AIGLE, Switzerland (VN) — Julien Carron will step down as technical coordinator at the Union Cycliste Internationale at the end of November, according to press reports.
Carron has been central to the world governing body’s equipment-approval program, which is essentially a mandatory pre-production check on equipment to ensure that it is UCI-legal before it ever rolls off the assembly line, thereby reducing start-line confusion for racers and commissaires.
Speaking with VeloNews in August 2011, Carron said the approval program could expand to include “clothing, saddles, handlebars and such,” removing all doubt about the legality of a piece of equipment.
“If the equipment has the sticker, then (the commissaires) must just check the position of the riders,” Carron said.
Philippe Chevallier, UCI’s sport and technology director, told the trade magazine Bicycle Retailer and Industry News that Carron “has chosen new challenges and we wish him a lot of success in his future projects.”
Matthew Mottet, a Swiss materials science engineer with experience in composites, will take over the position on January 3, 2013, Chevallier said.