Use of Disc Brakes in Sanctioned Road Racing Competition

Given the latest UCI Press Release regarding the suspension of disc brake testing, and the beginning of the 2016 race season, Cycling Canada want to ensure 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 Cycling Canada’s updated 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.

Cycling Canada does not permit the use of disc brakes in any road cycling events.

Further Information:

PRESS RELEASE – The UCI suspends disc brake testing

2016 Cycling Canada Companion Guide

The OCA are seeking clarification as to the regulation on the use of disc brakes for cycling club touring.  We have been advised a formal statement will be released by the end of the week by Cycling Canada.