Set Back for Industry as UCI Continues to Suspend Disc Brake Trials
AIGLE, Switzerland –The trial period for disc brakes in road race will not see a quick restart as the UCI still announced last July. Unconfirmed reports state that, “the UCI would continue to suspend the trial of disc brakes in road races”.
This decision was taken at the request of the Professional Teams’ Association (AIGCP), and the UCI is not planning to resume allowing the use of disc brakes in the pro peloton until the teams agree. This was reported last week by Cyclingnews while quoting a UCI insider.
The UCI approved the widespread use of disc brakes this season after a short trial in 2015. A crash in Paris-Roubaix this April involving Francisco Ventoso (Movistar), where the Spaniard sustained a deep gash to his leg as a result of, he says, of a disc brake rotor made the UCI decide to suspend the use of the brakes over safety concerns.
The UCI also confirmed to Cyclingnews last week, “that they are continuing to evaluate the situation and the test will not restart unless we and those representative groups believe it should.”