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Tinea Pedis wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:14 am
What do people know about grip tape now being (apparently) banned by the UCI? I was forced to remove mine pre Nationals TT week before last. Obviously being in a skinsuit meant I did not have the rule book handy. However at no point did I read about grip tape now being illegal.

Thankfully had gloves, as both base bar and aero extensions were nice and smooth for my sweat to pour all over.
Interesting, first I've heard of this. Raced nationals (NZ) wilth obvious tape on extensions and base bar and not a word. Thy spent most of the time looking at my arm pad to extension height.

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I believe grip tape is banned on saddle because that would be a modification of equipment. Tony Martin can get away with that because its sew permanently by Fizik, so it's not modified anymore.

Never hear of banning grip tape on bar, its expected to be that way.

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I'd certainly never heard of it either - until 10 minutes before my start.

Bravo Aussie UCI officials.

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I believe this seems to be an Aussie thing. I haven't been able to interpret the UCI regs as saying it is disallowed, and surely it would make bar tape illegal as well as it does the same thing. I first heard of people being asked to remove it at the Commie games TT last year in Currumbin. Certainly wasn't an issue at our British National TT in June either.

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Time to email CA yet again and ask WTF.
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Languid wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:48 am
I believe this seems to be an Aussie thing. I haven't been able to interpret the UCI regs as saying it is disallowed, and surely it would make bar tape illegal as well as it does the same thing. I first heard of people being asked to remove it at the Commie games TT last year in Currumbin. Certainly wasn't an issue at our British National TT in June either.
Interesting. I was not aware of that. Many thanks.

I've emailed Cycling Aus and been passed on direct to the chief commissaire who was on that day. If I get no satisfaction its off to the UCI I go.

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Tinea Pedis wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:14 am
What do people know about grip tape now being (apparently) banned by the UCI?
Never heard of that! If that is the case, then it's new... and a major WTF?! It just tape to let you grip the bars better. Why would they want to discourage that?
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Believe me, everyone was stunned. Not a single scrap of evidence to substanciate it.

Have emailed and no reply from the chief UCI comm. Would prefer to not take it to UCI Switerland however I would also very much prefer to never be in that situation again.

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I posted a comment about the grip tape to the facebook goup of my local TT series. We don't run by the UCI rules, but I knew that some of the USAC officials in the group might see the comment and have some knowledge because they work the national events as well. One of them did some homework and this is what was found, "Recently, the UCI added to the regulations a restriction on grippy tape that is added in places where it does not belong normally. That would be elbow pads, saddles, certain areas of the time trial bars, etc."

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Cheers Rich. Is the regulation is unpublished? Or have Nefarious and I missed it when looking at the rules?

Notwithstanding that it's a completely bullshit rule. UCI, crushing those big rocks.

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I don't know if its published... I assume it is, based on how the official wrote it out to me whch I posted above, but I don't know where. Based on the wording above, it seems as if the intent of the rule is to prevent people from using grip tape or maybe even velcro like surfaces on areas of the bike where riders might want help staying in position.. like on saddles or arm pads... but then they throw in that "certain areas of the time trial bars." It sounds as if they don't want people putting tape all over the bars, but that the intent is to allow it in the areas where the hands might normally contact the bars.... the wording also makes it easy for an overzealous official to decide that grip tape doesn't belong anywhere on the bars. It seems like it needs clarification for sure....

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CrankAddictsRich wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:40 am
it seems as if the intent of the rule is to prevent people from using grip tape or maybe even velcro like surfaces on areas of the bike where riders might want help staying in position..
Very interesting. There does seem to be a trend towards having very "cupped" arm rests, like the aerocoach align. I could see if someone really wants to hold a specific position that velcro could do a good job. And be a lot kinder to the undercarriage than the Tony Martin solution :-) I assume someone has tried it already.
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Sync Erginomics are also doing deep arm cups

https://www.syncergonomics.com/shop/

But you really would not need them + Velcro/grip tape. They are deep and do a terrific job of locking your position in.

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