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10 Jul 2019

UCI seeks public input on road cycling development

The UCI, cycling’s international governing body, has today launched a survey to gauge public opinion on the road discipline as it looks to evolve the sport as part of its Agenda 2022 reform programme.

The online survey forms part of a wide consultation that will involve stakeholders across cycling, and include interviews with leading figures and contributions from a working group comprising representatives of cycling teams, riders and organisers, plus the media and broadcasters.

The survey is open until 9am CET on 16 July and respondents are invited to comment on factors that may or may not make road cycling more entertaining, including the use of earpieces by teams and their riders, the use of power meters to measure the output of riders, team sizes and budgets, the format of events, how events are broadcast and provision of on-screen data during races.

It is available in eight languages: French; English; Spanish; Arabic; Russian; Portuguese; German; and Italian.

The survey follows a plan of action approved by the UCI management committee at its meeting in Lavey-les-Bains in Switzerland last June.

Following the consultation, a series of propositions will be drawn up with a view to their approval by the Professional Cycling Council and the UCI management committee in 2020.

UCI president David Lappartient said: “Developing the appeal of road cycling in a world that is changing is one of the central aims of the UCI’s Agenda 2022. To do this, it is essential to have the opinion not only of cycling’s different stakeholders, but also the wider public, both committed fans and casual spectators.

“The survey that we are launching today offers everyone the chance to give their opinion and is part of a wider consultation process that will enable the UCI to take steps to modernise road cycling that will meet the expectations of as many people as possible. My thanks go to all those who take a few minutes of their time to contribute to the evolution of our sport.”

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, is available here.

Last month, the UCI announced changes to the track cycling calendar which will entail revamping, rescheduling and shortening the Track Cycling World Cup Series, moving the Track Cycling World Championships from March to October and launching a new Track Cycling Nations' Cup as part of efforts to revitalise the indoor discipline under the Agenda 2022 plans.