The UCI has postponed enforcement of article 1.2.019. On March 28 the UCI wrote a letter to all national federations stating that they would be enforcing article 1.2.019
, which stated that licensed riders could not compete in unsanctioned events. This provoked widespread comment and anger from across mountain biking and road biking. Today they released an offical statement stating they will not be strictly enforcing the rule strictly until 2014. Their official statement reads:
|The UCI listened to the feedback from the various groups involved and who feel affected by a strict and immediate enforcement of rule 1.2.019 and its associated sanctions. The UCI has decided to postpone strict enforcement of rule 1.2.019 in 2013 with the expectation that all stakeholders (National Federations, race directors, teams and riders) will discuss and do what is necessary to prepare for the rule’s full enforcement in 2014. |
USA Cycling has confirmed that they will not be enforcing the rule this season for any discipline. In a recent press release, Steve Johnson, USA Cycling's president and CEO, said, "Notwithstanding the fact that rule 1.2.019 has been enforced in Europe for many years, it is clear strict enforcement in the U.S. and other countries will have unintended and undesirable consequences. USA Cycling listened to the views expressed by the cycling community in America, and these issues were fully represented in discussions with the UCI. We would like to thank the UCI for its willingness to suspend enforcement of the rule globally to allow time for productive dialogue with all stakeholders to find a workable solution for the future."
Initial reactions from race organisers seems to be positive about this decision, but the long-term implications remain to be seen.