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  1. https://www.redbull.com/za-en/uci-mtb-world-cup-calendar 2023 UCI World Cup and World Championship calendar May 12-14: Nové Město, Czech Republic (XCO/XCC) June 9-11: Lenzerheide (DH/XCO/XCC) June 16-18: Leogang, Austria (DH/XCO/XCC) June 30-July 2: Val di Sole, Italy (DH/XCO/XCC) August 4-5: UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Fort William, Scotland (DH) August 9-12: UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Glentress Forest, Scotland (XCO/XCC) August 25-27: Vallnord, Andorra (DH/XCO/XCC) September 1-3: Loudenvielle, France (DH) September 7-17: Les Gets, France (DH/XCO/XCC) September 29-October 1: Snowshoe, USA (DH/XCO/XCC) October 6-8: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada (DH/XCO/XCC
  2. Zwift, the global online fitness platform for cyclists, is today able to confirm Wahoo, Shimano and NTT as the Official Partners of the 2022 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships, which will be held on Zwift on February 26th 2022. Wahoo is named Official Trainer Partner of the event, providing their latest Wahoo KICKR V5 Smart […] View full article
  3. Running from 26 February - 01 March this is sure to be a good warm-up for the Olympic games. And full coverage on SuperSport! The Danes threw out the book last night in the Team Pursuit!
  4. Sharpen your E-pitchforks, this from Bikeradar, but it's been all over twitter since this weekend. https://www.bikeradar.com/news/zwift-and-uci-esports-cycling-world-championships/ Zwift, the most prolific online training platform for cyclists, is teaming up with cycling’s global governing body, the UCI, to introduce an esports Cycling World Championships for 2020. If you’re not familiar with Zwift, it’s an online platform that bridges a gap between training and gaming in enabling cyclists (and also runners in its other guise) training at home to ride or race virtually with people all across the world. Scheduled rides and races — sometimes on real roads and courses recreated for the virtual world — give another dimension to turbo trainer usage; gradients, conditions and wind all affect the ride difficulty (with feedback through smart trainers), and other riders on-screen are real people pedalling hard in a garage or living room somewhere else in the real world. As a growing number of cyclists begin to use the platform to get in their miles — Zwift notes that over two million miles have been ridden on its three recreated UCI World Championships circuits alone — it should perhaps come as no surprise that things are getting more serious. Zwift Women’s League with team CANYON//SRAM. ZwiftThere are already full-blown races for money that take place entirely online and even professional e-racing teams; British Cycling hosted a National Championships early in 2019 and Canyon ZCC has a roster of pro racers focused on Zwift. The UCI Cycling Esports World Championships 2020 was announced during a joint Zwift-UCI press conference at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire. The UCI’s President, David Lappartient, said: “As the governing body for the sport, we need to remain open to technical innovations and change, and to remain relevant to all audiences… there is a particularly exciting opportunity through esports as we look to attract a younger audience to cycling. Together we have an opportunity to support a fitter youth, through the creation of a new sustainable sport.” Format, dates and schedule for the event or qualifying events have not yet been released. Zwift notes that “Both the UCI and Zwift are committed to fair play and governance in cycling. The partnership will see both implement a new UCI rulebook for Cycling Esports in the coming year.”
  5. Yo Yo Yo ... so we are nearly there again Mr Gwin seen here Reigning World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin (YT Mob/Red Bull) turned heads during Saturday's downhill practice, taking numerous runs on a cloaked test bike. He did not race on Sunday. April 21-22: Lošinj, Croatia June 2-3: Fort William, Scotland June 9-10: Leogang, Austria July 7-8: Val di Sole, Italy July 14-15: Vallnord, Andorra August 11-12: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada August 25-26: La Bresse, France September 4-9: WChamps Lenzerheide, Switzerland
  6. Quick general question I'd like to know: Once someone begins racing (i.e. Elite category), which website is used to show information such as their races, penalties, rider category, and specifically any points earned? I found it a few months back and now struggling to find it again. Thanks
  7. This picture could be worth a 1000 words...
  8. To kickstart this thread, here are the official bits relating to this year's Road World Champs ) 2016. First a picture of the current Road World Champs, in case you forgot: Elite Men - Peter Sagan Elite Woman - Lizzie Armitstead..... The qualification process - how do nations get the number of riders to the start line. Download the file (or click the link above) Systèmedequalification2016-ENG-Final_English.pdf The cut-off date for qualification is 22 August, which is around the corner - hence the information being posted so soon. South Africa is currently ranked 20th (mens) and 12th (ladies), but only the top 10 nations get preferential qualification. The rest have to follow alternative means of qualification. Louis (Maincheese) is currently ranked 46th, so the SA men get to send three riders. Ashleigh (Moolman-Pasio) is currently ranked 9th, so we also (should) get three riders.Assuming I have read, and understood, the qualification process listed in the file above, and summarised below: 3. Qualification through the Individual UCI World Ranking Each nation which has not otherwise qualified, which has its top-ranked rider: - among the first 100 positions in the individual UCI World Ranking on 22 August 2016: each nation may enter 3 riders to start. The official UCI website for 2016 THE RACE ROUTE(S) Elite Woman - http://www.dohacycling2016.com/event/women-elite-road-race/ http://www.dohacycling2016.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/road-race-women-elite.jpg Elite Men - http://www.dohacycling2016.com/event/men-elite-road-race/http://www.dohacycling2016.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/road-race-men-elite-map.jpg To see the other disciplines (TT and other categories) - http://www.dohacycling2016.com/events/category/road-races/
  9. South Africa’s premier one-day mountain bike race, the Fairview Attakwas Extreme, has been given a boost for 2017 after being granted International Cycling Union (UCI) status. Click here to view the article
  10. Cycling South Africa is proud to announce that the following riders have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships taking place in Doha, Qatar from 9-16 October. Click here to view the article
  11. This is how a DH race looks like in Slovakia [media] [/media]
  12. Two South African women track cyclists were granted an opportunity of a lifetime when they accepted an invitation from the UCI (Union Internationale Cycliste) to participate in a three-month track cycling training camp at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, from September to December 2015. Click here to view the article
  13. The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge together with Cycling South Africa is delighted to announce that the 2015 race will be hosting three international women’s teams, top local women’s teams and composite invitational teams from across Africa. Click here to view the article
  14. KwaZulu-Natal’s premier cycle race, the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic road cycle race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban is the only African qualifying event for the 2016 UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) final, when it takes place on 18 October 2015. Click here to view the article
  15. Onto round 6 on Saturday. The hunt up top is starting to get very interesting. Bound to be another awesome weekend of racing.
  16. The Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI’s) 2016 season of major mountain bike events will be marked by the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the UCI World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic (for Olympic cross-country – XCO) and Val di Sole, Italy (downhill and four-cross – DHI and 4X), as well as the return of Cairns (Australia) and La Bresse (France) to the World Cup. Click here to view the article
  17. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today unveils a new brand identity to help modernise the image of the organisation. A new logo is central to the update. Click here to view the article
  18. Three-time Downhill World Champion, Greg Minnaar, has been appointed as one of 13 members of the renewed International Cycling Union’s (UCI) Athlete Commission, representing the mountain bike discipline up until 2017. Click here to view the article
  19. The UCI World Cycling Tour 2015 is over halfway its season with 8 events who already took place and 6 events to go before the UWCT Final in Aalborg-Denmark between 3 and 6 September 2015. Click here to view the article
  20. Cycling South Africa would like to remind all licenced cyclists that the UCI rule 1.2.019 pertaining to Forbidden Races is to be adhered to as part of the UCI Rules for the General Organisation of Cycling as a Sport (please click here for the UCI rules http://www.cyclingsa...-E_English.pdf). Click here to view the article
  21. The 2015 African Mountain Bike Continental Championships took place in Musanze, Rwanda from 8-10 May. Sub-tropical climates of the East African country provided a rather slippery terrain on which the riders had to compete, making this past weekend’s racing an unpredictable and unforgettable experience for all involved. Click here to view the article
  22. Just saw the news this morning - May get interesting as far as Tour de France if it runs the course... http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/uci-requests-withdrawal-of-astana-licence-159985 http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-requests-withdrawal-of-astanas-worldtour-licence Should provide some fun (and court cases) in the international cycling scene for the next couple of weeks
  23. How does one register to join a Stonehaven cycle race? Is there a need for any licences such as a UCI license? Thanks in advance. Miguel
  24. Cycling South Africa’s Coaching Commission is flying out Canadian Elite Master Coach, Houshang Amiri, to deliver three UCI accredited Level 1 Coaching Courses in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg during the month of April. Click here to view the article
  25. Lance Armstrong and UCI ‘colluded to bypass doping accusations’ http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/9/1425895495708/cdbf5480-cc8a-438d-a3f7-b66998d283e4-1020x612.jpegLance Armstrong finished first in the 1999 Tour de France, which had been billed as ‘the Tour of Renewal’. Photograph: Photosport Int/RexWilliam Fotheringham Monday 9 March 2015 00.01 GMT Last modified on Monday 9 March 2015 10.05 GMT A damning report published on Monday shows how cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, colluded with Lance Armstrong from 1999 to 2009 to circumvent accusations he doped and to cement his status as the pre-eminent personality in the sport. The report reads: “There are numerous examples that prove Lance Armstrong benefited from a preferential status afforded by the UCI leadership … UCI did not actively seek to corroborate whether allegations of doping against Lance Armstrong were well-founded [but] fell back to a defensive position as if every attack against Lance Armstrong was an attack against cycling and the UCI leadership … there was a tacit exchange of favours between the UCI leadership and Lance Armstrong, and they presented a common front.” The tone was set at the episode in the 1999 Tour de France when Armstrong’s doctors provided a backdated prescription for cortisone after he tested positive for the drug. “The UCI failed to apply its own rules … which constituted a serious breach of its obligations … to govern the sport correctly,” states the report. Among the other main points in the report are: • Doubts about the current health of the peloton after “the commission did not hear from anyone credible in the sport who would give cycling a clean bill of health” • Fears that “doping in amateur cycling is becoming endemic” • Worries that “biological passports” are enabling riders to dope better The report, by the Union Cycliste International’s Independent Commission for Reform in Cycling, concludes the governing body bent its own rules, as it adds: “Direct contact was initiated between high-level UCI officials and the Armstrong entourage, during which the latter was advised to produce a medical certificate … when a medical certificate was produced … it should have been obvious to UCI that [it] … was backdated and solely provided to justify a posteriori the traces of triamcinolone found in the rider’s urine. Therefore, disciplinary proceedings should have been opened.” It continues: “His doctor issued a certificate where not only was the date wrong but also what it attested. The CIRC considers that it was a case of a false medical certificate and therefore the case should have been reported to the criminal authorities.” The CIRC was set up soon after the arrival of Brian Cookson as the head of the UCI in September 2013. It was made up of the Swiss politician Dick Marty, the anti-doping specialist Ulrich Haas and the former Australian military man Peter Nicholson, who were given a brief of looking into the sport’s doping past, and in particular allegations that the UCI’s relationship with Armstrong was corrupt. Those who have been interviewed include Armstrong himself, the former UCI presidents Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid, and current team heads Bjarne Riis and Alexander Vinokourov. The 1999 race, billed as the “Tour of Renewal” following a doping scandal involving the Festina team the previous year, marked the first of the American’s seven Tour wins and in retrospect was a missed opportunity by the UCI to nip the Armstrong drugs saga in the bud. Damagingly, the report infers that the 1999 cortisone episode was common practice, as the UCI “appeared to have a policy of accepting backdated prescriptions and to be lenient in applying the rules on therapeutic use exemptions [TUEs]. The practice was justified by arguing that, from a health perspective, it made little difference whether the prescription was provided before or after testing. Prescriptions were seen by riders as a means of covering up positive tests results.” TUEs allow riders to use prescribed prohibited substances for the treatment of legitimate medical conditions. Letting Armstrong off the hook in 1999 was only the beginning and proved doubly damning for the UCI when allegations of EPO use by Armstrong surfaced in later testimony to the US Anti-Doping Agency from his former colleagues Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis. Armstrong was tested five times during the 2001 Tour of Switzerland and the samples analysed at a laboratory in Lausanne. According to the report, “the laboratory made the following comment: ‘strong suspicion of the presence of recombinant erythropoietin’” though it declared the samples negative. The report adds: “Several sources indicated that Lance Armstrong and his entourage were informed by the UCI of these suspect test results shortly after receipt of the results by the laboratory. Through the 2000s, as Armstrong became ever more successful and famous, and as doping allegations piled up, “the suspicions of doping were sufficient to justify target testing Lance Armstrong by all competent agencies. UCI should have … been circumspect in its relations with the athlete. However, the CIRC considers that former [uCI] presidents actually initiated a special relationship with Lance Armstrong and failed to establish a more distant relationship … Special consideration was allowed for Lance Armstrong and, to return the favour, Lance Armstrong was used in UCI’s battles against various third parties on different fronts.” The report adds that Armstrong assisted the UCI president Hein Verbruggen in his dispute with the World Anti-Doping Agency head Dick Pound in 2004 – an open letter from Verbruggen to Pound in January 2004 was drafted by Verbruggen and Armstrong’s agent – and that the UCI “worked with the rider’s lawyers” during his legal cases against the Sunday Times and its journalist David Walsh and the insurance company SCA, “obtaining statements and/or affidavits” … “and to respond to accusations of doping and defend the effectiveness of UCI’s anti-doping policy.” Armstrong issued a statement in response to CIRC’s findings in which he apologised for his actions. “I am grateful to CIRC for seeking the truth and allowing me to assist in that search,” it read. “I am deeply sorry for many things I have done. However, it is my hope that revealing the truth will lead to a bright, dope-free future for the sport I love, and will allow all young riders emerging from small towns throughout the world in years to come to chase their dreams without having to face the lose-lose choices that so many of my friends, team-mates and opponents faced. I hope that all riders who competed and doped can feel free to come forward and help the tonic of truth heal this great sport.” Last month Armstrong was ordered to pay $10m (£6.5m) in his dispute with SCA for an “unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy” that covered up his use of performance-enhancing drugs. The report’s conclusion is the UCI’s relationship with Armstrong could not be described as corrupt. However, CIRC concluded the UCI “did not act prudently” in soliciting and accepting financial donations from Armstrong, particularly because he was suspected of doping. In 2002 Armstrong had donated $25,000 towards the UCI’s costs for drug testing and in 2007 a further $100,000 towards a drug-testing machine. In 2008 Verbruggen requested a further £100,000 towards drug-testing costs but the report found “no evidence to prove that Lance Armstrong complied with this request”. http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/8/1425841137474/8c9d8984-a34c-4328-8d10-21ffb43294e3-620x372.jpegFacebook Twitter Pinterest Last month an arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corporation to pay $10m (£6.5m) in a fraud dispute with a promotions company. Photograph: Thao Nguyen/APA particularly damaging passage of the report covers events after an inquiry by l’Equipe in 2005 alleged the blood booster erythropoietin had been found when Armstrong’s urine samples from the 1999 Tour had been tested for research purposes. The UCI commissioned an independent report from the Dutch anti-doping consultant Emile Vrijman, which cleared Armstrong of wrongdoing. CIRC revealed the UCI president, Pat McQuaid, instructed Vrijman to restrict his inquiries to the “formal irregularities”, which led to l’Equipe getting data enabling it to conclude its inquiry. CIRC concludes: “UCI specifically excluded from Emile Vrijman’s mandate an examination of the EPO test … UCI’s primary concern was not to examine the veracity of the allegations and the consequences thereof but to restrict the inquiry from the outset to procedural issues”. Still more damning is the fact Armstrong’s lawyer Mark Levinstein was involved in drafting the report. Levinstein, CIRC says, “inserted substantial amounts of text … to make [the interim report] more critical of Wada and criticising in detail the credibility of the [French doping agency]’s methods and procedures, citing numerous alleged deficiencies”. Further mark-ups of the report went to Verbruggen, then vice-president of the UCI, and he “then proceeded to draft an executive summary of the report for which he received extensive input from Mark Levinstein”. CIRC states: “UCI, together with the Armstrong team, became directly and heavily involved in the drafting of the Vrijman report … The main goal was to ensure the report reflected UCI’s and Lance Armstrong’s personal conclusions. The significant participation of UCI and Armstrong’s team was never publicly acknowledged, and was consistently denied by Hein Verbruggen.” There were other instances of collusion, notably when Armstrong returned to racing in 2009. The UCI bent its rule that an athlete had to be in the anti-doping pool for six months before competing in order to allow him to ride the Tour Down Under in Australia. “UCI failed to apply its own rules,” states CIRC, “… sending the message rules applied differently to some athletes.” There was, says CIRC, no direct evidence that a change of heart over the matter by McQuaid was down to Armstrong’s decision to ride the Tour of Ireland – run by McQuaid’s brother Darach, and facing financial issues – but “documents show a temporal link … in the morning Pat McQuaid told UCI staff he had decided to let Lance Armstrong participate in the Tour Down Under, and that same evening Lance Armstrong told McQuaid that he had decided to participate in the Tour of Ireland”. According to the report: “Mr Armstrong agreed to ride in the Tour of Ireland for free.” Armstrong’s attorney Elliot Peters added in statement: “Lance Armstrong co-operated fully with CIRC. He met in person for two full days with CIRC senior investigators, including Peter Nicholson and Ulrich Haas, answered every question they asked without any restrictions, agreed to meet again if they wanted, and provided all documents requested to which he had access. http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-460/h--/q-95/sys-images/Sport/Pix/columnists/2015/3/8/1425834605506/Lance-Armstrong-007.jpg “Lance’s sole interest in doing so was to facilitate the emergence of the truth about cycling. While Lance has borne the brunt of anti-doping enforcement efforts and attendant negative publicity (and consequences), the truth is that the sport he encountered in Europe in the 1990s was a cesspool where doctors, coaches and riders participated daily in doping and covering up doping. “Young riders on elite teams competing in Europe faced a simple choice: dope and lie about it or accept that you could not compete clean. We applaud CIRC for taking a courageous and unvarnished look at the truth. In the rush to vilify Lance, many of the other equally culpable participants have been allowed to escape scrutiny, much less sanction, and many of the anti-doping “enforcers” have chosen to grandstand at Lance’s expense rather than truly search for the truth.” Interviewees who agreed to be named in the reportThe committee interviewed 174 people including at least 25 riders. These are the main ones: Brian Cookson – current UCI president Pat McQuaid – UCI president 2005-13 Hein Verbruggen – UCI president 1992-2005; IOC member 1996-2008; chairman of the coordination commission for the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 Mario Zorzoli – current UCI doctor and scientific adviser, suspended because of allegations of malpractice Pedro Celaya – former doctor at Motorola, US Postal Service and Once teams, currently serving an eight-year ban for involvement in doping at US Postal Bobby Julich – third finisher at 1999 Tour de France, subsequently coach at Team Sky until 2012 when he left after admitting to doping during his own racing career, now at Tinkoff-Saxo team Dr Roger Palfreeman – former doctor at British Cycling Olympic team, now working part-time at BMC Bruno Roussel – former directeur sportif at Festina team, admitted overseeing the team’s doping programme in 1998, after which he left the sport Bjarne Riis – 1996 Tour de France winner, subsequently admitted to doping but never banned, currently head of Tinkoff-Saxo team Bob Stapleton – brought in to relaunch T-Mobile as a clean team, subsequently headed up HTC-Columbia squad, now chairman of USA cycling Alexander Vinokourov – Kazakh cyclist banned for blood doping in 2007, winner of Olympic road race in London after end of ban, now head of Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali’s Astana squad Jonathan Vaughters – former team-mate of Lance Armstrong, founder of the Garmin-Sharp professional team Lance Armstrong – seven-times Tour de France winner stripped of titles due to doping Nicole Cooke – 2008 Olympic and world road champion, now retired Chris Froome – 2013 Tour de France winner Tyler Hamilton – former team-mate of Lance Armstrong, banned 2004 for blood doping; his confession was key element in Usada’s inquiry into Armstrong http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/8/1425841445204/e4f571a6-cab5-481f-a305-0e3302b492bc-620x372.jpegFacebook Twitter Pinterest The former cyclist Tyler Hamilton was among the interviewees for the CIRC’s report. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFPDick Pound – former head of Wada, involved in bitter dispute with Hein Verbruggen in 2005 Professor David Cowan – head of the King’s College, London doping control centre Sandro Donati – leading Italian anti-doping activist, author of a key report into EPO use in the professional peloton in 1992 Damien Ressiot – l’Equipe journalist who alleged in 2005 that urine samples delivered by Lance Armstrong in 1999 Tour had been found to contain EPO David Walsh - campaigning Sunday Times journalist who exposed Armstrong’s work with Italian trainer Michele Ferrari, who was banned in 2012 http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/mar/09/lance-armstrong-uci-colluded-circ-report-cycling
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