Breaking news: British Cycling will allow disc brakes in 2018’s races

Breaking news: British Cycling will allow disc brakes in 2018’s races



British Cycling have just announced that they will allow the use of disc brakes in all levels of national events, both in road and closed circuit races starting from January the 1st 2018.


This new rule comes as a result of constant efforts that British Cycling have put on getting more people to cycle while feeling confident enough to engage in such events.


Currently, before this new rule comes in life, every rider that has a bike with a disk brake can only ride and participate in a sportive event but not in a more advanced, competitive, road or even circuit event.



The best interests of Domestic cycling


Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s director of cycling, said during an interview: “The road commission discussed this subject at length resulting in a recommendation for disc brakes to be permitted in all domestic road and circuit races. The Board approved the recommendation at their most recent meeting. We believe we have made the decision with the best interests of domestic cycle sport in this country at heart.


“We know that buying a bike is a significant financial investment for people to make. 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.


“We hope that this decision will encourage more and more people to get involved in competitive cycling.”



On the other hand, John Herety, team manager of the JLT-Condor cycling team, was extremely happy about the news. He claimed that this decision was a necessity. Escpeially since “the number of people riding disc brake road bikes is increasing all the time.”


“British Cycling’s decision to allow the use of disc brakes in domestic road and closed circuit races in 2018 will help to remove a barrier that is currently preventing some people from getting into competitive racing . This decision will hopefully have a really positive impact on the future growth and sustainability of the sport,” he added.



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