The opportunity of the two months test phase of disc brakes in the professional road racing has been taken up only by a few teams participating in the season’s major races. The new UCI Professional Continental team, Team Roompot, debuting this season, is using the Isaac bikes equipped with SRAM. This is reportedly the first team at any major race to take the test opportunity. The team is followed by well-established team, Team Sky, in queue to go for the tests.
Maarten Wynants, one of the key riders of Team Lotto NL jumbo has reportedly been seen test riding one of the disc brake equipped bikes, namely, the Bianchi Infinito, at the exhibition race after the Tour-Profronde van Lommel.
UCI had already announced much earlier in the season that all the teams in the Professional Continental level will get the opportunity to ride the disc brake enabled bikes at any two chosen events during the August-September phase. UCI did not reveal the names of the Teams that had applied for the trial rides by 20th July. CyclingTips however found out that 8 teams had applied within the deadline. The names of the teams are still unknown, and will be unveiled only as and when the teams go for the disc trials in the course of these two months.
CyclingTips and CyclingNews together, have spotted some of the teams that are scheduled for the trial rides and have spoken to the teams to confirm. The information is being treated with high confidentiality as the only way to guess which teams have applied seems to be by finding out which teams clearly haven’t, or claim so.
As of now, BMC Racing Team, Team Orica GreenEdge, Movistar, Team Astana, Giant Alpecin and Lotto Soudal have confirmed that they are not planning to go for the disc tests for the 2015 major races. BMC Racing Team, Giant Alpecin and Orica GreenEdge already have disc brake enabled bikes because their bikes are sponsored by Shimano. The Campagnolo sponsored teams; Movistar, Astana and Lotto Soudal do not have disc brake facility yet.
Philippe Maertens, the communications manager for Team Katusha, said that the team will probably be testing the disc brake models at the Eurometropole Tour. There is no official confirmation yet though. The Trek Factory Racing Team on the other hand, has confirmed that it will test the discs at the Vuelta a Espana, starting 22nd August. IAM Cycling Team has also clearly stated that it is going to make use of the opportunity at the GP Isbergues and also at the Eurometropole tours. Team Lotto NL Jumbo and Team Sky are already making full use of the opportunity, along with the youngest team, Team Roompot. So that accounts for five teams that are surely among the reported eight teams that have opted for the test, leaving three more to keep guessing.
Team Roompot is using the Isaac Boson Disc models with the hydraulic disc brakes from SRAM. The feedback from all the teams testing now has been positive while the rest are eagerly waiting to test the new disc brakes on their sponsored rides.