The UCI’s commitment to training and support runs deep. We have an obligation – and above all a desire – to provide our athletes with the best possible tools to enable them to develop, grow and perform at all levels of the sport.
For athletes to realise their full potential, their entourage must also be of a high, professional standard. That is why the UCI’s training programme extends to those working in cycling’s different professions: coaches, sport directors, mechanics and commissaires.
Whether a cyclist is riding at grassroots level or aiming for a world championships podium, our aim is to ensure that his or her pathway is as smooth as possible. We believe that the training programmes and initiatives we have put in place can help make a genuine difference to cycling in your countries and enable your National Federations to grow and prosper. Our programme includes:
- Training of athletes, coaches, sport directors, mechanics, in particular at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, and at the different UCI satellite centres around the world. More information can be found in the training section of our website
- Training and education courses run in cooperation with National Olympic Committees with funds distributed by Olympic Solidarity
- Training and continued development of commissaires.
- Delivery of equipment to the regions where they are needed most via the UCI Bikes for the World programme
- Financial assistance for eligible National Federations through the UCI Annual Credit scheme.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) supports the development of all Olympic sports - including road cycling, track cycling, BMX and MTB – through the 'Olympic Solidarity' programme.
Founded in 1961, Olympic Solidarity is responsible for managing and administering the share of television rights of the Olympic Games that is allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). Olympic Solidarity’s aim is to organise assistance for all NOCs, particularly those with the greatest needs, so that they can develop their own structures to favour the expansion of sport in their country.
Working closely with Olympic Solidarity, the UCI has established training programmes for young riders from countries that do not yet have the resources, facilities or expertise to permit them to reach the highest levels. These training programmes are hosted at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, and athlete scholarships are provided to promising young riders for their preparation and qualification for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
18 Olympic Solidarity athletes (6 women, 12 men) competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games including BMX gold medalist Mariana Pajon (COL).
The UCI also organises training seminars and workshops for coaches, and is behind various other development initiatives with the support of Olympic Solidarity. The UCI is extremely grateful to Olympic Solidarity, the IOC and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) for the assistance provided to our National Federations.
The UCI encourages its National Federations to take advantage of these opportunities in order to sustain their development. Requests for the organisation of a training course must be submitted to the country’s NOC.
Further information about Olympic Solidarity can be found HERE.