mariocipollini wrote: ash wrote:
Taken from http://www.cycling.org.au/?page=34391&format=
Cycling Australia wishes to advise all competitors in the U19, U23, Elite and all Masters divisions, that from 1 September 2009 only wheels that conform to the CA Technical Regulation Annexure 6, UCI Bike Regulations 1.3.018 will be permitted to be used in mass start road racing.
Will this affect 'grass roots' (ie club level) racing positively, negatively or not at all?
Yes, it applies to club racing as the licence used is the CA issued one and that's what determines insurance cover. It won't affect you if your wheels meet the CA requirements. Unfortunately, there are many common brands of wheels that don't (Token, Easton, Fast Forward, Pro-Lite). Further complications come from the UCI approved wheel list being unclear and in many cases for front wheels only.
So, no problem if you have metal rims, spokes an hubs.
Metal rims less than 2.5cm tall including the brake surface (velocity deep-v out, dt swiss r1.2 out, etc...)
Bouwmeester out (for now, I understand that is a work in progress) - sponsor of many VIS athletes.
I've emailed CA, with a two part email. One asking for clarification, and two asking for advise in regards to how the ruling will be implemented;
eg: at a summer crit the commissaire will have to look at 200-300 sets of wheels and compare them against a list and get out the venier gauge to exclude riders prior to start
or: race directory/commissaire will give a briefing saying that if you are on a non-conformant wheel (a non standard rim - taller than 2.5cm fewer than 16 spokes - that hasn't passed the formal test) saying that you are personally liable for all injuries and 3rd party damage caused in your involvement
and/or: any race winner on non-conformant wheels will be disqualified.
The question about clarification was answered within 3 hours (that was my test to establish how fast responses could be from CA). My response able enforcement has been unanswered now for 72 hours.
Buy a bike, park the car, ride your ass off...