A group of anti-doping advocates will meet in London this weekend to establish its vision for the future of cycling in the wake of the Lance Armstrong Affair. Former UCI biological passport advisor Michael Ashendon, journalist Paul Kimmage and Skins president Jaimie Fuller are among the Change Cycling Now members planning to announce their plan for post-Armstrong cycling on Monday, December 3.
“The creation of Change Cycling Now reflects the frustration and anger that I, and many people directly involved in the sport, feel towards the UCI and their management practices,” said Fuller in a press release. “I believe we have put together a very strong core group which represents the feelings of thousands of people within the sport who want to see definite change.”
Other attendees include author David Walsh and former Festina trainer Antoine Vayer. U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart will address the meeting via telephone. Others are expected to attend, though it is unclear at this point whether the group invited officials from the UCI or World Anti-Doping Agency.
While the meeting will be closed to the public, the group will announce its progress in a press conference on Monday at 1:00 p.m. GMT.
“It would be easy to sit around and criticize and accuse, but we shall be discussing positive ways to effect the future with changes that can move us back towards a sport that has integrity and is also clean and credible,” said Fuller. “I am in no doubt that this group also represents the millions of cycling fans who share the views of those who will be around the table. We will also be exploring ways to ensure that these fans can join with us to send an unequivocal message to the UCI and its officers that the current approach is simply not good enough.”