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Title:

Approval Protocol for Frames and Forks: a successful process

Date:

09.02.2012

Description:

One year after its creation, the label « UCI frame » has been awarded to 57 manufacturers for a total of 96 different models of frames and forks.

Over the next weeks, cycling followers will see the label “UCI frame” on their champion’s bikes, but also on those for sale in their favourite bike shop. All models of frames and forks produced after 1st January 2011 must sport this label in order to be used in road, track and cyclo-cross events on the UCI calendar.

Last year, certain models used by teams in the UCI WorldTour were already equipped with this official label, which is now in the process of being applied more widely to include all bikes used during the 2012 season.

This label, which came into force on 1st February 2011, guarantees that the approved frames and forks comply with the UCI technical regulation. In the space of one year, this process has been very successful: 57 manufacturers, including all the sponsors supplying the UCI WorldTour riders, have already received approval from the UCI and can affix the label on at least one of their models of frames and forks. No less than 96 different models have been approved and 43 are currently being examined.

The UCI Technical Coordinator Julien Carron explains: “This approval procedure benefits at the same time the cycling industry, riders, their teams and the commissaires. It is a service provided by the UCI which does not generate any profit. The aim is to guarantee a better equity between the riders, informing them which models to choose to be sure that they can take the start of races.”

Thanks to the approval procedure, manufacturers no longer run the risk of seeing their model refused at the start of a race, as the plans are analysed and validated beforehand by the UCI. In choosing an approved model, the athletes are assured that they are riding with an authorised frame. Moreover, the tests carried out by the UCI commissaires at the start of the races will be greatly improved and made much easier: a simple verification that the label is present gives assurance of the conformity of the frame. They can then concentrate on the regulatory position of the riders, which is not guaranteed by this approval.

The « UCI frame » label is a guarantee of reliability and equity. In 2012, the UCI Equipment Unit experts will carry out controls during the races to ensure they are used correctly within the peloton.

To reinforce the approval procedure, the UCI is preparing to extend the label to cover other bike components, starting with the security of wheels.

The list of approved models is available on the “Equipment” page of the UCI website.

 

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