The trial of disc brakes in road events will recommence on January 1, the UCI today announced.
Disc brakes were originally trialed at the back end of the 2015 season, with a full test planned for the whole of the 2016 campaign, but the trial was halted after Fran Ventoso suffered deep lacerations in his leg in a crash at Paris-Roubaix, allegedly caused by disc rotor.
However, following ‘months of discussions’ between cycling’s governing body, and representatives from riders, teams and the industry, the trial will recommence with new safety measures – disc brake rotors ‘should be modified to ensure the perimeter edge of the rotor does not contain any 90 degree edges but are smoothed or chamfered’. The trial will then be reviewed on a monthly basis.
The decision was announced by the UCI alongside several changes to track cycling disciplines after the meeting of the UCI Management Committee at the current world championships in Doha.