WFSGI E-Bike Committee Founded for UCI Race Regulations
OSTERMUNDIGEN, Switzerland – Following the recent announcement by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) that they will sanction e-Bike racing in the near future, the WFSGI will be taking the progressive step of forming a committee to work in this area. Already WFSGI has formed an ad-hoc e-Bike group advising the UCI on the various possibilities from an industry perspective. The new WFSGI E-Bike committee was launched at last September’s Eurobike.
With electrification arriving in various cycling sports the industry is in need of a kind of controlling mechanism for its interest.
Now that the first e-MTB Championships have already taken place and with those coming for the e-road category, it’s important to have clear rules. In particular with regard to what’s undoubtedly to come; the development of such races into international, recognized events. With this in mind, the World Federation Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has set up the e-bike committee. It calls on companies to join for achieving the needed support necessary for setting up such rules in consultation with the UCI.
Rules regulating sports
With electrification arriving in various cycling sports the industry is in need of a kind of controlling mechanism for its interest. Especially when it comes to rules regulating such sports. According to the WFSGI, this is what the e-bike committee is all about.
Already late last year the first meeting of the ad-hoc e-Bike committee has taken place as companies like Bosch and Shimano were quick to recognize its importance. Especially since the first experiences with e-MTB Championships made it clear that things need to be changed. And in particular that the UCI must be involved. If only because UCI’s counterpart within the motorcycle racing sector – FIM – already is; and is trying to expand its influence to include e-MTB races.
Right structure & greater focus
“With this in mind we first need to increase the membership of the new e-bike committee,” explains Robbert De Kock, President & CEO of the WFSGI. “We need more members to get the right structure in place as well as to have a greater focus on all that matters at races like e-MTB Championships. Currently we have numerous e-bike brands on board. We need more and we also need more e-bike components makers to enlist. We need them to join in order to get the collaboration with the UCI going in meetings with working groups.
“The WFSGI has a superb history to working closely with the UCI and can list many areas where this work has delivered innovation and progress within competitive cycling. We feel our members can really add value to the knowledge and experience within the UCI.
“We want to be ready for the UCI; have those working groups set-up for e-MTB and e-Road races. I call upon companies interested in being directly involved in setting up rules for these races, to get in contact with the WFSGI.”
Both equipment and racing formats
Jeroen Snijders Blok, Chairman of the WFSGI Bicycle Group and board member states “The new e-Bike committee is sure to be focused on a fast-moving area with a lot of future developments in both the equipment and racing formats and I am very excited that the WFSGI and its members will be in a strong position to help the UCI take this initiative forward.”