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Why does the Tour de France have a minimum weight limit on the bicycles?

The 6.8 kg limit is due to UCI regulation 1.3.019, which you can find here, and thus applies to all races sanctioned by the UCI. It was originally instituted in 2000 in order to ensure that ...
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Why are recumbent bicycles and velomobiles illegal in UCI bicycle racing?

This seems like a pretty good history of the circumstances around the UCI's banning of the recumbent. Your guess seems to be about right: recumbents were perceived as too weird. It's interesting to ...
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Are internally-geared hubs UCI legal?

Here are the UCI's rules governing bikes (jump way down to 1.3). After a quick perusal, they seem to be silent on the subject of internally geared hubs or multi-gear mechanisms in general, which is ...
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Why are recumbent bicycles and velomobiles illegal in UCI bicycle racing?

There are a number of factors that come into it. The weird factor is a major one. Cycling is a sport with a lot of history and tradition which many want to preserve. There are many technological ...
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UCI rules on allowed brakes?

this is Nick the owner of TriRig and the designer of the brake. Short answer: yes, Omega X has been allowed to race in all stripes of UCI events, up to and including multiple appearances in the Tour ...
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UCI rules on allowed brakes?

I assume your concern is the cover which exists solely to make the brake body more aerodynamic and thus would appear to potentially fall foul of the "no non-structural fairings" rule. Fortunately for ...
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Why are recumbent bicycles and velomobiles illegal in UCI bicycle racing?

the Recumbent bikes have their own federation/competition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recumbent_bicycle I guess the UCI reasoning is to find out who is the best athlete using the approved bicycle. ...
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Why are recumbent bicycles and velomobiles illegal in UCI bicycle racing?

First of all: unfaired recumbents and faired recumbents racing are two different classes currently and adding unfaired recumbents would be far from as dramatic as faired ones. (An unfaired recumbent ...
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Illegal water bottles in actual competition

Article 1.3.024 BIS states: “Bottles shall not be integrated to the frame and may only be located on the down and seat tubes on the inside of the frame. The dimensions of the cross sections of a ...
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Why are recumbent bicycles and velomobiles illegal in UCI bicycle racing?

The problem with recumbents is that they would make cycling an entirely different sport, something that is won with aerodynamics in the flat regions, as opposed to for example climbs. It would make ...
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Why are recumbent bicycles and velomobiles illegal in UCI bicycle racing?

The hour record for a recumbent faired bike is somewhere at the 90 kilometers. Meanwhile, the hour record on a "normal" bike is somewhere at the 54 km. Faired recumbent bikes will smoke any other kind ...
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Examples of disc brakes causing injury in pro races

Reports are becoming more common: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/cyclocross-rider-hospitalised-after-disc-brake-causes-wound-484217 Van Anrooij's team, Telenet-Baloise Lions, put out a statement ...
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What are UCI categories for cyclocross events?

These are quite high-profile events. I think you do need a license, C1 and C2 are pro categories. From a random website: What does UCI, C1 and C2 mean? That means some of the world’s best ...
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What's the idea behind the no-feeding-in-the-last-20-km rule?

I think that if you ask around, many people regard many or most of the rules set out by the Union Cycliste International (UCI, or International Cycling Union in English) to be arbitrary. While I don't ...
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What's the idea behind the no-feeding-in-the-last-20-km rule?

If you do not race in a UCI race you do not care about this rule at all. If you are thirsty, you drink. The end of the trip is where you are at the greatest danger of bonking so if you feel hungry or ...
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UCI rules on allowed brakes?

Assuming you're in the US, UCI rules on bicycles in general do not apply. Actual UCI rules only apply "at events that select 17-18, U23 and Elite riders for international competition or national ...
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