The UCI has decided to open the UCI ranking per July 2020 and onwards. This has caused a lot of concern amongst MTB riders, especially since riders from some countries are still unable to compete. To give a real reflection of the riders views, the TCA has run a survey amongst MTB riders (across male and female riders).
According to this survey, to which 265 riders from 26 countries responded, 76% do not support the UCI’s decision to award UCI points per July. 65% think the rankings should stay frozen until all global restric- tions are removed and there are no documented Covid 19 or quarantine risks for traveling in any country.
We have asked the UCI to communicate to us how they will guarantee the fairness of the sport in these unprecedented times, in order to regain rider’s welfare and relieve riders from stress that concern about this decision has caused. Therefor, we have asked the UCI to reconsider the opening of the UCI ranking.
The survey is initiated and run by Ariane Lüthi (TCA Rider Representive) and Maja Wloszczowka (UCI Rider Representative).
For more information and context on this topic we would also like to refer to this article on Velonews: An Olympic battle is brewing between MTB racers and the UCI.
Please see the survey results below by clicking through the slides in the following slideshow:MTB-Rider-Survey-August-2020.pptx-2