UPDATE: Use of disc brakes in road cycling

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As an update to our previous communication regarding the use of disc brakes in road cycling events – dated 27 February 2018 – all categories are now permitted to race with disc brakes in road races with immediate effect.

After a successful beginning of season, the UCI rules pertaining to the use of disc brakes in road cycling races were updated in June allowing disc brakes to every category on the road.

“UCI Reg 1.3.025        Freewheels, multiple gears and brakes are not permitted for use on the track during competition or training.

Disc brakes are allowed in cyclo-cross training and competition.

Disc brakes are allowed in mountain bike training and competition.

Disc brakes are allowed in road race and time trial training and competition.

Disc brakes are allowed in BMX training and competition. Disc brakes are allowed in Trials training and competition.

For races on the road and cyclo-cross, the use of fixed sprocket is forbidden: a braking system that acts on both wheels is required.”

Cycling SA follows the guidelines set by the UCI and permits the use of disc brakes in road races.

The Road and Technical Commissions of Cycling South Africa have considered the communique from the UCI and have decided to permit riders in all categories to use disc brakes on road bicycles while participating in road racing events.