UCI World Cycling Centre – Soigneur and Mechanic Training Courses

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28 Feb 2013

The World Cycling Centre is expanding its program of educational activities in 2013 and is introducing two new training courses that will take place at the World Cycling Centre:

  • Soigneur Training Course
  • Mechanic Training Course

The new courses are the latest from the World Cycling Centre’s education development strategy, which aims to provide high quality education to all areas of the sport. Following the introduction of the ‘UCI Coach Development Programme’ and the ‘Sport Director Course’, the two new courses are designed to provide the best possible learning experience for those who aspire to be a professional Soigneur or Mechanic.


The course fees for both courses cover accommodation with full board, course participation, teaching materials, health and accident insurance, travel to races with the World Cycling Centre Team, and certification costs. Travel from the student’s country to the World Cycling Centre and return is not included in the cost.


To apply for either course or for more information on either course, please contact the Training and Development Department (



The Soigneur Training Course:


As modern cycling becomes ever more complex, with an increasing amount of sophisticated scientific knowledge being applied to training and racing, so the demands placed on the Soigneur continue to grow. As such, this exciting new course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills to enable them to work in this dynamic and exciting area of the sport.


The extensive programme will include:

  • Sport massage therapy
  • Recovery techniques
  • First aid
  • Nutrition & Hydration for performance
  • Food preparation & hygiene
  • Anti-Doping
  • Race specific skills
  • Communication skills

The first of its kind, the Soigneur Training Course will be delivered at the World Cycling Centre on the following dates:

  • 5th August– 27th September 2013 (English language only)

Two industry experts, Andrew Evans and Emma Wolstenholme, will deliver the eight-week course.


Andrew has over 30 years of experience in cycling, having worked as a Soigneur with professional teams and national squads across the world, in countless major events. In addition to valuable practical experience, Andrew is also a qualified teacher and was a senior lecturer at University. In addition to lecturing Andrew led the creation of various University courses specialising in sports rehabilitation and sport therapy.


Emma has worked alongside Andrew in professional cycling teams and with elite sports people from a range of sports, providing her with a vast array of practical experience to add to her excellent theoretical knowledge. Emma has taught extensively across various rehabilitation and sport therapy courses.


Andrew and Emma’s extensive teaching and Soigneur experience, will provide students with the perfect opportunity to learn the theoretical knowledge and apply it practically to achieve optimal performance as a professional Soigneur.  


Places on this first course are limited, so interested parties are encouraged to contact the Training and Development Department and submit a completed application form (attached) before the closing deadline of 8th July 2013.


Click here to download the World Cycling Centre - Soigneur Training Course - Application Form



The Mechanic Training Course:


The Mechanic course is aimed at individuals who wish to pursue a professional career as a mechanic either within professional team or National Federation and will provide them with a complete background in the knowledge and practice required to work as a professional mechanic.


This extensive course will include:

  • Building Road, Track, MTB & BMX bikes
  • Maintenance and servicing of Road, Track, MTB & BMX bikes
  • Wheel building 
  • Position on the bike
  • Rule & regulations

In addition, all students will also gain vital experience at races, travelling with the World Cycling Centre team most weekends as an active team mechanic, under the expert guidance of the centres mechanics.


World Cycling Centre Master Mechanic, Alex Roussel, will deliver the eight-week program. Alex has over 30 years of professional experience as a cycling mechanic and has worked with professional teams and national federations across the sport of cycling, attending countless major events including World Championships. In addition to Alex, students will work alongside the CMC mechanics and also have specific sessions with external experts.


2013 will see the delivery of 2 courses, on the following dates:

  • Course 1: 6th May – 28th June (English / French language)
  • Course 2: 5th August – 28th September (English / French language)

Places on these courses are limited, so anyone interested are encouraged to contact the Training and Development Department and submit a completed application form (attached) before the closing deadline of 8th April 2013 for course 1, and 8th July 2013 for course 2.


Click here to download the World Cycling Centre - Mechanic Training Course - Application Form

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