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The BMC Racing Team will not participate at this time in any planned protest over the radio ban. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.
The BMC Racing Team will not participate at this time in any planned protest over the radio ban. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.

BMC Racing Team Will Respect Radio Rule

24. February 2011

Santa Rosa, California

The BMC Racing Team will not participate at this time in any planned protest over the radio ban imposed by the UCI in non-World Calendar races, said BMC Racing Team General Manager Jim Ochowicz.

Race Radios Belong In The Sport

Ochowicz said cycling is a modern day sport, orientated for TV, the Internet and other mass media outlets. "Technology has contributed in many ways to the advancement of the sport - from carbon fiber frames, performance data collection, untraditional products and race radios," Ochowicz said. "Race radios belong in the sport to provide safety and communications."

Unsafe Situations
Ochowicz has a long history with the evolution of radio use in the peloton. He was owner and general manager of the Motorola Cycling Team, which introduced the "Peloton Communication System" in 1991. "Prior to that, team directors were forced to drive their cars directly into the peloton, roll down their windows and shout out instructions to the riders," Ochowicz said. "This could happen anywhere from the very front to the very back of peloton throughout a race. Most of today's riders and team directors never had to experience those horrifying days in the races. I did, and they were most certainly not safe situations."

Follow The Rules
Ochowicz said the BMC Racing Team will not disrespect the rules set forth by the UCI, "and we will not jeopardize the goodwill of race organizers by participating in any type of negative action," he said. "However, we immediately call upon the UCI to sit down in good faith with the appropriate partners to workout a compromise that is in the best interests of all concerned."