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Discover UCI’s World Cycling Centre

Discover UCI’s World Cycling Centre

The Olympic Capital is much more than the administrative centre of international sport. It is also a fertile ground for the development of sport and elite athletes.

The Canton de Vaud has many sport infrastructures and projects managed by International Sport Federations (IFs). Amongst those, the World Cycling Centre, based in Aigle, contributes to the development of the next generations of cyclists since 2002.

What is the World Cycling Centre (WCC)?
The World Cycling Centre is an elite coaching and training centre for top flight cycling athletes. It houses a velodrome with a 200-meter wooden indoor track and with 680 seating capacity, a gymnasium/weight training room, track and field athletic facilities and an outdoor BMX track. The headquarters of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) which is the world governing body for sports cycling, is also based at the World Cycling Centre.

What are its objectives?
The three main objectives of the World Cycling Centre are: To help the UCI promote cycling throughout the world, welcoming more than 100 athletes a year from different countries, helping them to train and develop, giving them the opportunity to compete at international level. To provide high level training courses for cycling professions such as coaching, mechanics, Sport Director courses and Diploma, UCI riders’ Agents exams as well as coordinating and organising a wide range of courses abroad in collaboration with its Satellites.

To provide a training centre for the AVGF (Association vaudoise de gymnastique féminine) and SCVG (Société cantonale vaudoise de gymnastique) where both clubs can share the use of WCC facilities.

How did the World Cycling Centre benefit from being based in the Canton de Vaud to achieve its objectives?
  • The Canton de Vaud is a central location in Europe providing easy access to all trainees and visitors coming to the World Cycling Centre.
  • Lausanne, the capital of the canton has a focus of international sport, hosting the International Olympic Committee plus 57 international sport associations and is only half an hour by train from the WCC.
  • The Canton de Vaud is also very involved in the management of the World Cycling Centre as one of the Canton’s representative is a member of the WCC Executive Committee and of the Foundation Board.

  • How was the construction of the World Cycling Centre financed?
    The construction of the World Cycling was financed by various partners, including the vital support from the Canton de Vaud.

    Can you share a few great success stories from the World Cycling Centre?
    The WCC can claim some major success stories with former trainees competing at the Olympic Games and World Championships, such as:
  • Daniel Teklehaimanot from Eritrea made history by becoming the first black African rider to wear the polka dot best climber’s jersey in the 2015 Tour de France. He trained at the WCC between 2009 and 2011.
  • Guo Shuang from China arrived at the WCC when she was 16 years old and stayed in Aigle for a few years, learned to speak French and English and won several medals at the Olympic Games, becoming Keirin World Champion in 2009.
  • Tegshbayar Batsaikhan from Mongolia was invited to the WCC to train and prepare the 2016 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships which took place in Aigle from 20 to 24 July 2016. This was the first time Mongolia entered an athlete in a UCI Junior Track Cycling Championships and Tegshbayar made history by becoming Junior UCI World Champion in the Scratch Race.

  • Facilities open to the public

    Although firmly oriented towards elite training, the WCC also makes its facilities available to local sportsmen and women and the general public. Thanks to our introductory sessions, which are open to everyone, you can experience the same sensations as the champions at our velodrome and on our BMX track.

    And if you do not want to work up a sweat, then you can spend your time watching the athletes train or visiting the permanent exhibition of photographs on display around the indoor cycling track.

    The UCI Centre offer you the following first-class sports and non-sporting facilities:
  • 200-metre wooden indoor track and stands (680 seats)
  • 250-metre synthetic athletics track
  • Artistic gymnastics and trampoline hall
  • Weights room
  • Multi-purpose infield area with capacity for up to 960 people
  • 400-metre BMX Supercross track with two start ramps (eight and five metres high)
  • Pump track
  • 500-metre running track
  • 120-seat restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Rhone
  • Conference rooms accommodating up to 110 people
  • Classrooms

  • A unique place to organise events, seminars, shows or general meetings!

    Conveniently located close to the motorway, the WCC is the ideal location for your seminar, convention, team building activities and corporate outings.You will find meeting rooms with natural light, a multi-purpose space of 1’800m2 for your events and Christmas party and a wide choice of sports and recreational activities.


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