The British Downhill Series (BDS) have announced that goggle tear-offs are banned from their events, with immediate effect. They’ll be putting it in the BDS event rulebook for 2016.
Riders will still be allowed to wear just one to protect their lenses, but they’ll make them cut the strip off the side. The reason they cite is environmental issues: While the BDS do pick litter up from beside courses, on windy and exposed ones tear-offs can fly away for long distances. As a result, they just can’t guarantee being able to pick up 100% of the litter, and the best solution is to eliminate it at the source.