Selection Criteria for Para-Cycling World Championships

Selection Criteria for Para-Cycling World Championships


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Para Cycling Track World Champs Selection Criteria Announced

Posted: 21st January 2011 | Source: GB Cycling Team

The selection criteria for the forthcoming Para Cycling Track World Championships has been released by GB Cycling Team, with Paralympic qualification and Worlds medals as key selection objectives. The full selection document is reproduced below, which includes a full breakdown of the decision making rationale. You can also download a copy in Word format here.

Selection Criteria for Great Britain Cycling Team for the Para Cycling World Track Championships

This document outlines the selection criteria for the Para Cycling Track World Championships from the 8th-11th March 2011 in Montichari in Italy.

The objective of the selection criteria is to qualify points for the Paralympic Games and win medals at the World Championships. If it is felt that there are no British riders capable of attaining these performances, then no British riders will be entered in to that category of the World Championships.

The final number of athletes selected will be dependant on the overall team size as determined by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). BC's primary aim will be to select the team with the best potential to win Gold medals.

All GB selections will be discretionary and based on the professional judgement of the Great Britain Selection Panel (GBSP). The GBSP will be chaired by the Cycling Performance Director and will comprise the Para Cycling Performance Manager and Olympic Programmes Performance Manager. Additional expert opinion will be sought from Para Cycling specific coaches and the Programmes Psychiatrist or psychologist where deemed necessary. Selection will take place on the 3rd February 2011.

Whilst selections remain discretionary, the GBSP will take account of the following 7 factors:

1. International race performances from 1st February 2010 until the selection meeting
2. Training performances from 1st February 2010 until the selection meeting.
3. Relevant Individual lab data from the 1st February 2010 until the selection meeting.
4. Performance from any selection days on or prior to the 3rd February 2011.
5. An athlete's current and recent UCI World Ranking.
6. Young exceptional athletes who will benefit from a World Championships and are considered medal prospects for 2012.
7. The profile of athletes already selected to ensure optimal team composition.

Selected athletes will be expected to commit to the Paralympic Programmes blood profiling programme.

Selected athletes may be required to undergo assessment including physiological, psychiatric and/or medical screening in the period between the selection date and the event. This will be to confirm fitness following injury, illness or a period of marked under-performance. All physiological and psychiatric assessments will be conducted at the National Cycling Centre and/or English Institute of Sport (EIS) or Welsh Institute for Sport (WIS) by BC and/or EIS/WIS staff. Up until the date of the Delegation Registration Meeting (DRM) when the BC enters the full British Team with the UCI, BC reserves the unconditional right to de-select any athlete who does not fulfil the necessary fitness or performance standards following assessment by BC and/or EIS staff. The GBSP will make any decisions on selection of any replacement athletes based on the same criteria set out above for selections.

To take part in the World Championships as part of GB Cycling Team, each athlete shall:

• Hold a valid international racing licence issued by a National Federation affiliated to the UCI.
• Be at least 18 years old or reach this age before the World Championships
• Have an IPC Permanent or Review Classification certificate for their disability category.

In accordance with UK Sport's Doping Control strategy, their Doping Control Directorate will be provided with the dates and venues for all TGB activities and training sessions to assist with their anti-doping programme. All athletes selected for TGB must consent to random, out of competition drug testing.

If clarification of any specific selection issue is required, please contact the Paracycling Performance Manager at the below address.

BC operate a formal appeals procedure for challenging selection decisions which is available on request from the BC Excellence office. The Appeals Procedure must be instigated within 48 hours of the athlete being informed by BC that he/she has or has not been nominated to the UCI for selection.