ESPN reports the UCI is threatening six month suspensions for riders who do Paris-Nice. We think the UCI is now squarely aiming at its other foot. If we ran a Pro team, we might divide into two squads -- those running the prestigious ASO races, and a B-team that ran the UCI pro tour. That ought to make the UCI happy.
The CyclingNews reports that The International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP) has expressed some concern over the contract offered it by the ASO and in fact agrees with Pat McQuaid on some of the points he made this week about the matter:
... However, the teams are following up on one of McQuaid's chief concerns - without UCI rules specifying participation, the organizers are able to dictate what teams can ride major events, including immediate expulsion of riders or teams if ASO perceived a threat of image damage for its organization or the event.In other news, The NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League has decided to ban caffeine for its high school mountain bikers this year. What's next?
On the eve of Het Volk, AIGCP's directing committee studied the ASO agreement in detail for the French race. According to the AFP, AIGCP President Eric Boyer wanted to make sure the team's legitimate concerns were heard. "We'd like to make conditions for starting [events] common," said Boyer, who suggested each team make sure it had assurance of participation in the form of appropriate guaranteeing language in all contract
AP runs down the PN/ASO/UCI spat, saying it offers, "a fresh look at an increasingly dysfunctional sport." Ya think?
The VeloNews Mailbag from a couple of days ago rehashes some old familiar subjects.
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Saturday, March 01, 2008