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Old 08-13-17, 05:24 AM   #1
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Trade teams deny riders start in Worlds.

Three Swedish riders have been stopped from the MTB World Championships by their own teams. The Swedish Cycling Federation (SCF) have a sponsorship deal with Swedish company POC regarding clothes, helmets and glasses.

Jenny Rissveds from Sweden won the MTB Olympic Gold in Rio last year. Jenny rides for Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team. The team have demanded she uses the team helmet and glasses during the upcoming World Championships in Australia. Riders Alexandra Engen och Ida Jansson also ride for teams who have made the same decision.

There has been a deadlock over this all year. The teams and riders have known about this since February 2016. During 2016 the SCF and POC allowed the riders to ride with the teams' glasses and helmets to honour existing contracts. But it was always said there would be no such allowances from this season. Yesterday the news broke that the teams are not relenting and the riders have been stopped from entering the Worlds.

The SCF face fines if POC helmets and glasses are not used. Their position is they fund youth training programs and lay the foundation for young cyclists to blossom into professional riders. The deal with POC aids the investment in the next generation. So when riding for the national team they don't feel it's too much to demand that their own sponsor's equipment should be used. The teams do not have to fund youth cycling programs and can simply sign the riders the federation have produced without compensation.

I am a Londoner who emigrated to Sweden in the 80's. Opinions about this have divided Swedish Cycling. I just feel it is terrible that a Gold Medalist and two other young stars are being refused permission to start in the Worlds by their own trade teams.

How is the question of sponsorship regarding helmets and glasses (for road and mtb riders) treated in other countries.

Is this normal policy of trade teams?
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In the past when national teams comprised amateurs, they were happy to get the free stuff and they had no contracts to conflict.

I remember the big kerfuffle when the USA dream team was formed and all the players would wear their warmups unzipped or with an American flag draped over the logo of the team sponsor.

I can't imagine not letting your best athletes compete because of this.

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It's ALWAYS about the money. Who is sending the cyclists to the Worlds -- the team or the SCF? It's a matter of conflicting contracts -- maybe they need to have a judge decide?
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