The UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, is the home of cycling worldwide and a unique training hub for athletes coming from developing countries. With the objective of assisting as many National Federations as possible, satellites centres are gradually being established around the world with the aim of offering the same path to elite success.
WORLD CYCLING CENTRE – SOUTH AFRICA
Based at an altitude of 1400m in the South African city of Paarl, the World Cycling Centre Africa (WCC Africa) is the continental hub for cycling in Africa.
Working in collaboration with the UCI and the African Cycling Confederation, the mission of the WCC Africa is to develop and improve the level of cycle racing across the continent and to prepare African riders for international competition. Since it opened in 2005, hundreds of athletes from nearly 30 different National Federations have trained at the satellite centre.
The WCC Africa hosts training camps for athletes, coaches and national teams in Potchefstroom and is also involved in the organisation of talent identification programmes in different African countries. Particularly promising young athletes are often selected to continue training at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland.
As well as physical training, riders are taught certain life skills necessary for future professional athletes. These include nutrition, meal preparation and administrative tasks such as visa applications.
Former WCC Africa trainees have won medals at African Continental Championships and UCI World Cups. Some represented their countries at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, and several have moved on to join professional teams including Eritrean riders Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus. In 2015, Daniel Teklehaimanot became the first African to wear the King of the Mountains jersey at the Tour de France.
214 riders and 19 coaches have taken advantage of the facilities at the WCC Africa in 2015.
- Functional testing facilities with Computrainer
- Retul 3D dynamic bike fitting
- Team house style accommodation
- Fully functional service course
- Access to North West University High Performance Institute
- Sports physiologist
- Access to medical facilities
WORLD CYCLING CENTRE - JAPAN
The World Cycling Centre Japan is based at the Izu velodrome in Shuzenji, Shizuoka prefecture (150km from Tokyo). It opened in April 2002 thanks to collaboration between the Japan Olympic Committee, the Japan Keirin Association, the Japan Cycling Federation and the Union Cycliste Internationale. Since then it has hosted nearly 800 athletes from 22 National Federations. The satellite centre hosts training camps to nurture promising young athletes and to assist the development of cycling in Asia.
Former WCC Japan trainee Lee Wai Sze (Hong Kong) won a bronze medal in the keirin at the 2012 London Olympic Games. In total, 6 Olympians – 3 from Hong Kong, 2 from Korea and 1 from Thailand – have trained at the WCC Japan.
In 2015, 72 athletes and 13 coaches have utilised the World Cycling Centre Japan.
- Indoor 250m velodrome track
- Keirin school
- Sport science laboratory
- Weight training equipment
- Medical facilities
- Office and conference facilities
WORLD CYCLING CENTRE - KOREA
The UCI World Cycling Centre’s Korea Satellite (UCI WCC-KS) opened in 2013.
Adhering to the core value of the 5Cs (Commitment, Challenge, Collaboration, Change, and Communication), it creates a positive environment that gives all its trainee athletes an equal opportunity to realise their full potential.
Both the track cycling and road cycling programmes at the UCI WCC-KS are free of charge for participants. Coaches and riders from developing countries benefit from top quality instructors, professional UCI coaching lectures, scientific training equipment, tailored training programmes and the opportunity to gain race experience.
All this is possible thanks to the support of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korean Olympic Committee, the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation, the Union Cycliste Internationale, the UCI World Cycling Centre, and the Korea Cycling Federation.
Since its establishment, 145 participants (50 coaches and 95 riders) from 22 different countries have participated in UCI WCC-KS training programmes. Among the participants, Nguyen Thi That (Vietnam) won a silver medal in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and Yuttana Mano (Thailand) won a silver medal in the 2015 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships. In addition, Nguyen Thi That, Patompob Phonarjthan (Thailand), Chakhree Khuthangkha (Thailand) and Batsaikhan Tegsh-Bayar (Mongolia) were selected to join the high-level training course at the UCI WCC in Aigle, Switzerland.
- UCI Coaching Course (Levels 1 and 2)
- Road training for Junior Men/Women, Elite Men/Women
- Track training for Junior Men/Women, Elite Men/Women
- 250m and 333m velodrome tracks
- 2km closed road circuit, 300m straight track for sprinting, up-hill training course
- Weight training facilities (including cross-fit training equipment and rowing machine)
- Roller training room (equipped with 60 static rollers)
- Wattbike training room (equipped with 20 Wattbikes)
- Retul 3D systematic bike fitting system
- Sport physiologist and medical facilities
- Recreational room (equipped for table tennis and billiards)
- Accommodation for 150 people
- 3 classrooms (equipped with a beam projector and microphone systems)
Address: (36015) 26-1, Taejang-li, Korea (Headquarters) / (138-749) 424, Olympic Hall 409, Korea (Seoul Office)
Tel: +82 (0)2 420 4247
Fax: +82 (0)2 420 4178
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
WORLD CYCLING CENTRE - INDIA
The UCI and its development and training arm, the UCI World Cycling Centre were delighted to announce the launch of a fourth satellite centre in New Delhi in November 2015. The facilities are centred at the New Delhi velodrome, part of the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex and a legacy of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The goals of the satellite, which houses the Indian national track cycling teams, include the establishment of a world class team in time for the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The satellite was possible thanks to the collaboration between the UCI WCC, the Sports Authority of India and the Cycling Federation of India. More than just an athlete training centre, the satellite will create and develop a high performance structure that will operate at all levels, from talent detection, to the coaching of juniors through to elite level. It will also focus on coach education, mechanics training and the development of administrative, technical and medical staff.
- 250m velodrome
- 3,800 seating capacity
Address: Indoor Cycling Velodrome, IG Sports Complex, New Dehli-110002
Email: [email protected]
Leading the development of our sport at all levels and across all disciplines is a core principle of the UCI’s strategy to grow cycling around the world.
One of the ways we can do this is to use the UCI’s network of continental satellite centres to provide opportunity for aspiring young athletes worldwide.
We can help ensure that riders from as many disciplines as possible, and from the 5 continents, are able to develop into world class athletes capable of winning medals in World Championships, starring at the Olympic Games and wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.
By 2020, the UCI aims to have reinforced the development of cycling around the globe by offering elite continental satellite training facilities in 10 different locations.