November 12/10 9:18 am - UCI Launches World Cycling Tour for Masters Racing
Posted by Editoress on 11/12/10
A new cycling tour for amateur riders that will ultimately crown age group World Champions is being launched by the UCI in 2011.
The UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) is a series of UCI-sanctioned races that will be held all over the world. The UWCT will comprise a maximum of 15 qualifier events, leading to the UWCT Final, the former UCI Masters Road World Championships. The top 10% in each age group of the qualifier events will automatically have the right to compete in the UWCT Final and race for the coveted UCI rainbow jersey.
The UCI's Cycling for All, Masters and Sustainable Development Coordinator, Ms Andrea Marcellini Mendonça, explains the importance of this amateur tour:
"If we look at cycling as a pyramid, professional racing is at the very top and occupies a very small portion. Everything that comes below this is the amateur side of the sport and involves impressive numbers of riders. These enthusiasts are part of the UCI family and it's time for them to race for a World Champion title."
Another aim of this new initiative is to contribute to the international promotion of the UCI’s "Cycling for All" events. All races on the UWCT calendar must meet strict organizational and sporting criteria, and provide a certain touristic interest.
In order to host the qualifier events of the UWCT, the UCI is currently receiving applications from regions willing to organise a high standard cycling event that will attract riders from all over the world.