As heat waves intensify around the world, the International Cycling Union has implemented a new plan to adapt to risky situations for runners.
As the new cycling season approaches, starting with the traditional Santos Tour Down Under in Australia, where Julian Alaphilippe will showcase his new tunic, the Union of Cyclists International (UCI) is evaluating measures to protect the health of runners. next season.
Among the many measures, the newest is a protocol to deal with high temperature situations during road races, which will be implemented once completed and approved in the first half of the season. This protocol will be added to the Protocol in case of extreme weather conditions, which was put into force by the UCI in 2015 and covers all adverse weather conditions, not just those associated with extreme heat.
“Shady areas, cold drinks and crushed ice”
“The new extreme heat protocol aims to provide an objective, practical and easy-to-use assessment of the environment based on temperature and relative humidity data published in real time by weather stations and to recommend measures to be taken by organisers.” The UCI said in a press release that teams are taking action to reduce the risk of heat-related accidents.
These suggestions could include, for example, moving starting areas to shaded areas, providing cold drinks and crushed ice to teams during the race, increasing the number of motorcycles refueling motorcycles, changing the start time, or possibly disabling parts of the race. “It is understood that these measures will only be recommendations, depending on the severity of climatic conditions, and their implementation will remain the responsibility of the working group.”
UCI Medical Director Professor Xavier Bigard presented the protocol to cycling stakeholders at a seminar in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week. It will be submitted for approval to the UCI Management Committee at the next meeting to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, between 31 January and 2 February 2024.