WCC Coach Development Programme: applications open for 2014
The World Cycling Centre has restructured its Coach Development Programme (CDP), dividing the former eight-week course into two shorter modules: four weeks to obtain the Level 1 and Level 2 coaching certificates and a separate four-week course for the more advanced UCI Coaching Diploma.
“The shorter courses will be more accessible,” explains WCC Education and Training Coordinator Belinda Tarling. “After the success of our four-week Level 1 and 2 course for women last year, we have decided to apply the same formula for all our courses in 2014. It will give participants a better learning experience and provide an improved development pathway.”
Four of the women who completed the first exclusively women’s coaching course last year are planning to return to the WCC in May for the Diploma Course. Meanwhile, a graduate of the 2013 Diploma course will arrive at the centre in March as part of the WCC‘s three-month internship programme.
Belinda Tarling: “raising the standard of coaching worldwide”
“These are fantastic examples of how coaches can progress through the different levels and benefit from the expertise provided at the World Cycling Centre,” adds Belinda Tarling. “With more and more coaches obtaining our qualifications we are raising the standard of coaching, and consequently cycling, worldwide.”
The 2014 CDP gets under way with a Diploma Course for road and mountain bike from May 6th to June 1st. Some places are still available for this course, which is open to holders of the Level 1 and 2 certificates or an equivalent qualification. A second Diploma Course, for the track and BMX disciplines, will be held in September.
Another exclusively women’s course (Level 1 and 2) will be held in August, followed by a Level 1 and 2 course open to men and women in November. All courses will be delivered in English, with a Spanish option also available for those aiming for the track and BMX Diploma in September.
Theory and practical experience
Participants benefit from a mixture of theory sessions in the classroom and practical experience alongside the professional coaching staff at the World Cycling Centre.
In addition three-month coaching internships are organised for road, BMX and track. The first internships for each of these disciplines have been filled, and applications are open for second internships for each discipline later in the year. More information about internships is available on the UCI website.
Adam Hunt, the developer of the popular mobile game Pumped: BMX has been hard at work on improving his formula and has just released the first screenshots of the new and improved Pumped BMX 2.
Pumped BMX 2 is an addictive extreme sports game for real enthusiasts. The aim of the game is to make it to the end of the level by landing a series of jumps smoothly, whilst also beating a number of trick and score challenges. The levels start simply but quickly become fiendishly difficult, and literally millions of potential trick combinations ensure the challenges stay fresh.
Pumped BMX 2 adds a number of improvements to the original game, most notably is that it is now 3D, allowing the player to combine spins and tricks such as truck drivers, 360 tailwhips.
Adam has doubled the number of tricks the player can do including some pretty wild additions like the 360 bikeflip frontflip, which he says is “a ridiculous (if not slightly horrifying) trick.”
And if that’s not enough Adam has also added grinds and manuals. “Don’t expect to be doing over-crooks, but icepicks, toothpicks and 50-50s are all locked in.”
In total there will be 16 air tricks to be combined with flips and spins and linked together with grinds and manuals. “I tried (and failed) to do the math, but the number of potential combos is way up in the millions!”
“Ride a relaxed line and do nothing but floaty 360’s, x-ups and kickouts, or go big and throw down double front flips, 720 turn downs or an ice pick to decade – the game is there to let you ride how you want.”
– 16 carefully animated tricks
– Millions of combos including grind and manual lines
– Four worlds with awesome unique environments
– More to be announced…
Pumped BMX 2 will be released Summer 2014 for iPhone and iPad, with Android to follow soon after.
Organisers of all five rounds of the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup took part in a seminar organised at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.
Held on January 8th and 9th, the third annual organisers’ seminar enabled participants to share their experience both from a sporting and an administration point of view.
The opening session included an evaluation of the 2013 World Cup, which comprised four rounds: in Manchester (Great Britain), Santiago Del Estero (Argentina), Papendal (the Netherlands) and Chula Vista (United States). These four venues return to the calendar in 2014 and are joined by Berlin (Germany), which makes its debut on the World Cup circuit.
“All the organisers are extremely competent and experienced,” explained UCI BMX Coordinator Ellen Bollansée. “This seminar enables them to refresh their knowledge of the regulations, review their obligations according to the Organisation Guide and discuss issues particular to their different events during the individual meetings. In 2014 we will have a new race format which needed some additional explanations.”
She added that specialists from the UCI addressed the seminar about the sporting elements of the World Cup as well as other marketing-related issues. Also participating in the seminar was Global SX Events Inc, which oversees the general management of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.
UCI President Brian Cookson welcomed the organisers to the UCI and presented a trophy to Erik Kersten and Jacqueline Hoeks, representing BMX Holland and organisers of the Papendal World Cup round. On the calendar since 2011, Papendal was voted “best event” of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. Besides the organisation of the 2nd round of the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, BMX Holland is also organising the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships in Rotterdam (NED)
The 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup will get under way in Manchester on April 18 and 19. The overall World Cup winners will be crowned after the final round in Chula Vista on September 26 and 27.
Photo: Brian Cookson presents the “best event” trophy to organisers of the Papendal round of the 2013 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.
The number of on-line spectators of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup reached a new record this year, with 1.93 million visitors to the website of Red Bull Media House, the UCI’s official media partner. The live videos were clearly the most popular, with 1.26 million views registered.
This represents a progression of 34.28% compared with the 1.44 million views registered in 2012, the year that the new media coverage was launched.
The video content is free of charge and accessible all over the world.
As in 2012, the downhill speciality recorded the most views (1.05 million).
All the mountain bike formats registered a clear progression: +104.7% for cross-country eliminator (with two extra rounds compared with 2012), +41.72% for Olympic cross-country (despite one event less) and +22.9% for downhill (despite one event less).
The World Cup round in Val di Sole (Italy) was the most watched, with 361’370 visitors on the Internet.
Fort William (Great Britain), voted best downhill event of the 2013 World Cup, is also Number 1 on the Internet for this speciality, with 235’357 views. Albstadt (Germany) collected the most views of the Olympic cross-country competitions with 144’927 views, narrowly in front of Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic (140’312 views). Albstadt was also the most sought after by cross-country eliminator fans with 49’940 views.
Internet video coverage of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup is booming. It aims to satisfy the fans who are unable to travel to the events and to help a new public discover the discipline. The project is possible thanks to a partnership signed in 2012 between the UCI and Red Bull Media House (RBMH).
The coverage has registered a progression not only in the number of spectators but in the quality of the broadcasts: the UCI and RBMH are constantly working to achieve a more dynamic and innovative coverage.
UCI Commercial Manager Nicole Gruber estimates: “Product development is still a key factor of our cooperation with Red Bull Media House. It is about bringing the action and speed of the races across to our fans. Not only are the number and type of cameras of importance, but also the way of filming and creating editorial, because story telling of the races makes a real difference.”
“At Red Bull Media House, we love challenges, and the challenge of being the UCI’s exclusive production partner and online broadcaster this year was an exciting one: eight events in eight countries covering three disciplines,” says the Red Bull Media House Production Team.
Mountain bike is not the only cycling discipline to benefit from video coverage. Since January 2013, the UCI YouTube channel has proposed live and delayed reports on the different UCI World Cups and World Championships (road, track, BMX and cyclo-cross).
These videos are also available free of charge on http://www.youtube.com/ucichannel.