In two press releases sent out by the UCI this morning, it was revealed that Red Bull wants to exclude other drinks from featuring on the DH podium and hot seat.
The ban, if put in place, would only allow riders to appear to be drinking either Red Bull or a drink from a Red Bull bottle. With plenty of riders sponsored by other energy drink brands, this brings up plenty of issues and it seems like this created quite a strong discussion in the team managers meeting yesterday.
This will not be enforced in Maribor because of its late announcement and what seems like a backlash from team managers. Although not being set in place for the first round it does look like something will be in place for Fort William in June, what this will mean for riders not sponsored by Red Bull is not yet known.
Following the news this morning we reached out to the UCI for further details about the decision and what effect this will have on riders and future events. A Spokesperson for the UCI told Pinkbike: