At the Volta a la Comunitat València, we witnessed stewards in gray UCI vests using meters to measure the angle of the levers in relation to the handlebars. New regulations have been put in place to limit the inclination of the brake buttons to 10 degrees, and these rules have been implemented starting in 2024, as announced by the international cycling governing body.
Teams are now faced with the challenge of finding solutions to comply with these new regulations. In recent seasons, there has been a focus on gaining more aerodynamics, particularly on flat terrain and descents, after the UCI prohibited resting elbows on the handlebars. Now, cyclists must adapt to the new rules.
This adjustment has not been easy for some cyclists, including rising stars like Juan Ayuso and more experienced riders like Pello Bilbao and Alberto Bettiol, who were comfortable with twisted levers. Biomechanical engineer Enrique Broseta, from Ergo Studio Cycling, is working on a new tool to help teams quickly and effectively adapt to the new UCI legislation.
Broseta explains, “I am developing this prototype because the tool proposed by the UCI is a bit confusing and can lead to errors. I am creating a product to make the measurement process easier.” Despite the UCI not providing teams with the file to develop this tool, there is a real demand for it in the peloton. Broseta has obtained the UCI file and developed his own instrument, and is now working on a prototype to improve it.
The prototype is a 3D print made of PLA, a thermoplastic derived from renewable resources. Broseta emphasizes the importance of being able to quickly adjust the lever to meet UCI criteria. During the interview, a World Tour team placed an order for the prototype, indicating the peloton’s commitment to acquiring the latest UCI-compliant tools.
Image Source: amp.marca.com
Sports, Technology, Travel