Social Media, thanks to their intrinsic characteristics, are versatile and flexible tools,
FCI sponsors and partners. Social media management should not be underestimated, you need a well-defined communication plan that can be adapted to individual needs.
The ultimate goal remains that of creating a single, coordinated, credible and stronger image, both for our members, for partners and for the general public.
Communication: the site is the digital entrance door of the Federation. It needs to be reviewed in its image and in its functionality by facilitating external communication, therefore promotion, and internal.
We need a platform reserved for all members aimed at communicating directly with the FCI on the various topics that can be proposed to the Council of the FCI. All the proposals received will be examined and possibly included in the Agendas of the Councils of the FCI and discussed in order to broaden the pool of ideas and listen to the voice of the movement.
In order to ensure the continuity of the athletes’ sporting career, it is advisable to provide a reward for companies that develop a supply chain in the youth sector, of at least 3 categories, avoiding the dispersion of talents who could show a slower athletic maturity.
Recognition that must also be reserved for U23 companies that activate this chain downwards.
Greater integration of the Italian cycling movement in the international arena.
Enhancement of the Continental teams.
Review of the “governance” of the professional world.
Greater integration of the various technical levels, with closer relationships between regional coaches and Regional Technical Commissioners with the involvement of the National Teams in away games in order to encourage their growth.
The track has always been a real forge of medals, it will be essential to continue investing in the sector and in the facilities. There is no doubt that without the Montichiari Velodrome Elia Viviani’s Olympic gold would not have arrived.
Strengthening and enhancement of the regional Track Centers with suitable technical equipment and reactivation of the Inter-centre Circuit.
Review of the current structure with the introduction of a new figure who can act as an interface between all the track centers and the Commission to monitor the functioning of the Centers and satisfy requests for technical support and material necessary to carry out the activity.
Creation of an “Academy” with guesthouse, gym, medical and biomechanical center, i.e. a pole of specialization also for the fast sector which, to date in Italy, is very poor in synergy with BMX which has the Olympic training center in nearby Verona. The Municipality of Montichiari, when asked in this regard, he has already expressed a positive opinion in this sense, sharing the project with the commitment to raise the funds necessary for the development of the projects. Great Britain has 5 covered velodromes, Italy deserves more.
The exchange and synergy between the fast track specialties and the BMX sector must be encouraged, as is already the case in the rest of the world, also by providing for the involvement of the Military Corps.
The goal is the creation of a pilot model to be reproduced in different strategic areas of our peninsula. The “Academy” project must become the headquarters of the summer campuses of the FCI in tourist locations where to involve baby cyclists who can thus approach two wheels and breathe the magic of cycling.
The off-road sector represents 56% of members, and must be supported to continue to grow. For this reason it must be able to count on better visibility, starting from Mtb, with ad hoc agreements with television broadcasters in order to be able to give the deserved Media space, as can already be seen from the interest expressed by various broadcasters.
As far as the Mtb agonistic categories are concerned, possible changes to the criterion for assigning top class points will be evaluated in order to reduce the costs for clubs and families who are forced to travel long distances to participate in the races.
The formation of regional representatives who can try their hand at road races will be encouraged in order to increase interdisciplinarity and reduce the athletic dispersion of young people who practice this discipline.
In this sector, the involvement of technicians of the various specialties will be a priority, also with the introduction of the figure of a Coordinator. In addition to the disciplines of Cross Country, Marathon, Cyclocross and BMX, particular attention must be paid to and investments must also be made in emerging specialties such as DH, Trial, Freestyle, Enduro.
Youth cycling also deserves special attention given its strategic importance for the physical and moral development of young people. For this reason, collaboration with Sports Promotion Organizations (EPS), which constitute an important and structured pool, should be encouraged to develop the practice of cycling within the oratory activities and summer campuses.
In this regard, we guarantee our commitment to ensure that youth activity does not exceed the limits of healthy agonism which is preparatory to the growth of our nation’s youth heritage.
At national level, the women’s sector has been giving us satisfaction and medals for years.
However, greater support is needed for clubs in the most critical categories; the Juniores one is the one most penalized by the high costs deriving from the calendar which is very poor in road races and above all on the track. For this reason, incentives and/or contributions are needed for organizers and clubs.
Our goal is to equate the Italian movement to that of some foreign nations that count on a percentage of members equal to 35%.
This is a goal on which investments will be made and particular attention will be paid.
The Paralympic sector has always been the source of the largest number of medals at the Paralympics and World Championships. We need greater support and visibility for the lesser-known categories: Cycle, Tandem and Tricycle. To date, in fact, these categories, unlike the Handbike which has a very rich national and regional calendar, do not find space in any event except in international competitions.
For this reason, aid and contributions are needed for organizers and clubs in order to carry out promotion and encourage the participation of the many members that the Federation counts today.
Also for these categories, an information work is needed to be coordinated with the many media present in the area.
It will be important to provide a connection with the rehabilitation centers on the model already adopted by INAIL and with the structures and associations interested in assisting the disabled sector, also by making adequate mechanical means available.
The Federation is the home of all cyclists; the amateur sector is a world to be safeguarded because it represents the core business of the “cycling” industry that revolves around these adults, who have a greater spending budget than athletes from other agonistic categories. This sector deserves attention and high-level services: IT, insurance and visibility thanks to the virtuous effect they are able to develop on the territory.
It will be necessary to plan a media investment to intercept the over 100,000 bike users who are not currently registered with initiatives and incentives that enhance membership of the Federation.
An important niche in continuous growth is made up of the activity of historic cycles, fixed gear, E-bikes and Gravel, capable of promoting slow cycling such as cycle tourism.
Investments will have to be made in these activities in order to favor an increase in members and clubs involved, before being anticipated by other entities and aggregations.
Unfortunately, an ever-present problem is security with parameters that must be continuously updated and implemented. Every day our members and all bicycle users are involved in serious accidents both in competition and in training.
Concrete initiatives are needed to definitively stem this phenomenon.
As far as road safety is concerned, greater awareness of local Authorities and Administrations is needed to make people understand the importance of real cycle paths, not cycle and pedestrian paths. We also favor the promotion of off-roading in the youth categories for training to be carried out in the woods and away from traffic.
Without security there can be no activity and therefore also the future of agonism.
Europe pushes us, also through tenders and incentives, towards sustainable mobility, for this reason we will have to support the green movement and promote the dissemination of tenders on mobility as much as possible, making clubs aware of their existence, and supporting them in the bureaucratic procedures to access the various national and European tenders.
The first change, however, is cultural and must start right from our movement. We need an adequate structure that deals specifically with these issues (sustainable mobility, safety, plant engineering).
Better protection also passes through the improvement of existing insurance coverage.
For this reason, the Regional Commissions and the National Commission of Race Directors must be set up with representatives of the Motorbike Marshals, Police Accompaniment and ASA, with annual meetings for the exchange of experiences and evaluation of events and cases, as for the race officers, to make the designations according to the criteria that guarantee the appropriate competence for each type of race.
The professionalism of the Race Director must be guaranteed with the establishment of a register and national and regional commissions which will carry out the assignments (as for the race officers) of these professional figures to guarantee the safety of the athletes, based on the level and categories of the races. This will ensure greater protection for the Club Presidents and greater qualification and safety in the competitions.
The role of the Competition Officer plays an important function in the control and regularity of competitions.
The National Commission has carried out a significant qualitative and quantitative work, which may require further commitment to adapt the category to the continuous evolution of rules and regulations relating above all to the safety of competitions.
A critical issue that will have to be remedied as soon as possible is represented by the situation relating to clothing, insufficient and not adequate for the importance of the role.
There is no doubt that the future of cycling passes through the creation of protected structures and routes that allow youth activities to be carried out in total safety.
It will be a priority commitment to promote with Local Administrations, companies and individuals for the stipulation of agreements and conventions that provide for the possibility of using existing routes that can be easily adapted to our needs such as commercial areas, industrial and private areas.
The Federation, through the Facilities Commission, will have to guarantee with its specialized technicians the necessary assistance to the local administrations and Sports Clubs that want to invest in the facilities linked to cycling.
Training is a strategic topic that will have to adapt the training proposals. The various levels of training must include a fundamental level and higher levels of specific training (road, track, off-road). The Sector will have to implement the needs of the base in order to develop effective solutions aimed at the growth of the movement. Specifically, it will be the clubs and sporting directors who will highlight needs and requirements to provide the sector with elements to adapt the contents and methods of training to real needs.
A credit system will be introduced that takes into account the activity actually carried out by the technicians and that avoids, at least partially, the mandatory refresher courses (and costs) envisaged with an alternative training activity (participation in conferences, courses and activities carried out).
The methods of organizing courses at the regional level will have to be reviewed, restoring the management skills and enhancement of their technicians to the Committees while maintaining resource management.
It is necessary to devote a reflection to an always delicate topic such as the organs of justice.
Maximum transparency will be guaranteed in all the activities of the Justice of the FCI, as well as the independence of the various organitazions.
Finally, a great dream of mine: to bring the 6 Days back to Milan and transform it into a prestigious event on the international calendar. An event able to involve, with a series of side initiatives, the city of fashion to be able to reach not only the world of cycling.
We are going through a very particular moment for our movement linked to the Pandemic. As an entrepreneur I have always believed that in difficult times we shouldn’t stop investing in our company in order not to lose competitiveness and be able to keep up with the times. I want to do the same for the FCI.
The primary objective is to unite the movement, which fell apart during this electoral campaign, to work together for the common purpose which is the good of cycling.
In confirming the passion as the “lead thread” of my activity in the world of cycling and the sense of the “slogan” of my candidacy, undoubtedly proven by the facts so far, I reiterate the maximum commitment on my part and my team to ensure that the Federation and Italian Cycling can have the importance they deserve at national and international level.