Velo News: New North American rider’s union calls for extreme weather protocol

The day saw dangerous gusts to nearly 60 miles per hour, sending wind chills down near zero and smashing riders against each other as they fought for control of their bikes.

Thursday’s second stage of Etoile des Besseges should have been canceled, or at least postponed, according to riders. They stopped, en masse, not once but three times, unclipping in protest of the conditions. But there is no extreme weather protocol within the UCI’s regulations, and the organizers and commissaires at the race were clear: the show must go on.