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  1. 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!
  2. 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.”
  3. 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
  4. The new partnership signifies the progression of the EWS, cementing its place as the world’s leading enduro series and recognising the rapid progression of the discipline over the last six years. The tight racing, exciting venues and great trails that are the hallmarks of the EWS will remain unchanged following this new agreement, and the Enduro World Series championship will continue as one of the hardest fought and most prestigious individual titles in mountain biking. Alongside the individual EWS titles, and to promote the ethos of team work, strategy and sportsmanship, from 2019 the UCI will award the iconic UCI Rainbow Jerseys to the winning national teams at the annual Trophy of Nations event, marking a new era for international team competition. The EWS will now begin working closely with the UCI to continue developing the discipline, advise the UCI Mountain Bike Commission, train Commissaires and integrate anti-doping policies into the sport of enduro worldwide. Chris Ball, Managing Director of the EWS said: “It’s been no secret we have remained in close communication with the UCI for the past six years whilst the EWS has spearheaded the growth of enduro. As the discipline continues its rapid expansion, the time is now right to add a layer of neutral governance - I’ve always been a firm believer that every sport needs checks, balances and transparency in place. “This agreement has been a long time in the making and following the election of new UCI President David Lappartient in 2017, our relationship has strengthened and negotiations have accelerated. I am now pleased to announce that the EWS and the UCI from today will begin a new way of working together for the best of the sport, that will maintain the EWS’ position at the top of the discipline. This will allow the EWS to represent and guide the direction of enduro within the UCI, bring anti-doping best practice from the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) and award the fabled UCI Rainbow Jerseys at the Trophy of Nations in 2019. I thank Mr Lappartient and UCI Deputy Sports Director and Head of Off-Road Peter Van den Abeele for following our vision and together starting another new chapter for the great sport of mountain biking.” UCI President David Lappartient declared: “I am looking forward to mountain bike Enduro joining the specialities recognised by the UCI thanks to the inclusion of the Enduro World Series on the UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar. Established in 2012, this very popular series includes no fewer than eight rounds which are of great sporting interest and impeccably organised. Thanks to this partnership, it will now benefit from a broader international reach and an unprecedented capacity to develop through our 190 National Federations. Moreover, I am convinced that the relaunch of the Trophy of Nations will attract a growing number of athletes, motivated by the idea of being awarded the iconic UCI Rainbow Jersey alongside their national team mates.”
  5. 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
  6. This picture could be worth a 1000 words...
  7. 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/
  8. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za. The 121km point-to-point race from the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn to the coastal settlement at Groot Brak Rivier, celebrates its 11th edition on 21 January 2017 by offering more prize money, increased media coverage and a strong international field. Top international and leading South African marathon racers will also be enticed by the UCI rankings points on offer at the prestigious event, which has a reputation for being one of the toughest marathons in mountain bike racing. The race takes competitors through the Attakwas Reserve, an unforgiving wilderness area with steep gradients and rough terrain. There are over 3000 metres of accumulated vertical ascent and riders have 11 hours to complete the distance, with the top men clocking just under five hours and the leading women around 5:45. “Attakwas is a truly South African endurance sports event. We have positioned it in the same league as the Comrades Marathon is for running. It’s a big deal to just finish it for many of the participants, but it’s also a high quality challenge for the top racers,” said Henco Rademeyer of Dryland Event Management, the company that organises the Attakwas Extreme. “The timing of the race makes it the first marathon of the year and with a high number of international professionals training in South Africa then, it will be an even more attractive race for them to enter. As it is, we have had some of the best marathon racers in the world competing at – and winning – Attakwas in the past,” added Rademeyer. The race takes competitors through the Attakwas Reserve, an unforgiving wilderness area with steep gradients and rough terrain. There are over 3000 metres of accumulated vertical ascent. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za One of the additions to the race will be live online video coverage of the finish. “We’ll have a makeshift studio at the finish and will flight a summary of the race before crossing live to the action from about half an hour from the end of the men’s race. This will really bring the excitement and colour of the race to many people around the world and elevate the race’s profile in line with its new UCI status,” said Mark le Roux of Bigshot Media. “Attakwas has grown over the years and is well known as one of the hardest races in South Africa, so it’s good to hear that the professional riders get more honoured. Also, the UCI status might attract more professional riders to compete for points, which will make the racing even more exciting,” said Karl Platt, five-time Cape Epic winner and the 2016 Attakwas champion. “Attakwas is undoubtedly a worthy race for UCI grading. It gives us professional riders the opportunity to gain UCI rankings points on our home soil and improves the professionalism of the sport,” said Team Ascendis Health’s Robyn de Groot, the 2016 winner. “As professional athletes, it’s always appreciated when race organisers invest more in prize money and media coverage, so thanks to Dryland for addressing this. I have no doubt the racing in 2017 will be world class,” added De Groot. The maximum number of entries for the 2017 Attakwas Extreme has been reached. Those wanting an entry can register on the waiting list and will be notified should a place become available. There’s a 56km Mini Atta for those unsure if they’re ready for the main event. For more information on the Fairview Attakwas Extreme, visit www.atta.co.za
  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. National Team for 2016 Road World ChampionshipsElite Men Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg Jaco Venter Clint Hendriks U23 Stefan de Bod Elite Ladies Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Heidi Dalton Anriette Schoeman Samantha Sanders Lisa Olivier Zanele Tshoko Junior Men Devon Short Damean Oosthuizen Jason Oosthuizen Junior Ladies Nicolene Marais Lynette Benson Cycling South Africa’s Road Cycling Commission Director, Bosseau Boshoff said: “This is the first year that we have sent such a large women’s team to World Champs. To have the two Junior Ladies in the team as well will provide such great experience for them, and help us even more to grow and develop women’s cycling in the country.” Qatar is the first Middle East country to host a Road World Championship, and second Asian country after Japan in 1990. For more information on the 2016 UCI Road World Championships, click here: http://www.dohacycling2016.com/events/category/road-races/
  11. 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
  12. This is how a DH race looks like in Slovakia [media] [/media]
  13. 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
  14. South African Odette Van Deventer (left) and Bernette Beyers have been invited and taking part in a three-month track cycling training camp at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland from September to December 2015. Photo: uci.ch A recent article on the UCI (Union Internationale Cycliste) website (UCI World Cycling Centre welcomes two of South Africa’s top women track cyclists) shares some of the insights of Odette van Deventer (18) and Bernette Beyers (23) as they pursue their cycling dreams and nurture their cycling talent on the track. Odette took up the sport at the age of 10, when her track cyclist father bought her a track bike. It was fast, it was exciting, and the young Odette never looked back. Already successful as a Junior, in her first year as an Elite this year, she took South Africa’s national Elite Women’s title in the 500m and went on to medal at the African Continental Championships, including gold in the team sprint. Bernette, on the other hand, only began track cycling in January this year, a few weeks before competing in the Western Cape Track Cycling Championships which went “pretty well.” Two months later, in the South African Championships, the newcomer came away with one gold medal and five silver medals, including in the time trial behind Odette. Being the first South African women track cyclists to train at the UCI WCC has given the young women a greater sense of developing in all the facets of the sport, and they are absorbing as much as they can at the world-class facility. “We want to develop our cycling and be competitive overseas,” explains Bernette, who has already lowered her time for 200m from 12.62 to 11.69 in her eight weeks in Switzerland. Her training companion explains: “The track cycling community in South Africa is small. We want to get stronger and perform at a higher level. We have already improved so much. Our times are proving that.” Their immediate goal is the South African Track Cycling Championships in 2016. However, in their six weeks remaining in Switzerland they want to continue their progression in order to gain points that could earn them starting spots in high-level international competitions such as the UCI Track Cycling World Cup. They have a very real desire to form a strong and formidable partnership for the team sprint, but for the moment are concentrating on building strength and speed. UCI WCC coach Miguel Torres Martin is highly satisfied with their progress: “They are showing significant improvements since they arrived and are succeeding along the short term goals we are setting in different training phases. After eight weeks we have observed large improvements in their technique, strength, power profiles and overall form, both at the gym and on the track. Odette Van Deventer (left) and Bernette Beyers, the first South African women track cyclists to train at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, are in Switzerland from September to December 2015. Photo: uci.ch. “We’re developing our skills but there is still so much more we can do,” says Odette, who has delayed her final school year to devote herself to cycling. In Aigle they feel spoilt by the facilities and equipment at their disposal. “The structure here works really well,” says Bernette. “The coaches are great and so is the equipment, the bikes, the velodrome...” Cycling South Africa’s Track Cycling Commission Director, Johan Smith, said that he was thankful to the UCI for giving these two women this opportunity. “I find it huge that this opportunity has been given to two women, not only track cyclists, but sprinters. It’s making the sport sexy,” he said. “It’s a wonderful discipline, and it’s necessary for us in South Africa to see it as more appealing. Track cycling combines gym work, toning and all round fitness with cycling. Sprinting makes it a sexy sport. It will definitely draw more people to the sport, I’m certain of it. “The fact that these ladies have had this experience in the European conditions and competitive environments, gives them the opportunity to bring that knowledge back home and show the other track cyclists what they have learned,” he concluded. During their stay, they are travelling twice to Great Britain to take part in the Manchester and Glasgow rounds of the Revolution Series. The racing experience will arm them well for the South African Championships and then the African Continental Championships. Article edited, view the full story here: http://www.uci.ch/track/news/article/uci-world-cycling-centre-welcomes-two-south-africa-top-women-track-cyclists/
  15. 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 in Gauteng on Sunday 15th November Photo: Craig Dutton/pics2go.co.za Bigla Pro Cycling Team, Team Liv Platur and Team Tibco SVB will be travelling to the event from overseas to join South Africa’s Activate/Demacon, Time Freight eTeam, BestMed ASG Women’s Cycling and Clover Prestigio as well as composite invitational teams from South Africa, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Israel, Namibia, Rwanda and Mauritius. The teams will be presented at a press conference ahead of the event, where international super-cyclist, Marianne Vos will discuss the teams’ intentions for the race. Earlier this year, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) granted the Cycle Challenge women’s race UCI 1.1 status, which means cyclists have the opportunity to earn valuable UCI points in their attempts to strengthen their chances for Olympic places for Rio 2016. The news builds on the event’s already strong focus on female cyclists. Last year, Momentum brought Vos to Johannesburg to race in the Cycle Challenge along with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, South Africa’s international cycling champion. Vos and Moolman-Pasio took 1st and 2nd places respectively in the 2014 Cycle Challenge women’s race. “We are thrilled that Marianne enjoyed her experience with us last year and that she is coming back in 2015 to welcome the racing women’s teams to the event,” said Momentum head of sponsorships, Carel Bosman. Cycling SA has shown their full support for the ranking of the event by stepping in to assist the teams with rider accommodation and logistics. The UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Africa has also hosted a women’s only training camp for African riders leading up to the event. The awarding of the UCI 1.1 ranking for the ladies, adds a new level of excitement to the race, now in its 19th year and organizers are proud of the opportunity this affords the ladies and the contribution this makes to women’s cycling. Besides adding this opportunity and a level of prestige to the race, we are also heartened that the Cycle Challenge is one of a few cycling events that offers female racers their own peloton and equal prize-money to the men.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. The Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic road cycle race is the only African qualifying event for the 2016 UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) final, taking place from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on 18 October 2015. Photo: Craig Dutton/pics2go.co.za The UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world. Some 15 qualifier events will qualify the top 25% in each age group to the Amateur Road World Championships, the former UWCT Final and UCI Masters Road World Championships, where the champions are awarded with the coveted rainbow jersey. The 2016 UWCT Final will be held in Perth, Australia. While promoting high-level competition for Masters and Amateur, one of the aims of this series is the globalisation of “Cycling for All”. With that in mind, the geographical spread of the events is very important, alongside with strict organizational and sporting criteria, and a certain tourism interest. Click here for information regarding the UCI World Cycling Tour. The 106km road cycling classic begins in Pietermaritzburg, famous for hosting UCI World Championship and World Cup events and finishes at Suncoast on Durban’s Golden Mile. Last year, a total of 11000 cyclists took part in the mass-participation event, a testament to its popularity. For those cyclists looking for something a little shorter, then the 65km half challenge from Cato Ridge to Durban is available, as well as the even shorter 35km route from Hillcrest to Durban. For detailed information, route info and accommodation specials with Tsogo Sun for the 2015 Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, click here. To enter, click here. Entries close on Friday 18 September at 23:00. For any further information, you may call the race organisers during office hours, on 031 312 8896.
  19. Onto round 6 on Saturday. The hunt up top is starting to get very interesting. Bound to be another awesome weekend of racing.
  20. As in 2015, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano will include nine rounds in 2016. Of particular note: The World Cup will include six rounds for XCO and seven for DHI: The Australian city of Cairns will return to the calendar (XCO and DHI) in what will be a dress rehearsal for the 2017 UCI World Championships. The French round in La Bresse (XCO) and the Andorra round in Vallnord (XCO and DHI) also return to the UCI World Cup calendar Lourdes, FRA (DHI), Albstadt, GER (XCO), Fort William, GBR (DHI), Leogang, AUT (DHI), Lenzerheide, SUI (XCO and DHI) and Mont-Sainte-Anne, CAN (XCO and DHI) will again be part of the series as they were in 2015. The XCO mountain bike events at the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil will take place from August 20 to 21, the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Nove Mesto from June 28 to July 3 and the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole from September 6 to 11. The UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Championships will take place in Laissac (France) on June 25 and 26.
  21. 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
  22. The distinctive rainbow stripes – which are synonymous with the UCI World Champions – are a prominent feature of the new logo, reflecting the heritage of the UCI and its World Championship events. It is only the second time in 115 years that the UCI has refreshed its logo. As the international governing body of cycling, the UCI is responsible for eight different cycling disciplines and their respective World Cups and World Championships. The UCI also oversees World Championship events for amateur (Masters) riders, and puts a lot of resources into developing cycling as a recreational activity and a means of transport. A key element of the brand modernisation is to strengthen the UCI’s identity and to increase its visibility across all applications. Developed in collaboration with the renowned branding agency SomeOne, the redesigned logo is supported by a broader communications package, including iconography, graphics, photography and typography. The rebrand, which is being implemented across all UCI initiatives, aims to strengthen the UCI’s relationships with its stakeholders, audiences and commercial partners. UCI President Brian Cookson said: “The refreshed brand identity symbolises the UCI’s commitment to modernise and innovate while staying true to the organisation’s heritage and tradition. With the aim of maximising brand exposure in line with the UCI’s development strategy, the new logo and the wider communications package will work more effectively in collaboration with events, partners and sponsors – helping to create a stronger, more recognisable UCI brand.”
  23. 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
  24. The UCI press release indicated that the 13 members hailed from four continents, with “Men-Women parity ensured for the four Olympic disciplines (road, track, mountain bike, BMX) and Para-cycling.” 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. // Photo credit: Kathy Sessler/Santa Cruz Syndicate. For the first time, and in line with UCI President, Brian Cookson’s desire for openness and transparency, the members were elected directly by their peers. A Commission President will be appointed during its first meeting in (northern hemisphere) autumn 2015. The new Athlete Commission President will be co-opted onto the UCI Management Committee to ensure that the athletes are well represented. The missions of the Athletes Commission are mainly to: improve the training and competition conditions for athletes; give riders the opportunity to have their say with the guarantee of being heard by the cycling family and its administration; allow the UCI to receive riders’ opinions directly; reinforce the links between current or recently-retired athletes and the UCI. Cookson said: “I am very proud of this new step, which signifies a significant move forward in the representation of the athletes, and the achievement of a commitment that is important to me. The athletes are the heart of our sport, and it was necessary to give them the place they deserve. This reinvigorated Athlete Commission corresponds with my concept of modern governance that is founded on dialogue and cooperation between the UCI and cycling’s main players.” The newly elected UCI Athlete Commission representatives:
  25. 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
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