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After a few test races in the 2015 season, the UCI has granted permission to men’s professional cycling teams to use the braking system throughout 2016. The women’s peloton however, continue to ride on rim brakes and the riders and management of Wiggle-High5 are more than happy with that, reports Cycling Weekly.
“[Disc brakes are a ] huge topic amongst the teams and the directors; my opinion is we don’t want to hold the sport back but to be honest I think women’s cycling’s not really ready for it for a number of reasons,” said Wiggle-High5 general manager and ex-pro Rochelle Gilmore.
“In women’s cycling you only have one spares vehicle, you don’t have two like the men have. Also disc brakes are harder to change and find the right wheel and I think it’s going to cause absolute chaos in races that are very eventful like the Tour of Flanders,” Gilmore is quoted saying. “The fact that some riders will be on disc brakes, with neutral spares it’s really going to be a nightmare because the team cars can be held up for five to 10 minutes sometimes before you can get to your lead rider, and they’ve got to take a wheel from the neutral spares, and I think it’s going to be very hard for neutral spares to deal with the varieties of groupsets, brands and brakes.”
The Australian continued by pointing out that some component suppliers, such as Campagnolo – which supplies the British team – are not yet ready to provide disc brakes.