Organisers of the standalone girls’s race, EasyToys Bloeizone Fryslân Tour, (previously often called the Healthy Ageing Tour) have come below hearth for operating a hazardous opening particular person time trial on Thursday. The 14.4km course noticed riders navigating autos backing out of driveways, and leisure cyclists coming in direction of riders.
The harmful ITT comes after a lot of early-season races have been marred by safety concerns, with requires the UCI and different stakeholders to make sure that lower-level occasions are usually not handled as secondary the place safety is anxious.
Women’s biking union The Cyclists Alliance condemned the apparently open course saying:
“Christine Majerus (SD Worx) who represents girls’s biking on the UCI Safety Commission has spoken with CPA and The Cyclists Alliance to make sure that the race commissaires contemplate the threat that many riders encountered immediately as a result of the lack of policing of the ‘closed’ street for the ITT course. Many riders skilled some disruption to their race effort from leisure cyclists biking in direction of the riders and vans pulling out of driveways to call a couple of examples. This places the riders’ safety at threat and extra should be finished in the following phases to mitigate this threat. We have contacted the race organisers for particulars on how they plan to mitigate the threat for the following phases”.
UCI-recognised rider union, Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA), normally allocates a consultant at every race to report on safety and different issues and if essential alert the UCI. CPA Women added their voice through Twitter, skewering each the safety concerns and the prizes given to stage winner Ellen van Dijk from race sponsor EasyToys: “We are past phrases that this incidents occurred in a UCI race immediately. We are massively dissatisfied @BloeizoneFrTour and we’re at least relieved that nobody was damage. The ITT befell in open site visitors and the prizes handed out after the race made the day much more surreal. #BFTT22.”
The world time trial champion herself noticed the humorous facet of her podium presents, nonetheless:
The race organiser additionally took to Twitter to defend the incidents of site visitors heading in the right direction, including that they consider that organising time trials has change into “hardly attainable anymore”.
After the concerns raised, immediately’s 135km street stage will come below scrutiny to make sure that safety requirements are met. As but the UCI has not commented on the race and CPA haven’t outlined any motion they could take if the safety points proceed.