March 12/03 5:58 am - UCI Statement, Bianchi-Northwave Team
Posted by Editor on 03/12/03
UCI Statement Regarding Kivilev Death
Deeply shocked by the death of Kazakh rider Andrei Kivilev in the second stage of Paris-Nice, the International Cycling Union (UCI) would like to extend its sincere condolences to the family of the athlete, whose lives have been devastated by this tragic accident, and also its sympathy to his team and all the participants in the event, on such a sad day for the sport of cycling.
The UCI would like to note that in 1991 a proposal to make the wearing of helmets obligatory was rejected by a large majority of professional riders.
This rule has in fact been applied in all other cycling disciplines, especially those involving young riders. The aim of this policy was to encourage those same riders to continue to wear their helmets once they became professional. Today, the great majority of professional cyclists do wear helmets.
For the benefit of those who claim the right to make up their own minds when it comes to their own personal safety, the UCI has always maintained as a permanent reminder an explicit recommendation to wear a helmet, even during training.
While wearing a helmet can never eliminate all the risks inherent in cycling, the UCI will be taking the initiative in the short term of asking all parties concerned to reconsider this issue.
Bianchi Canada - Northwave Mountain Bike Team
Osmond Bakker, Ottawa, Ontario
Mike Garrigan, Barrie, Ontario
Carter Hovey, Victoria, B.C.
Chris Ivey, Barrie, Ontario
Andrew Watson, Barrie, Ontario
Mark Webster, Calgary, Alberta
Manager: Mike Doble, Roces Canada Ltd., Barrie, Ontario.
Sponsors: Roces Canada, Bianchi Bicycles, Northwave Shoes
Equipment: Bianchi Tycoon 5800 hardtail, Northwave Iguana shoes