Cycling's world governing body, the UCI, has launched a consultation into the appeal of professional road racing to the general public, seeking feedback on issues such as the use of race radios and power meters as well as their aspirations for how the discipline will develop.
An online survey, open until next Tuesday 16 July and available in eight languages, will also enable people to express their views on issues such as team sizes and budgets, the format of events and how they are broadcast, plus the provision of on-screen data during events.
World cycling’s governing body says that the survey is part of a broader consultation process that will also involve interviews with people within the sport, as well as working groups made up of representatives of stakeholders such as teams, riders, race organisers, media and broadcasters.
The process will ultimately result in a series of proposals being drawn up to be submitted for approval by the Professional Cycling Council and UCI Management Committee next year.
UCI President David Lappartient commented: "Developing the appeal of road cycling in a world that is changing is one of the central aims of the UCI’s Agenda 2022.
“To do this, it is essential to have the opinion not only of cycling’s different stakeholders, but also the wider public, both committed fans and casual spectators.
“The survey that we are launching today offers everyone the chance to give their opinion and is part of a wider consultation process that will enable the UCI to take steps to modernise road cycling that will meet the expectations of as many people as possible.”
He added; “My thanks go to all those who take a few minutes of their time to contribute to the evolution of our sport.”
You can find the survey, which takes around 10 minutes to complete, here.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.