Ahhh yes… Some good spills here, but this serves to only set the stage for the latest modifications to the rules taking effect at the beginning of the 2010-2011 cyclocross season.

The biggest thing (in my mind anyway) is DISC BRAKES!!

In my mind, this is huge – I know that especially in mountain biking the modulation that disc brakes brings to the table is a huge advantage. Not to mention for non-pros like me disc brakes are waaaayyy less maintenance, and they don’t squeal like little bitches on long descents ;-)

Here’s a full rundown of the changes:

  1. Disc brakes will now be allowed in cyclo-cross competition.
  2. The legal tire width in competition has also been changed. Width shall not exceed 33 mm, whereas before the maximum width was 35 mm.
  3. Continental Cyclocross Championships have been established.
  4. The “6 obstacle limit” has been changed to a “6 man-made obstacle limit.”
  5. The height of barriers is now a maximum of 40 cm instead of a defined height of 40 cm.
  6. Man-made sand pits are now allowed and the dimensions for them have been established.
  7. The distance between planks has been changed to a range of 4 to 6 meters between.
  8. Commissaires may now authorize feeding if the temperature is above 20 degrees C. This feeding takes place in the pit lane, but not during the first two or the last two laps.
  9. The commissaires may now invoke the “80% rule” and remove a rider who is behind the leader by 80% of the leader’s lap time. Thus, riders can be pulled before they are lapped.

Story via: USA Cycling