UCI Steering Committee approves Federation’s 2030 Agenda and awards first UCI Gravel World Championship

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This calendar records the arrival of four new events: Women’s Santos Down Under (last held in 2020 with UCI ProSeries status and before it was canceled in the context of the Covid-19 outbreak), UAE Tour (a new event joining already existing men’s competition), Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (changes from UCI ProSeries status to UCI Women’s WorldTour status) and Tour de Suisse (this also changes from UCI ProSeries status to UCI Women’s World Tour).

Events in this calendar, previously approved by the Professional Cycling Council at its meeting on June 2, 2022, are recorded for the 2023-2025 cycle, subject to the successful holding of each of the respective races.

These four calendars can be viewed on the UCI website.

The 2022-2023 UCI International Track Calendar includes: UCI Track Champions LeagueDespite the cancellation of several tours in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, it will experience its second edition this year after a successful 2021 edition.

2022 UCI Track Champions League Schedule:

oneD Tour: Palma de Mallorca (Spain), 12 November
2to Round: Berlin (Germany), 19 November
3to round: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), 26 November
4to tour: London (Great Britain), 2 December
Final: London (Great Britain), 3 December

Regarding the UCI WorldTour and UCI Women’s WorldTour 2022, the UCI Board of Directors took note of the cancellation of two races in China that should have been held at the end of the 2022 season. These cancellations Guangxi Gree TourA UCI WorldTour event that must take place October 13-18, and Guangxi TourThe UCI Women’s WorldTour race was originally scheduled for October 18. These cancellations follow the decisions taken by the organizers due to the measures to combat the Covid-19 epidemic, which remains in effect. The 2022 edition of the UCI WorldTour will therefore conclude with Il Lombardia (Italy) on October 8, while the UCI Women’s WorldTour 2022 will conclude on October 15, the last day of the Tour of Chongming Island (China). Pursuant to the UCI WorldTour season approved in June 2021, the UCI Management Committee has confirmed that the end date of the 2022 road season remains October 18. This will be the last day of the Langkawi Tour (UCI ProSeries), which will be held in Malaysia from October 11-18.

During the 2022 edition RideLondon Classic (Great Britain), at the UCI Women’s WorldTour event, the organizers of the event did not provide the live TV coverage required for each stage, but only for the last one. This is a violation of the UCI Regulations and the requirements UCI Women’s World Tour organizers must adhere to. At the same time, and above all, it is unacceptable disrespect to the teams and riders participating in the competition. Therefore, the UCI Board of Directors has decided to make the event’s inclusion on the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar for the 2023 season conditional on the submission of firm commitments to live TV coverage of all phases. Meanwhile, the Board of Directors has decided to enter RideLondon Classique in the UCI ProSeries class for the 2023 season. For UCI, the daily live TV broadcast of UCI Women’s WorldTour events featuring the world’s most prestigious events. Women’s professional road cycling is essential to its continued international development. The final decision on the status of this race will be made by the UCI Management Committee next September.

The UCI Steering Committee was briefed by the Chairman on the current status of discussions between certain stakeholders in the field of professional road cycling and UCI on the establishment of a bicycle park. in-depth reform of professional cycling for men and women. UCI is pleased that the three main organizers and owners of the men’s and women’s teams share with him their belief that the road cycling organization needs to evolve.
The quality of the discussions initiated has been praised, and players recognize the need to work together to promote cycling as a sport that offers great development opportunities.
The parties will continue to come together to develop a common vision. This vision will be presented to all stakeholders (teams, riders, organizers and National Federations) to build stronger road bikes together.
A timely communication will be made by UCI once a detailed shared vision has been completed.

After the success of the test event, again at the sports level Team relay during the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championship In 2022 Fayetteville (United States), the UCI Steering Committee has decided to include this new format in the schedule of future editions of the event, starting with the 2023 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships to be held in Hoogerheide from February 3 to 5. (Holland). The model of the race will be based on the very popular team relay model of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championship.

In March 2020, the UCI published rules governing the participation of: trans athletes In the UCI International Calendar competitions, in the category corresponding to the new gender identities. While these rules are more stringent and restrictive than those introduced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015, the UCI has begun to reflect on its regulations as new scientific studies are published in 2020 and 2021.
The principle of inclusion of transgender athletes (particularly female, i.e. male-to-female transition) is based on the reversibility of the physical abilities that determine performance sports under low testosterone (the level commonly observed in “female-born women”), and the time required to achieve this reversibility .
The most recent scientific publications clearly show that the return of endurance capacity markers to the “female level” occurs between six and eight months under low testosterone, while the expected adaptations of muscle mass and muscle strength/strength take much longer (at least two years). according to a recent study). Given the important role that muscle strength and power play in cycling performance, the UCI decided to extend the transition period under low testosterone from 12 to 24 months. In addition, the UCI decided to lower the maximum allowable plasma testosterone level (currently 5 nmol/L) to 2.5 nmol/L. This value corresponds to the maximum testosterone level observed in 99.99% of the female population.
This setting of UCI eligibility rules is based on the state of scientific knowledge published to date in this area and aims to respect the protection of fairness, equal opportunities and competitive safety while promoting the integration of transgender athletes into competitive sport. The new rules will come into effect on 1private next July. They may evolve in the future according to the evolution of scientific knowledge.
Additionally, the UCI plans to discuss with other International Federations the possibility of supporting a research program aimed at examining the evolution of the physical performance of highly trained athletes undergoing transition hormone therapy.

For more details: Prof. Xavier Bigard, “Up-to-date information on the effects of gender-affirming treatment on performance markers in transgender female cyclists,” June 2022 update.

this The state of the Ukrainian cycling community It was also discussed in connection with the Russian invasion. In this context, the UCI Management Committee, which had taken a series of strong measures against Russia at the beginning of March, agreed to continue to monitor the development of the situation and remain in line with the decisions taken by the IOC. It will be recalled that since the start of the war in Ukraine last February, the UCI has been working closely with the President of the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee and IOC member Sergey Bubka and the European Cycling Union (UEC). Managed by Mr. Enrico Della Casa. Together, they helped the Ukrainian riders on their arrival in Switzerland, most of the athletes were met by the Swiss National Federation, Swiss Cycling. A support unit providing assistance to athletes in Europe has been established at UCI and is coordinated by Tetiana Dziadevych, Secretary General of the Ukrainian Cycling Federation (FCU), under the auspices of UCI’s International Relations Service. UCI acts as a single entry point for the management of the Ukrainian cycling situation.

Finally, members of the UCI Steering Committee welcomed the launch of the brand “UCI Cycling Integrity” at the beginning of last May. “UCI Cycling Integrity” is a program that brings together all the actions of UCI dedicated to promoting integrity in cycling at all levels (athletes, environment and competitions). These actions are based in particular on the UCI Code of Ethics, its preventive actions, educational programs and information and awareness campaigns. The objectives of “UCI Cycling Integrity” revolve around three axes: “Clean cycling” (anti-doping), “Safe cycling” (fighting harassment and other abuses), and “Fair cycling” (fighting fraud technology and other manipulations).

At the end of the three-day meeting, UCI President David Lappartient aforementioned :

“The ratification of the 2030 Agenda as a continuation of the 2022 Agenda, whose goals have been nearly all achieved, marks the beginning of a new era of progress for cycling. In this new framework, in a context that is both sensitive and opportunity-rich, we will continue the work we have started with greater emphasis on all initiatives that will place the bicycle even more at the center of the positive transformation of our societies. the future. As our 2021 Annual Report shows, the UCI, together with the cycling community, is particularly well suited financially to move in that direction.

“After the launch of a UCI World Series, the awarding of the first two editions of the UCI Gravel World Championships is an important step in the development of a thriving discipline that responds to the desire for nature of a growing segment of the population. This innovation is the track bike for which we have just approved the 2022 UCI Track Champions League schedule. like – it always shows that it never stops improving to be at the forefront of the expectations of athletes, competitors and no one else.

“The addition of new events to the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar witnesses the rise in power of women’s road cycling. In this industry, more and more men’s event organizers are creating women’s races, which will also be highlights on our UCI International Calendar.

“With the adoption of new rules for the participation of transgender athletes in competitions in the UCI International Calendar, our sport has rules that are fully consistent with the latest scientific knowledge in this field. In this area it is really important to rely on objective information to reconcile necessary participation and fundamental equity. »

The next meeting of the UCI Management Committee will be held in Wollongong (Australia) from September 19-21 as part of the 2022 UCI World Road Championships.