Monday, February 19, 2007

Aki's Sprinting Blog

Aki Sato, promoter of the Bethel Spring Series, has always provided sage advise as I organize the PSS.

Aki has a great cycling blog ( ) that I'm sure you will enjoy.

Go Fast ... JIM

UCI versus ASO, RCS, & Unibet

Hi All,

The French Amaury Sport Organization (“ASO”), the Italian RCS Sport (“RCS”), and the Spanish Unipublic (“Unipublic”) organize some of the greatest and most historic, annual professional cycling races (e.g. Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, Fleche Wallonne, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Espana, etc.).

The Union Cycliste Internationale (“UCI”) promotes a Pro Tour comprised of 27 races of which 11 races are organized by ASO, RCS, or Unipublic.

The UCI currently requires Pro Tour organizers to automatically invite the 20 teams that hold UCI Pro Tour licenses.

All teams and riders with UCI Pro Tour licenses are members of the rider’s union, Association Internationale des Groupes Cyclistes Professionnels (AIGCP).

A Swedish team named (“Unibet”) holds a UCI Pro Tour license and is an AIGCP member.

The ASO, RCS Sport, and Unipublic did not invite Unibet to several events and intend to invite only 18 teams to the grand tours they organize.

What action should the AIGCP, the rider’s union, take?

1) None. Professional race organizers can invite any team they choose. It's their race.

2) Strike. Boycott races organized by the ASO, RCS Sport, and Unipublic.

3) Protest. Disrupt races organized by the ASO, RCS Sport, and Unipublic.

4) Revise. Request UCI remove the ASO, RCS Sport, and Unipublic events from the UCI Pro Tour schedule.

5) Abandon. Request UCI stop promoting the Pro Tour. Let organizers invite teams according to the organizer’s interests.

6) Other

Go Fast … JIM
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