UCI has reportedly announced to revamp plans in road racing. According to the reports, the governing body of cycling wants to have promotion & relegation in pro cycling as the part of their new proposed 3-tier league idea. The UCI has further declared their plan to scrap down the schedule of elite pro teams to 120 days.
The proposed 3 tier League will comprise of 16 team 1st division, 8 team 2nd division & feeder 3rd division regional teams. As per UCI’s revamp plan, the 8 team 2nd division would race for 50 days. The reforms are yet to be sent for approval by January next year & if approved by UCI management Committee & PCC (Professional Cycling Council) would be implemented by the year 2015.
The road race revamp proposals have been published in a latest UCI newsletter and are planned to have complete implementation by the year 2020. UCI has dubbed these revolutionary plans as “profound & decisive changes” in the field of pro cycling.
Brian Cookson, the newly elected President of UCI stressed that they are planning to restructure the elite team road-race calendar with a view to enhance the significance of cycling globally. “My manifesto wasn’t simply a mere declaration. In fact, it’s a genuine plan considering the future & a serious working document. It’s not that my priorities have changed post my election”, stated Cookson in the UCI’s newsletter.
“UCI should take all essential steps for restoring it’s credibility & that of the sport as well- specifically in regards to public view on anti-doping measures & present-day leaders in the cycling world”, our sources quoted Cookson. “We need to alter our ways regarding anti-doping management, restructure the elite road racing, improve women’s cycling scene & reinforce our influence & status particularly within the esteemed Olympic Movement.”