In an effort to appear more transparent, cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, has published the full report from its recent stakeholder consultation. Titled “A Bright Future for Cycling,” the report conveys the feedback of more than 6,000 respondents taken over three weeks earlier this year.
“We place enormous importance on transparency, which is why the UCI Management Committee agreed to make this report public,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said in a press release. “We invited all cycling’s stakeholders to take part in the consultation, and it is only natural that they now have access to the ensuing report.”
The report, prepared for the UCI Management Committee by audit and risk management firm Deloitte LLP, recommended six areas it described as “critically-important recommendations”:
1. The UCI must take the steps necessary to restore cycling’s and its own credibility, in particular in relation to the public perception of cycling’s anti-doping measures and current UCI leadership;
2. A clear decision should be made as soon as possible as to what the objectives of an inquiry into historic doping cases and any related ‘amnesty’ would be, whether they would be practically and legally possible, and whether the potential benefits would be worthwhile; any ultimate decision should be made only after consultation with WADA and USADA.
3. Develop an overarching long-term strategic plan to define the UCI’s mission, objectives and priorities, in order to optimise the development of cycling globally;
4. The extent and consistency of professional teams’ anti-doping obligations should be increased in order to strengthen further the anti-doping culture within top level cycling, as well as make it even harder for riders to dope;
5. The UCI should continue and step-up its actions to improve its relationship with WADA at a political level so that it can work, in unison with WADA, towards developing anti-doping practices that are the leading benchmark for other sports; and
6. The UCI should work with key stakeholders to restructure the existing calendar to create a simpler multi-tiered competition structure that promotes the ideal of the ‘best riders in the best races’, and includes a set of criteria against which aspiring WorldTour races, particularly in underrepresented parts of the world, can be assessed.