Change Cycling Now’ Attacks UCI
LONDON, UK – In the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, a group of former pro cycle team members, doping experts and campaigning journalists will gather next week in London to force change upon the UCI. The group, who calls itself ‘Change Cycling Now’ proposes a positive vision for cycling’s future.
Change Cycling Now, is holding the UCI responsible for the alleged mishandling of the sport’s global image in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. At the London summit they will discuss proposals that offer an alternative approach to re-invigorate a sport that is suffering from a globally damaged reputation.
At the two-day summit they will discuss a roadmap for global change, including the requirement for a fundamental shift in cycling’s world governance and the implementation of independent anti-doping controls.
Among those who will be in London when the group meets on Sunday, December 2nd will be one of the world’s foremost blood doping experts, Michael Ashenden, who formerly acted on the UCI panel and Professor Antoine Vayer, a former cycling trainer, who attended the famous Festina doping trial in 2000 as a professional expert and morality witness. He is also a regular contributor to French newspaper, Le Monde.
International media will be represented by two campaigning journalists who have each written of widespread drug abuse within cycling over the last decade. Freelance writer Paul Kimmage, was the subject of a lawsuit served by the President and former President of the UCI after he made accusations of corrupt practice. The action was subsequently suspended and Kimmage has recently served a counter-claim for defamation. He is joined by David Walsh, the Chief sports Writer for The Sunday Times and author of four books on Lance Armstrong including, L.A. Confidential: Les secrets de Lance Armstrong.
Supported by USADA
Like Kimmage, Walsh has campaigned to reveal the truth of widespread doping in the face of fierce intimidation from within cycling’s corridors of power. Travis Tygart the Chief Executive of the United States Anti Doping Agency, (USADA) has accepted an invitation to address the meeting. USADA’s report on doping practices resulted in Lance Armstrong’s life ban and Travis Tygart will speak via conference call from the U.S. in support of the rights of clean athletes and the integrity of sport.
The new organization, Change Cycling Now and the London summit has been coordinated by Australian businessman Jaimie Fuller. Fuller’s sports compression wear company, Skins currently sponsors a total of six cycling teams and national federations.
Fuller said: “The creation of Change Cycling Now reflects the frustration and anger that I, and many people directly involved in the sport feel towards the UCI and their management practices. I believe we have put together a very strong core group which represents the feelings of thousands of people within the sport who want to see definite change.”
Fuller continues: “It would be easy to sit around and criticize and accuse, but we shall be discussing positive ways to effect the future with changes that can move us back towards a sport that has integrity and is also clean and credible. I am in no doubt that this group also represents the millions of cycling fans who share the views of those who will be around the table. We will also be exploring ways to ensure that these fans can join with us to send an unequivocal message to the UCI and its officers that the current approach is simply not good enough.”