense, in Denmark, hosted a magnificent event which produced excellent racing. At the same time, we had a very positive and productive meeting of the UCI Management Committee, which adopted a series of measures for the development of cyclo-cross and cycling in general. As a reminder, details of our discussions and decisions can be found here.David Lappartient
UCI Management Committee adopts several measures for the development of cycling
The UCI Management Committee met in Middelfart, Denmark, on Thursday 31 January and Friday 1 February, ahead of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bogense.
Indeed, the next four host cities for the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships have been established: in 2020 in Dübendorf, Switzerland, in 2021 in Ostend, Belgium, in 2022 in Fayetteville, USA and finally in 2023 in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands. The latter two events were awarded during the meeting.
New initiatives to support women’s cyclo-cross were also announced, including the introduction of a new Women’s Junior Category from next season, with the aim of making it mandatory to add a Women’s Junior race to events on the UCI international calendar and National Championships from the 2021-2022 season.
The UCI Management Committee also awarded the following UCI events:
2020 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships: Stuttgart (GER)
2021 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships: Tel Aviv (ISR)
2021 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships: Cascais (POR)
More details on the discussions and decisions taken during the meeting can be found on the UCI website.
The next UCI Management Committee meeting will take place in Lavey-les-Bains, Switzerland, on 19 and 20 June 2019.
Reminder: Upcoming UCI Sharing Platforms
The upcoming UCI Sharing Platforms will be held on the following dates:
Saturday 9 March 2019 in Rome, Italy, alongside the joint African Cycling Confederation (CAC) – European Cycling Union (UEC) Congress.
Thursday 25 April 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, alongside the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) Congress and during the Asian Road and Para Cycling Championships.
Thursday 2 May 2019 in Aguascalientes, Mexico, alongside the Pan-American Cycling Confederation (COPACI) Congress and during the Elite Road Pan-American Championships.
If you wish to receive further information, please contact the UCI International Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
New President for the Federación Paraguaya de Ciclismo
Mr. Mateo Nicolas Zaldívar Avalos was recently elected President of the Federación Paraguaya de Ciclismo. Under his presidency, the National Federation will continue to make a valuable contribution to the development of cycling in the country
Glasgow and Scotland to host 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships
The inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships will be held in Glasgow and Scotland in 2023.
The announcement of the first hosts of this unprecedented event was made on 8 February.
The historic and innovative event will bring together 13 UCI World Championships for different cycling disciplines. Thousands of the world’s best cyclists will descend on Glasgow and Scotland in August 2023 to vie for the prestigious rainbow jersey.
With their vast experience organising major international cycling events and multi-sports competitions, Glasgow and Scotland are well-armed to take on this biggest UCI event ever organised.
From 2023, the UCI Cycling World Championships will be held every four years, in each pre-Summer Olympic year. It brings together the following UCI World Championships:
• UCI Road World Championships
• UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships
• UCI Track Cycling World Championships
• UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships
• UCI Mountain Bike Cross-country World Championships
• UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships
• UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships
• UCI Mountain Bike Cross Country Eliminator World Championships
• UCI Trials World Championships
• UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Championships
• UCI BMX World Championships
• UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships
• UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
At its meeting in September 2018, the UCI Management Committee confirmed that all race fines for International Calendar Races are to be collected by the UCI. Indeed, certain National Federations, by virtue of a historical agreement, levied the fines directly on their territory and the UCI has decided to remove this advantage limited only to some National Federations. In order to reinstate fairness, it has been decided that 50% of fines collected will be redistributed to all National Federations at the end of the year, based on the race’s territory. These amendments shall ensure uniform application of the regulations and ensure equal financial opportunities for National Federations – this is reflected in the Financial Obligations.
In practical terms, the UCI will invoice fines based on the Commissaires’ reports. If your Federation has collected fines in the past by making direct deductions from Prize Money, please contact that UCI legal department (email@example.com) to agree the optimal process.
The amendments agreed on this matter in January 2019 aim at clarifying the split of competence (article 12.3.005) and the process for invoicing race fines (article 12.3.006), in particular regarding currencies (fines in CHF and invoiced in EUR) as well as joint liability (article 12.3.009) when a rider races for his national team and the right to draw on a bank guarantee deposited with a national federation (UCI Continental and Women’s teams).
The fight against technological fraud in 2018
In March 2018, the UCI announced the reinforcement of its range of measures in the fight against technological fraud, the aim of which is to detect motors that could potentially be hidden in bike frames or in other bike components. As a result of this, some 16,000 tests were carried out using magnetic scanning tablets, and nearly 650 using X-rays thanks to a specially-designed mobile X-ray unit. The introduction of X-rays represented a new addition to the UCI’s range of tools in the fight against technological fraud. No irregularities were detected in 2018.
The development of means in the fight against technological fraud continues: the elaboration of a detection tool offering real time and ongoing monitoring over an entire event is in progress in partnership with the French “Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique”. Furthermore, the UCI is working on the launch of a second generation magnetometric tablet.
Applying for the UCI ProSeries
The introduction of the UCI ProSeries for the 2020 season is part of the new organisation of men’s professional road cycling and will complement the UCI WorldTour. The UCI ProSeries will cover events in the second division of competition and will consist of prestigious one-day races and stage races. The new calendar structure will feature three clearly defined divisions. The new UCI ProSeries will strengthen the second division by ensuring an optimal calendar fit with the UCI WorldTour and providing a high standard in various organisational aspects such as TV production, anti-doping, and professional team participation.
The following diagram outlines the calendar structure for the 2020 season:
The following criteria will be taken in account when accessing applications:
High-quality live TV Production criteria depending on specified criteria
International live distribution of TV production and in the host country
High-level participation of UCI Professional teams (e.g. UCI WorldTeams and UCI Professional Continental Teams)
Calendar adjustment (overlaps, etc.) and geographical considerations
Race organisation to be evaluated during the 2019 season as required
Selection from current HC and Class 1 events and new strategic races
Organiser Specifications to observed to be part of the series
Antidoping contribution to be paid to CADF
Overall number of racing days in the series
Races applying to join the UCI ProSeries will be assessed based on this range of criteria to ensure the technical quality of those races as well as their role in the strategic development and promotion of the UCI ProSeries and the narratives of the cycling season.
A candidature application file will be available for events wishing to apply for the series. The deadline to submit the candidature file, respectively to pay the application fee is 1 June 2019.
2020 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar
The registration procedure for the 2020 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar is now open. Registration forms have been sent to existing organisers. Organisers seeking to submit an application must refer to the UCI Women’s WorldTour candidates‘ guide.
Application forms and registration forms must be returned to the UCI, via the National Federations, by 15 March 2019.
The registration procedure for the other events of the UCI International Calendar (UCI ProSeries, Class 1 and Class 2) will be shared with organisers and National Federations in April. The deadline for the forms to be returned to the UCI, via the National Federations, will be 1 July 2019.
2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot – Pruszków (POL)
Online rider registration for the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot closed on Sunday 17 February. The start lists are available on the UCI website.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019-2020 UCI International Track Calendar
The 2019-2020 UCI International Track Calendar has been published on the UCI website.
2019-2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup
Reminder of the dates of the six rounds of the 2019-2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup:
• Minsk (BLR): 1-3 November 2019
• Glasgow (GBR): 8-10 November 2019
• Hong Kong (HKG): 29 November-1 December 2019
• Cambridge (NZL): 6-8 December 2019
• Brisbane (AUS): 13-15 December 2019
• Milton (CAN): 24-26 January 2020
The competition programmes will be available at a later date.
Quotas (sprint, keirin, Omnium, Madison)
Quotas for the 2019-2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup will be established on the basis of the UCI rankings, as stipulated in Article 3.4.005 amended on 21 June 2018, and published on Tuesday 17 September 2019 at 12:00 (CET).
UCI Regulations – Part III: Track Races
Regulation changes will come into effect on 4 March 2019. These changes can be found on the UCI website.
The fully updated regulations will be published on 4 March.
2019 UCI Mountain Bike Teams
The list of the 2019 UCI Elite Mountain Bike Teams and UCI Mountain Bike Teams has been published on the UCI website. In total, 109 teams from 29 countries are registered for the 2019 season, with Chile registering a team for the first time.
As in previous years, 30 teams – 15 Endurance and 15 Gravity – have been awarded UCI Elite Mountain Bike status. Invitations to join this higher tier of teams were issued to the top 15 Endurance (XC) teams of a special ranking which was established on the basis of the individual UCI points won by the riders in the UCI XCO individual ranking of 8 January 2019. Invitations to the top 15 Gravity (DHI) teams were issued on the basis of the 2018 final individual World Cup standings and the World Championships results.
UCI Elite Mountain Bike Teams benefit from advantages including free entry to all races on the UCI Mountain Bike international calendar in the discipline in which the team has Elite status. This includes and an obligation to enter at least one rider, into all rounds of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
2019 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
Information concerning the 2019 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will be updated regularly on the UCI website, and we encourage you to check it for official schedules and deadlines relating to the series.
We would like to remind you that you must book your Team/National Federation area with each Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup organiser via a form available on each organiser’s website, at least one month prior to the event.
2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz – Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
The competition schedule and online registration deadlines for the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships have been published on the UCI website.
We kindly remind you that the National Federation area must be booked directly with the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships organiser via a form available on their website.
E-Mountain Bike World Championships
The E-Mountain Bike World Championships will take place in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada on 28 August 2019 during the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz. The competition schedule will be published on the UCI website shortly, together with a document with additional information concerning the event.
2019 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships – Grächen, Switzerland
The competition schedule and online registration deadlines of the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships will be published on the UCI website shortly.
Mountain Bike Enduro World Series
The UCI expands its mountain bike offer in 2019 with the integration of the Enduro World Series into its Mountain Bike International Calendar.
The Mountain Bike Enduro World Series events has been registered and published on the 2019 UCI International Mountain Bike Calendar. The first event will take place in Rotorua (NZL) on 23-24 March 2019.
2019 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup
The 2019 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup calendar has been published on the UCI website. The first event will take place in Barcelona (ESP) on 23 March 2019.
More information to be found here.
Olympic Mountain Bike Test Event in Tokyo (Japan)
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games test event will take place on 6 October 2019. The qualification quotas, competition schedule, course layout and technical guide including the race course and registration will be available shortly on the organiser’s website.
Alpine Snow Bike
The first event of the new Alpine Snow Bike discipline took place in Châtel, France, on 7-8 February.
The upcoming Alpine Snow Bike events registered on the UCI International Mountain Bike Calendar are as follows:
14 March 2019: Alpine Snow Bike, Vars Hautes Alpes (FRA)
20 – 21 April 2019: Alpine Snow Bike, Isola 2000 (FRA)
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Rock Hill, USA
National Federations are advised that the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup to be held in Rock Hill, USA, will now take place one day earlier than originally scheduled; the event will be held on 13-14 September 2019 instead of 14-15 September 2019.
2019 UCI BMX World Championships – Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
National Federations are reminded that the schedule for the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder (BEL) is on the UCI website. They are also reminded that the amended dates for the event are 23-27 July 2019.
You can now find the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships – Qualification quotas for the Elite and Junior categories on the UCI website.
2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Race parameters
You can now find the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup race parameters on the UCI website.
The registration deadlines for these events have also been published on the UCI website.
2019 UCI BMX Teams
The 2019 UCI BMX Teams have now been published on the UCI website.
2019 UCI BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Cup Calendar
The 2019 UCI BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Cup calendar can be found on the UCI website
2019 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Championships – Qualification Quota
The UCI will introduce a qualification quota for the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Championships which will held during the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships.
For 2019, the quota ranking deadline is the UCI BMX Freestyle ranking as updated on 4 June 2019.
The ranking by nation for the Women Elite category, and the ranking by nation for the Men Elite category, on 4 June 2019 will determine the maximum number of riders that each nation may enter in each of those categories in the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Championships. The maximum quota by rank is found in the table below:
Nations rank 1st to 3rd : Maximum 6 riders
Nations rank 4th to 6th : Maximum 5 riders
Nations rank 7th to 9th : Maximum 4 riders
Nations rank 10th to 14th : Maximum 3 riders
Nations rank 15th to 19th : Maximum 2 riders
Host country of the championships : Maximum 2 riders
All others, including countries not ranked : Maximum 1 rider
Notwithstanding the above, each nation may enter a maximum of 2 reserve riders in each category.
Finals of the 2018-2019 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup
A week prior to the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, the ninth and final Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup round was contested in a rain-soaked Hoogerheide in the Netherlands. The riders faced challenging races, with some of them battling for overall World Cup victory.
Results and final standings:
Men Junior: Witse Meeusen (BEL) winner in Hoogerheide, and winner of the overall standings
Men Under 23: Eli Iserbyt (BEL) winner in Hoogerheide, Thomas Pidcock (GBR) winner of the overall standings
Women: Lucinda Brand (NED) winner in Hoogerheide, Marianne Vos (NED) winner of the overall standings
Women Under 23: Yara Kastelijn (NED) winner in Hoogerheide, Ceylin Alvarado (NED) winner of the overall standings
Men Elite: Mathieu Van Der Poel (NED) winner in Hoogerheide, Toon Aerts (BEL) winner of the overall standings
2019 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Bogense (DEN)
The 70th UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships took place in the small tourist city of Bogense in Denmark, on 2-3 February, with a record participation of 280 riders, representing 24 nations.
Six riders won the UCI World Champion title and the right to wear the UCI rainbow jersey in their respective categories; namely, Ben Tulett (GBR) in the Men Junior category, Thomas Pidcock (GBR) with a first title in the Men Under 23 category, Inge Van Der Heijden (NED) in the Women Under 23 race, Sanne Cant (BEL) for the third year running in the Women Elite category and Mathieu Van Der Poel (NED) dominated to take top spot in the Men Elite race.
2019-2020 UCI Cyclo-cross international Calendar
The 2019-2020 UCI International Cyclo-cross Calendar is available on the UCI website. This calendar includes the nine rounds of the 2019-2020 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, namely:
14 September 2019 – Iowa City (USA)
22 September 2019 – Waterloo (USA)
20 October 2019 – Bern (SUI)
16 November 2019 – Tabor (CZE)
24 November 2019 – Koksijde (BEL)
22 December 2019 – Namur (BEL)
26 December 2019 – Heusden-Zolder (BEL)
19 January 2020 – Nommay – Pays de Montbéliard (FRA)
26 January 2020 – Hoogerheide – Provincie Noord-Brabant (NED)
Future UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
The UCI Management Committee awarded the 2022 and 2023 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships at their first meeting of 2019. This confirms the calendar for the next four years: Dübendorf (SUI) in 2020, Ostende (BEL) in 2021, Fayetteville (USA) in 2022 and Hoogerheide (NED) in 2023.
The first Women Junior UCI Cyclo-cross World Champion title will be awarded at the 2020 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Dübendorf (SUI).
Cyclo-cross activity changes
Several principles regarding cyclo-cross activities were approved by the UCI Management Committee at its meeting in Denmark. The corresponding rule changes will be published in July 2019, including the start order of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, giving priority to the top 24 riders in the World Cup overall standings, and from the 2019-2020 season, UCI Cyclo-cross Teams must have a minimum of 3 riders including at least 1 female rider and 1 male rider.
The 2018-2022 Global plan for Women in Cyclo-cross was also approved and can be consulted here.
2019 UCI Trials World Cup Calendar
The 2019 UCI Trials World Cup Calendar is now available on the UCI website.
2019 UCI Trials World Youth Games
The 2019 UCI Trials World Youth Games will be held in Wadowice (POL) on 9-11 August.
2019 Para-cycling Track World Championships
Registration for the 2019 Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn (NED) closed last Wednesday. 200 riders from 36 countries will take part in this qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which is a new record. The start list is available on the UCI website.
The timetable of official training sessions, which will take place on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March 2019, can also be found on the same page. If you would like access to the track before the official training sessions, please contact the Omnisport velodrome via email at the following address: email@example.com.
Qualifying places for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games
The first qualifying places for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have been published on the UCI website.
UCI website to better reflect the integration of para-cycling
The integration of para-cycling into the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has progressed considerably in a little over 10 years. To this date, para-cycling has been presented as a separate discipline, however, para-cyclists represent a category of athletes competing in road cycling and/or track cycling. To reflect this growing integration, the UCI has decided to no longer look at para-cycling as a discipline, but rather para-cyclists as a category of athlete.
To this end, the “Para-cycling” tab will disappear from the list of cycling disciplines that features on the homepage of the UCI website.
Instead, all UCI para-cycling road events (UCI World Cup and World Championships) will be found under the “Road” tab and all UCI para-cycling track events (UCI World Championships) under the “Track” tab. Other information regarding para-cycling (including news, UCI Hour Record, results, rankings, rules and regulations) will be available by clicking on the “Para-cycling” tab higher up on the homepage between the tabs “Cycling for All” and “Women’s”, other important areas given priority by the UCI.
The change was approved by the UCI Management Committee at its meeting in Middelfart, Denmark, held during the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.
“Since its integration into the UCI in 2007, para-cycling has grown enormously, said UCI President David Lappartient. In 2010, the UCI introduced the annual UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, with several rounds organised each year in the lead up to the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. The UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships are also now held on an annual basis. Both these annual events have been named among the 13 UCI World Championships for different cycling disciplines that will be brought together as part of the inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships. This unprecedented event will be organised in Glasgow and Scotland in August 2023, the year before the Paris 2024 Paralympics, further increasing para-cycling’s popularity and international recognition.”
2019 UCI Artistic Cycling World Cup
The 2019 UCI Artistic Cycling World Cup begins on 9 March in Prague (CZE). The information bulletin and the participation quotas are available on the UCI website.
2019 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup
Team registration documents and deadlines will be sent separately to the Indoor Cycling representatives within the relevant National Federations.
If you have any questions or require any additional information, do not hesitate to contact us at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indoor Cycling development activities
During the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck (AUT) and as part of the UCI Congress, there were opportunities to discover Cycle-ball and Artistic Cycling by means of a demonstration.
With a view to developing Indoor Cycling activities within your respective organisations, we can support you, in particular through our charity partner Indoor Cycling World Wide (ICWW). They can advise you and help to implement activities with specialised coaches.
Feel free to contact Anne-Laure Payet Favre for any further information: email@example.com.
2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Series – Calendar procedure
While the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Series is in full swing, the UCI is already looking ahead to 2020 to keep growing the series and the exposure for amateur mass participation cycling events. Giving riders the chance to win a coveted UCI rainbow jersey at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, they are also an opportunity to promote tourism and cycling development in regions around the world. National Federations are thus encouraged to contact the UCI with proposals for new events which could join the World Series as of September 2019.
As in 2018, the candidature deadline for the 2020 Gran Fondo World Series is set for 31 March 2019. This will allow for the full calendar to be approved by the UCI Management Committee at its meeting in June 2019. The respective events can therefore benefit from maximum exposure before the 2020 season begins and generate more interest and commitment from riders and fans.
To request further information and receive the complete bidding procedure, please do not hesitate to contact the UCI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships – Poznan (POL) – Date Change
During its meeting in Middelfart, Denmark, ahead of the 2019 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bogense, the UCI Management Committee agreed to modify the dates of the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Poznan (Poland). Initially planned for 5 to 8 September 2019, the event will now be organised from 29 August to 1 September 2019. Invitations to qualified athletes will start being sent within the coming weeks, providing them access to the local registration platform.
Tokyo 2020 Road Cycling Test Event
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee continues its preparations for the Olympic road cycling test event.
The road cycling test event will take place on 21 July 2019. It is included on the UCI International Road Calendar as a Men’s 1.2 class race. The race will test the Games start and finish venues using a slightly modified route, i.e it will not take in the full Olympic race route. The 179km course will include approximately 3,700m of elevation gain (check the map here). National teams (up to 24 teams of a maximum of 5 riders) will be given priority. Entries are open and National Federations have until 31 March 2019 to confirm their interest in participating. Further information will be provided by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. To confirm interest in participating in the event please contact: email@example.com
CYCLING FOR ALL
Sharing Cycling for All events and initiatives from around the world
The UCI is always looking to share news of Cycling for All initiatives and events developed by our National Federations. Do you have any projects or actions designed to get more people cycling? To give children the chance to ride? Or advocate more cycling or better road safety?
If you have any initiatives focused on encouraging more cycling in all forms, don’t hesitate to reach out to the UCI Cycling for All team, as we will be able to share the project within our network and via social media.
Erasmus+ Sport 2019 funding opportunities
If you want to help solve issues related to sport on a European level and create international networks, you can apply for funding. The European Commission is awarding €48.6 million for sports projects and events within the framework of the Erasmus+ Call for Proposals. The deadline for applications is 4 April 2019.
The programme focuses on supporting European partnerships, working to develop grass-roots sports, with three distinct types of projects: collaborative partnerships, small collaborative partnerships and not-for-profit European sport events. With the objective to support EU policy objectives such as integrity in sport, equal access to sport for all and more physical activity, the programme emphasises cooperation between project partners in multiple countries.
The collaborative partnerships last 1-3 years, and the maximum grant is worth €400,000. The small collaborative partnerships last 1-2 years, and the maximum grant is worth €60,000. The maximum grant for not-for-profit events, of which approximately 12 will be selected, is €500,000.
If you are interested in either participating in or launching a project proposal, do not hesitate to access more details via the Erasmus+ project results platform here or by reviewing the updated Programme Guide to get a full picture of this funding opportunity and its requirements.
The UCI Cycling for All team is also at your disposal if you require any information on Erasmus+ Sport or assistance in your search for potential project partners.
SPOTLIGHT ON…BURKINA FASO
Nestled in West Africa, land-locked Burkina Faso is a flat country that doesn’t immediately conjure up visions of cycling.
Nevertheless, led by its President, Commandant Yasnémanégré Sawadogo, the Fédération Burkinabé de Cyclisme is developing the sport in this country which boasts one of Africa’s most important stage races, and is producing some interesting cycling talent.
For more than 30 years, Burkina Faso has welcomed cyclists from all over Africa and further afield to dispute the annual Tour du Faso, which in its current format comprises 10 stages.
In 2018, Burkina Faso’s own Mathias Sorgho won the overall ranking in front of a clutch of riders from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Seventh overall and second African rider was Burkinabé Paul Daumont who, at just 19 years of age, won the Young Rider classification.
Daumont is a promising rider, who trained last year at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, in the lead up to the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck (Austria). Competing in both the individual time trial and road race, Daumont was the only West African rider participating in the event. He has started 2019 with a solid 39th place in the Tropicale Amissa Bongo du Gabon in January, the best result by a Burkinabé.
Not bad for a youngster who only started cycling a couple of years ago because – “I watched some videos on the Internet and liked what I saw.”
Daumont is not the first Burkinabé to train at the UCI WCC in Switzerland: he was preceded by Salam Ouédraogo (2003), Rasmané Ouédraogo (2010-2011) and Abdoul Aziz Nikiema (2011).
While the country eagerly awaits Daumont’s next exploits, other budding cyclists are coming up through the country’s 49 clubs and seven leagues. The country boasts 426 licensed riders who have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities organised in line with the national policy of leisure and sport (politique nationale des loisirs et des sports – PNLS).
National Championships are a major feature on the national calendar alongside an average of two elite races a month, plus cycling for all events to encourage cyclists of all abilities. Women’s cycling is also starting to develop, as demonstrated by the organisation of a women’s race in parallel with the 2018 Tour du Faso. Women from five African countries took to the start of this inaugural “Integration Criterium”.
Tour de France stars racing in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso’s cycling culture can be traced back some 60 years. Clubs began sprouting up as early as the 1950s, but it is arguably in 1959 that marked a turning point for cycling in the country. To celebrate the first anniversary of the Republic of Haute Volta (now Burkina Faso), stars from the Tour de France such as Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Roger Rivière, Henri Anglade and Roger Hassenforder took part in a criterium in the capital, Ouagadougou.
After watching a ferocious sprint finish between the world’s best, the country was won over by this fabulous sport. Five years later, the Fédération Burkinabe de Cyclisme was established, and was affiliated to the Union Cycliste Internationale in 1965.
In its work to develop cycling today, the Fédération Burkinabé de Cyclisme can rely on the support of the Confédération Africaine de Cyclisme for training courses and advice. Last year a Burkinabé participated in a mountain bike training camp in Egypt to prepare for the African Continental Championships. Commissaires and coaches also benefit from training courses organised on the continent.
Donations of bikes
Ensuring riders have the necessary equipment to train and race can be a stumbling block for developing cycling nations such as Burkina Faso. To this end, the National Federation has received donations from the State as well as from the UCI World Cycling Centre as part of its “Bikes for the World” programme.
Meanwhile, the Swiss charity Velafrica is setting up a centre in Burkina Faso, called “Faso Velo” for the distribution of bikes to facilitate the population’s commuting and every-day life. Faso Velo will repair and sell these bikes, providing training and jobs for young people in the region of Ouagadougou.
The Fédération Burkinabé de Cyclisme has plenty of ambition for the future, not least the construction of a BMX track, mountain bike trails and a velodrome, the training of international officials and the construction of cycling schools to develop talent at a young age.
“By 2022 we aim to have a solid national team with at least two professional riders, international technical officials and a presence on international decision-making bodies,” declares the Federation President Sawadogo.
UCI WCC CORNER
The UCI World Cycling Centre has released the 2019 calendar for its education programme, which includes some new courses this year.
Mechanics training programme
The mechanics training courses have been reformatted to help National Federations ensure their mechanics are well-grounded with basic skills before continuing their training at a higher level.
To achieve this objective, National Federations may request a Level 1 course on their own territory, to be delivered by one of our UCI WCC tutors who will travel to the venue. At the end of the three-and-a-half days of instruction, the mechanics will have enough skills to take their training up to the next level.
Three Level 2 (Technician) courses and two Level 3 (Expert) courses will be held at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, in 2019. These courses last two weeks.
Experienced mechanics may also apply for the Level 4 (Master mechanic) residential internship which lasts three months.
Details and dates are available here.
Two Level 1 & 2 coaching courses – one for women only – and two Diploma courses are scheduled at the UCI World Cycling Centre in 2019. However National Federations should remember that WCC experts can also travel to deliver the two-week Level 1 & 2 courses in their countries. The three-week Diploma course is organised at the UCI WCC only.
Details and dates are available here.
In line with one of our priorities, this new addition to the UCI WCC Education Programme has been designed with the health and well-being of our athletes in mind.
The two-day workshop will equip participants with the necessary knowledge for any Riders’ Assistant. Skills and topics covered will include massage, injury prevention, recovery techniques, team travel and the duties of a soigneur.
For National Federations interested in organising this workshop in their own country, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop is aimed at anyone who has an interest in athlete welfare, such as support staff, parents, coaches, soigneurs and medical professionals.
Details and dates are available here.
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