Having first announced a total ban on the wearing of helmet cams in all events, including during practice, BC have now taken a step back.
Yesterday British Cycling announced that helmet cams cannot be used during racing but can be used during practice, which was the status-quo previous to their announcement of a complete ban. In a statement on the BC website, Cyclesport and membership director Jonny Clay said, ‘Although the rule prohibiting the use of cameras has been in existence for a number of years, the decision to enforce it and the communication of this to participants, sponsors and volunteers came too close to the start of the season and we apologise for that.’
The issue surrounding helmet cams has come about after questions have been raised about the affects a helmet mounted camera could have in the instance of a crash. In particular this has been brought to the fore following the case of Michael Schumacher who is slowly being brought out of a medically induced coma after a skiing accident at the start of the year in Meribel, France. He was wearing a helmet cam at the time and there is speculation from investigators as to whether the presence of the camera contributed in some way to the disintegration of his helmet after hitting an exposed rock between pistes.
BC concluded their announcement by saying, “..British Cycling will now take some time to work with stakeholders across the sport to decide on the most appropriate way to regulate the safe use of cameras. The use of helmet cameras during competition remains prohibited as in previous years.”
BC have issued guidance on when and how cameras can currently be used..
- Helmet cameras are only permitted during practice or designated training sessions. They are not permitted in competition (including qualifying or final runs for DH & 4X).
- The riders are solely responsible for securing the fixation of the camera in order to avoid any danger or distraction.
- Metal or permanent fixtures to attach the cameras are not allowed. Tape, velcro or ties are allowed to secure the device, which must be removed for competition (including qualifying and finals for DH & 4X).
- Chest mounted cameras and bike mounted cameras are not permitted. Any mounts attached to the bike have to be removed prior to event.
- British Cycling, the event organiser and all appointed commissaires have the right to refuse a rider entry to the course if the rules are not adhered to.
- Please note: the use of helmet cameras during competition remains prohibited as in previous years.
Read the full announcement here