Cameron Meyer made to cover up rainbow stickers

Rainbow decals on your bike? Only if you're a UCI world champion - and in that discipline! Australia's Cameron Meyer said he wouldn't back down, but his team thought better of getting a hefty fine.

cameron meyer, bike

The UCI has handed out plenty of fines over the first four days of competition at the Track World Championships. Most of them are for ignoring commissaires' instructions and are almost a symbolic fine of CHF 100.

The Indian federation were handed the largest fine, CHF 2,500, for not registering their riders within the correct time frame.

On Sunday morning, newly-crowned points race world champion Cameron Meyer tweeted "Just found out I got a fine for having my rainbow sticker on my bike. Well I'll be getting a second one because it's staying on tonight."

An hour later he tweeted again: "Just got told my fine will more than double if I ride with rainbow sticker on my bike. Well I'll be getting a second one because it's staying on tonight."

But when we sent our photographer to go find the offending bike it had white tape covering the blue red and black stripes, leaving just green and yellow, Meyer's national colours.

The UCI rules state that only a current world champion may have rainbow piping on their equipment. When a rider no longer holds the title of world champion they may wear rainbow piping on the collar and cuffs of their jersey.

The right to have rainbow piping on equipment is rescinded on the morning of the event, as that is when the rider ceases to be world champion in that event.

Any rainbow piping is also specific to the discipline in which the rider won the world title.

The Australian team obviously didn't want a CHF 1,000 fine so they have covered up the rainbow piping for tonight's Madison.

Cameron Meyer and his 'illegal' bike after last night's points race

Meyer's bike for tonight's madison. Spot the white tape

The rules referring to the rainbow bands can be found on the UCI's website on the rules page under General Organisation of Cycling as a Sport, rule 1.3.064.

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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!

Simon is currently riding

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