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UCI Approves Disc Brakes for Road and BMX Events

In its second meeting of the year, the Management Committee of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) approved Agenda 2022 which includes a number of important structural initiatives concerning the future of the UCI and the sport of cycling.

One of the key items arising from the meeting is the approval of the use of disc brakes for road and BMX racing, as of July 1, 2018.

As for UCI races in BC, The White Spot Delta Road Race (Sunday, July 8th) and the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (Wednesday, July 11th) are both sanctioned by the UCI, making this welcomed news by some of the teams.

An extract from the meeting notes states,

“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.”

Other notable meeting items include,

  • Gender equity in cycling, including the addition of a Women’s Junior (age 17-18) category to the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup programme, beginning from the 2020/2021 season
  • Establishing an event that brings together the UCI World Championships for several disciplines together in one region, as part of a true festival of cycling lasting between 17 and 19 days.
  • Arrival of Professor Xavier Bigard as UCI Medical Director and decisions concerning glucocorticoids and analgesics (notably Tramadol)
  • Registration of snow bike events on the UCI International Mountain Bike Calendar
  • Integration of Enduro World Series events into the UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar from 2019

Read the full release.