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British Cycling to allow disc brakes in all events from January 2018

Joe Robinson
14 Nov 2017

British Cycling has announced that disc brakes will be legal in UK racing in 2018

British Cycling has confirmed that disc brakes will be permitted in all domestic road and closed circuit races as of 1st January 2018.

Previously banned due to safety concerns, British Cycling has decided on this new ruling in a bid to encourage more people to take up cycling, both competitively and recreationally.

The decision to overturn the current rule has also been sanctioned in reaction to the changing nature of the cycling industry.

With road bikes fitted with disc brakes quickly becoming the industry standard, BC has made this move in a bid to make racing more accessible.

Before this latest rule change, riders were permitted to ride disc brake equipped bikes in BC sanctioned sportives but not in competitive racing.

Concerns surrounded the use of disc brakes in road racing since their initial introduction to UCI-sanctioned racing in 2016. High profile crashes in the pro peloton led to a delay in their use in national races.

However, after a successful trial year, it seems as disc brakes will now be fully sanctioned in all forms of road and closed circuit racing.

Director of cycling at BC Jonny Clay commented that after long deliberation, it was decided the allowance of disc brakes would be made in order to get more people riding bikes.

'We believe we have made the decision with the best interests of domestic cycle sport in this country at heart,' said Clay.

'We know that buying a bike is a significant financial investment for people to make and with the cycling industry producing more and more bikes with disc brakes we felt it was only right that we amended our regulations to ensure that people can take part in any form of cycling, whether recreational or competitive, with one bike.'