Neil Fachie has backed Great Britain team-mate Jody Cundy’s scathing criticism of the UCI over the lack of live streaming this weekend.
There will be no live feed from the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn.
The 2015 edition of the championships, also in the Dutch city, was streamed globally and Cundy questioned whether cycling’s governing body was “stepping back in time”.
Cundy – a four-time Paralympic champion – tweeted his anger at the UCI: “It needs to be added into the rules that if a nation hosts a worlds it needs to be at a minimum filmed and streamed online.”
The UCI said the call for greater exposure of para-cycling was “legitimate”, highlighting its work to run para-cycling events in conjunction with high-profile able-bodied competition.
However, there is an awkward contrast in the fact the recent Track Cycling World Championships, in Poland, were streamed live.
Fachie said: “I think we’re all really disappointed.
“In this day and age, it’s not a big thing to get a live stream up.
“Plenty of small events manage it.
“At the world championships, you expect people to want to see it. We want to build the profile of the athletes and the sport as well, but it’s really difficult when the governing body and event organisers aren’t helping you out on that front.
“We’re all sat back at the hotel trying to cheer our team-mates on.
“You can’t sit at the velodrome all day – it’s too draining. But we’re just having to refresh Twitter to see how their doing.
“It’s not ideal and it doesn’t paint our sport in a good light.”