UCI, USA Cycling Asked to Meet at Sea Otter, Abolish Non-Sanctioned Race Restriction for Pros
We don’t cover a ton of racing news here on Bikerumor, but every once in a while, something is just worth sharing. While the rule in questions restricts which events pro cyclists can compete in, if affects most of us. Say you enjoy “racing” alongside them at your favorite event. If things stay the same, that’ll be much less likely, yet we seriously doubt it’s enough incentive for any promoter to sanction their event. Anywhoo, read on and make your own decision…then let the UCI and USAC know what you think!
ANONYMOUS PRESS RELEASE: Smoke coming from the USA Cycling offices may indeed indicate fire. The recent decision by cycling’s national governing body to begin rigid enforcement of a universally unpopular (and it would seem, arbitrarily enforced) UCI bylaw threatening sanction against professional riders registered on UCI rosters participating in a non-USAC or UCI sanctioned events, has the racing community up in arms.
Riders are calling for a sit-down at this year’s Sea Otter Classic between UCI and USAC executives along with trade team riders and their industry sponsors. At issue is the impact such restrictions place on the earning ability of the riders themselves who have cited the larger cash purses frequently on offer at non-USAC sanctioned events. The negative impact in grassroots development resulting from the prohibition of trade team athletes participating in local races or emerging disciplines such as Enduro are also referenced.
To date, prestigious events such as Epic Rides’ Whiskey 50, the Leadville 100, the Breck Epic MTB Stage Race and Whistler’s bleeding-edge Crankworx festival remain unsanctioned and therefore off-limits to trade team riders.
The petition calling for a Sea Otter Classic summit makes for interesting reading. And if numbers (or the complete lack of voices in opposition…at least those NOT typing from USAC-owned keyboards) are any indication, the riding community at large may indeed have a legitimate axe to grind.
Will Pat McQuaid or Steve Johnson make themselves available? Time will tell. You can find the petition here.