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February 20/02 7:36 am - UCI Wheel Regs Announcement, Euro Results

Posted by Editor on 02/20/02

UCI Wheel Regulations in Canada

The following information has been circulated by the CCA to commissaires, and will be released officially by the CCA shortly:

Based on the legal liability implications, the CCA will strictly follow the new wheel regulations for all categories and levels of competition in Canada, as outlined in Article 1.3.018, effective for 2002. The regulations will apply to all rider categories and all levels of sanctioned competition in Canada.

The overriding consideration, with regard to this matter, is that the new wheel regulations address safety issues rather than issues of equipment performance or advantage. On this basis, the CCA has obtained a legal opinion cautioning that, failure to adhere to Article 1.3.018 for all levels of domestic competition would present a significant potential liability to the association.

Please note the following points of clarification with regard to Article 1.3.018. It is important to establish a common interpretation and application of the new wheel regulations across Canada.

1.) The new wheel regulations apply to "mass start" events only. For example, Road races, Criteriums, Points Races, Madisons, etc.

2.) It is important to understand the definition of a "Traditional Wheel", as these wheels need not be tested and approved for mass start events. There are specific dimensional requirements that apply, however, the general reference implies: any wheel (between 650 c - 700 c) that has a rim with a very minimal aerodynamic profile (less than 2.5 cm) and at least 16 metal spokes (which can be bladed within dimensional standards). Under these parameters many wheel designs will meet the definition. Commissaires can easily make a visual determination by applying the principles of a "Traditional Wheel".

3.) Commissaires need only be concerned with wheels that clearly do not meet the visual requirements of a „Traditional Wheel‰. The telltale signs of a non-traditional wheel are obvious. Pronounced aero profile rim (metal or composite construction), fewer than 16 spokes, spokes which are excessively bladed (metal or composite construction), etc.

The UCI has posted an initial list of approved „non-traditional‰ wheels on their web site: This list will grow as more manufacturers have wheels approved in accordance with the UCI testing procedure. The UCI should be considered the only source to verify approved wheels. If a „non-traditional‰ wheel does not appear of the UCI approved list, the wheel must be disallowed for mass start events.

Grand Prix De La Costa-Brava 130kms - Spain Elite 2
Courtesy Caroline Legault

1 Lelarge Noan (Fra) UV Aube (BONJOUR 2001) 3:26:12
2 Lamoureux Eddy (Fra) UV Aube at 2:14
3 Emmanuel Bonnot (Fra) VCC Morteau 2:24

30 Marc-Wayne Addison (Can) VCC Morteau 13:07
DNF David Dulude (Can) VCC Morteau

Ruta del Sol - Spain

Stage 4 - Lucena to Benalmadena 188 km

1 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Esp) 4:29:20
2 Antonio Colom Mas (Esp) Relax-Fuenlabrada s.t.
3 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom at 0:25
4 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis
5 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank
6 Aleksandr Shefer (Kaz) Alessio
7 Angel Edo Alsina (Esp) Milaneza-MSS
8 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Esp) Euskatel-Euskadi
9 Joaquín Rodríguez Oliver (Esp) O.N.C.E.-Eroski
10 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo

11 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites all s.t.
32 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 2:19
63 Marco Pantani (Ita) Mercatone Uno s.t.


1 Antonio Colom Mas (Esp) Relax-Fuenlabrada 17:09:23
2 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Esp) at 0:17
3 Francisco Cabello Luque (Esp) Kelme 0:25
4 Aleksandr Shefer (Kaz) Alessio
5 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites both s.t.
6 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 0:42
7 Angel Edo Alsina (Esp) Milaneza-MSS
8 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis
9 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Esp) Euskatel-Euskadi
10 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank all s.t.

19 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0:47
53 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 11:52
101 Marco Pantani (Ita) Mercatone Uno 21:59

Happy Birthday To...

Christian Hansen, today.


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