Van der Poel ripping off his shoe’s BOA dial, UCI World Championship Glasgow 2023 (Pauline Ballet/SWpix.com) "What you did today did the opposite to help the environment": Riders’ union president Adam Hansen issues scathing criticism of race protestors Adam Hansen, the president of CPA, the union that represents the pro riders to the UCI, seems to be in a bit of a pickle. After climate activists This is Rigged brought the entire peloton to a standstill for more than an hour eighty kilometres into the elite men’s road race at Glasgow yesterday, with some protestors "cementing their hands" to the tarmac, Hansen felt compelled to say something.
First he issued this statement: "A message to the protesters. What you did in today’s race did the opposite to help the environment. While a bike race might not be the best thing for the environment, the impact of exposing people the thought of taking up cycling is key for the environment. Getting more people to ride bikes and means cars drive less.
"Also, those orange safety vest you all wear…. made from petroleum…. your glasses, shoe soles, plastic on the tips of shoe laces, buttons, debit/credit cards… yeah, made from Oil… just saying."
Now I don’t know if you’ll agree with me, but not a great look. Strawman arguments may seem clever in your head, but they never look good on paper, especially if the paper is called Twitter (sorry not sorry, Elon).
And expectedly, most fans pointed this out to him. Adam, I love […]