Statement: Use of Video Equipment by competitors

Published: 26th September 2012

Article by: Scottish Cycling Commisaire Commission

Please find below a statment from Scottish Cycling's Commisaire Commission regarding the use of video recording equipment at events by competitors:

"With advances in technology there are many ways for a rider to analysis their performance, the use of electronic/digital mechanisms to record and evaluate your performance whilst training and competing is becoming easier and more widespread. It must be understood that there is as always a fine line to be drawn between the acceptable and unacceptable use of such equipment whilst competing.

The primary reasons for any rules in our sport are to provide a fair competition and most importantly a safe competition for all participants. For this reason the commissaires commission would like to clarify the position in regards to electronic equipment attached to the rider or bicycle.

To put it in simple terms any device that is attached to the rider or the bicycle which is not directly related to the function of the bicycle is prohibited by our regulations and must be removed in competition. Historically there has been an exception to this rule with the bike computer.

A major concern of extra devices being attached to the rider or bicycle is that they way many of these devices are mounted. Many designs result in the device protruding which has the potential to cause serious injury to the individual and also to other riders. The race officials, Scottish Cycling, British Cycling and the UCI would all be failing in the duty of care to their members if they allowed such use.

Items such as cameras that record video/images or any audio devices in the rider’s ear such as radios/Music players or any other device which may inhibit the riders control of the bicycle, or distract the rider from his/her immediate surroundings and situation is expressly forbidden in competition.

No rider should attempt to, or be allowed to, take part in any competition whilst using any such device. In the case of a rider recording a competition and subsequently publishing the recording on social media, such as YouTube, the rider’s performance can be nullified and other sanctions can be taken as is usual when a breach of regulations occurs.

For their own safety and protection and their fellow competitors we ask all competitors to play an active role in ensuring cycling events are as safe as possible  should they observe a fellow competitor endangering them and others through inappropriate use of electronic equipment  they should immediately notify the relevant race official."

Thank you

Scottish Cycling's Commisaire Commission