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Pro riders and disc brakes are once again in the same peloton. The testing of disc brakes in the professional peloton came to a screeching halt after 2016 Paris-Roubaix when Movistar’s Francisco Ventoso was reportedly cut by a disc brake during a crash. It was so deep that the Spanish rider required surgery.
The UCI has once again allowed the testing of disc brakes in professional racing with the technology getting its first wins under Marcel Kittel at the DubaiTour on his Specialized Venge ViAS Disc.
The Professional Cyclists Association – CPA – looks after the interests of professional cyclists and has been a vocal opponent to testing disc brakes under their current form in professional racing. Today the CPA sent a press release outlining the three steps it feels are necessary to ensure rider safety during the testing of disc brakes. They want the rotor edges rounded, they want guards over the rotors and they want every rider to be on disc brakes in any race where disc brake testing is allowed. The full statement is below and references a letter sent by CPA President, Gianni Bugno, to the UCI Equipment Commission.
The CPA President Gianni Bugno wrote a letter to the UCI Equipment Commission to inform once again that the majority of the riders are not in favor of the disc brakes testing unless the safety conditions required by the riders are not guaranteed. The CPA, the body that officially represents the riders, submitted to the Commission three requests that the riders considered necessary to resume the tests. First, the discs to be rounded. Second, the disc brakes to be equipped with a safety guard; and third, that all the riders participating in these tests should all use the new system, allowing the same braking performance.
On the first request the UCI was able to get good results and regarding the second, some solutions are also under consideration. Regarding the third condition, there is not a satisfactory answer at this time.
“At this point, there is a reason to believe that it is not yet time to start these tests”, commented Gianni Bugno, adding: “As we have said several times, we are not against the Technological innovation, but we are worried above all by the safety of the riders on the road “.
In his letter Gianni Bugno also expresses his concern about the fact that some riders are already using disc brakes in racing while the Equipment Commission is still working to improve the safety and performance of this equipment. He called for a better clearness in the regulations concerning the use of the disc brakes, with the aim of reassuring the riders on the proper management of this project.
“We believe that the riders will finally agree and that at the end they will be happy to use these new technologies in the race, but only once the preventive safety measures that have been requested will be carried out,” ended Gianni Bugno, who said: “We also asked that all the riders will be able to use a bicycle with disc brakes as soon as possible for the training. It would be ridiculous to test such equipment for the first time in the race. This first step seems to me logical and indisputable in the process, if we want to put this new system in place in our sport.”
Francisco Ventoso’s Tweet after his accident at the 2016 Roubaix.
— Fran Ventoso (@franventoso) April 11, 2016