The UCI has been rocked by quite a bit of controversy over the past couple of seasons. From standoffs with teams and riders over race radio use to the implications that they were involved in covering up alleged positive doping tests for Lance Armstrong. Many in the cycling world have even called for a “house cleaning” of sorts and would like to see nothing short of removal of those at the top.

With talks of break-away leagues and rider protests the UCI seems to be realizing that they may need to loosen their iron-grip on what many have viewed as a dictatorship. The UCI has taken some initial first steps in bringing all stakeholders to the table when it comes to decision-making that affects those involved at a levels of the sport.

Letters have been sent to riders, teams, race organisers, national federations, administrators, sponsors, industry representatives, anti-doping organisations and sports bodies, asking for their comments on a proposed list of topics that have been divided into four main pillars of discussion: globalisation, anti-doping, riders and sports calendar.

The UCI has given these stakeholders until December 10th to address the topics and report back. This initial feedback will be used to direct the rest of the stakeholder consultation project which will convene in the first quarter of 2013.

For more information about today’s announcement checkout the complete statement from the UCI.