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Disc brakes to be allowed in all British cycling events from 2018

Decision will allow riders to use one bike for all forms of cycling as bike manufacturers gear up for a whole new market 

Riders will be allowed to use disc brakes at all levels of domestic racing and amateur events in Britain from the start of the 2018 season.

The new ruling from British Cycling will see riders able to use disc brakes in all road races and circuit races from January 1, the UK following in the footsteps of the USA, Canada, and Australia, where disc brakes are already permitted in races, Gran Fondos and Sportives.

British Cycling director Jonny Clay said that the decision was in the best interests of riders, and should make it easier for more riders to make the step across to racing from Leisure, Sportive and Gran Fondo riding.

The decision is certainly good news with bike manufacturers, who now offer an increasing range of bikes that provide disc brakes and a wide choice of both 700c and 650c wheels and tyres, some up to and over 40 mm wide.

“The road commission discussed this subject at length resulting in a recommendation for disc brakes to be permitted in all domestic road and circuit races, the Board approved the recommendation at their most recent meeting,” Clay said in a statement.

“We believe we have made the decision with the best interests of domestic cycle sport in this country at heart."

“We know that buying a bike is a significant financial investment for people to make and with the cycling industry producing more and more bikes with disc brakes we felt it was only right that we amended our regulations to ensure that people can take part in any form of cycling, whether recreational or competitive, with one bike.”

Disc brakes to be allowed in all British cycling events from 2018