David Lappartient Elected as UCI President

Sep 21, 2017
by Matt Wragg  
While all eyes were on the Individual Time Trial World Championships in Bergen yesterday, away from the cameras the UCI held their 186th congress. At that congress, the current UCI president, Brian Cookson, was ousted from the role by his challenger, David Lappartient, in a landslide defeat - 37 votes to 8

As the governing body all cycling, most importantly for the World Cup and World Championships, the leadership of the UCI has a huge impact on racing at all levels through mountain biking. As such, we took a quick dive into his manifesto and it seems that as mountain bikers we should be concerned by his election. Nowhere in his headline position statements does he mention mountain biking. In his detailed manifesto, you have to get to page 21 before he actually directly addresses mountain biking - and it only gets three bullet points at that. While his aim to use mountain biking in schools to introduce kids to cycling is laudable, his assertion that the UCI needs to "Develop the "enduro" racing [sic]" should probably make the EWS team a little bit concerned about how they are going to tackle the discipline. When we interviewed Cookson in 2015, he advocated looking for a partnership with the EWS, although it seems to have borne little fruit as yet. There is certainly the possibility that the UCI could place themselves in competition with the EWS, although it is too early to tell how this will play out.


David Lappartient. PC FFC
David Lappartient. Copyright: FFC.


As for the World Cups and World Championships? One of the more prominent pledges is to review the format for the World Championships, and integrate the event for the four Olympic disciplines. Considering that at the forefront of his manifesto he describes road cycling as "the highlight of our sport", it is no stretch to assume that XCO would be a junior partner in this dance and would be pulled along with the whims of the road cyclists. It is worth remembering that the 2016 road Worlds were in Doha, Qatar, it looks likely to lead to some interesting choices of venue from a mountain bike perspective and split XCO off from DH at that level. The better news is that regardless of how Lappartient leads the UCI, the organisation itself is a large, slow-moving bureaucracy, and in the short to medium terms, the people that keep that moving are unlikely to change, so the chances are that we will not see the impact of this election in the next year or two at least.

We will be asking the UCI for the chance to sit down with Lapparitent, much as we did with Cookson, to find out more about how he sees the future of mountain biking with the UCI.

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174 Comments

  • 368 3
 EWS doesn't need the UCI. Mountain Biking in general could live a prosperous life without the UCI. In fact, I would love to see Chris Ball and his EWS team take over World Cup Downhill racing. How great could that be?!?
  • 27 1
 Ya in all seriousness, no news about mtb coupd be good news.
  • 28 60
flag surfct (Sep 21, 2017 at 7:32) (Below Threshold)
 You are right and wrong - I agree that a professional race series like the EWS does not need a governing body like the UCI, and probably a professional DH race series could be organised as well. Amateurs, Juniors and kids do need the UCI, without it would be hard to support rider development from an early age to a professional level, this is the reason why the UCI has to stay involved, otherwise I believe there will be no more professional MTBing in the future.
  • 40 1
 @surfct: couldn't agree more on needing a governing body but we need UCI like we need FIFA the IOC or any other cleptocracy.
  • 22 1
 @Super7: I agree UCI will follow in there big brothers (FIFA) foot steps...........pay to play, bribs and other junkets
  • 34 0
 @surfct: How so? BMX (before UCI/USA Cycling) was doing just fine without them. BMX began at the grassroots level. It's struggling in some ways now do to specifically the UCI/USA Cycling's influence. Many would argue the Olympics has done more to harm BMX at local levels than help with regards to bureaucracy and ridiculous rules & regs. I believe it is also pretty arrogant to assume that without UCI, somehow grassroots level rider support (in any cycling discipline) would somehow not materialize.
  • 10 1
 It's all about the rainbows
  • 10 4
 @surfct: Then the UCI president needs to petition the IOC to get DH as a Olympic event. That way young DH riders could get support like Skiers from their government for athlete development. But instead we got another BMX event.
  • 50 0
 @theedon Yup, bring on the DHWS in addition to the EWS! And while they're at it, add in XCWS! One race discipline staggered every 3 weeks. Racing EVERY WEEKEND. HOLY FOOK. Okay, I'll go calm down now.
  • 26 1
 "EWS doesn't need the UCI."

I think we all agree on that. The problem is if UCI tries this "enduro racing [sic] thing" on its own and splits the field up due to sponsorship obligations or something. EWS is doing good things now and possibly on the verge of breaking through to the mainstream (no comment on if thats good or bad). The last thing it needs is a ham-handed competitor.
  • 20 0
 @Sardine: I think the UCI has missed the boat on Enduro. The EWS has the ear of the sponsors, it has the venues and it has the flexibility to let each event be a bit different. Unless they offered a massive prize fund I don't see teams or riders being tempted by an 'official' UCI backed series, nor do I see venues wanting to stump up enormous amounts of money for dedicated Pro Only events, attaching the EWS races to existing events was the best decision Chris Ball ever made.
  • 9 3
 @Fix-the-Spade: The trouble is, if the UCI are offering the chance to be "Enduro World Champion" with the shiny rainbow stripes, sponsors, teams and riders are going to want to go for it. Maybe not all, but it wouldn't take much effort to split the field. I would hope that the whole Enduro scene would unite and reject the UCI and stick with EWS, but I wouldn't bank on it...
  • 8 0
 @Steezysix: Yes, certainly a possibility, however I would argue that the UCI being underhanded and threatening is much more likely. Things like threatening the brands / teams that participate in DH with some sort of repercussions if they don't back the UCI with their enduro teams. A much worse case than just the lure of Enduro rainbow stripes.
  • 2 0
 I think it would be too much for Chris Ball to do both - there's so many legends in the sport that could assist we should be cherry picking them really. Think Peaty or Vouilloz and what they could bring! Having ex racers should ensure some of the fun of racing returns, and they'd have the respect of the riders/public.
I'm all for the similar format though - DHWS sounds awesome...
  • 4 0
 EWS will need some affiliation at one point if they want to start drug test, no? I agree with you in principal, but once more money and more salaries flow into Enduro....so to will juice

@mattwragg do you know the EWS position on drug testing?
  • 2 0
 @intensemack10: Exactly. They have been known to use underhanded tactics in the past. I would be shocked if they didn't attempt the same to keep their monopoly stranglehold ongoing for all things bikes.
  • 5 0
 are we talking about UTIs?
  • 9 0
 Does this guy even ride a bike?
  • 5 0
 @enduroFactory: nah, we all know the real world champ is the overall winner
  • 10 5
 Mountain Biking need's the UCI as much as the World needs 'Rocket Man' K.J.Unn.
  • 5 0
 @rabocse: A road bike I'd wager.
  • 8 1
 I raced enduro at Steamboat a couple of weekends ago, and the DH stage was twice as long as the collegiate DH race held the same weekend because USACycling/UCI have some stupid rule that a junior/collegiate DH race can't be longer than 4 minutes or something. Who comes up with this stuff?
  • 3 0
 @bman33: If you wants kids to race BMX, make the tracks gnarly again. Bring back Corona style downhill tracks. If I had the land and a good insurance lawyer, I would open a track and the first person to mention USABMX or UCI would be banned for life.
  • 3 0
 @ukr77: lol, i'm sure there's plenty of folk out there willing to test any EWS rider's drugs...
  • 6 1
 UCI took the fun and competition out of BMX and pretty much ended 4x. Watch them do the same to DH. It'll be a sad day if they take part in the EWS as well. Any organisation that can operate without the UCI and keep the riding fun and super competitive should stay that way.
  • 2 1
 100% agree
  • 1 0
 @MTBrent: I'm with you man. More racing more more more.
  • 1 0
 @ukr77 ews don't test but run to uci ruling or wada, Cedric has said it's a issue and only national Feds do tests but most enduro racers are outside there jurisdiction?
  • 1 1
 @Steezysix: same thing went on years ago in snowboarding. Once FIS took over, everyone were against. Look what's situation today? All other series are gone, FIS World cup is there to be. UCI will probably do exactly same way as FIS did. They have IOC to back them up, probably sooner or later entering enduro in Olympics, and UCI line of competition will be the only way to qualify for Olympics (just follow FIS and snowboarding pattern to the point). And in 3-5 years, there's no other competition then UCI series, even if everyone will be against it.
  • 2 0
 @primozj: there can only be a limited number of cycling events in the Olympics, 22?? someone tell me if I'm wrong, terrible memory. So an event, road or track has to dropped if another, enduro as you suggest, will be picked up. And that isn't going to happen.
  • 72 0
 Any bicycle race or series is and will be much better served by having nothing to the UCI, or any organization that is not on the local/grassroots level. The UCI exists to enrich the power brokers in cycling. The EWS is just fine without the UCI and should stay that way.
  • 3 0
 As they say, time to get the f*#k outta Dodge!
  • 12 1
 I don't really understand why there's governing bodies at all related to the sport(s) of mountain biking. What do they do? Secure venues? Get and organize sponsors for races? Do they secure land/riding access? I'm very confused as to why they're even a thing... If I wanted to have a skating event at a local skatepark I'd just contact the owner, get some sponsors to with prizes/money and get about a dozen of my buddies to help film and keep everyone behaved and safe during the event.

This just seems like a bunch of suits putting their faces where they don't belong so they can make a buck, disconnected from the actual needs and wants of the community. Does that dude even ride, bro!? Why isn't Tippie or Wade or any of the other legends filling these roles?
  • 67 2
 If he really thinks road cycling is the highlight of our sport, then I really don't see a need for the UCI in mountain biking. In my opinion, road cycling is very different than what mountain biking is about and to just lump the two together concerns me. F*ck the UCI
  • 18 1
 It's the highlight of money making for them.
  • 3 0
 but but he has a pic of Nino and company behind his manifesto...
  • 13 2
 @zephxiii: dirt roadies.
  • 4 0
 Yeah, Fuck the UCI. MTB don't need a hobo dressed in suit developing the sport. Fuck 'em all.
  • 5 0
 On the other hand it's a good thing they won't change anything about MTB, they'll just leave us alone.
  • 7 0
 Clearly the UCI doesn't care about mountain biking at all, if he shares the opinion that road cycling is "the highlight of our sport" and wins by a landslide.
  • 1 0
 @cholla: Hobo?.. Oh I get it lol.
  • 54 1
 But did he provide his tax returns?
  • 51 0
 I've seen enough "UCI development" from world champs to know that if they even touch EWS they will destroy it
  • 31 0
 Same in BMX. UCI us poisonous
  • 45 0
 His pose is saying "hey guys don't be put off by the suit, I'm a pretty cool guy; you can see me busting out some laps at the velodrome or donning my lycra and riding with the boys. I'm no Froome but I guess I can handle myself! I love to chill out and listen to some coldplay or rock out with foo fighters. You like mountain biking? Well that's cool I can dig that. What about those e bikes hey? Pretty awesome" etc etc
  • 7 0
 Spot on
  • 8 0
 "Look, here I am randomly outside the local Velodrome...I must be a cyclist!"
  • 5 0
 Looks like a Sepp Blatters son.
  • 5 0
 U forgot to mention about his Strava account
  • 48 0
 I move to a vote of no confidence
  • 46 0
 I feel like all mountain biking events should stay out of UCI. It's corrupt, poorly run, and too conservative.
  • 29 0
 European sports bureaucracy is something else.... It's like a local PTA, but with expensive suits, massive bribes and people so incompetent you wouldn't hire them to run a lemonade stand somehow in power. These guys are in it to line their own pockets and to amass power for the sake of amassing power. They don't care about the sport, they just want to boss people around and take trips in first class. Can't wait until the DH world champs are held on the indoor ski slope in Dubai.
  • 19 0
 I once worked in Ski Dubai in another life. The Middle East is the most corrupt place I've ever had the misfortune of breathing air in. Can't for the life of me think why the UCI has taken a shine to the place Razz
  • 13 2
 Having sat down with Brian Cookson, I can tell you for a fact that if he was raking in it, it didn't show. And as far as amassing power goes, if you read the accounts of his presidency, it would seem he had little interest in that either.
  • 3 0
 @wibblywobbly
Don't give them ideas FFS
  • 1 0
 Double post. Fat fingers.
  • 7 2
 @mattwragg: Matt, you just unwittingly explained exactly why Cookson has been voted out by a landslide. Having said that, his pay equated to £25k per year, so he wasn't exactly worrying about the electric bills either.
  • 5 1
 @mattwragg: You don't normally show off your bribes.
  • 5 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: Not unwittingly, I just figured the PB audience wouldn't be interested in that side of things. I assume you mean 250?
  • 6 0
 All based in Switzerland. Makes you go hmmmm? Not really, we LOVE brutal dictators and their money, but pretend we live in a clean house.
  • 2 0
 @mattwragg: Yes I did, three cheers for phone posting!
  • 2 1
 @mattwragg: yeah I was gonna say, I wouldn't get out of bed for 25k a year! £250k, now we're talking.

On another note, it really isn't the Houses of Parliament is it, why oh why does such a free and diverse sport ever tie itself to any governing body. They all suck.

We should all arrange races, do shit just the way we want (with a thought for the people & surroundings of course), but people have always done right by the people. Until of course fat cats get in the way. Bet he's never even got muddy.....
  • 10 0
 @cunning-linguist: I can see it now, an angry rabble clothed in flannel shirts brandishing chainsaws and literally slinging mud at the uci headquarters...beating an old bar and rim and chanting the lyrics to I'm Faster Than You. I've always wanted to visit Switzerland.
  • 3 0
 @ThomDawson: when shall we book flights :-D
  • 1 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: I wouldn't worry about him, he will probably go back running Team Sky or British cycling
  • 29 0
 Congrats on your upcomming bribes!
  • 29 1
 My GiveAFuckOmeter barely registered a reading at this news
  • 6 2
 "Know how many shits I give ? I wish I did !" Big Grin
  • 6 9
 yet you clicked on the article and posted a comment
  • 7 8
 @poah: f*ck off creep
  • 7 12
flag poah (Sep 21, 2017 at 9:46) (Below Threshold)
 @boardinbob: not get enough cock today I see.
  • 5 2
 @poah: I can't wait to run into you. It'll be hilarious
  • 6 2
 @boardinbob: stop fighting, you know what will calm you down? smoking a fa...
  • 3 3
 @boardinbob: you'll never meet me, we don't frequent the same clubs
  • 6 3
 @poah: True

I'm not in the creepy paedo looking no mate weirdigan club like you
  • 3 5
 no you prefer hanging about with actual pedos.
  • 5 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Hold on Waki, I want to see this. FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! I love watching a Scott fight.
  • 13 2
 @Boardlife69: just throw a penny between them
  • 3 0
 @Boardlife69: they're both from Glasgow, so they may be friends having some banter. But, I'd imagine they're pissing through each other letterboxes as we speak ????
  • 1 1
 @cunning-linguist: I'm I f*ck friends with that retard.
  • 1 0
 @poah: lols! Do you actually k ow each other, it is quite funny!
  • 3 1
 @cunning-linguist: only from his online stalking of me. Bob there took offence at something I said once and likes to call me names when ever I have an opposing view point or threaten to beat me up on the trails. He is quite sad really.
  • 3 1
 @poah: I stalked on you once too. That graveyard vid was like... hmmm. So it didn't surprise me when he called you a creep. But depth of human personality is much greater than some tiny marker and we all have some awkward interests or awkward lack of "brakes" in certain areas. Like me and mass genocide, it terrifies me, yet I salivate at the very thought of understanding what goes into the mind of an opressor, why are we able to behave as monsters. That terrifyingly cold and aggressive part of a chimp brain in males... I see a dude shouting E-turds! 29ers are gay! And I go: This! yes! If you lived in 1930s in Germany with such capacity for hate you'd be... ! Ah nailed it! Can you exercise death penalty in prison and after work go home to your family and read Winnie the pooh to your kids? YEAH!!! Can you be a meth dealer and care for Polar bear extinction? Off course you can!

So no I do not judge you really...
  • 1 0
 @Boardlife69: Gambler Vs Spark?
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I certainly do not hate
  • 2 1
 @poah: good on you for honesty! And it would appear he needs to ride more and worry less! Ride on chaps!
  • 24 0
 Can anyone explain why we need the UCI?

The EWS and Crankworx are awesome and have nothing to do with it and by contrast the DH WC is becoming a snooze fest with a small number of races held at the same locations every year.
  • 26 0
 Lets get the UCI out of mtb
  • 22 2
 Anyone notice that there are essentially no women on the UCI board? Male president and only one out of fifteen members of the management committee is a woman.
Watching the DH world champs medal ceremony, I found it a ridiculous scene of old dudes handing over the medals while the girls were there just to look pretty and hold the tray with the medals and goodies for the racers. How about a dude holding the tray and a woman handing over the medals? Anyone picture this?
  • 5 0
 That would be great. No wonder the UCI are useless, just a bunch of old dudes circlejerking about how much money they got in bribes this week.
  • 3 0
 You are so right.
  • 17 2
 Why the f*ck is he wearing a suit? That looks to be a big fat warning sign he's not 'suited' to the job right there. He'd better be on his way to a wedding and not a UCI meeting.
  • 16 1
 Having the UCI ignore/forget about mountain biking might be the best thing. I fear "improvements" more than I do the status quo.
  • 3 0
 They ignore us, we ignore them...perhaps now is the time for us to strike. Mountain bike racing has so much potential that is stifled by the UCI's half arsed attitude towards it. We need to break free of the shackles and rise up brothers and sisters.
  • 12 0
 Unbelievably frustrating for a sport with such a passionate history and base to be 'governed' by such indifferent douche bags as this guy. He has no business or, it seems, intent to nurture DH, and is primarily concerned with stealing a real mountain biker's ingenious idea and hard work (EWS). Personally, I don't want his slimy hands anywhere near my passion and it disgusts me to think of hiw DH will at best limp on for the forseeable future. It needs big, good change now and pasionate and proactive leadership now -- right mother effing now.
  • 2 0
 I totally agree with you. Our sport shouldn't be governed by a bunch of roadies. It's like FIFA running the NHL. Could you imagine? But that's exactly what we have. We've got a group of guys that literally wake up in the morning, shave their legs, put on brightly colored spandex, and then go play in traffic telling us how to run our sport. C'mon we can do better.
  • 14 0
 MBrexit?
  • 22 0
 MTBrexit
  • 8 0
 The highlist of his "manifesto" is road cycling. Manifesto - He'll bring communism to the UCI .. and then USAC will follow cause they are puppets. #USACHATESYOU
  • 11 1
 He's got 1 of those faces you just wanna punch in the mouth...
  • 7 0
 With a spade.
  • 2 0
 Ha ha good one. He's a real "punch face".
  • 10 1
 Are those shoes clipless?
  • 9 1
 even he knows #flatpedalswinmedals
  • 9 0
 Dear UCI, when are we going to have world cup e-bike hill climb event?
  • 8 0
 As soon as the "donations" turn over 7 digits, US Dollar-wise.
  • 7 0
 Yo Dre, I got something to say

f*ck Tha Police
f*ck Tha Police
f*ck Tha Police
f*ck Tha Police

(insert UCI in place of Police)
  • 5 0
 The UCI are just like the motorsport governing body, the FiA. They concentrate on one discipline to the detriment of the other 'lesser' disciplines. For FiA this means F1, for UCI this means Road cycling; the others seem like afterthoughts.

The XCO MTB calendar for 2018 has 6 rounds, same as this year. Really?? It's 2017, the World Cup has been going for 20+ years, and this is the best we get. C'mon, how is this promoting and growing the sport? We should be seeing at least 10 rounds, if not more. A 3 month window is no way to have one of your main series.
  • 5 0
 So when will mountain biking finally stop accepting this role of being the UCI's redheaded stepchild? Does anyone really care if DH or XC stop being UCI sanctioned events? I'd say no. Bike and component makers care about selling and making money, no matter who the race is run by--case and point is the EWS.
  • 7 0
 Red bull should do their own world series, I'd happily watch that over anything uci put on, can guarantee coverage would be better
  • 5 0
 10 lots of hardline. Yes please. That really would sort the men from the boys!!!
  • 6 0
 @cunning-linguist: but we need a racecourse that would seperate the junior women from the hospital
  • 3 0
 @trek81615: unfortunate truth. Most of the race field, male, female, junior or senior, wouldn't be able to 'race' hardline-esque tracks. It would be a few of the sendiest people on top, with everyone else scrabbling down as safely as they can.
  • 4 0
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: You had me at "Sendiest".
  • 5 0
 U C, I don't believe they add anything of value anywhere, for anyone. They're just fine with legendary dopers like Merckx running UCI sanctioned roadie events in 110 degree heat in oppressive-human-rights-abusing hellholes like Dubai, because it's all about money. Does anyone on Pinkbike think pro roadies are clean? Dope follows the UCI around like shadows follow the sun.
  • 6 0
 "The better news is that regardless of how Lappartient leads the UCI, the organisation itself is a large, slow-moving bureaucracy..."

AKA- Thankfully the UCI, like most government, sucks a lot. hahahaha!
  • 5 0
 So basically one stuffed shirt who couldn't give a toss about our sport has been replaced by another of the same ilk. Maybe we should all try to get jobs with sports governing bodies, seems like a licence to print money.
  • 4 0
 I bet that PB could get a more donations go fund me or whatever to pay the top 3 prizes at premier events for top riders, maybe even donate some to Stevie? Might have thought about that angle before but if you want to really say screw UCI then say it with your $$$. I mean (not trying to spend your last $5) but if everyone on PB donated 5$ or $10 for top 3 spots at 1 race then these athletes would get paid and respected to the point that maybe their profession to us is worth more than they actually make as a "pro" in our sport? Except Aaron, you're good already man! My $5 dollars stands by for top racer on the PB Champions of the sport! All styles welcome and top pay out for them! Especially Whip Off!
  • 1 0
 Right on that's a great idea.
  • 7 0
 It will suck more
  • 7 0
 Eloquently put.
  • 4 0
 I would cry tears of joy if there was an exodus from UCI events from WC DH riders. Make more Crankworx and turn it into the WCDH!
  • 2 0
 Checked this on LinkedIn. "Contributing to the necessary reorganization of cycling worldwide. You can follow me on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram : @DLappartient". Most telling for me is the very very very low level of endorsements or skills listed for a bureaucrat of 20 years standing, by his associated and contacts (again very low numbers here). So what's the support base to take such a crushing overthrow at UCI?
  • 3 0
 Cookson is deep into some affairs of doping in Team Sky and British cycling
  • 3 0
 Politics
  • 3 0
 UCI ruined the World Tour for road cycling by bringing stupid rules and stupid races. Let's hope they won't ruin MTB, but as a guy mentioned here, UCI is still important when it comes to junior races...
  • 3 0
 it was kinda rhetorical , although I wasn't for sure ,just trying to say cycling events dont need a entity such as UCI to be successful
  • 4 0
 When they intervie the new guy from the UCI they should have Chris Ball there as well. I want to see the interactions.
  • 5 0
 David, do you even ride bro?
  • 5 0
 He even looks like an asshole.
  • 2 0
 Anyone remember NORBA? I do, it was before USAC mountain biking..... I saw 0 change in the sport and races. Having organized official USAC races and officiated, again, 0 differences that I noticed.
  • 4 0
 atleast world cup guys came and raced our events. look at the ProGRT. maybe 5 worthwhile guys racing it.
  • 2 0
 I do remember Norba,and knowing all the riders on top 20 of any race. Today,it's Gwin and other 2 or 3 at best. Even at my country national series you can find more WC racers than in the US. How did that happened?
  • 4 0
 @nozes: DH nearly died in the US in the Mid 2000's
  • 1 0
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: Yeah, but why? What made people lose interest in racing?
  • 5 0
 @nozes: NORBA went under. people hated how NORBA was ran. it was several years until the ProGRT circuit came about. And also the rise of slopestyle/Freeride. This was all going on at the same time.
  • 1 1
 @nozes: Enduros and Super Ds became far more popular.
  • 5 0
 Does his manifesto encourage doping and e-bike racing?
  • 5 0
 Let's loot the fucking place, I got the address.
  • 4 1
 So far it's...

Pinkbike : 107
UCI : 0

So I think perhaps the general feeling is that the UCI is not very popular ! Ha ha ha!!
  • 2 0
 Well, when he was at the head of the French federation he has been the one working with private organizers to put enduro under the federation. back early 2000's when enduro was not yet a thing. So let's see before judging.
  • 1 0
 So...not many French participants on this topic. He is from your country. So, how do you really feel? Is he a true reflection of French Cycling or is he just an arrogant bastard that we love to slam on (even though we hate UCI)? This organization obviously is still of the old chauvinistic mentality and a bunch of dinosaurs. Is chauvinism a big thing in France or will he change that within the organization?

I'd love a way for the bike manufactures, sponsors, etc to unite and tell the UCI to "make a sexual departure" and form a more functional body made up of females, males and others :-) so that it is a true reflection of the modern world. I bet that you'd get better prize money and more participation in volunteering, etc. Leave the UCI to the road tours and velodrome and bring BMX into the "new" body where we love to race and love to have fun and not everyone driven by Strava.
  • 1 0
 I'm sorry but my position is that they have got to completely break up the sport of cycling into two different divisions. Two seperate governing bodies. One for road biking, velodrome riding etc. (smooth surface riding on skinny tires) and one for mountain biking. The difference between the two sports is greater than the difference between soccer and lacrosse. They simply aren't the same thing. Mountain biking as a sport suffers greatly because of the UCI being primarily road bike oriented. They don't get mtbing and they never will. Not really.
  • 1 0
 Just a query - what about Cyclocross? It's classed as a branch of Road, but is probably closer to XC than Road?
  • 4 0
 Most useless entity in cycling!
  • 5 1
 Hey..... Useless Corrupt Idiots .... on yer bike son !
  • 4 0
 Make skin suits great again
  • 5 1
 He looks like such a roadie
  • 4 1
 He will make Cycling great again!
  • 3 1
 Never have liked the UCI. Nothing but a money grab and they make stupid rules!!!
  • 4 1
 Ya no thanks, get the uci OUT OF MOUNTAIN BIKING.
  • 5 1
 Fuck the UCI
  • 1 0
 Both fingers raised my friend.
  • 3 1
 And I couldn't care less. UCI my left bald ball with dry aged cheese.
  • 3 1
 Bunch of useless bellends.
  • 2 1
 Why did Sam Hill move further away from DH and more to EWS again? I'm sure the UCI had nothing to do with that decision.
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 i will bet he won't meet with you, or EWS or any MTB-content provider. F the UCI
  • 2 1
 is crankworx associated with uci?
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 negative Ghost Rider. bigggg negative. UCI is strictly racing, the BMX they speak of is UCI World Cup BMX racing.
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 No and THANK GOD (or whatever deity one may/may not believe in) that Crankworx has no affiliation with UCI. I also hold very strong the EWS continues to grow stronger WITHOUT the UCI and any UCI attempt at Enduro racing falls on it's face.
  • 1 0
 @bman33: Yes, Carankworx Whistler's Canadian Open DH is a UCI sanctioned DH race in conjunction with the Canada Cup which is also UCI aligned.
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 Yes, Carankworx Whistler's Canadian Open DH is a UCI sanctioned DH race in conjunction with the Canada Cup which is also UCI aligned.
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 @GFGF: but no other events are
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 Hey asshole, if road riding is the pinnacle of the sport then explain why it's the genre of the sport that requires little to no skill and is outsold by mountain bikes in the world. Talk about a missed business opportunity.
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 Little to no skill ?
Get on a road bike at 80 km/h on a descent. And let's talk about it (if you are still alive).
Typical dumbass reactions from MTB talibans.

I'm a MTB guy, but I respect pro road cycling, tough job, period.
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 @RoadRunner13: Really not that big of a deal on your manicured european roads lol
  • 3 1
 @me2menow: Have you ever been to Europe? If you have ever climbed a legit alpine col you'd know that couldn't be further from the truth.
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 @mattwragg: been to europe? I am europe
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 Can't say his last name so wont be good
  • 2 0
 whoopie freakin do
  • 3 1
 What a tosser...
  • 2 0
 I didn't vote for im
  • 2 0
 What a punk

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