FFC follows the UCI's disc brake ban for all events under its control

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.

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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.”

This includes the majority of amateur road races in France, although of more pressing concern to British riders is the fact that it also includes hundreds of major sportive events across the country (click here for the full list), including L’Etape du Tour, La Marmotte, and L’Ariegeoise.

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L’Etape du Tour, which in 2016 traces the route of the 20th stage of the Tour de France from Megève to Morzine, has become increasingly popular among British riders in recent years, with more tahn a fifth of entrants coming from the UK last year.

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.

  • Ian Coult

    have u seen the pictures of the bloke who got nailed with a disc ?

  • steve dinverno

    What load of rubbish…I have been riding disc brakes on Mountain bikes all over the world with no fear of injury to me or any other rider. Infact I can count more times disc brakes have saved me from trouble. I have just done the Tour of Flanders & Roubaix sportives on a bike with disc brakes and shock everyone escaped unhurt. I have ridden the alps many times and feel disc brakes are the future. More reliable, safer than a old washing line pulling two bits of rubber together to try and scrub off your speed. I have seen many a time this cart horse technology put cyclists in hospital. Don’t see them banning Canti’s for this. I am riding the ETape and if I am forced to ride a bike with this inferior braking system and have an accident because the brakes fail can I then sue the organisers?? I’m sure when the first safety bike came out with a chain there were the same idiots who couldn’t see passed the penny farthing as a race bike, saying how dangerous a chain was close to your leg. “It could cut it right off!!” If this is all about killing the sport of cycling for the future, they are doing a great job. You can’t make it up!!!


    Cantilever brakes are fine. GET OVER IT!!! ???

  • MFG

    This is getting ludicrous – a knee jerk reaction based on what is, at best, circumstantial evidence of a disc brake related injury to Ventoso, based on what appears to be an incredibly unlikely set of events. If it rains on the mountain sportives, I think the benefit of discs significantly outweighs the likelihood of injuries caused by them. And I would love to see how Ventoso got his left shin wrapped up in a disc rotor on the right hand side of a bike without also suffering from a little bit of spoke related scraping and possibly having first removed his leg.

  • Jonathan Wilkinson

    This doesn’t affect me, but does affect a few of my friends – one of which just bought a disc braked bike for the L’Etape du Tour.
    I had use of a demo bike with hydraulic discs for about 120 miles, and going back to my rim brakes last night felt like a massive step backwards.

    I hope they can sort all this out soon.

  • Steve Haigh

    Will this cause manufacturers to think about disc brakes on road bikes for the masses?