Planning on riding a foreign cyclosportive or gran fondo? Increasingly more events, mainly the French and Italian ones, require a pre-participation medical. More specifically, they would like to know if you are ‘fit for competitive cycling’.
Our doctor in Sports and Exercise medicine is qualified to take your medical.
The exact rules and regulations differ from country to country and from event to event. You can find a summary bellow.
The rules and regulations of the French cycling federation FFC (Fédération Française de Cyclisme) apply to all events organized in France. Competitors are stratified by age, in a way similar to Alpe d’HuZes.
- Competitors under the age of 18: Specific plus sports medical, validity 2 years.
- Competitors under the age of 35: Specific plus sports medical, validity 5 years.
- Competitors aged 35 and over: Comprehensive sports medical, validity 5 years.
- Competitors aged 65 and over: Comprehensive sports medical, validity 1 year.
Unfortunately it is not as as obvious to find a clear consensus in the Italian rules.
While the Italian cycling federation FCI (Federazione Ciclistica Italiana) advises riders to both have UCI registration (for example through KNWU) and a medical certificate, most gran fondo organizers stick to their own set of requirements. Often they offer a single day license for a fee, which bypasses the need for UCI registration.
The general rule says a medical certificate is always required. This certificate is to be dated 6 – 12 months before race day.
- Competitors under the age of 35: Specific plus sports medical
- Competitors aged 35 and over: Comprehensive sports medical
There are exceptions to this rules. Gran Fondo Fausto Coppi mandates a Comprehensive sports medical for all competitors. On the other hand, Maratona does not require a medical certificate for riders that are UCI registered (updated to 2016 rules).
Please be sure to take a good look at the rules and regulations of the event you plan on participating in. And if necessary have us read them again. Just to be sure you get the medical you require.