Are Your Race Wheels Approved?

There are many questions about what wheels may be used during a youth elite, junior elite, EDR, F1, collegiate or adult draft legal event.

The rules state:

Youth Elite, Junior Elite and Elite Draft Legal Wheel Characteristics:

  • A diameter between 70 cm maximum and 55 cm minimum, including the tire.
  • Both wheels must be of equal diameter – meaning both wheels must be either 650cm or 700cm.  (Example: Athletes may have a Zipp 404 on the back wheel and a Hed Jet 6 on the front wheel.)
  • Wheels shall have at least 16 metal spokes.
  • Spokes can be round, flattened or oval, provided their width does not exceed 2.4 mm.
  • The maximum rim dimension will be 25 mm. on each side.

If wheels do not meet all of the above characteristics, then they must meet requirement below:

  • Wheels not complying with the five requirements above are allowed to be used only if they are included in the most current list of UCI Non-standard wheels in conformity with article 1.3.018. Wheels must be clearly identifiable by their original stickers or manufacturer’s markings. Wheels that cannot be readily identified may not be approved for use.
  • No disc wheels allowed in competition.

The most up-to-date UCI Non-Standard Wheel List can be found about half way down the page at this link: http://www.uci.ch/inside-uci/rules-and-regulations/equipment-165067/

Age Group Draft Legal Wheels Characteristics:

  • No disc wheels
  • At least 12 spokes
  • Must be of the same circumference – meaning both wheels must be either 650cm or 700cm.  (Example: Athletes may have a Zipp 404 on the back wheel and a Hed Jet 6 on the front wheel, as long as they are both 700cm or both 650cm.)

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