I feel that the UCI is like a good ole boy network of relics stuck in the stone ages with regards to some of the rules in place trying to keep things "the way they were".
While the intent of the rules was understandable at a certain point in time, they have failed to adapt and accept that technology changes and at this point, they are enforcing outdated rules for the sake of the rules without a vision of the potential positives brought on by new technology/shapes/bikes. Competition encourages innovation and new design, usually resulting in improvements that affect the industry and eventually trickle down to what is available to consumers. Imagine if there were a rule 20 years ago stating that integrated brake/shifters were an aid or advantage, everyone has been shifting the good ole' way for 30 years and.....-well no kidding, but everyone gets to use them and it's a level playing field because of that.
I say maintain rules and perform destructive testing of components to ensure that the chase for a 200g wheelset, for example, does not result in unsafe wheels. But a person pedals a bike, and body position accounts for the majority of aero drag. The fairing in contention surely must be behind body position, wheels, helmet, how low one can turtle their neck, etc, etc with regards to aerodynamic drag. Surely one could argue that skinsuits with dimples are an aerodynamic aid, or that the integrated eye shields on helmets are an aid versus regular sunglasses. Turning tt bikes into faired recumbents? Maybe that's a little too relaxed, but get on with the times.
I for one like the system in formula 1 where it seems that sensible evaluation and changes are implemented on a yearly basis and where the racing has been the most exciting in years.
I must admit that I do personally enjoy the technology and that prices for bikes and components could become even more expensive than the already ridiculous prices that are already out there, but the consumer will dictate what they are ready and willing to spend and thus will ultimately impact just how much of the expensive technology is available to the public. I rode my first several tt's on a road bike with borrowed bolt on aero bars. Would it have really mattered if I was on the new specialized tt bike? Not nearly as much as how smartly I rode the previous road race stage, or how smart or how much I'd trained. Let it run.