UCI looks to improve rider safety at races

The UCI announced it will organise a Security and Technical Regulations working group to review and improve rider safety and security at races.

Riders, teams, race organisers and commissaires have been invited by the UCI Road Commission to meet on September 30 at the Tour of Lombardia, the final race on the WorldTour calendar.

“I am happy with the progress and investment we have made in 2016,” said UCI president Brian Cookson. “We know that there is more work to do and I am looking forward to working with the AIGCP, the CPA, AIOCC and others to ensure that we create the best possible conditions for riders.”

Rider safety has been an issue in recent years as incidents involving race motorbikes and vehicles has sharply increased, among other dangerous incidents involving spectators. As well rules regarding riders and level train crossings have been strictly enforced following a major incident at Paris-Roubaix.

The UCI introduced new rules specifically regarding vehicles earlier this year. The working group will review the progress made in 2016, and focus on further changes for 2017.

In addition, the extreme weather protocol changes will be a focus of the discussion.