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Monday
Mar262012

New UCI rules on bikes, equipment and clothing

New UCI rules on bikes, equipment and clothing:

The sport’s governing body, the UCI, is moving towards greater regulation of equipment, both the bike and clothing. Whilst rules about the bio passport or race radios might seem abstract, there’s a high chance these ones will affect you.

I can see the logic in all this but let us not forget the cycle trade has backed teams since the dawn of the sport as a means to publicise products. If a century ago Cycles Alcyon found the Tour de France was not the place to show off its best products, there would have been no Alcyon team. The risk now is that the likes of Cannondale and Specialized might prefer triathlon as a shop window… or they get behind a less restrictive breakaway league.

(Via Inner Ring.)

Velocast says...

An excellent analysis, as ever, from Inner Ring. There is logic in what the UCI are doing; logical in that way that only the UCI can. But, as usual, they're treading a precarious line.

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