There's no 'brand' to protect when you're the only group putting on these races. I highly doubt a competing sanction is going to come online and start running an separate SX series. It's a money grab, and both ends of it seem to be the beneficiaries. Were there riders who requested these 'certifications' be put into place for safety reasons? I doubt it. We have two races in Florida that have been UCI races for the past couple of years. It would be a shame to lose the international flavor that accompanies a UCI race (ie, pro's from all over the world on your home track), but I guess we will have to see how this shakes out.
QUOTE (reedhamilton @ Sep 17 2012, 08:43 PM)
Track certification is nothing more than a way for UCI to protect their brand. The certificate is only required if you want UCI sanctioning of your world championship, world cup, continental, international, or national event. Not holding one of those events or don't care for the UCI brand? No certification necessary.
And they are a non-profit making, non-governmental association. So they are free to choose whomever they like to build or upgrade UCI-certified tracks. They had already created a formal partnership with Elite Trax back in 2010, so it is only natural for ET to oversee any track certification. And why not? They've been working with them unofficially for 10 years. Why not go with somebody you know and trust?
Now how all this affects the USA BMX Pro UCI Series - that could get interesting. Especially a few years from now when the Rio 2016 qualification process begins.