Riders have to qualify in one of the UCI World Cycling tour qualifier events to go to the UWCT Final
Each UWCT event will grant participation rights for the Road World Championships. By the end of each race, the first 25% athletes of each age group, with a minimum of 3 riders per age group, will be awarded with guaranteed entry to the World Championships and be able to race for the World Champion title. The winners of the slots will be announced on the UWCT website.
- Qualifier events hosting only a road race will grant participation rights for both the Road World Championships and Time Trial World Championships.
- Qualifier events hosting a separate time trial and road race will grant the participation rights for the Time Trial World Championships in the time trial qualifier and for the Road World Championships in the road race qualifier.
- Qualifier events hosting a single Time Trial will only grant participation rights for the Time Trial World Championships.
- Qualifier events organizing a stage race will grant the participation rights for the Time Trial World Championships in the time trial qualifier and for the Road World Championships in the road race qualifier. The 25% first per age group in the general classification after three days will also receive a participation right for both the Road World Championships and Time Trial World Championships.
In addition, riders who participate in 3 qualifier events during the season will also get their ticket to the final. They don't have to finish in the 25% first in their age category.
Registrations for the final are only possible via a registration form on the website. The UWCT Corporation will keep records of the 50% first athletes of each age group to make a recall, in order to allocate the slots for the Worlds that were not taken by the first 25%.
There are 4 different types of wildcards to participate directly in the World Championships without qualification
- Defending World Champions are qualified automatically.
- All UWCT 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. The wildcards are being distributed by the National Federations.
- All countries hosting a qualifier event can send their National Champions (road/time trial) without qualification.
Riders need a license from a UCI affiliated cycling federation in order to participate in the UWCT Final
- Master license
- Amateur license
- Cycling for all license
- Elite license with exception of:
a) Any rider who has during the current year been a member of a team registered with the UCI.
b) Any rider who has taken part in a world championships, the Olympic games, continental championships or games, regional games, the Commonwealth games, or a World Cup during the current year.
c) Any rider who scored UCI points in 2014
The license doesn’t need to be an international license. A national license from a UCI affiliated Cycling Federation is valid.
The World Championships are being organized in 8 different age groups, for both women and men:
- 19 – 34y
- 35 – 39y
- 40 – 44y
- 45 – 49y
- 50 – 54y
- 55 – 59y
- 60 – 64y
For the age groups, you count the age that the rider will have at the 31st of December of the year of the event.
Specific race regulations
Different age groups start at different start times in the road race. If age groups merge, they can ride together. Drafting is allowed in the road race, NOT in the time trial.
There will be a broom car behind the last rider in the race. If you are very far behind, please be aware that the roads might be open and that you have to respect the traffic regulations. You will still be ranked!
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
The organizer provides neutral support in the race. As we have 16 different age groups, not all age groups will have their own support vehicle behind the peloton, but there will be sufficient support.
It’s forbidden to have your team or private vehicle in the race or following you during the time trial. The organizer provides neutral support at different spots on the side of the road during the time trial.
With the number of participants, it’s impossible to have everyone’s spare set of wheels in the neutral support cars. The neutral support cars have foreseen all different gear systems.
Timekeeping and ranking
All riders get a timing chip at registration. This timing chip needs to be carried during the race for all disciplines: time trial, road race and/or team relay. A rider who doesn’t carry the chip is disqualified.
We do encourage riders to wear their national team outfit, but it’s not mandatory.
- World Champion jersey from the year before
- UWCT qualifier age group winner jersey
- Rainbow design in the shirt
- Rainbow design on sleeves and collar
- Rainbow design on the bike
- Rainbow design on the helmet.
- Sleeveless shirts
- Compression socks
- Number plate and back number
Different age groups will get different colored back numbers.
The number plate has to be attached to the handlebars and not like a photofinish plate between the tubes or under the seatpost. You have to use both number plate and back number.
Refund of the registration fee
Once a participant is registered for the Amateur Road World Championships, a refund of his registration fee is only valid after providing a medical certificate to the organizer.
The first three riders (women and men) will be called to the podium for the official UCI award ceremony. The schedule for the award ceremony will be announced in the weeks before.
During the ceremony, it’s forbidden to wear hats, sunglasses, open shoes and riders are preferably in cycling outfit.
Not showing up for the Podium Ceremony will be penalized with a fine!
The new World Champion will get the official UCI World Champion jersey. He or she will get a mail from the UCI to have his/her jersey approved with the publicity of his sponsors. This publicity is subject to regulations which will be provided by mail. It’s forbidden to wear a jersey with white sleeves or without the UWCT logo in front.
All three riders will get their respective medal on the podium (gold, silver, bronze) and the national hymn of the winner will be played.
Helmet: the wearing of a helmet is mandatory
Medical certificate: riders need to have a license in order to participate. A license can only be achieved after a medical exam, so bringing a separate medical certificate is not necessary.
Insurance: the organizer has an accident and third party liability insurance which insures all participants for third party liability. In case of a race accident between riders, the license of the rider will cover the medical costs. Mechanical damage is often not covered by a rider’s license. It’s the rider’s responsibility to check if his license covers him for races outside his country.
First aid: a number of medical assistance vehicules will be following the race. There will also be a first aid post at the start and finish area.
Information on the reverse side of the race numbers: the organizer produces race numbers which will include on the reverse side a form to be completed. All participants need to complete this form as well as to inform doctors so that they are aware that this vital information is available. The minimum information required by the UCI, which shall be written on the reverse side of the race numbers, is as follows:
- Last name and first name
- Blood group
- Present physical condition (asthma, diabetes, allergy(ies), epilepsy, etc.)
- Any current medication
- Last name, first name and telephone number (with national dialing code) of the emergency contact.