February 09, 2021
This week, as we move closer and closer to the spring cycling season, the UCI has released a series of new rules and detailed punishments for specific riding behavior and protocol. Effective April 1st, the UCI is banning the use of riders' forearms on bars -- a commonly used strategic breakaway position known as the super-tuck.
Many riders have already pushed back on the super-tuck ban, given the strategic advantage it presents. More specifically, UCI’s Article 1.3.008 details that:
"The rider shall normally assume a sitting position on the bicycle. This position requires that the only points of support are the following: the feet on the pedals, the hands on the handlebars, and the seat on the saddle."
This, in addition to a new ban on long socks and littering rules, has erupted a series of mixed reactions from riders and fans alike. The specifics of the update to the UCI rules outline that riders could be fined, docked points, or even penalized time for throwing objects and waste in a manner that is deemed dangerous or careless. As outlined in UCI Amendment” :
“The rider must safely and exclusively deposit their waste on the sides of the road in this the litter zones provided by the organizer. Riders may not jettison anything on the roadway itself”
In stage races, an initial violation could cost you thirty seconds, a second volition two-minutes, while a third can potentially lead to disqualification. More than that, a new UCI safety regulation states that “a zone of at least 300 meters before and 100 meters after the finishing line shall be protected by barriers.” (UCI.org)
Just our opinion, but the UCI could have more important things to focus on like diversifying the sport. Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for pro and amateur riders would go a long way, rather than nitpicking sock lengths #freethetuck
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