October 9, 2002 (Zolder, Belgium) The Management Committee of the International Cycling Union met today inHasselt (BEL) before the 2002 Road World Championships. During this meeting, the following World Championships were assigned:
JUNIOR TRACK 2004: LOS ANGELES (USA)
TRACK 2005: LOS ANGELES (USA)
MOUNTAIN BIKE 2005: LIVIGNO (ITA)
BMX 2005: PARIS (FRA)
ROAD 2005: MADRID (SPAIN)
The city of Bordeaux (FRA) will have exclusivity for the candidature of the 2006 Track World Championships until January 15th, 2003.
Within the frame of the global development plan of Track cycling, the Management Committee also took the decision to modify the structure of the calendar of this discipline as of 2005.
The project of the UCI, foresees an activity spread for the whole year, national, international and continental competitions which will be organised in both hemispheres, in summer and autumn will precede the events of the World Cup and World Championships which will take place in the
period from November to March.
Because of the pleasant growth of the number of velodromes all over the world, the UCI considers that this strategy will concretely contribute to the creation of an even more attractive and balanced calendar for the movement.
The Under 23 Men category will also be introduced as of 2005.
The Management Committee has approved the amendments to Article 89 of the Anti-doping Rules, to which was added the following text: “The Anti-doping Commission can also file the case if exceptional circumstances of the case justify it and elements of the dossier enable to conclude to the absence of fault or negligence”.
Moreover, the Management Board took note with satisfaction of the information concerning the 2002 Tour de France provided by the CPLD (French National Anti-doping Agency) who confirms that all EPO controls carried out during the race were tested negative.
Furthermore, the number of urine samples (33) presenting traces of products authorised with therapeutic justification, corresponds to the one as examined and approved by UCI doctors mandated for the Tour de France.
The Management Committee also announced that a collaboration agreement has been finalised with anti-doping laboratories of Tokyo and Lausanne for the development of a detection method for growth hormone in the blood.
The Management Committee finally expressed its satisfaction for the excellent results of the first training period of trainees at the World Cycling Center in Aigle.
We remind you that the conclusion of the Road and Mountain Bike calendar will be available within the next few days on the UCI website www.uci.ch and in the Zolder press room.
2002-2003 Cyclo-Cross World Cup Calendar:
24.11.02 :Frankfurt (GER)
22.12.02 :Kalmthout (BEL)
05.01.03 :Lievin (FRA)
19.01.03 :Wetzikon (SUI)
16.02.03 :Hogerheide (NED)