Cyclo-cross: Nash and Chainel elected to the UCI Athletes’ Commission

Feb 2, 2021, 16:00 PM

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to announce that Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) and Steve Chainel (France) have been elected to represent cyclo-cross riders on the UCI Athletes’ Commission, during a vote organised at the 2021 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships that took place last weekend in Ostend, Belgium.

Nash and Chainel were chosen by the athletes registered for the Elite races at the UCI World Championships. There were four candidates, two men and two women.

Nash obtained 51.6% of the votes for the female candidate, while Chainel reached 53.1% of the votes for the male candidate. The voting participation rate was 76.2%.

Members are elected for a four-year term which will take effect at the UCI Elective Congress in 2021 - to be held during the UCI Road World Championships in Flanders (Belgium) - and will end at the following Elective Congress on the occasion of the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in Africa.

This election is part of the renewal of the UCI Athletes' Commission in 2021. Its new members will be elected by their peers during the 2021 UCI World Championships for the various cycling disciplines.

Since 2017, the Commission has been composed of 20 members, with each discipline or specialty – cyclo-cross, para-cycling, BMX Racing, mountain bike cross-country, mountain bike downhill, trials, BMX Freestyle, road, track and indoor cycling – being represented by two riders, one man and one woman.

The President of the UCI Athletes' Commission, a position currently held by Katerina Nash, is elected by the members of the Commission and sits for a four-year period on the UCI Management Committee, the Federation's executive body, which operates under the authority of the Congress.

The Commission has an advisory role which enables it to submit proposals to the UCI Management Committee. Its field of action mainly concerns the improvement of conditions for the practice of high-level sport, the protection of athletes in all its forms, the promotion of ethics and sportsmanship, the establishment of a direct link with the Federation's decision-making bodies, the information for athletes on significant regulatory changes and the orientation of athletes after their sporting retirement.

Men

Number of votes

Percentage

Steve CHAINEL (FRA)

34

53.1%

Daan SOETE (BEL)

27

42.2%

*** Abstention ***

3

4.7%

 

Women

Number of votes

Percentage

Katerina NASH (CZE)

33

51.6%

Lucinda BRAND (NED)

28

43.8%

*** Abstention ***

3

4.7%

 

Number of votes

64

Number of rejected ballots

0

Number of athletes entered

84

Participation rate

76.2%


Subject to changes enforced by the ongoing global health crisis, elections for the remaining members of the UCI Athletes’ Commission will be held on the following dates:

  • Para-cycling: Cascais (POR), 9-13 June 2021
  • BMX Racing: Papendal (NED), 17-22 August 2021
  • Mountain bike (cross-country and downhill): Val di Sole (ITA), 25-29 August 2021
  • Trial and BMX Freestyle: venue and dates to be determined
  • Road: Flanders (BEL), 18-26 September 2021
  • Track: Ashgabat (TKM), 13-17 October 2021
  • Indoor cycling: Stuttgart (GER), 29-31 October 2021.

The renewal process for the UCI Athletes’ Commission will come to an end with the election of its president, which will take place between November and December 2021.