The UCI has taken concrete action on all the recommendations published just four months ago as part of the UCI Stakeholder Consultation. Six âcrucialâ recommendations and five âhigh priorityâ recommendations were included in a report by Deloitte that was published in May following the completion of the UCI Stakeholder Consultation, âA Bright Future for Cycling.â The 11 recommendations came under the consultationâs four âpillarsâ: anti-doping, cycling calendar, globalisation and riders.
The development of womenâs cycling was one of the priorities underlined in the report and which has received serious attention from the UCI. A âWomen in Cyclingâ project has now been launched, which will include a new National Federation mentoring programme, enhanced media coverage, specific educational programmes at the World Cycling Centre (courses for athletes and coaches), new classifications, new designs for jerseys and help for National Federations in organising national events for women.
In line with the recommendations, the UCI has also worked to further increase the independence of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF): A completely independent Foundation Board has been appointed which includes nobody from the UCI senior management. The CADF continues to work in close collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency, and has also received ISO certification from an independent body for the management of its anti-doping activities. The ISO 9001:2008 certification recognises the quality of CADFâs activities in the areas of Test Planning, Registered Testing Pool, Therapeutic Use Exemption, Sample Collection and Results Management.
Furthermore, the supervision of the athletesâ biological passport programme was outsourced to the Athlete Passport Management Unit (APMU) in Lausanne.
The CADF continues to develop projects in collaboration with the UCI, such as the study âChanging the doping culture in cycling,â conducted by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne. This study proposes a sociological approach to anti-doping by identifying potential pressure coming from the athletesâ entourage. A preliminary study has been carried out with four professional teams, and currently continues with another eight teams.
Communication with and between National Federations is being favoured through the UCI Sharing Platform (USP) seminars, the first of which was organised in Geneva, Switzerland, in May. This will be followed by a seminar in Egypt in December and similar exchange seminars on the other continents within the next year.
âDeloitte made 11 recommendations in its report and we have taken action on all of them,â said UCI President Pat McQuaid. âWhere possible, we are involving cyclingâs stakeholders in our initiatives and working together to ensure a bright future for cycling.â
The UCI Stakeholder Consultation began with an online survey that was completed by 6300 men and women. In the second phase, five meetings were held covering each of the four pillar topics. These meetings were attended by representatives of all the stakeholder groups involved in cycling. Deloitte, who organised and facilitated the five meetings, then analysed the data generated by the consultation process, coming up with the 11 recommendations.