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UCI Stickers of Approval Gets Implemented for 2011

uci stickers of approval gets implemented for 2011   UCI Stickers of Approval Gets Implemented for 2011

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the proposed UCI stickers of approval will push through on 2011 with the coverage extending from frames, forks, handlebars, stems to cycling apparel. In theory, manufacturers can submit their product concepts and blueprints to UCI on or before January 1st of next year. UCI will look through them and give its go-signal for production that passes the level of standardization UCI is enforcing.

The approval committee will be headed by Professor Manson, vice-president of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland and also a composite expert. The approved products will be listed on th UCI website.

2009 and 2010 products can obtain backdated approval. As for the negative reception over this new process, UCI states that products carrying the UCI label of approval will be an asset to the manufacturers….

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UCI Drops the Axe on De Bonis Due to doping

uci drops the axe on de bonis due to doping 300x225   UCI Drops the Axe on De Bonis Due to dopingWith the surge on anti-doping in cycling, the International Cycling Union (UCI) started to look into irregular readings from the biological passport data. This intensive move was brought about several factors including the recent Floyd Landis case. Francesco De Bonis was first to be sanctioned a two year ban due to doping. De Bonis was also fined €13,000. The basis for the said doping charge was due to Italian’s blood profile. The irregular readings were testament to De Bonis’ guilt even if he has never tested positive in any anti-doping tests.

UCI issued a statement regarding the case, “The UCI emphasizes the historic importance of this first judgment under the scope of the biological passport programme, introduced by the UCI in 2008.”

A UCI spokeperson added that De Bonis was caught and judged based on the findings in his biological passport. UCI also cited that Spanish cyclist Antonio Colom Mas is…

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Vision UCI Compliant Base Bars

vision uci compliant base bars 300x116   Vision UCI Compliant Base BarsUCI has decided to enforce its “3:1” regulation last year which dictated the control measures on the ration of chord (length) to thickness of any non-circular “aerodynamic” cross section component of the bike. Vision, the aero handlebar specialist has come up with an improved two base designs and with an internal brake cable routing in compliance with the regulation.

The bars are both of aluminum and carbon bases which will be out in the market from mid-June in the UK. Both components have an extending sideways of 31.8 diameter center bulge which would accommodate clip-on tri-bar clamps. It characterized a “zero-degree flat wing” profile.

The specific features adhering to its design and profile are these as follow; it weighs 207g, a twill finish on the Carbon OS Base Bar, its width, from center to center is 410mm and a tag price of £279.99. Also, to be available is the Team Alloy…

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WADA and UCI on the Landis Revelations

wada and uci on the landis revelations 300x200   WADA and UCI on the Landis RevelationsFloyd Landis’ allegations led to naming several cyclists accused of doping as well as a UCI official being on the take. The World Anti-Doping Agency and Union Cycliste International (UCI) both gave statements in response to the events that have transpired after Landis’ revelations.

Pat McQuaid, UCI President, expressed his thoughts over the allegations Landis gave, branding them as “scandalous and mischievous”. McQuaid further adds, “These guys coming out now with things like this from the past is only damaging the sport. If they’ve any love for the sport they wouldn’t do it.”

UCI issued a statement on Landis’ move to allow his allegations in the Wall Street Journal. The statement reads:

“The UCI regrets that Mr. Landis has publicly accused individuals without allowing sufficient time for the relevant US authorities to investigate. An impartial investigation is a fundamental right, as Mr. Landis will understand having contested, for two years, the evidence…

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2010 – 2011 National Cyclocross Calendar

20102011 national cyclocross calendar 296x300   2010   2011 National Cyclocross CalendarThe 2010 – 2011 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Calendar shall open at Brenigsville, Pennsylvania with the Nittany Lion Cross on September 11, 2010. The cyclo-cross season for the west coast shall kick off with the Star Crossed Cyclocross on September 18 at Redmond, Virginia. The season will end with a new Kingsport Cyclocross Cup in Kingsport, Tenessee on January 15, 2011.

Calendared for this year’s cyclocross competitions are 8 UCI category-one and 45 category-two events. The United States leads as the more internationally sanctioned cyclocross races in the UCI Cyclocross Calendar with a total of 53 events in this series followed by Belgium with 32 events. Click here to see the complete International UCI Cyclocross Calendar.

Aside from the Kingsport Cyclocross Cup, new events make this season’s calendar; in Lincoln, N.H. on September 25 the Nor’easter CX at Loon Mountain, The Ellison Park Cyclocross on September 26 in Rochester, N.Y….

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New Manager Spearheads Anti-doping with Zeal

new manager spearheads anti doping with zeal 300x199   New Manager Spearheads Anti doping with ZealThe new anti-doping manager of the International Cycling Union, Francesca Rossi sees more cases of doping under the biological passport program. However, she believes that the system is progressing and is looking forward to a rapid resolution of cases in the future.

Rossi informed the Associated Press, “We will have new cases but I can’t say to you the timing. We are continuously testing (riders) and involving our experts. When, statistically, the case is solid we can proceed.”

Rossi took over the place vacated by Anne Gripper as head of the UCI’s anti-doping section last February. Cases are soon to be opened this week as UCI has filed charges against Franco Pellizotti, Tadej Valjavec and Jesus Rosendo Prado. “It’s the beginning of the story,” Rossi explained. “I am sure that in time the procedure is improving and we are going to be faster when we have a case.”

Rossi, at her previous job…

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USA Cycling Says No to Radios

usa cycling says no to radios   USA Cycling Says No to Radios

USA Cycling has finally made a decision on the issue of race radios being used in the pro tours, and their answer is NO. This decision by the American cycling body apparently follows UCI’s lead when the latter moved to ban radios in almost all of its cycling events.

The UCI has been banning race radios in their events for the last two years. It started with the U23 races and slowly but surely extended into the lower-level elite cycling events. USA Cycling has been modelling most of their elite events in accordance with UCI regulations, so their latest move to ban radios may come as no surprise to anyone

The debate over race radios started last Monday when USA Cycling directors met to discuss their moves on whether or not they will be adapting the UCI ban on the communication devices. As a matter of fact, this…

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