UCI Extends Disc Brakes Authorization
AIGLE, Switzerland – The UCI clarification that that disc brakes may be used in Gran Fondos and Cyclosportives with immediate effect was welcomed by the cycling industry, represented by the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI).
In the a statement the industry organization also welcomed the assessment process, that has been agreed upon by the UCI, AIGCP, CPA and WFSGI, to restart the testing of disc brakes in professional road racing in the near future.
Quick restart of the trail period
The UCI is currently undertaking a risk assessment on disc brakes in collaboration with a third party investigator in order to get a further clarification about safety of disc brakes in road racing. In case of a positive outcome nothing should hinder a quick restart of the trial period also in professional road racing.
“It is a positive sign that the UCI Management Commission approved that disc brakes will be allowed in Grand Fondos and other Cyclosportives,” the WFSGI announced in its statement. “This message was long due as consumers were punished for a decision on a product that has not caused any major accidents in amateur racing nor in pro racing.”
MTB and cyclo cross
WFSGI Secretary General Robbert de Kock stated: “to allow disc brakes in these events is important as disc brakes represent safety and it concerns a strong growing number of riders. The industry appreciates this immediate decision by the UCI and is looking forward seeing a larger number of races allowing disc brakes very soon.” Additionally disc brakes got formally approved for MTB and cyclo cross use, though this was common sense for years already.
Risk assessment of disc brakes
Even though the UCI announced that disc brakes remain suspended for usage in any type of UCI national and international road races, the WFSGI is happy with the progress made and fully supports the procedure, initiated by the UCI and supported by the CPA, AIGCP and WFSGI, to reinstall the testing of disk brakes in the near future.