USA Cycling repeals decision to allow race radios in NRC events
Based on concerns raised by cycling’s international federation, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), USA Cycling reversed its earlier decision and will continue the ban on the use of race radios in all national-level competition; including USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar (NRC) and national championship events.
"After consultation with the UCI, it is apparent that allowing race radios in domestic NRC races would negatively impact the UCI registered teams and riders who would no longer be allowed to compete in these events,” explained Bill Peterson, president of the USA Cycling board of directors and USPRO board member. “The absence of UCI registered teams and riders would have a highly detrimental impact, not only on the team sponsors, but also on the hard working NRC promoters and the sponsors and communities who support these races.”
"While we remain convinced of the value of race radios with regard to their potential for increased safety for riders and spectators," said Steve Johnson, USA Cycling CEO, "we will respect the UCI's request to continue the ban of race radios in national calendar races and national championships."
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 70,000 licensees; 2,400 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,900 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year, manages 17 national championship events and is responsible for fostering the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.
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