UCI World Cycling Centre

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the world governing body for the sport of cycling recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The UCI was founded in Paris in 1900, and its headquarters are now located at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland.

A Training Centre

The UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC), which houses the headquarters of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), is an elite coaching and training centre.

Opened in 2002, every year it welcomes a large number of athletes from around the world, each of them devoting all their energies to their sporting careers. The WCC offers training and development for around 100 athletes every year in the three Olympic disciplines (road, track and BMX).

Development

The Union Cycliste Internationale is committed to leading the worldwide development of our sport at all levels and across all disciplines: road, track, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, BMX, indoor, trials and para-cycling.

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The UCI’s 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  AFRICA

Based at an altitude of 1400m in the South African city of Potchefstroom, 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.

WCCA Facilities

  • 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
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