UCI announces land series and championships, increases minimum wages for some professional women
BRUGES, Belgium (BRAIN) – Meeting here at the World Road Championships this week, the Union Cycliste Internationale’s steering committee has announced a number of decisions. They include the creation of a UCI Gravel World Series and a Gravel World Championships event.
The UCI has also announced that from the 2023 season, the minimum wage will be the same for women in the top ranked road teams (Women’s WorldTeams) as for men in the second tier teams (ProTeams). The following season, the minimum wages for the best women’s teams will be adjusted upwards. The UCI said the aim was for minimum wages to become identical for UCI Women’s WorldTeams and UCI WorldTeams “as quickly as possible”.
In other updates:
- From next season in the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, cross-country short track (XCC) will have its own general classification, as is already the case for Olympic cross-country (XCO) and downhill. (DHI). This means that a winner of the UCI World Cup for this specialty will be crowned at the end of the season in both men’s and women’s competitions. XCC will continue to play a role in determining the positions of riders on the starting grid for XCO events. Points earned in XCC will also continue to count towards the UCI World Cup ranking for the XCO.
- Gravel races will join the UCI’s international cycling for all calendar in 2022. The UCI will collaborate with event organizer Golazo a UCI Gravel World Series with events allowing athletes to qualify for the world championships UCI gravel. UCI World Series races will be mass participation events.
- A cyclo-cross test team relay will take place at the 2022 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, which will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, from January 29 to 30, 2022.
- The UCI said it is “exploring” the organization of a UCI Snow Bike World Cup and UCI Snow Bike World Championships for the winter season 2022-2023. An analysis is underway and its results will be presented to the UCI Management Committee in January 2022.
- From 2023, the UCI will create a neo-professional status for women in the WorldTeams, on the same model as the neo-pro male category. It is aimed at runners under 23 years old with a first contract with a Wormens’ WorldTeam.
- A women’s version of the Tour de Romandie, a UCI WorldTour stage race in Switzerland, will join the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2022.
- The UCI has announced that it will appoint an Integrity and Education Manager. “This person will be responsible for setting up education and awareness courses for all cycling families. The person will also manage the reporting system, in particular by cases of harassment and abuse. The Head of Integrity and Education mission will be to support potential victims of harassment by guiding them in the right direction to take the appropriate measures. In terms of education, this person will be in charge of implementation of a program that will inform stakeholders of the types of conduct that violate the UCI Code of Ethics and ensure that they are aware of the penalties applicable in the event of violation.Education being essential in any activity related to the integrity, the designation of a reference person for the various parties concerned is a decisive step forward.
- The UCI has worked on the next steps in its sustainable development strategy, including the calculation of the UCI’s carbon footprint, with specific reduction measures to be defined in the coming months. âThe UCI will continue to work with its stakeholders to finalize a list of (sustainability) goals for cycling families (event organizers, national federations, teams, riders, etc.) which will be presented to the steering committee of cycling. the UCI in 2022. “