UCI discusses globalization at two-day summit

Cycling's international governing body meets again this weekend as part of its effort to improve the sport for the future

More than two dozen people tied to the sport of cycling recently met in London to discuss expanding the sport to all areas of the globe.

According to a press release from the UCI, riders, UCI WorldTour teams, national federations, event organizers, marketing agencies, sponsors, and members of the media were among the 25-person discussion group at the Feb. 13-14 meeting.

“There was a very good atmosphere and the talks were positive,” UCI Marketing and Events Director Gerrit Middag said in the release. “There was a general consensus that we should all work together for the future, and they would like to organize more such meetings.”

Globalization, riders, anti-doping, and the sports calendar are the four aspects of a consultation exercise the UCI is undertaking. Riders met in early March, the anti-doping group has a meeting today in Geneva, and the sports calendar will be discussed in Milan on Saturday.

Cycling fans can also contribute their opinions to how the sport can improve for the future by participating in a survey on the UCI’s Web site. The information collected will be analyzed by outside firm Deloitte and will be presented to the UCI later this year.

The final report will also be available to the public.