2018 Road Cycling Gear Restrictions

Gear restrictions

The National Convention and AGM of Cycling SA was due to be held by teleconference on 25 November 2017, however this was unsatisfactory and the meetings have been adjourned to January 2018.

According to Julian Cox, Cycling SA Road Technical Commissioner (Coastal) one of the issues which was to be discussed was that relating to gear ratios. The gear restrictions were amended at the 2016 AGM, but it was decided that the new restrictions would only be enforced from 1 January 2018.

A resolution to reverse the decision made at the 2016 AGM is on the agenda at the 2017 AGM to be held in January 2018. If the resolution is approved, this will have the effect that the gear restrictions for U19 and younger age categories will revert to the “old “ roll in distances, namely: Under 11: (Equal to and not more than 6,227 metres),  Under 13:  Equal to and not more than 6,227 metres, Under 15: Equal to and not more than 6,626 metres, Under 17: Equal to and not more than 6,897 metres, Under 19: Equal to and not more than 7.93 metres.

“As this resolution will only be debated and decided in January 2018, a decision was made at the Road Indaba held on 30 November 2017 that all Cycling SA officials WILL NOT enforce the decision made at the 2016 AGM to implement the use of new gearing until the resolution has been dealt with at the 2017 AGM.  It seems that the general consensus is that the resolution should be adopted.”

“In other words, from 1 January 2018, the old gear restrictions referred to above, will be enforced until a decision has been made at the 2017 AGM to be held in January 2018.

For the purposes of the 2018 SA National Road and Time Trial Championships to be held at the beginning of February (after the AGM), the old gear restrictions set out above will be used irrespective of the outcome of the resolution at the AGM to be held in January 2018,” Julian Cox concludes.

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