Training and support
The UCI’s commitment to training and support runs deep. We have an obligation – and above all a desire – to provide our athletes with the best possible tools to enable them to develop, grow and perform at all levels of the sport.
For athletes to realise their full potential, their entourage must also be of a high, professional standard. That is why the UCI’s training programme extends to those working in cycling’s different professions: coaches, sport directors, mechanics and commissaires.
Whether a cyclist is riding at grassroots level or aiming for a world championships podium, our aim is to ensure that his or her pathway is as smooth as possible. We believe that the training programmes and initiatives we have put in place can help make a genuine difference to cycling in your countries and enable your National Federations to grow and prosper. Our programme includes:
- Training of athletes, coaches, sport directors, mechanics, in particular at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, and at the different UCI satellite centres around the world. More information can be found in the training section of our website
- Training and education courses run in cooperation with National Olympic Committees with funds distributed by Olympic Solidarity
- Training and continued development of commissaires.
- Delivery of equipment to the regions where they are needed most via the UCI Bikes for the World programme
- Financial assistance for eligible National Federations through the UCI Annual Credit scheme.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) supports the development of all Olympic sports - including road cycling, track cycling, BMX and MTB – through the 'Olympic Solidarity' programme.
Founded in 1961, Olympic Solidarity is responsible for managing and administering the share of television rights of the Olympic Games that is allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). Olympic Solidarity’s aim is to organise assistance for all NOCs, particularly those with the greatest needs, so that they can develop their own structures to favour the expansion of sport in their country.
Working closely with Olympic Solidarity, the UCI has established training programmes for young riders from countries that do not yet have the resources, facilities or expertise to permit them to reach the highest levels. These training programmes are hosted at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, and athlete scholarships are provided to promising young riders for their preparation and qualification for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
18 Olympic Solidarity athletes (6 women, 12 men) competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games including BMX gold medalist Mariana Pajon (COL).
The UCI also organises training seminars and workshops for coaches, and is behind various other development initiatives with the support of Olympic Solidarity. The UCI is extremely grateful to Olympic Solidarity, the IOC and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) for the assistance provided to our National Federations.
The UCI encourages its National Federations to take advantage of these opportunities in order to sustain their development. Requests for the organisation of a training course must be submitted to the country’s NOC.
Further information about Olympic Solidarity can be found HERE.
Cycling is a global sport, and there will always be a need for commissaires to officiate and apply the rules to ensure consistency across cycling races wherever they are held.
Commissaires play a crucial role in cycling and we are grateful to those who volunteer their services in order to guarantee that events all over the world run smoothly. We acknowledge the admirable dedication and resolve demonstrated by commissaires, sometimes in the face of unfair criticism. With their technical knowledge and enduring commitment they are an enormous asset to cycling and one that we cannot do without.
The recruitment and continuous training of commissaires, in co-operation with the National Federations, is therefore an important objective for the UCI as cycling’s governing body.
The UCI’s role is to:
- Define requirements for the training of commissaires
- Organise courses for commissaires
- Provide up-to-date training material.
The UCI provides concrete support for National Federations through its UCI Bikes for the World programme and Annual Credit financial assistance scheme. Both initiatives adhere to the principles of accountability and good governance.
Bikes for the World
Despite putting much hard work and energy into their training, many talented young riders from around the world are unable to reach their sporting potential due to lack of equipment. Often they must borrow or share bikes.
The UCI Bikes for the World programme addresses this problem by supplying and delivering brand new bikes, equipped with quality groupsets and components, to riders from emerging and developing National Federations.
Mechanics at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle assemble the Look bicycle frames with components donated by equipment manufacturers including Mavic, Vittoria, Shimano and Selle Italia.
Since 2010, many young athletes from around the world have benefited from the UCI Bikes for the World programme and have been able to train and race on high quality equipment. This has allowed them to compete on equal terms against cyclists at national, continental and international races.
As UCI President Brian Cookson says “Clearly everybody needs a bike to participate in our beautiful sport of cycling. The UCI Bikes for the World programme is one of the great sides to the federation’s crucial development work.
Resources are precious so before dispatching any bikes we have to be satisfied that the bikes will be cared for and well maintained throughout their lifespan. Everybody involved in the programme really enjoys playing their part and it is always very satisfying for us to hear how the bikes have been used. It really means something for the UCI to be able to provide brand new bikes to some of the most promising young riders from around the world and help develop their sporting careers.”
Since the UCI established the Bikes for the World programme in 2010, more than 250 new bikes have been donated to the following National Federations:
Africa - Burkina Faso, Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Lebanon, Liberia, Sao Tomé and Principe, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia
Americas – Cuba, Bolivia, Honduras, Guatemala, Paraguay, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Vietnam
Europe – Albania, Moldova
The UCI’s Annual Credit scheme is designed to assist emerging and developing National Federations with development projects for cycling in their country.
Subject to the eligibility requirements below, all second group National Federations may apply to the UCI on an annual basis for financial assistance (1,500 CHF) in order to strengthen cycling. The classification of National Federations by continent can be found here.
Examples of how the Annual Credit may be used include:
- covering travel costs for athletes to compete at the UCI World Championships or continental championships
- contributing to the construction of cycling facilities such as a BMX track
- purchasing bicycle equipment.
See below for more information on how to apply for the UCI Annual Credit.
Case studies in 2014
- The Bermuda Bicycle Association successfully applied for support to rebuild a BMX pump track at the Devonshire Community Park.
- The East Timor Cycling Federation used the annual financial assistance to pay for a rider to participate in the 2014 Asian Cycling Championships.
- The Cambodia Cycling Federation applied the annual credit to purchase two time trial bikes for young athletes preparing for the East Asian Games 2015.
- The Afghanistan Cycling Federation used the 2014 annual credit to pay for the travel costs of attending the UCI Sharing Platform and ACC Congress in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Eligibility and requirements
- Only National Federations from the second group are eligible to benefit from the UCI Annual Credit scheme.
- The Annual Credit must be applied for a project related to the development of cycling.
- The National Federation must not have outstanding debts with the UCI.
- The UCI pays the invoices directly to the service providers.
- Complete the Annual Credit Request Form giving full details and costs of the proposed cycle development project. An official letter signed by the President or Secretary General of the National Federation must also be prepared.
- Provide the UCI with the receipt/s and/or the service providers’ bank details.
- Submit all relevant documents to Nathalie Clerc (email@example.com) in the UCI’s International Relations department.