When we posted the news that the UCI had elected a new president, the comments were filled with people expressing their distaste for the UCI, that they felt that our sport does not need them. So we put that question to a few people involved in the highest levels of racing in our sport to find out whether they agree.
Chris Ball – EWS Managing Director and former UCI technical delegate
As the man at the helm of the EWS, our sports premier racing series that falls outside the UCI, Chris is at the very sharp end of this discussion. As a former UCI technical delegate for World Cup DH he has worked within the organisation, so understands its strengths and weaknesses better than almost anybody in the sport.
Si Paton – BDS series organiser 2007–2017
Si Paton has shaped the UKs DH race scene for a decade now, taking the struggling national series and transforming it into one of the world's premier national race series.
Gabe Fox – Canyon Factory Racing team manager
Gabe is one of the stalwarts of the DH scene, from his early days of managing the famous Cove Bike Shop in Vancouver and co-founding Sombrio, he was the man to first take Steve Smith to the big show. He has been on the road with the World Cup circuit for more than 15 years now, making him one of its longest-standing members.
Fred Glo – The Godfather of enduro
Fred is the man who invented the modern discipline of enduro with his 2003 race, the Tribe 10,000. From there he went on to run the French Cup, and in 2011, negotiating with a certain David Lappartient, became the first enduro national series to be recognised by their federation. Today he is also a founding member of the EWS and sits on the EMBA board.
Nigel Page – Manager of the Chain Reaction DH team and former World Cup racer
After a full decade at the helm of the Chain Reaction DH team, Nigel is one of the longest standing team managers on the circuit. Before that he was a well-respected World Cup DH racer for many years, coming up alongside riders like Steve Peat and Rob Warner.
Tracy Moseley – Faster than you
DH World Champion, 2x World Cup overall winner, 3x EWS World Champion; those are just the headlines for Tracy's 20 year career at the top of the sport. She is one of the fastest women ever to ride a mountain bike and after stepping away from full-time racing in 2016 she has become one of the sports best ambassadors too.
Darren Kinnaird – Crankworx General Manager
As the first full-time member of staff for Crankworx in 2007, he has spent a decade shaping and pushing the festival as mountain bikings premier celebration of all things two-wheeled.
Peter Van den Abeele – UCI Deputy Sports Director and Head of Off-Road
While Peters name may not be on the tip of many gravity riders' tongues, his riding career was an illustrious one. After winning the 1984 Open World Championships in BMX he went on to race cyclocross professionally, before competing in XCO at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. Today his role at the UCI makes him the head of all their mountain bike affairs.