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WFSGI committees discuss UCI standards prior to Taipei Show

Published March 22, 2017
Group talks about need for pro riders to publicly support disc brakes.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — As the Taipei Show prepared to kick off Tuesday, the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) committees, including the technical and disc brake committees, met to discuss UCI standards such as aerodynamic regulations, weight limitation and disc brakes.

The WFSGI is in frequent discussion with the UCI on behalf of the bike industry and most recently has lobbied for the acceptance of disc brakes in the pro peloton.

During Tuesday’s committee meeting, it discussed the need for riders to make statements in favor of the use of disc brakes in the pro tour following an incident last month in which a rider attributed a slice in his shoe to a disc brake rotor. The UCI working group to review disc brakes held its first meeting in January in Aigle, Switzerland. It plans to hold a second meeting April 4 in Flanders Bike Valley, Belgium, to further discussion of getting disc brakes adopted in the pro peloton.

“It is a bit how it works with UCI. You have to go step by step; you can’t ask for huge change or set of new regulations at once,” said Yves Mori, WFSGI communications and bicycle manager. “It is a constant negotiation and collaboration with UCI, but nothing is ready to be shared publicly now.”

Meanwhile, WFSGI is launching a program to track labeling requirements for products in various countries. The organization has contracted with Compliance & Risks, an Irish company that works in industries including automotive and pharmaceuticals. It plans to track regulations surrounding labeling of products in six product categories in 49 countries.

“It is not just a legal issue. We want to be informed of the labeling requirements, but it is also a safety concern,” said Jochen Schaefer, WFSGI legal counsel.

For example, if a company sells shoes in Spain, do they require labeling in Spanish? (The answer is yes.)

“Nothing is standardized; it is all different in the U.S. and Europe and Asia,” said Schaefer, noting the program will also provide alerts if something is coming down the pipeline. “We will be prepared if this is a law in 10 months or 12 months.”

Ten companies, including Nike, have contributed to the upfront costs to set up the tracking. The program will have cost-scaling effects as more companies get involved. WFSGI anticipates the platform will be operational in six to nine months.

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