Greenlight for use of race radios, onboard cameras in women’s events

by Anne-Marije Rook


An interesting thing happened during the last lap of world championship road race last weekend. Despite having one rider in the breakaway, the Dutch team moved to the front of the peloton and started chasing down the breakaway. Chasing down their own rider? Why would they do that?

As it turns out, it wasn’t so much that they were following their team directive to ride for their captain, Anna van der Breggen, as it was responding to their breakaway rider’s request to reel them back in.

“Amy [the rider in the break] indicated that it wasn’t a good situation for her to be in and said please come help,” Dutchwoman Lucinda Brand told Ella CyclingTips after the race.

And by indicated, Brand means ‘signaled’, waving and gesturing because race radios were not allowed. As the UCI is changing its stance on race radios, communication among riders and the car should become much easier next year.

The UCI Management Committee met for two days during the Richmond world championships, discussing everything from the Women’s World Tour to race radios to developing criteria of eligibility for para-cyclists to undertake the UCI Hour Record (though no further details were given).

Resulting from the meeting, the UCI announced a series of key changes to “modernise and improve” the sport.

In regards to race radios, the governing body stated that starting in 2016, two-way race radios will be allowed in the Women’s World Tour and any women’s category 1 or time trial event.

The Management Committee also agreed to allow the use of onboard video cameras without the need for teams or organizers to seek UCI permission. Hopefully, this will encourage more live onboard footage as we did in the Prudential RideLondon GP.

Other welcoming news came from the BMX discipline. The governing body has agreed to equalise the overall prize money at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup for both men and women. And, as of 2017, prize money per World Cup round will also become equitable.

Read more about UCI rules and regulations, here.

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