Julien Carron, the UCI’s technical coordinator, has intimated today that the sport’s governing body may be prepared to relax the 6.8kg weight limit currently imposed on race bikes.

  • The main issue for the UCI would appear to be one of safety, with lighter kit more prone to failure. But the UCI appear to be softening their line, suggesting that with independent testing over and above the current CEN standards, lighter components could be accepted.
  • From Carron’s comments it’s not clear whether he’s advocating dropping the weight limit altogether and allowing any bike composed of approved components (possibly the more likely scenario) or just setting a new, lower limit.

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