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Will disc brakes be banned at British sportives?

Disc brakes are not currently permitted in French or Spanish events


Not as far as we can tell anyway. With suggestions that insurance companies have been behind the decisions to ban disc brakes from French and Spanish sportives, we spoke to the organisers of a few UK events to get their take on things. If we had to sum up their collective response, it would be something like: “Never say never, but unless we hear otherwise disc brakes are fine.”

Prudential RideLondon Event Director Hugh Brasher said: "Safety is our priority and we continually review equipment that is permitted in our non-competitive cycling events. Currently we don’t have any plans to ban the use of disc brakes for our mass participation cycling events.”

A spokesman for ITP Events, who organise the Lincoln Grand Prix sportive among others, said: "We haven't had any disc brake problems that I know of. They are road legal so unless our insurer tells us they won't cover it, it's business as usual. If they become illegal or the insurer takes a position on it then we'll change our position."

The Tour of Cambridgeshire said: "We currently do not have any issues with the use of disc brakes and insurance so ToC is allowing them to be used at the event."

Etape Caledonia and Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland both said that disc brakes were still allowed at their events, while Human Race, who organise Dragon Ride l’Etape Wales and l’Etape London have previously told us that they have no issues with them either.

We also tried to get comment off British Cycling, but haven’t yet heard back. Presumably they’ll have something to say once they’ve tracked down all that old kit and hired a new performance director and whatnot.

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