The Cyclists Alliance (TCA) has urged the UCI to revise its race security protocols after the CIC-Tour des Pyrénées was cancelled final weekend within the midst of a storm of criticism over what the union described as “a excessive stage of hazard and disrespect for rider security” within the race.
The Cyclists Alliance argued in an announcement printed this week that the “race was unsafe from day one” and that reside TV protection “offered ample proof of the disregard for rider security.”
The Tour des Pyrénées was lastly cancelled on June 11, shortly earlier than stage 3 was attributable to begin.
Whereas the race organiser subsequently strongly criticised the riders’ collective resolution to cease racing, the TCA claimed that “the process for evaluating the protection of the race was not clear” and says that the organiser’s “responses to groups’ issues in the course of the race appeared, at instances, dismissive and disingenuous.”
As well as, when it got here to the UCI and federation checks in place previous to races, the TCA mentioned it believed the UCI and nationwide federations ought to “enhance the rigour utilized within the occasion approval course of.” That method it may guarantee organisers’ plans would “adjust to the expectations for security set out by the UCI rules.”
The TCA additionally argued the UCI’s protocol throughout races for assessing security and excessive climate points wanted larger clarification.
When a gathering with the organisers and Commissaires’ President in addition to rider and group reps was known as to determine if a race ought to proceed or not, the TCA claimed the protocol was overly obscure in regards to the course of riders and groups ought to use to precisely symbolize their respective teams’ factors of view.
The protocol was additionally unclear about how a lot weight these respective factors of view had within the closing decision-making course of, the TCA mentioned.
Final however not least, the TCA additionally argued that when it got here to the six potential actions that may be determined in accordance with the intense climate/rider security protocol, the present state of affairs, whereby the protocol provides final decision-making energy to the race organiser and the president of the commissaires’ panel, wanted altering.
“This course of for corrective motion and decision-making fails to acknowledge the vested curiosity of the organiser in sustaining the established order i.e. persevering with the race and never spending cash to make the race safer for riders,” the TCA argued.
The TCA press launch concludes by urging the UCI to revise these elements of the protocol, with a view to making sure “larger independence, free from conflicts of curiosity, when tough selections round rider security must be made.”