Salty Dog Cycling

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two-way radio ban?

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This debate isn’t a new one, but it’s an interesting one.  At the moment I’m not in favor of changing the rules.  For one I think that if all teams have access to the technology then all’s fair.  Also, I feel that at the highest levels of professional racing and with the highest performing athletes how does the radio usage distort the sport?  Thoughts anyone?

“MENDRISIO, Switzerland — Cycling’s governing body has stepped up its campaign to ban riders from using two-way radios to communicate with team managers.

The International Cycling Union says Thursday that radio communication on the road “distorts the nature of cycle sport.”

Its management committee agreed at a meeting Wednesday to set a timetable for phasing out the high-tech equipment — despite likely opposition from teams who believe the ban is dangerous.

Teams showed their disapproval during the Tour de France in July when forced to go without radio earpieces for a day. Riders effectively operated a go-slow strategy and the UCI backed down.

Race radios are banned in junior and under-23 events.”



Written by yellow fork

September 28, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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  1. I cant see the logoc behind this proposal myself. If it is about access to technology you can get radios of similar performance from a huge price range, even the most expensive are far less than the cost of most professional racing equipment.
    If its about the information available to a rider being unfair I cant think how having information can make someone cycle better. If I was competing I would also welcome being told if there was an accident or a slowdown out of my sight so I could deal with it before crashing into a pile of other cycleists.


    October 12, 2009 at 8:44 am

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