British Cycling has today confirmed that it will allow helmet cameras to be used by riders during practice at downhill mountain biking and four cross events.
After consultation with riders, organisers and sponsors of the sport, the national governing body for cycling today said that it needs to better understand the impact and implications of the use of cameras for all parties involved in the sport before any changes are made on the enforcement of these rules.
Speaking about the decision, cyclesport and membership director Jonny Clay said: “Although the rule prohibiting the use of cameras has been in existence for a number of years, the decision to enforce it and the communication of this to participants, sponsors and volunteers came too close to the start of the season and we apologise for that.
“However, challenges remain for the sport as a whole with regard to safety and we’ll continue to work with riders, organisers and the industry to deliver the sport in a way the benefits all”
Speaking after taking part in a forum to discuss the use of cameras with British Cycling yesterday, Will Longden (manager of the Madison Saracen team) said: “It was good to talk through the issue with British Cycling and have the opportunity to discuss things form the point of view of riders and sponsors. It’s clear that what we all agree on is the need to find workable solutions for the whole sport and we’ll look forward to playing our part in making that happen”
Following today’s announcement, British Cycling will now take some time to work with stakeholders across the sport to decide on the most appropriate way to regulate the safe use of cameras. The use of helmet cameras during competition remains prohibited as in previous years.