Tegshbayar Batsaikhan, an 18 year old Mongolian athlete and the current Junior UCI World Champion in the Scratch Race, has made an impact on the sport, althouh whether he will be able to keep the crown in this week’s world Championships is hard to predict. Mongolia has no history of track riding, his performance has surprised even his coaches and became one of the best riders of his age.
Now, as the Director of the World Cycling Centre – the UCI’s elite coaching and training centre in Aigle, Switzerland – Magné is enjoying a different kind of success.
A key part of the UCI’s strategy to grow cycling globally, these satellite centres provide an opportunity for aspiring young athletes, from diverse geographical locations, to showcase their talents on a level playing field.
He goes on to say, ‘The WCC is on a mission to develop, and so it’s very, very important that we have a globalised approach [to discovering talent].
‘The world is our playground but to identify talent we need to have tools and tests that deliver the same results, whether a rider is in Chile, Argentina, Indonesia, Ukraine or Belarus.’
It was this test that drew attention to Tegshy. On seeing his data, sent from the WCC satellite centre in Korea, the UCI worked with the Mongolian Cycling Federation to bring him to Switzerland for an extended period of training as a stagiaire.
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