It's not really BC's fault that you can drive a bus through the UCI rules on all kit being commercially available.
I'm pretty sure the frames haven't evolved much since Beijing so the Aussies have had 4 years to come up with something better. The skinsuits were actually a step backwards from Beijing as the rubberized ones were outlawed. Wheels are commercially available. So the only new bits of kit were the helmets (£3k each if you want one apparently) and cranks I think.
Tom Dean wrote:
I haven't read them, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the rules were badly written. I hope the UCI look into it.
Whether you think BC should be using public money to make three thousand pound helmets while domestic road racing dies on its @rse is another matter.
Richmond Racer wrote:
The money from UK Sport for elite cycling is specifically for Olympic medals. Problem is that the framework doesnt allow for it to be used to shore up the Prem Calendar. Shame but...
Now whether cycling really does need an additional 17% funding for the next Olympic cycle...for a team that already scored 7 out of 10 golds in London and is already better funded that other nations, it might be a valid question.