UCI unveils World Cycling Tour for amateur riders

Up to 15 regional qualifiers worldwide will lead to riders racing for the rainbow jersey

by Simon_MacMichael   November 15, 2010  

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Thor Hushovd and Cadel Evans won the UCI World Road Championships in 2010 and 2009 respectively, and now amateur cyclists have a chance to follow them to the rainbow jersey with the creation of the UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT), a new cycling tour that will result in the creation of age group World Champions.

The UWCT will comprise a series of up to 15 races sanctioned by the UCI that will take place around the world, and which will act as qualifying races for the UWCT Final, formerly the UCI Masters Road World Championships.

That race will be contested by the top 10% of finishers in each age group from the qualifier events, who will race for the right to wear the rainbow jersey.

The UCI’s Cycling for All, Masters and Sustainable Development Coordinator, Ms Andrea Marcellini Mendonça, explains the importance of this amateur tour: “If we look at cycling as a pyramid, professional racing is at the very top and occupies a very small portion.

“Everything that comes below this is the amateur side of the sport and involves impressive numbers of riders. These enthusiasts are part of the UCI family and it’s time for them to race for a World Champion title”.

The UWCT is also designed to help publicise the UCI’s “Cycling for All” events at international level and the governing body says that all races on the new tour will need to meet “strict organisational and sporting criteria, and provide a certain touristic interest.”

There’s no news as yet on what those specific events might be, with the UCI saying only that “In order to host the qualifier events of the UWCT, the UCI is currently receiving applications from regions willing to organise a high standard cycling event that will attract riders from all over the world.”

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I like the idea although huge commitment (15 races) just to try and get to the finals. Still, I like the sound of it.

posted by SweatnGears [52 posts]
15th November 2010 - 9:21

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The UCI's release is a bit ambiguous, but we assume it's the top 10% in each event who go forward to the final.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8115 posts]
15th November 2010 - 9:26

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Notice the "touristic Slant" ! Seems like there will be "Fees to join the circuit then Airfares,Accom and a great many more expenses for those who wish to contest the Finals.
Masters in St Johann in TYrol, Austria has provided a venue for those willing to "invest" in competing on an international level and whilst there in August i was hearing "rumours" of UCI withdrawing their support. With this new "circus " in prospect UCI may see an opportunity to generate more revenue and the "Staff " will enjoy further "Travel Ops" as they oversee "Doping issues, Race Control and other aspects related to that level of Racing Competition".

Where do i apply for the jobs becoming available?

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posted by skippy [383 posts]
15th November 2010 - 11:44

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