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Cycling Australia statement relating to dispute between UCI and ASO In response to the critical situation that has developed due to the conflict between the International Cycling Union (UCI) and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the Board of Cycling Australia today expressed support for the resolution adopted by the European Cycling Union (UEC) Congress last weekend, namely

  1. That a review of the ProTour be undertaken and recommendations be brought to the September 2008 UCI Congress; and
  2. That the French Cycling Federation (FFC) does not authorise the Paris-Nice, or any other major international race, outside the regulations of the UCI

“While we remain a supporter of the ProTour as the ‘elite league’ of international cycling competition, it is evident it needs to be reviewed to considers the interests of all the key stakeholders,” said Cycling Australia CEO Graham Fredericks. Continue Reading »

In a letter sent today to all professional teams, UCI President Pat McQuaid outlined the situation that has arisen as a result of the French Cycling Federation’s (FFC) decision to agree to ASO’s request to organise Paris-Nice as an event on the national calendar, under the exclusive jurisdiction of French law.

This measure is utterly irregular and will have far-reaching consequences for all parties involved.

The UCI wished it to be known first of all that, under the chosen format (event on the national calendar, under exclusive jurisdiction of French law), the UCI rules do not permit Paris-Nice to be considered an event on the French national calendar. Consequently, if the FFC insists on maintaining this position, the race will take place entirely outside the regulatory and organisational structure of the UCI. Continue Reading »

News an Pictures by John Pierce, PhotoSport International

24 February, 2008 – Emma Rickards (AUS) from Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team took second place in today’s UCI women’s World Cup kick-off in Australia, finishing shortly behind the day winner Katheryn Matthis (USA, Webcor Builders) in a total race time of 3:04:46.

Geelong Women’s Tour

The team Cervélo-Lifeforce dominated the race from the start to the end. Thanks to early attacks from Karin Thürig and Priska Doppmann, a group of 12 racers went away. The High Road team from Ina Teutenberg was in the defensive position and had to react.  With a hard work, they closed the gap but than the racers of the Cervélo-Lifeforce Team launched again, first Priska Doppmann and than the final attack from the 34-year-old Emma Rickards. Continue Reading »

It may not have its Union Cycliste Internationale status, but that, has not dimmed the enthusiasm amongst the competitors who’ll take part in the Shay Elliott Memorial that takes place this Sunday from the Town Hall in Bray for 163kms of racing.

Costs of putting the event on the UCI calendar just became to prohibitive, but the generous sponsorship by Murphy & Gunn of Milltown has at least kept the magic that belongs when you mention the ‘Elliott’ in cycling circles.
It has also reached another milestone, with this being the 50th edition of the race that was originally called ‘The Route de Cille Mhantain.

Stephen Murphy whose firm sposors the race, ‘it is a unique event on the Irish calendar. It attracts the creme-de-creme of visting competitors, with the title being exported abroad on many occasions,’ said Stephen.

Back to defend his title is Andy Roche from the Isle of Man, but he’ll face a daunting task in the light of the declared starters which also includes two former winners, Mark Lovatt and Kevin Dawson.

Currently rated as one of the favourites is Brian Kenneally who won the title back in 1999. He has a strong team in and that will count in his favour. Not far off favouritism will be Paul Griffin of the Giant Asia team. Lack of support from any quarter in the recent Ras Mumhan did not deter him from being runner up.

Since the event is primarily for Senior One and Two, 95% of the starters will have ‘been there and wore the tee shirt!’

Not, Isaac Speirs of the Murphy & Gunn/Newlyn outfit. He joined the senior ranks at the beginning of the year. His performance in Ras Mumhan set him apart from the majority of the field and by my reckoning has to be reckoned with.

On Sunday, not only will Bray Wheelers be celebrating the 50th edition of the race, first won by the late John Lackey who went and became a household name, but his legacy was as a race organiser. He went ahead of the possee and trail blazed a generation of other organisers. John was a visionary and was instrumental in making a path for others to gain notoriety in the sport.

It was also the first occasion that the Bray club promoted an open race.

The Bray club have listed John Lynch and Frank O’Leary as starters, but it it would a big ask if either of them were to win the trophy last won a ‘Wheeler’ in 1998, Mick O’Donnell who is the public relations officer of the club.

Back forty years ago 1967) it took the judges a hell of a long time to separate Wim Koopman from Holland and Hughie Davies of the Lorraine Cycling Club after a titanic sprint on the Lower Dargle Road.
Literally on the nose, Davies got the verdict, who on the day was one of the outsiders because of the infamous climb at Drumgoff (Glenamlure) where a monument was erected back in the seventies to commemorate Shay.

Nine hours of negotiation finally resolved the impasse between the Union Cycliste Internationale of which Dubliner, Pat McQuaid heads as president and Amaury Sports organisation (ASO) of which the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuleta (Tour of Spain) are members of early yesterday morning.
The governing body of the UCI gave the go ahead for teams to participate in the Paris/Nice which starts this Sunday.
The teams found themselves facing a dilemma as the UCI threatened to sanction those who would participate in the race hosted by Tour de France organisers ASO.
On the other hand, ASO sent out a strong message as well by announcing to reject those teams that would skip Paris-Nice, from the Tour de France as well.

‘It was like a Conclave to elect a Pope! We did not step outside the meeting room and not as much as a cup of tea passed my lips. But, it was important that this was resolved for all concerned with the sport.
‘It also means that whilst the three tours will have the option of inviting teams to their particular races, the ProTour will have the opportunity to promote ProTour events in any oart of the globe. Heretofore, these events were all held on the European mainland.
‘Ireland has the option of now making a bid for an event.
‘Let’s say that the experience I gained in my earlier career as president of Cycling Ireland was beneficial and now we can look forward to the promotion cycling all over the world,’ said Pat.