WFSGI Welcomes UCI Decision on Disc Brakes
OSTERMUNDIGEN, Switzerland – The UCI’s announcement to allow disc brakes to be used in all road competition as of 1 July 2018 is welcomed by the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI). Both organisations worked closely together on this case since 2015.
The UCI announced last week “following nearly three years of tests, and in agreement with various stakeholders – teams, riders, mechanics, fans, commissaires, and the bicycle industry via the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFGSGI) – the decision has been taken to authorise disc brakes for road and BMX Racing, as of 1st July this year. Point 1.3.025 of the UCI Regulations will be amended to this effect, to allow the use of disc brakes during training and competitions for road and BMX Racing, as is already the case for cyclo-cross, mountain bike, trials and mass participation events.”
The use of disc brakes in competition has been a hot topic. Already in March 2015, it was announced that the use of disc brakes in professional road racing and in races like the Tour de France – was close to its introduction through UCI approval. What followed was a hectic discussion among all stakeholders, including the riders.
‘This technology will increase safety’
“We are very pleased with this result of the UCI’s Management Committee meeting and their decision to authorise disc brakes for road and BMX Racing from the 1st of July 2018 onwards,” said Jeroen Snijders Blok, COO Accell Group and Chair of the WFSGI Bicycle Steering Committee. “This technology will aid to increase the safety of riders and we are very keen on continuing to focus on providing the best possible product for professional racing and consumers.”
WFSGI CEO and President Robbert de Kock stated, “The WFSGI first approached the UCI on behalf of its members in early 2015 and since then have worked very closely with teams and the UCI in developing an appropriate test that has allowed disc brakes to be trialed in professional racing. This test period has demonstrated that disc brakes offer many advantages for riders and the WFSGI welcomes the decision of the UCI to amend its regulations and formally allow disc brakes in road competition.”