Poll Results: Should the UCI Downhill World Cup have a Head Injury / Concussion Protocol

Should the UCI Downhill World Cup have a Head Injury / Concussion Protocol? Our latest poll asked this exact question and in an age when concussion and the long term effects of head injury are known, we thought we’d see what you thought. Here’s the results of our latest poll….

By Mike Branch

The last UCI Downhill World Cup was a race that was unique in many ways. The wet weather played havoc on the race results and there was no shortage of carnage in abundance on course. Who could forget the super human race run of Reece Wilson that came undone on one of the last features of the course? It was the fastest man on course that won the race and a man that may have stirred many a conversation about this very topic, head injury and concussion protocol.

Thibaut Daprela put down an astoundingly fast run, one that may have stood up even if the top ten had the same weather conditions. There was no doubting his speed and no doubting his skill, the man has a bright future ahead of him. When he removed his helmet it became even more unbelievable, the man looked like he had been beaten by the hulk himself.

Thibaut was knocked out a week before the race in a French Cup DH series race, sustaining a broken nose and cutting his tongue in half requiring a multitude of stitches to keep it in his mouth. He had two big black eyes at the race in Les Gets and he sparked a conversation that perhaps should have been had a long time before this. No one is knocking Thibaut, as Eddie Masters said every rider on the tour would have done the same. But the question is….should it be up to the riders?

Should the UCI Downhill World Cup have a Head Injury / Concussion Protocol?

75.86% Yes it’s 2021

20.69% What’s a Head

3.45% No, it should be up to the riders

Photo: Eduardo Knoch

We’ll let you work out the data and decide for yourself what your opinion is. Perhaps it’s time to move ourselves in line with current evidence and other contacts sports, not just at UCI World Cup level but perhaps at club level?

Let us know what you think and as always keep the brakes wide open and see you on the trails….

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