French Cycling Federation Bans Disc Brakes from Cycling Events
Following the result of a collision during a crash in Paris-Roubaix involving Francisco Ventoso and another rider's disc brake, the UCI suspended the trial of disc brakes in professional races. The French Cycling Federation (FFC) has followed suit and banned the use of disc brakes in all of its events, including L'Etape du Tour and the Marmotte Gran Fondo - due to safety reasons.
The FFC's decision inpacts all types road cycling events in France only. Cyclists in the North America are unaffected as it follows the UCI decision to suspend disc brake trials to UCI-sanctioned Pro Races, which includes races promoted by USA Cycling.
If you are heading to France this summer, make sure the wrong type of brakes don't ruin your bucket list ride!
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