Notice from ABA: Disc Brakes in Road Races

Attention all road racers!

The Alberta Bicycle Association has clearly indicated that the use of disc brakes in all sanctioned road racing competitions is prohibited, in accordance with the UCI Policies. You can see the UCI message below, or take a look at the 2016 Companion Guide for more information.

As the 2016 race season is set to begin, we wanted to be sure all Provinces/Territories and officials have a clear understanding of the regulation concerning the use of Disc Brakes in sanctioned Road Racing competition.

Unless specifically approved by the UCI, Disc Brakes are NOT permitted for use in road cycling events, as outlined in policy 1.3.025 in our updated 2016 Cycling Canada Companion Guide:

1.3.025 N) Disc brakes are not permitted in road cycling events (unless specifically approved by the UCI)

Although the UCI regulations had not been changed to allow disc brakes, until a recent incident at the UCI Paris-Roubaix Classic, the UCI had permitted the use of disc brakes on a trial-basis for all divisions of UCI Professional Road Teams. As of April 14th, 2016 this trial has ended with the decision to suspend the use of disc brakes until further research can assure their safety for use in competition. The latest UCI Press Release regarding the suspension of disc brake testing is attached. Cycling Canada does not permit the use of disc brakes in any road cycling events.

We expect that each of our affiliated Provincial/Territorial Cycling Associations abide by the regulation banning disc brake use in road competition as stated above.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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