Cycling Australia to introduce disc brakes effective immediately

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As expected, Cycling Australia has announced that riders will be able to use bikes with disc brakes at club, state and non-UCI national championship level road races across Australia (with exceptions listed at the bottom), effective immediately.

via press release

Nearly five years after the industry adopted disc brakes on road bikes, and one and a half years since the UCI began trials in competition, Cycling Australia made the announcement this afternoon.

Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green OAM said that the new stance on disc brakes will encourage and allow more people to get involved in racing, particularly at the local club level.

“Cycling Australia actively works at all levels to remove barriers for people getting into cycling, and we believe this is another valuable step towards getting more people to give racing a go.” he added.

Following a comprehensive review and consultation with a number of other national cycling federations, including particular discussions with USA Cycling which has allowed disc brakes in racing since 2015, and cycling manufacturers, and feedback from our member state and clubs, Cycling Australia found that there was a need to respond to the changing nature of our sport.

“With the continued uptake of road bikes with disc brakes by our members, it’s important that Cycling Australia keeps up with industry’s progress and support those at the grassroots of the sport to participate,” said Technical Commission Chair Peter Tomlinson.

“We’ve seen a successful implementation at USA Cycling and at a UCI WorldTour level and there have been no reports of additional hazards being posed to riders.” He added.

Disc brakes are still not allowed in the UK amateur scene, and USA Cycling were quick to adopt the standard at an amateur level. Still, UCI categorised races are still in a testing phase and have yet to explicitly approve them.

“The trial has been ongoing since January this year, with teams introducing disc brakes gradually throughout the season,” said UCI head of communications Sébastien Gillot. “The UCI Equipment Commission and its stakeholders — the riders, teams, organisers, service providers, and industry — have continuous discussions and assessment of the trial before any recommendations are made to the UCI Management Committee.”

Events excluded from using disc brakes in Australia:
Elite Road National Championships
Para-cycling Road National Championships (hand cycles are already permitted under current UCI technical regulations.)
U23 Road National Championships
U19 Road National Championships
Subaru National Road Series events
*non-UCI national championship level races including Masters Road Nationals and Junior Road nationals

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