UCI committee approves range of initiatives, including equipment committee

UCI's oversight group approves 2014-15 Cyclocross World Cup calendar, technology committee appointments

Cycling’s world governing body announced the sites of two upcoming world championships, and the full 2014-15 Cyclocross World Cup over the weekend. The UCI’s Management Committee, the body charged with oversight of the Aigle, Switzerland-based organization met in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, and also addressed the forthcoming independent review of the UCI and the financial challenges of the 2014 road world championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

“Our Management Committee has started the year with some great steps for our sport,” UCI president Brian Cookson said in his closing remarks, according to a press release. “In particular, we have further developed on my commitment to an independent investigation with the approval of the regulations under which the [reform commission] will work. Additionally, we have ensured an increased visibility for women’s cycling, made great progress on delivering the UCI Road World Championships, Ponferrada 2014 as the great event it will be, and set in motion the modernization of our approach to the use of technology in our sport.”

The Management Committee, which met for the first time in 2014 at the cyclocross world championships last week, approved a number of key initiatives, including regulations governing the Cycling Independent Reform Commission and the registration of the women’s La Course race, to take part on the Champs Élyées in Paris, in conjunction with the final stage of the Tour de France.

The body also approved seven appointments to the UCI Equipment Commission, which will examine the technical rules of cycling. Included in the group are UCI president Brian Cookson, commissaire Martijn Swinkel, teams representative Carsten Jeppesen of Sky, representation from the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, Professor Jan Anders Manson of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, mechanic Alex Roussel of the World Cycling Centre, and Martina Schär, who was named as a representative for the “wider public.”

The 2018 Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships will take place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, and the 2016 Para-cycling Track World Championships will take place in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

The Cyclocross World Cup will open in Valkenburg, Netherlands on Oct. 19 and close in Hoogerheide on Jan. 25. In between, the World Cup will visit Belgium, France, and, for the first time, Great Britain: Koksijde, Belgium (Nov. 22); Milton Keynes, Great Britain (Nov. 29); Namur, Belgium (Dec. 21); Hesden-Zolder, Belgium (Dec. 26); and Roubaix, France (Jan. 18).

The Management Committee will meet again June 12-13 in Lausanne, Switzerland.