Bates weighs in as kilo petition nears 4000

Almost 4000 people have signed the on-line petition calling on the UCI to reconsider its decision to drop the men's kilometer and women's 500m time trials from the cycling program at the Olympic Games (see previous news stories here and here). One of the most recent signatories is Australian race promoter Phill Bates, a member of the UCI track commission from 1993 to 2001. During that period, the UCI introduced the track World Cup series, which helped to raise the profile of track cycling.

"I am totally amazed by the decisions made concerning track cycling on the world front," Bates told Cyclingnews in an email, calling the decision "horrific" and "a disgrace".

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