Cycling Australia passes disc brakes for road racing

In a press announcement issued yesterday Cycling Australia has permitted the use of disc brakes in road races at club, state and non-UCI national championship level.

Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green outlined that he hopes the decision will allow greater participation, in particular among club riders.

“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,” said Green.

Having talked at length with national cycling federations around the globe, in particular USA Cycling, technical commission chair Peter Tomlinson added: “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.

“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.”

Exclusions, listed below, do apply to select events:

Events excluded from using disc brakes:

  • 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