Could pro cycling take lessons from pro triathlon?
The Rodchenkov Act, signed into U.S. law in December 2020, could bring significant consequences for cheating in sports — and the sort of results that WADA failed to deliver during the Russian doping saga. But such impacts could also come at a significant financial cost, and could permanently erase the legal buffers separating sports integrity from criminal prosecution.
Dr. Richard Freeman’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing in Great Britain picked up again in October.
What could happen to team race strategies, or the overall outcome if one or more teams are expelled from the race? The chaotic 1998 Tour provides some interesting lessons and insights.
Doping rings often use legal pharmaceuticals that have been illegally diverted to the black market. The Outer Line examines how anti-diversion tactics used by the healthcare industry can be used to combat doping.
The Outer Line examines the news that Bjarne Riis will take a director role with NTT Pro Cycling for 2020.
The UCI's new reforms to track racing leave no room for sponsor-backed trade teams
Cycling’s dependence upon financial sponsorship could leave it more susceptible to sports-washing
In chapter 9 of the Rapha Roadmap, the authors explore ways to create an emotional connection between fans, participants, and pro racing
In this chapter of the Rapha Roadmap, we examine whether different structures could create new revenue models for pro cycling
Pro cycling needs to break free from its sponsorship-revenue model, and develop new ways to bring money into the sport
Pro cycling needs to do more than just develop and produce more compelling television broadcast coverage. It also needs to explore and embrace new approaches and technologies.
Cycling can build its fan base by telling compelling stories about the personalities in the races and by harnessing modern broadcast technology to enrich the viewer experience.
Reimagining cycling's points structure and the way that grand tour overall results are decided could encourage fans to follow cycling all season long.
With WorldTour teams dependent on short-term sponsorships, there's a lack of continuity. Regionally based teams or a franchise-based model could help fix that.
The current pro cycling calendar is a patchwork of events lacking a clear season-long narrative. A major shakeup could make it more accessible for fans.