Cycling SA today released an official statement reiterating that the use of e-bikes (electronically assisted bikes) is not allowed in sanctioned events.
The organisation said it had noticed incidents in events where organisers had allowed their use. These incidents included the causing of accidents in technical sections and podium placings being claimed among normal riders due to the use of e-bikes.
“This is an unfair and unsafe practice,” says the statement, which adds that as things stand under UCI and Cycling SA regulations the use of e-bikes is not allowed in any sanctioned events.
Event organisers who allowed the participation of cyclists using such bikes did so at their own risk as the insurance of the cycling body only covered riders who abided by the rules.
E-bike riders, the statement says, have a distinct advantage over their competitors and their participation could result in them influencing seeding for future races.
Such riders would also be excluded from result sheets as the governing body classifies their use as mechanical doping.