Leaked UCI report summarises future of world road cycling

A document leaked to Italian cycling website cicloweb.it has shed further light on what world cycling will look like in 2020.

Proposed changes to the road cycling calendar would mean no US races, including the Tour of California, at the highest level of the sport.

Proposed changes to the road cycling calendar would mean no US races, including the Tour of California, at the highest level of the sport.

The document features a number of confirmations of changes already identified by the UCI, but it also adds a number of new revelations.

By 2020, the WorldTour will likely feature two divisions with a promotion and relegation scheme and WorldTour squads will be reduced from 30 riders to 22.

The Grand Tours will remain at three-weeks long but smaller tours will be reduced in length to ensure that there is no overlap between WorldTour races (which there currently is). This will reduce the burden on teams that are often required to have two squads racing at the same time.

The new race calendar also appears to be missing any US or UK races in the top two divisions by 2020.

It’s unclear whether the UCI has made any firm decisions on the proposals made in the document but it does demonstrate the direction the sport’s stakeholders appear to be moving in.

The original document can be found here. Click here to read more at VeloNation.

Canadian anti-doping authorities confirm no violation for Hesjedal

The Canadian anti-doping agency, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has confirmed that Ryder Hesjedal disclosed his past doping activities to them earlier this year, and that the 2012 Giro d’Italia winner won’t face any sanctions for doping in 2003.

Giro d'Italia 2013

A CCES statement read:

“It is important to note that the World Anti-Doping Code has an eight-year statute of limitations. As such, unfortunately Mr. Hesjedal’s acknowledgement of doping in 2003 will not result in a violation or any sanction.”

The statement continued:

“The CCES is disappointed that Mr. Hesjedal waited more than a decade to publicly disclose his past involvement in doping. His conduct has deprived many clean Canadian athletes from the opportunity to shine in the sport of cycling.”

Click here to read CCES’s statement on the Hesdjedal issue.

Cycling cadets set for challenge at AIS selection camp in Canberra

Some of the world’s toughest military education and training will be imparted on Australia’s best female cyclists when the Australian National Women’s Endurance Cycling Program Selection Camp begins at at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on Monday.

Orica-AIS rider Gracie Elvin is one of many current pros to have made it through the AIS selection camp.

Orica-AIS rider Gracie Elvin is one of many current pros to have made it through the AIS selection camp.

The 2013 camp, which has been modelled on Military Special Forces selection methodologies and activities, will see 20 hand-picked riders from across Australia assessed for qualities and attributes required to be a professional female cyclist in the international peloton in 2014.

“The theme of the camp is based on selection activities run by the SAS, the Australian Commandos, the US Rangers, Marines and Navy Seals,” said AIS / Cycling Australia Senior Women’s Road Coach Martin Barras.

“However we have picked out the methodology, rather than the emphasis on the brutalising, as we want to focus on performance in relevant challenging environment.”

The nine-day camp is separated into three three-day phases, with the first featuring a range of technical, mechanical and physiological skills assessment both in the laboratory and on the road.

The second is a highly-demanding ‘resistance to fatigue’ phase with an overloaded schedule including a non-stop array of bike specific drills, daily rides of up to 200 kilometres, simulated situations with different languages, diet and sleeping pattern changes.

The final phase features a series of challenges and while the there may be a decrease in the workload, the intensity of the challenges increases, with a particular emphasis on team formation assessment.

“In this phase we are trying to see who gets it as a team racer, who can actually come together and come through as a potential leader,” he explained.

“After this we will be able to clearly select those who have the attributes of what it takes to be an international professional level cyclist.

The camp will run from November 3-13 at the AIS in Canberra. The successful riders will be notified shortly after the conclusion of the camp, with the riders to head overseas to contest the European season in March 2014.

The riders attending the camp are:

Chloe McConville, Louisa Lobigs, Katrin Garfoot, Samantha de Riter, Emily Roper, Jessica Mundy, Chloe , McIntosh, Emma Viotto, Cassandra Dodd, Jade Colligan, Brittany Lindores, Kristy Glover, Gina Ricardo, Sophie MacKay, Carley McKay, Ellen Skerritt, Megan Bagworth, Jemma Brown, Janelle Crooks and Tessa Fabry.

Text via Cycling Australia press release.

Drapac to ride Swift Carbon bikes

Drapac Professional Cycling will partner with bike manufacturer SwiftCarbon in a thee-year deal as the Australian-registered team expands its program to UCI Professional Continental level.

“We are very excited to welcome SwiftCarbon to the team and believe this is the beginning of great partnership with a proactive brand that plans to expand holistically into the key markets of the team,” Drapac’s Team Manager, Jonathan Breekveldt said.

“This is a long-term partnership which will grow with the team as we intend to increase the size and strength of our operation year on year.”

When asked about the partnership with Drapac, Mark Blewett, owner and CEO of SwiftCarbon said:

“We’re proud to be partnering with Drapac Professional Cycling, the team has an incredible and unique philosophy which made it the perfect fit for us. They have achieved outstanding results across key territories for SwiftCarbon and we look forward to working with the team in the coming years.”

Drapac will ride the Ultravox Ti while against the clock, the team will use the Neurogen TT 2014 frame which has just been approved by the UCI.

Click here to read our feature about SwiftCarbon. Text via Drapac press release.

It’s Movember time!

It’s the first day of Movember today which means the CyclingTips team have started their month-long journey into a world of hairy top lips. Over the next 30 days we’ll be growing moustaches to help raise awareness and money in support of men’s health, and we’d love for you to join us.

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There are a number of ways you can help out, from signing up yourself, to creating a team under the CyclingTips network, to donating towards our efforts and more.

Click here for all the details and click here to donate to the CyclingTips network.

This could have ended badly

This video shows a cyclist who found their way onto a closed-road course being used by a car rally in Rome last weekend. Luckily the driver had enough time to slow down and avoid the cyclist, but it could have ended very badly. Pay attention to road closure signs, people!

Click here to read more at road.cc.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:


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