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Mountain Bike representatives on UCI Athletes' Commission unveiled

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to announce that Maja Wloszczowska (Poland), Lukas Flückiger (Switzerland), Myriam Nicole (France) and Greg Minnaar (South Africa) will be representing Mountain Bike on the UCI Athletes' Commission, after a vote held during the 2017 UCI MTB World Championships, in Cairns, Australia.

Lukas Flückiger and Myriam Nicole were already de facto elected as unique candidates for XCO (male candidate) and DHI (female candidate) respectively.

Maja Wloszczowska was chosen from a list of two candidates as the XCO female representative. Greg Minnaar was chosen from a list of two candidates as the DHI male representative.

Maja Wloszczowska and Greg Minnaar obtained 61,5% and 60% of the votes respectively.
Of the athletes participating in Cairns, 46,1% took part in the vote.

Members of the Commission are elected for a four-year mandate running from the UCI Congress in 2017 to the Congress in 2021.

This week's election is part of the renewal of all UCI Commissions in 2017.

Maja Wloszczowska, Lukas Flückiger, Myriam Nicole and Greg Minnaar will join Sarah Storey (Great--Britain) and Colin Lynch (Ireland), Laura Smulders (Netherlands) and Liam Phillips (Great--Britain), Kristina Vogel (Germany) and Kenny De Ketele (Belgium), Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) and Simon Zahner (Switzerland), respectively elected as paracycling, BMX Racing, track cycling and cyclo-cross representatives.

This year, the UCI has decided to increase the representation of its various disciplines on the UCI Athletes' Commission by modifying its electoral system.

This new voting system will see the UCI Athletes' Commission grow from 13 to 20 members, with a perfect Men/Women balance for all disciplines.

In line with the election method of the Athletes' Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which elects its members at each Olympic Games, elections of the representatives from each discipline will take place every four years at the UCI World Championships of the relevant discipline.

The mission of the UCI Athletes' Commission is to:

  • present the UCI Management Committee with a wide-range of considerations in order
    to improve the role of athletes in all disciplines;
  • promote/improve the respect and rights of athletes across all forms of cycling and in all disciplines;
  • promote ethics and all fair play rules inherent to the practice of cycling at all levels;
  • provide a direct link with the UCI Management Committee for major events;
  • inform athletes of the range of professional training available to them during and after
    their sporting careers;
  • act as ambassadors and role models for all disciplines and at all levels.

According to the Commission's terms of reference, the President of the UCI Athletes' Commission is elected by his/her peers and is co-opted onto the UCI Management Committee, the executive body of the Federation which operates under the authority of the Congress. In addition, one representative on the Athletes' Commission from each discipline automatically becomes a member of the Commission of his/her discipline, and therefore represents the athletes on that Commission.

The renewal of the UCI Athletes' Commission, with wider representation of disciplines, comes a year after the Commission was overhauled - one of the key commitments of Brian Cookson, since taking up the UCI Presidency in 2013.

 XCO Women Number of votes    Percentage
 Maja Wloszczowska (POL)  32  61.5%
 Lea Davison (USA  20  38,5%

 DHI Men  Number of votes Percentage 
 Greg Minnaar (RSA)  30  60%
 Brook MacDonald (NZ)  20  40%

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