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Cycling’s Governing Body Sets New Regulation on “Sock Height”

Taking steps toward combating doping, ruling-out hidden motors in bikes, ensuring rider safety and establishing parity between the men’s and women’s peloton with respect to equal salary and prize money not withstanding, as cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste International (UCI), has focussed its latest efforts on instituting regulations regarding acceptable “sock height”.

Indeed, under Rule 1.3.033, new regulations set forth by the UCI seek to mandate the correct sock height for riders, stating “socks and overshoes used in competition may not rise above the height defined by half the distance between the middle of the lateral malleolus and the middle of the fibula head.”

The UCI has even issued an illustration outlining how to measure the maximum height.

Curiously, there’s no mentioning of anything in the new rule with regard to material or fabric, which leaves open the possibility of teams issuing armor plated socks in order to protect its riders from life-threatening cuts caused by disc brakes.

Fortunately, the UCI hasn’t at this point promulgated any rules or restrictions governing post-race attire.

 

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