Also in Wednesday’s announcement, the UCI clarified rules surrounding the use of prototype equipment in pro racing. Over the years, many teams have skirted the UCI’s rule that any equipment ridden in competition must be commercially available. For instance, Team GB's 2012 track bikes were prototypes that were supposedly available for purchase, but the price and how to order one was vague. In its statement following meetings in Innsbruck, Austria at world championships, the UCI outlined the requirements: “[Prototypes] will be available for purchase by the public within a reasonable timeline — clearly defined — and at a price that is comparable to that of other products of a similar category.” It also tightened rules for equipment used in the Olympics, requiring all products to be commercialized by January 1 of the Olympic year.
Women’s WorldTeams to have minimum salary requirements
Finally, in its wide-ranging slate of changes, the UCI also split the women’s professional peloton into two categories of teams: WorldTeams and Continental Teams. This change will be implemented in 2020.
The Women’s WorldTeams will be guaranteed starts in Women’s WorldTour events and will be required to pay a minimum salary, which was not specified in this initial announcement. Rider contracts on the WorldTeams will also be audited by a financial consulting firm.
Also in 2020, the women’s calendar will be split into four classes of races: Women’s WorldTour, UCI ProSeries, Class 1 and Class 2.