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Information Regarding Enforcement of UCI Rule 1.2.019 “Forbidden Races”

Cycling BC is a not-for-profit association registered under the BC Societies Act and affiliated to Cycling Canada, which is the National Sport Governing Body in Canada for cycling sports and recognized by the UCI.

There has been a large amount of discussion regarding rules relating to “forbidden races” under UCI articles 1.2.019, 1.2.020 and 1.2.021, which prohibits all UCI licensed riders from competing in events that are not sanctioned by a National Federation.

Cycling Canada and Cycling BC sanction races in BC in accordance with the UCI regulations.  Some organizers don’t wish to have their races sanctioned normally for cost and control reasons as the sanctioning brings with it the requirement for Commissaires.  Sanctioned races are subject to doping control whereas non-sanctioned races do not have doping control.  Canadian licensed riders insurance covers them in sanctioned races but it does not cover them in non-sanctioned races.

This issue has many aspects to it that need to be dealt with at the  policy level by Cycling Canada’s Board of Directors. Their Board has directed Cycling Canada staff to consult with all of the stakeholders (provincial affiliates) and some other cycling national federations to have a complete understanding of all the issues in play and how the National Sport Governing Body (Cycling Canada) can properly address them.

More information on this rule will be distributed once available.

A recent press release from the UCI states that:

UCI Press release: Strict enforcement of rule 1.2.019 postponed
The UCI listened to the feedback from the various groups involved and who feel affected by a strict and immediate enforcement of rule 1.2.019 and its associated sanctions. The UCI has decided to postpone strict enforcement of rule 1.2.019 in 2013 with the expectation that all stakeholders (National Federations, race directors, teams and riders) will discuss and do what is necessary to prepare for the rule’s full enforcement in 2014.
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Any questions or concerns can be directed to:

Nicole Rochefort
Cycling BC
Communications & Event Coordinator
P: 604-360-2154