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  • H.E. Pennypacker

    At this point, almost anything that aggravates ASO is good with me.

    • David9482

      This doesn’t aggravate ASO… it’s a pointless deal.

      Besides, I’d take ASO over an organisation run by Sepp Blatter’s nephew any day. Blatter’s a really crooked business man, he won’t be helping cycling in any productive (or ethical) manner! I’d rather have Lance than a Blatter.

      • Larry @CycleItalia

        I agree. Further, if ASO’s truly the bad-guy here as painted by the Velons, do they really expect ASO to go along with this? Doesn’t the race organizer own all the stuff they’re proposing to share (sell) to the broadcaster/viewing public? As to live video, right now the equipment needed probably = the extra ballast to get bikes up to the minimum weight. But what if the bike industry succeeds in getting that minimum weight reduced? Nobody’s going to haul video/telemetry equipment around if there’s a weight penalty. This whole scheme is almost as wacky as the idea of boycotting LeTour by getting RCS to run the Giro in July!

        • David9482

          haha, i know right? Some of these ideas are a little impractical.

          People are tired of ASO, and that’s understandable. But so far, ASO appears to be ethical (being greedy isn’t unethical) and honest. They’ve been pretty open and honest this entire time about how they want to run cycling, whereas Infront (ie. Sepp Blatter’s nephew) is potentially a very shifty bed partner! Why would Velon be so eager to do business with Infront? Only because ASO refuses to work with them on a meaningful basis.

          • Larry @CycleItalia

            Italy’s Bicisport had an interview with ASO’s Prudhomme. I agree with most of what he said, but I also agree (mostly) with Marc Madiot, so what do I know? These Velons seem to want to turn pro cycling into yet another North American sports franchise scheme or perhaps even worse, turn it into something like football under FIFA. Life shouldn’t be just about “all the money you can make” especially when it threatens sporting values, history and passion.

            • David9482

              I agree, cycling definitely shouldn’t be mimicking FIFA or NA pro sports, it’s a completely different animal than any other sport. Honestly, I don’t see why UCI does what it takes to work with ASO. UCI and other stakeholders need ASO more than the opposite. ASO can individually invite the teams (and they’d accept), set up it’s own team licensing system, and then pay for its own drug testing, and then UCI would be left with nothing but BMX bike riding… Why doesn’t UCI see this?

            • Sam

              Sport is compelling because it mimic life. Life is about evolution, constant change and reaction.

              Sure it’s nice to harken back to the black and white era but I for one is interested to see where this will head.

              There’s obviously a lot of appetite to change the status quo and ASO in their intransigence might get swept away, taking away the good with the bad.

              • Larry @CycleItalia

                I’d put my money on ASO over these clowns – they remind me of Donald Trump’s cycling (wet) dream.

                • alexroseinnes

                  Tour de Trump!

                  • Larry @CycleItalia

                    HA! I was there! This clown had no idea what to do with this bicycle. He handed it off to someone like it was a child with a dirty diaper then said, “Let’s go look at my boat”. The entire thing should have been called the “Wretched Excess Tour”

          • Larry @CycleItalia

            Italy’s Bicisport had an interview with ASO’s Prudhomme. I agree with most of what he said, but I also agree (mostly) with Marc Madiot, so what do I know? These Velons seem to want to turn pro cycling into yet another North American sports franchise scheme or perhaps even worse, turn it into something like football under FIFA. Life shouldn’t be just about “all the money you can make” especially when it threatens sporting values, history and passion.

  • David9482

    Not trying to be too judgemental, but this “deal” doesn’t do anything. None of the organisers or broadcasters are actually involved at this point, which means that they don’t want to buy whatever Infront/Velon are selling. This is a big huge piece of non-news, similar to UCI’s reforms that ASO’s ignoring.

    Cycling doesn’t really get it, if the reforms/changes/decisions don’t involve the organisers and broadcasters, then they are just words on a page!

    • Shane Stokes

      Talks are ongoing with organisers – some of whom have already done business with Velon, such as RCS Sport – and broadcasters. If you consider the teams involved and the business worth and experience of Infront, it’s not hard to see this going places.

      • David9482

        Good to know, and my apologies, I didn’t mean that your piece was non-news – thank you for reporting this. I do hope a potential deal with Velon teams and organisers/broadcasters does come to fruition, and that is what I meant – that this will be real news when a deal is formed that leads to revenue sharing amongst the teams!

        Is anyone else worried that Sepp Blatter’s nephew is the CEO of Infront?

        • winkybiker

          Worried? No. The administration and management of pro sport is a cesspool of self interest and corruption. Always has been and always will be. The money rots everything. I just don’t care who runs any part of it. They’re all crooks.

        • Shane Stokes

          Thanks David. Not sure about his nephew, but I’m no fan of Sepp Blatter…!

  • Kenneth Sanders

    This group Velon was designed to generate new streams of revenue for the 11 participating world tour teams. These teams who have never truly liked the UCI nor the race promotors. These teams feel they have been taken advantage of, so from where I see it we now have yet another cook in the kitchen. Why doesn’t Velon break away from the UCI and create it’s own sanctioning body? This will allow the teams to not only increase revenue streams but to also create their own technical rules regarding equipment, race radios, safety, etc.. Who really needs the UCI? Just a thought!

  • Dave

    What I’d give to have these guys sitting across the table from me next time I have to negotiate a deal of any kind.

    Velon should stop holding their strategy meetings at high altitude.

  • alexroseinnes

    Another Velon-booster post. I still don’t see any business proposition in Velon, and there are major battles with race organisers on the horizon over image rights. There is no detail as to what this “partnership” actually entails – are Infront investing any money, or simply acting as an agent for Velon content?

    The on-bike footage is nice, but hardly a game-changing addition to cycling broadcasts. It’s not like the F1 in-car footage, which gives a first-person view that no mere mortal fan has ever experienced. We already get some telemetry from races. As for live footage, if you are not in business with the race organiser, then you can’t broadcast live.

    For Velon to have a truly marketable product, they would have to pay for rights sharing, and for this you need the mass-market appeal of the Tour de France. So, unless a deal with the ASO can be reached, GTFO.

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  • roddders

    Any proposition labelled a ‘game changer’ means nothing. The in bike footage they have shown so far hasn’t exactly need amazing and what benefit is having speed / heart rate / power?
    All smoke and mirrors by people who want a share of money they haven’t earned.

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