Disc brakes banned from L’Etape du Tour and other French races

Following on from the UCI’s decision to suspend its trial of disc brakes in the professional peloton, the French Cycling Federation (FFC) has decided to ban the use of discs in all events under its jurisdiction, which includes L’Etape du Tour and many other major French sportives.

In a statement, the FFC said “following the decision of the UCI on 14 April 2016, the Federal Bureau at its meeting on 14 April 2016 decided to ban the use of disc brakes on all road events organized under the authority of FFC.”

Besides L’Etape du Tour, which this year takes place from Megeve to Morzine on Sunday July 10, mirroring the route of Stage 20 of the Tour de France, other events affected include the Ariegoise.

Organisers of that Pyrenean cyclcosportive have reiterated the ban on disc brakes on their website, saying: “The Executive Office of L’Ariégeoise Cyclosportive will not allow the participation in his event at the cyclists equipped with disc brakes.”

Sportives taking place on French soil but which are not organised under FFC rules are not affected by the decision, so you can rest easy if you’re planning to use disc brakes in events such as the Haute Route, Alpine Challenge, or one of the numerous London-Paris rides.