Cycling's world governing body, the UCI, has launched a consultation into the appeal of professional road racing to the general public, seeking feedback on issues such as the use of race radios and power meters as well as their aspirations for how the discipline will develop.
An online survey, open until next Tuesday 16 July and available in eight languages, will also enable people to express their views on issues such as team sizes and budgets, the format of events and how they are broadcast, plus the provision of on-screen data during events.
World cycling’s governing body says that the survey is part of a broader consultation process that will also involve interviews with people within the sport, as well as working groups made up of representatives of stakeholders such as teams, riders, race organisers, media and broadcasters.
The process will ultimately result in a series of proposals being drawn up to be submitted for approval by the Professional Cycling Council and UCI Management Committee next year.
UCI President David Lappartient commented: "Developing the appeal of road cycling in a world that is changing is one of the central aims of the UCI’s Agenda 2022.
“To do this, it is essential to have the opinion not only of cycling’s different stakeholders, but also the wider public, both committed fans and casual spectators.
“The survey that we are launching today offers everyone the chance to give their opinion and is part of a wider consultation process that will enable the UCI to take steps to modernise road cycling that will meet the expectations of as many people as possible.”
He added; “My thanks go to all those who take a few minutes of their time to contribute to the evolution of our sport.”
You can find the survey, which takes around 10 minutes to complete, here.
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.