UCI gives permission for ProTour riders to listen to music during races
One of the first decisions by UCI’s Equipment Commission – comprising of UCI president Brian Cookson ; commissaires’ representative Martijn Swinkels; Team Sky’s head of technical operations Carsten Jeppesen who represents the professional teams; a representative of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI); Professor Jan Anders Manson from the Laboratory of Composite and Polymer Technology at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; master mechanic Alex Roussel; and Martina Schär, for public relations – has been to allow music to be played through the team earphones with consultation with each race organizer.
This has been a direct result of the organisations ‘new approach in favour of innovation and technology’. Pro teams have long campaigned for the use of music as numerous sports science studies have demonstrated improved athletic performance with this tool. This has been particularly shown with the use of ‘motivational’ & ‘high tempo’ tunes, as Dave Brailsford described in a recent interview with road.cc. Today’s decision by the UCI was taken with consideration to the dramatic performances of Winter Olympic athletes – ACDC, Metallica and Black Sabbath have been directly linked to stunning performances – the advent of numerous modern day safety measures in the stage racing circuit and to create a better spectacle for TV audiences. One unnamed official close to the source, said that the deciding vote was cast ‘For’ after it was suggested the Tour de France may become more competitive in light of Froome’s dominating performance in 2013.
Furthermore officials close to the committee have hinted that this step has been taken because of the incredible performances produced by professional cyclists across the circuit in indoor lab sessions. I suspect this is why high profile figures such as Shane Sutton, Head Coach in British Cycling has advised the new Athlete Lab cycling center in London.
It is yet to be confirmed by the Tour of Britain organizers on whether it will be implemented in September.
……I should say that now we are on the 2nd April……this was an April Fools……