UCI considering scrapping 6.8kg bike weight limit

Governing body's technical manager descrbes the rule as "a relic of the past"

A commissaire weighs a bike at the Vuelta a Espana (Photo: Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

With bike technology getting more and more advanced, the UCI is looking at scrapping the 6.8kg limit on minimum bike weight used in races.

First introduced in 2000, the minimum weight rule was originally intended to ensure safety at a time when there was considerable unease about new lightweight carbon bikes, but with advances in technology, and with some teams having to add lead weights to top tubes and drop chains down seat tubes for ballast, the rule has seemed increasingly out of date in reent years.

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