Heading the world governing body for professional cycling has to be one of the most thankless tasks in the sport.
Faced with a long history of rider doping and allegations of corruption, as well as the everyday running and promotion of cycle sport, the president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is not a position to be taken lightly.
We asked readers of Cycling Weekly what would be the first thing they would do if they were elected as UCI president. Here is a selection of the answers. Agree or disagree? Add in your own suggestion in the comments box below.
Introduce a rule stating that any WorldTour men’s team must also have in place a women’s team by the end of the 2016 season, as well as a minimum €35,000 per year salary for women riders.
Get rid of the 6.8kg weight limit, bikes can be made safely at sub-5kg! It’s crazy this limit is still in place, it’s more than a decade old.
Create a doper’s jersey for all events. Now all those riders who want to compete on drugs can, but they wear a black jersey and no one respects them. They aren’t eligible for any other category, though.
Luke Allan Anderson
Bring back the Olympic individual pursuit and more than one competitor per country per event in individual events, and reduce the World Cup points requirement for Olympic track events.
Stop spending money on researching the past. It’s over and done. You have learned all you can and, quite frankly, are any of the doping scandals that have occurred over the past 50 years really any different from one another?
From this day on, the official language of the UCI will be Swedish. In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside, so we can check.
Riders ignoring a closed railway crossing in Paris-Roubaix and metal bollards in the road during Tour of the Basque Country
Allow Lance Armstrong to ride in charity events anywhere in the world.
Selwyn Leslie Gill
Allow non-UCI-approved bikes into events to help traditional frame builders survive, adapt the time trial bike rules to allow more aero designs, like the UCI-illegal Shiv, while changing the equipment rules to match the times, e.g. get rid of the 6.8kg bike weight limit.
See that a formal apology is made to Graeme Obree.
I would make all riders take a pill that reacts with EPO etc, and it turns them into an Oompa Loompa. That way it’ll be obvious who’s cheating.
Introduce a blanket lifetime ban for doping to make riders think more carefully if the rewards are higher than such a risk. A hefty fine for the team they are on when caught doping. Puts more onus on the teams themselves to clean the sport up irrespective of if the rider doped in secret… they could have screened better, done their own tests, had written into the rider’s contract that the rider would be made financially liable for the team ban if they dope.
Put the kilo back in to the Olympics.
Bring back wine at the feed zones.
Make the Vice Presidents roles specific to certain areas of improvement, VP for women’s cycling, VP for anti-doping, VP for paracycling and put people with proven ability to deliver in those areas into each one, then create five-year plans for each that they must deliver on and give them a specific budget to achieve those plans.
Equality for women’s racing, i.e. every major cycling event must have a women’s version running and the prize and sponsorship money should need to be equal. The Nicole Cooke autobiography was something of an eye opener, and actually I really quite often prefer sitting watching a women’s race… less predictable for a start.
Mandatory weekly doping tests for all riders on WorldTour teams: miss your test, and miss your chance to race.
Have a beer with a few mates the start some dodgy alliances up with a few riders that are good for my image and then rule with an iron fist. Oh wait, that’s already been done…
Reuben of Roberticus