The Union Cycliste Internationale will be conducting trials of positioning technology at the UCI Road World Championships, which is being held later this month in Ponferrada, Spain. The aim is to locate each rider in real time, bringing information about the race to life. The trial is being conducted by Euromedia with riders in the women junior, on 26th September, and the men junior, on the following day, being the guinnea pigs.
Shimano action video cameras will also be mounted on a number of bikes in this year’s event. Post-production clips will be shared with teams, athletes, National Federations and media representatives.
UCI President Brian Cookson said:
“The UCI is committed to bringing technology and innovation to the broadcast and fan experience of our sport. This year, as a first, we have supported bringing cameras into the peloton, and the results have thrilled fans. I am delighted we will be bringing this for the first time into the World Championships.
"I am also very pleased that the UCI is stepping in to support the trials of new innovations that will benefit cycling as a whole, and real-time rider identification and location is an area which has great potential to bring races to life for spectators.”