Professional riders met on Saturday and Tuesday as part of the stakeholder consultations in order to draw up propositions for the future of cycling.
Aware of the importance of expressing their point of view in the debate, the riders gave up three hours of their time for the meetings which took place the day before the start of Paris-Nice, Ã Rueil-Malmaison (France) and before Tirreno-Adriatico, at San Vincenzo (Italy).
Both meetings reunited around twelve ridersâ representatives proposed by the UCI Athletes Commission. The meetings were led by Deloitte, the firm mandated to organise the stakeholder consultations called âA Bright Future for Cycling.â
The riders were able to talk freely about subjects relative to their careers. As well as putting forward their propositions, they were able to ask questions to UCI representatives present.
Among the themes brought up by the riders were the sporting calendar, the qualification system for teams in the UCI WorldTour, the anti-doping fight, the image of cyclists and communication between the UCI and the peloton.
The rich and lively discussions took place in a particularly constructive atmosphere.
Moreover, any stakeholder still wishing to express an opinion still has until March 15th to complete the online survey.
The information collected from these questionnaires and working groups will be treated and analysed by Deloitte, who will report to the UCI Management Committee by the middle of 2013. Their report, which will be made public, will help the UCI decide on changes and measures needed to improve the organisation, functioning and image of cycling as a whole: men and women, in all disciplines and on all continents.