World Cycling Centre

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World Cycling Centre
World Cycling Centre - Aigle Switzerland.jpg
The main entrance to the World Cycling Centre
Location Aigle, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°19′7.24″N 6°56′0.63″E / 46.3186778°N 6.9335083°E / 46.3186778; 6.9335083
Owner Union Cycliste Internationale
Construction
Broke ground 2000[1]
Opened 2002[2]

The World Cycling Centre (WCC) (French: Centre Mondial du Cyclisme) is a coaching and training centre in Aigle, Switzerland. It contains a 200m indoor velodrome, a BMX racing track and other non-cycling facilities.[2] It was built in 2002 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for sports cycling,[1] whose headquarters is located in the main building.[3]

Since its opening over 1,000 training camps have taken place at the centre.[4] In 2015 Rwandan cyclist Jeanne D'arc Girubuntu became the thousandth trainee at the Centre - previous graduates include 2015 BMX World Champion Stefany Hernandez, Daniel Teklehaimanot, the first black African rider to wear the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France, multiple Tour winner Chris Froome,[5] multiple Olympic and World Champion Victoria Pendleton, World Championship medallists Ross Edgar, Ramunas Navardauskas and Guo Shuang, and multiple African champion Natnael Berhane.[6] A total of fourteen trainee riders from the WCC were selected to compete for their nations at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[7] The Centre sometimes fields teams in Under-23 races.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Oribasi, André; Paronesso, Antonio; Dauner, Hans-Gerhard (August 2002). "The new World Cycling Center in Aigle, Switzerland". Stahlbau. 71 (8): 584. doi:10.1113/10.1002/stab.200201930. ISSN 1437-1049.
  2. ^ a b "The World Cycling Centre". Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  3. ^ "UCI Headquarters". Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  4. ^ "UCI's World Cycling Centre celebrates 10th anniversary". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Cookson adds CAS arbitrator to ethics commission, adds new federations". cyclingnews.com. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  6. ^ "UCI World Cycling Centre welcomes its 1000th trainee". Union Cycliste Internationale. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  7. ^ "UCI World Cycling Centre: Rio-bound athletes". Union Cycliste Internationale. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  8. ^ "2012 Race Archive > The Heydar Aliyev Anniversary Tour of Azerbaijan- U23 Men and Women 9-13 May".

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