UCI upholds protest for Adelia Reyneke record attempt
Overnight from Agile, Switzerland the UCI Track and Para-Cycling Manager Mr Giles Peruzzi, confirmed the ratification of the women’s WMAS2 hour record attempt by Western Australian athlete Adelia Reyneke.
Reyneke, 38, made the record breaking run at the Dunc Grey velodrome in Sydney on 14th March 2015 amidst controversy following the worlds best performance being awarded to professional British athlete Dame Sarah Storey.
World master’s events may be contested by athletes over the age of 35, following a full year out of professional competition. Dame Storey, a current professional cyclist with Team Sky, was awarded the record only two weeks prior to Reyneke’s pursuit of the title following the high profile Brit’s attempt on the open women’s world record.
National Cycling Centre WA, with support from Cycling Australia, lodged an official protest on behalf of Reyneke, requesting the technical regulations be upheld to protect the separation of the two classes of athlete.
A true testament to the aims of Brian Cookson to restore trust and lead change at the UCI, this decision has added weight to Cookson’s assertions that the world governing body for cycling treats all its members fairly and equitably and that UCI process is transparent and consistent.
The Midland Cycle Club rider completed the distance in an official time of 41.386, eclipsing the previous record held by Jacqui Lockwood (USA) 40.7556.