WCC Coach Development Programme: applications open for 2014

WCC Coach Development Programme: applications open for 2014

WCC Coach Development Programme: applications open for 2014

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.

Further information about the 2014 Coach Development Programme is also available on the UCI website. Applications should be sent to[email protected]

Photo: Belinda Tarling (right) was coach educator for the 2013 women’s coaching course

Government backs CTC’s pothole reporting website

Government backs CTC’s pothole reporting website

The Department for Transport (DfT) has pledged £30,000 to enable CTC, the national cycling charity to revamp its ‘Fill That Hole’ pothole reporting website and develop a new app compatible with smartphones running Android software. The current system is only available on Iphone.
Cycling and Roads Minister Robert Goodwill demonstrates the 'Fill that Hole' app

Cycling and Roads Minister Robert Goodwill demonstrates the ‘Fill that Hole’ app

Cycling and Roads Minister Robert Goodwill made the announcement on a visit to Oldham. The cash is part of a £5.8 billion additional spend on highways announced in the summer.

Robert Goodwill MP said “At best potholes are an irritation but at worst they can damage vehicles and pose a serious danger to cyclists. That is why we want people to tell councils where to find them so  they can fill them in. This app means more people are going to be able to report potholes more easily.

Government backs CTC's pothole reporting website

Government backs CTC’s pothole reporting website

“Filling potholes in quickly is only one half of the story. Research has also shown a long-term approach  to  road maintenance, rather than patch and mend, can save councils and taxpayers money and potentially  save lives thanks to better road conditions.”

CTC has been working to ensure roads are safe for cycling  since our foundation in 1878. We are delighted to have the Government’s support for our‘Fill That Hole’ website and app, which are already highly effective ways for road users to get potholes filled. This partnership with the Department for Transport will enable us to provide this free service to far more cyclists  and other road users. It’s also a great example of CTC and the Government working together to get Britain  cycling.

Gordon Seabright
CTC Chief Executive

Since CTC launched the ‘Fill that Hole’ website in 2007 there have been over 91 thousand potholereports filed by cyclists and other road users. The development of the site will make the system more user friendly for road users and an invaluable tool for highways authorities.

‘Fill that Hole’ sends local authorities up-to-the-minute information about potholes which the council may not otherwise have known about, allowing them to identify trouble spots needing action fast. In the past year around £23.8m was paid in compensation by local authorities across England due to the poor condition of their roads according to the Asphalt industry Alliance.

The support for the new app and improved website comes as more local authorities adopt new Government  guidelines which urge councils to plan extensive maintenance well in advance, rather than years of costly ‘patching’ as potholes appear – saving the taxpayer money.

Over 9 million iPhone users can download the website’s current app to report potholed roads to their  councils; the new app could boost that figure to over 26 million, and will make it easier and faster to submit potholes. In the meantime, road users are encouraged to report potholes on the website and when the winter damage to roads is at its greatest.

CTC originally developed its app for cyclists, who can receive life-changing injuries from accidents caused  by potholes, but it is now used by all types of road user, from delivery drivers to motorists concerned about potential damage to their vehicle.

“I have used the Fill That Hole service a  few times in the last 3 years. It’s easy to use and works! I had great success with our lane which was in very poor repair I reported pot holes several times and they were usually patch repaired within 3 weeks.

These repairs never lasted long and after continuing to report the holes, eventually a highways  engineer  came out to inspect the lane, he agreed it was unacceptable but said there was not enough funds to  make proper repairs. Last year however the whole lane was resurfaced in 4 inches of tarmac, super job  done and should be good for 10 years at least.”

Graham Wood from Macclesfield, cyclist and CTC member.

Users of the site and app can expect to see a series of updates over the first half of 2014


UCI Track Cycling World Cup – The Dutch conquer Guadalajara

UCI Track Cycling World Cup – The Dutch conquer Guadalajara

UCI Track Cycling World Cup – The Dutch conquer Guadalajara

UCI Track Cycling World Cup – The Dutch conquer Guadalajara

With the victories of Jenning Huizenga in the pursuit and Matthijs Buchli in the keirin, but also with the podium places of Hugo Haak on the kilometre, the Dutch stole the show on second day of racing on the Mexican track.

 Men’s kilometre – Sunderland under the minute

 Scott Sunderland will not leave Mexico empty-handed. After his victory in the team pursuit, he became the first Australian inside the minute on the kilometre, winning the event in 59.675. The previous Australian record was held by Shane Kelly. Poland’s Krzysztof Maksel (59.820) and Dutchman Hugo Haak (59.976) took the other podium spots in that order.

 Final standings –  A first for Poland

 On 225 points, Krzysztof Maksel became the first Pole to bag the kilometre World Cup trophy. The 22-year-old rider from Paczkow finished level on points with Hugo Haak but was crowned thanks to his higher placing in the last race.

Simon Van Velthooven lies third on 195 points. In spite of his absence in Guadalajara, French world record holder Francois Pervis finished fourth.overall.

 Men’s pursuit –  Huizenga takes all

 Jenning Huizenga continued the Dutch haul on Saturday by dominating the individual pursuit. Fastest in the qualifications, the Dutchman won in the final in 4:21.931 ahead of Argentine Mauro Agostini (4:25.708). In the third place final, Swiss Stefan Kueng clocked an excellent 4:19.542.

 Final standings – Huizenga crowned

 Fifth in the Manchester opener, Jenning Huizenga took the overall title on 255 points. It was the first UCI World Cup title for a Dutchman since Jens Mouris in 2006. Winner of the fist leg but only 5th in Mexico, Italy’s Marco Coledan had to be content with the runner-up spot, level on points with Huizenga. Argentina’s Mauro Agostini finished third on 209 points.

 Women’s 500 metres – Voinova takes over

 In the absence of Australia’s Anna Meares, who became the first woman under 33 seconds in the previous World cup leg in Aguascalientes, the half-kilometre was wide open and laurels finally went to Russia’s Anastasia Voinova in 33.645. Germany’s Miriam Welte finished second once again in 33.736 while third place went to Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze in 33.928.

 Final standings – Consistency pays off for Welte

 Consistency was rewarded for Germany’s Miriam Welte. Second in each stage of the World Cup, she finished top of the final standings on 270 points and became the first German crowned in the discipline. Anastasiia Voinova finished second with 255 points ahead of Lee Wai Sze on 240 points.

 Men’s keirin – Buchli finishes in style

Guadalajara inspired the Dutch and especially Matthijs Buchli. After a disastrous start to the season, he won the keirin in style on the Mexican ring: “I won each of my rounds. What a great way to start 2014,” he said after his victory ahead of Colombia’s Santiago Ramirez and Welshman Lewis Alexander Oliva.

 Final standings – Buchli retains his crown

 Only 25th in the Manchester opening leg of the World Cup and fourth in Aguascalientes, the 21-year-old Buchli finished strong to retain his crown on 264 points ahead of Germany’s Tobias Waechter and Britain’s Lewis Alexander Oliva.

 Women’s sprint – Triumph for Max Success Pro Cycling

 With two girls in the final, Max Success Pro Cycling confirmed their domination in the women’s sprint, Lin Junhong winning ahead of team-mate Tianshi Zhong. The podium was entirely Asian since third place went to Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze.

 Final – Sze crowned again

 On the podium of the three World Cup stages, Lee Wai Sze retained her UCI World Cup title on 375 points ahead of Germany’s Kristina Vogel who missed the Guadalajara meet. Australia’s Anna Meares, who also shunned the last event to prepare for the world in Cali, finished third on 248 points.

 Races are broadcast live on youtube.com/ucichannel

Photo: Victorious in the keirin, Matthijs Buchli takes one of the Netherlands’ two victories.