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April 4/03 9:31 am - New UCI Helmet Rules, Hilton ITT (Ontario), BC ITT

Posted by Editor on 04/4/03

UCI News
Courtesy UCI

Helmet Wearing to be Compulsory
The International Cycling Union, in its support of the resolution adopted by the Management Committee of the CPA (Riders Association) confirmed its willingness to extend compulsory helmet wearing to professional riders. The statutory aspects of this initiative (financial penalties, loss of UCI points or other sanctions) are currently being studied by the relevant departments. The UCI feels that this preventive measure is extremely important in the context of modern cycling, and would like to introduce it as quickly as possible.

Quebec Cyclists at Aigle
The pursuit team of the Quebec Cycling Sports Federation, consisting of Alexandre Cloutier, Martin Gilbert, Jean François Laroche and Ian Condron, trained at the World Cycling Centre in preparation for their participation in the third race of the UCI track World Cup "Classics", which will take place in Cape Town from the 11th to the 13th of April.

Spokes n' Slopes All Weather Challenge at Hilton Falls - April 6
Courtesy Conservation Halton

Editor's Note: We received confirmation despite the weather this event will go.

MILTON, ONTARIO - On Sunday, April 6 the trails at Hilton Falls will be alive with the sound of mountain bikers out for the first run of the year.

The 4th Annual Spokes n' Slopes All-Weather Challenge is a Time Trail Cross-Country Citizens Race - that means its open to everyone! Mountain bike enthusiasts will get their thrills on fast bush roads, single track trail with rocks, logs and plenty of other obstacles. All competitors are welcome and no race licence is required. Cost is $15 for 16 years and under, and $25 for everyone else. This includes admission to the park and lots of chances to win some great draw prizes from our sponsors. Full details, including a course map and start times, are available through the assistance of W.O.W. at

But you don't have to ride to take part - we need volunteers and spectators too! If you'd like to volunteer please call Hilton Falls. We already have volunteers from Ski Patrol and MAMBO Kings MTB Club, but more are always welcome. If you're interested in watching the race, join us at Hilton Falls on Sunday, April 6. The first heat gets going at 9:00 a.m. ** Please note that the trails at Hilton Falls will be closed to public access until 1:30 p.m. in order to ensure the safety of both our hiking customers and riders. **

For further information, contact Hilton Falls Conservation Area at (905) 854-0262. The Conservation Area is located on Campbellville Road, just west of Milton. Follow Highway 401 west to Highway 25 north (Exit 320) to Regional Road 5 (Campbellville Road), west to the park entrance. Visit Conservation Halton's Web site at to find out more about its parks.

P.S. Don‚t forget that April 6th is Time Change Day! Set your clocks ahead one hour.

Blizzard Bike Club - Fort St John, BC
Courtesy Pat Ferris

Richard and Tammy showed them 'Howe' it was done, at the first Baldonnel time trial Thursday night. Richard Howes was first for the 16 km event with a time of 32:00 minutes and wife Tammy Howes was third with 34:09 for a giant performance! Pat Ferris was second at 32:09.

Ed Fornelli was 4th at 35:21, Rod Lewis 40:16 after some technical difficulties and Ken Nix 41:30.

Sunday is a race at Humpty's at 2:00 pm for a ride around the Montney loop.


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