MANDATORY WEAR OF HELMETS FOR THE ELITE CATEGORY :
The International Cycling Union (UCI) announces that as from 5 May 2003 it will be mandatory to wear a hard shell helmet in Elite Men's events for classes 4 and above.
This decision was taken in agreement with all parties represented in the Professional Cycling Council : Sports Group Associations (AIGCP), Races Organisers Associations (AIOCC) and the Professional Riders Associations (CPA), who supports this initiative although some divergences have been expressed by some of its members.
Underlining however that this decision has received full support from its principal leaders in the field, the UCI is conscious that a small number of riders invoke the "individual freedom" to oppose the obligation to wear a helmet. Whilst respecting their opinion, the UCI invites them to reflect on the consequences this attitude can generate.
Death or disability of a rider in fact represents a great source or sorrow for close ones and also a great loss for cycling. The fact that the rider takes the risk in all "freedom" will never take away the discomfort linked to such tragedies.
Demands from a small group of individuals should not prevail on the general interest of the sport and its followers: it is with this conviction that the UCI presents today the amendments to the regulations concerning the obligation to wear a helmet, confident that all riders will carefully observe it.
Article 1.3.031 05.05.2003 - 98kb/ko .pdf
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