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Porn Pedallers Cycling Club lose British Cycling affiliation - because name falls foul of UCI regulations

Social media followers back adult entertainment industry-based club whose members raise thousands for charity

A cycling club made up of people in the adult entertainment industry has been told by British Cycling that it cannot be affiliated with the governing body because its name – Porn Pedallers Cycling Club – breaches UCI rules.

In a tweet posted yesterday evening, Porn Pedallers Cycling Club said “Cycling is for everyone. Except people like us.”

Asking “Is it justified?,” the tweet also pointed out that its members ride for fun, as well as raising money for the Terence Higgins Trust, the charity that campaigns on and provides services relating to HIV and sexual health.

The tweet has received messages of support from followers on social media, from both within the adult entertainment industry and the wider cycling community.

Formed in 2016 and headed by Chris Ratcliff, owner of Television X which is one of its sponsors, members of the club – some of whom are award-winning porn stars – have taken part in sportives at home and abroad, including organising an annual trip to the Spring Classics in Belgium.

Ahead of a trip to the Tour of Flanders two years ago, several members received the well-wishes of Sir Chris Hoy, while others had their photo taken with Geraint Thomas during last year’s Tour de France, shortly before raising almost £7,000 for the Terrence Higgins Trust at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

The full text of regulation 1.1.089, which was introduced by the UCI on 1 January this year, reads:

Sponsorship

Without prejudice of the applicable law, no brand of tobacco, spirits, pornographic bis products or any other products that might damage the image of the UCI or the sport of cycling in general shall be associated directly or indirectly with a licence-holder, a UCI team or a national or international cycling competition.

As defined in the present article, a spirit is a beverage with a content in alcohol of 15 per cent or more.

We have asked both Porn Pedallers and British Cycling for a comment and will update this story as appropriate.

 

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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