What is the UCI World Cycling Tour?
The UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) is a series of races (time trial and road races) where riders can participate and qualify for the UCI Amateur Road World Championships. You don’t need a license in order to participate in a qualifier event, but you do need a license in order to participate in the World Championships.
How do I qualify for these World Championships?
You qualify when you finish within the first 25% of your age group in one qualifer event of your choice. The age groups are : 19-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+ for both males and females. If you qualify, you’ll get an invitation mail from the UWCT corporation inviting you to register for the World Championships. In races with only a road race, you can qualify for both the time trial and the road race World Championships. In races with both a time trial and road race event, you will have to qualify in both disciplines separately.
I'm having my birthday in between the qualifier event and the World Championships. In what age group do I need to start?From 2014 onwards, riders need to have a license (cycling for all, amateur, elite, master, U23...) from a UCI affiliated Cycling Federation in order to participate in the World Championships. This license doesn’t need to be an international license. The only thing you have to check is if your license covers races outside your country and contains a UCI code. If not, you best take an international license that covers you during the races abroad or take out an additional private insurance. You don’t need a license to participate in a qualifier event.
All riders have to start in the age group of the age they have on December 31st of 2014.
I have no license or a national masters license. Do I need to buy an international license to participate in the UCI Amateur Road World Championships?
What is a UCI code?
The UCI Code which is required is your license number. It is a code with three letters (from your country) and then your date of birth in reverse. It is displayed on your license from your national cycling federation.
I qualified for the Time Trial but not for the Road Race. Can I register for both?
No, in qualifier events with both a Time Trial and a Road Race, you have to qualify in both disciplines separately in order to get the ticket for that specific discipline. In events with only a Road Race, all qualified riders can register for the Time Trial and the Road Race. In Stage race events (Perth and Chania), riders finishing in the top 25% of the final ranking are qualified for both the Time Trial and Road Race World Championships
Are there also wildcards?
Yes, we do have 4 different types of wildcards
Defending World Champions are qualified automatically
All qualifier events get 5 wildcards that they can use for riders who would normally have qualified but didn't make it due to circumstances (crash, mechanical problems...)
All countries not hosting a qualifier event get 10 wildcards (5 males/5 females) for their best riders
All countries can send their National Champions (road/time trial) without qualification.
I just missed qualification by a few places. When is the recall of the tickets made so I can eventually still participate, replacing the riders who announced no to attend?
All qualified riders who didn't register yet will get a reminder mail by mid July. Their spots become available 1st of August. Events past this date will get a recall two weeks after the first invitation mails.
I have won UCI points in 2014 in track/mountainbike/cyclocross... Can I participate in the World Championships?
No, all riders who won UCI points in the year of the Final in whatever discipline cannot take part in the World Championships.
Can I have publicity on my national jersey?
No, if you decide to wear the national jersey, it has to be a jersey without publicity. We do encourage the wearing of the national jersey, but it's not mandatory.
When is the deadline for registering?
The registrations close on August 22, it's not possible to register on spot.
Is there doping control at the Final?
Yes, there is always control for both Time Trial and Road Races.
Are bikes checked before the start?
All bikes have to comply with the UCI regulations on bike measurements. There will be a bike check before the start of the Time Trial for all riders. For more information on bike regulations, please check this link.
Brief summary of the bike regulations :
The minimum weight of the bike shall be 6.8 kilograms (without bottles)
The peak of the saddle shall be a minimum of 5 cm to the rear of a vertical plane passing through the bottom bracket spindle.
For time trials, a fixed extension may be added to the steering system; in this instance, the height difference between the elbow support points and the highest and lowest points of the handlebar extension (including gear levers) must be less than 10 cm
The distance between the vertical line passing through the bottom bracket axle and the extremity of the handlebar may not exceed 75 cm. Elbow or forearm rests are permitted. For road time trial competitions, controls or levers fixed to the handlebar extension may not extend beyond the 75 cm limit. The distance of 75 cm may be increased to 80 cm to the extent that this is required for orphological reasons; «morphological reasons » should be taken as meaning anything regarding the size or length of the rider's body parts. A rider who, for this reason, considers that he needs to make use of a distance between 75 and 80 cm must inform the commissaires' panel at the time of the bike check.
The plane passing through the highest points at the front and rear of the saddle shall be horizontal. The length of the saddle shall be 24 cm minimum and 30 cm maximum
I have registered but cannot participate anymore. Is a refund of my registration fee possible?
A refund is only possible when there is a medical reason. The rider needs to submit a medical certificate to the organizers.
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