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UNIL and UCI strengthen cooperation

The University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) yesterday signed a cooperation agreement which will see the two organisations working closely together on education and research in cycling. 

A centre of excellence for teaching, training and applied research in the domain of sport, the UNIL has an Institute of Sports Sciences (ISSUL) which proposes Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programmes for tomorrow’s sports leaders. The 140 researchers in its Interdisciplinary Centre for Sports Research (CIRS) are also active in fields as varied as training, biomechanics, anti-doping, governance, gender and medicine. In addition, the UNIL/EPFL Sports Centre offers a high level of expertise in coaching and performance. Finally, the UNIL launched its Observatory for cycling and active mobilities (OUVEMA) in 2020.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the governing body for world cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms and for everyone, as a competitive sport, healthy leisure activity and sustainable means of transport. It represents, to sporting and public institutions, the interests of 197 National Federations, five Continental Confederations, more than 1500 professional cyclists, a million licensed riders, millions of cycling enthusiasts and two billion bike users. With the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC), it has a high-level training and education centre.

The UCI and the UNIL will therefore naturally collaborate with a view to establishing, from 2022, a continuing education course “cycling coaching” aimed at National Federation coaches. Short courses will also be proposed in the domains of development and cycling for all. In addition, the UCI and the UNIL will work together to set up joint research projects.

This new cooperation agreement is yet another great example of cross-sector collaboration and the opportunities offered by the unique sport ecosystem in the region, hosting the International Olympic Committee (IOC), over fifty international sports federations and  a considerable number of academic institutions, corporations, associations and start-ups with a shared interest in sport.

Click here to read the full UNIL press release in French.

Read here the full press release by UCI in English.