Majerus: Riders accept safety rules but says there needs to be common sense

Christine Majerus at the SD Worx car during the Brugge-De Panne Classic
Christine Majerus at the SD Worx car during the Brugge-De Panne Classic (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The UCI's newly imposed safety regulations, many of which went into effect on April 1, are already having an effect but perhaps not the improvement in rider well-being that the federation had intended. According to the UCI safety committee's women's rider representative, Christine Majerus, riders have accepted their responsibility by abiding by rules against discarding bidons outside of litter zones and non-traditional riding positions but the UCI still needs to do more to ensure race organisers do their part.

Cyclingnews first reported in February that the women's peloton was not represented on the safety working group when the decisions were made to strictly enforce rules on what positions riders can use on the bike and disqualify riders for discarding water bottles outside designated zones. Since then, Majerus joined the group and has been gathering feedback from the women's peloton to share with the UCI.

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.