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by Neal Rogers
July 26, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Guardian column: ‘Why I don’t think Froome will win a fifth Tour de France’; Landa: ‘I sacrificed myself without any benefit to the team’ on Izoard stage; BMC Racing announces contract extensions for Bookwalter, De Marchi, Schar, Wyss; Business Insider: Brailsford explains why Froome is so good at winning Tour de France; Nibali set to return to racing at Tour de Pologne in preparation for Vuelta a España; Cycling Australia to allow disc brakes in road racing effective immediately, with exceptions; Quarq launches two new DZero-based power meters; Abbey Bike Tools releases precision Saddle Fit Kit System.
Cycling Australia announced Tuesday that riders will be able to use bikes with disc brakes at club, state, and non-UCI national championship-level road races across Australia effective immediately — with exceptions.
“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,” the statement read.
Disc brakes are still not allowed in the UK amateur scene, while USA Cycling has always allowed their use 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
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