Looking for DRAFT LEGAL race in North America

Looking for DRAFT LEGAL race in North America

Post by Karl Edmar » Thu, 22 May 1997 04:00:00


Before lambasting me, note; I am new to trathlons this year, the bike is my
weakest leg, I have not taken a position (pro or con) on drafting.

Are there any draft-legal age group triathlon races in North America?  If
so, where and when?  If not, where and when is the nearest one to the left
coast?

Just interested in experiencing first-hand how it changes the race dynamic
before taking a position.

Thanks!


"Life's a brick"

 
 
 

Looking for DRAFT LEGAL race in North America

Post by LONG ro » Fri, 23 May 1997 04:00:00

Despite the amount triathletes train, they are amature cyclists compared
to those who ride on competitive teams.  Drafting is illegal in triathlon
for good reason - it's dangerous, especially when done by amatures.  Being
caught up in a tight pack of riders is very scary.  And the sound of a
rider going down and getting run over because someone crossed a wheel or
something is something you will never forget.  If you want to race and
draft get involved with a bike shop team and learn from more expert
riders.

 
 
 

Looking for DRAFT LEGAL race in North America

Post by Jimswim » Thu, 29 May 1997 04:00:00

<< Drafting is illegal in triathlon
for good reason - it's dangerous, especially when done by amatures.>>

Not to mention amatures with aerobars.  There's a reason the USCF and UCI
ban them for mass-start events.  I predict drafting in triathlon will be
made illegal in all events as soon as some unlucky athlete is impaled by a
cowhorn-style bar in a drafting-legal race.

Jim Christian
Pasadena, CA

 
 
 

Looking for DRAFT LEGAL race in North America

Post by Aquanu » Sat, 31 May 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

><< Drafting is illegal in triathlon
>for good reason - it's dangerous, especially when done by amatures.>>

>Not to mention amatures with aerobars.  There's a reason the USCF and UCI
>ban them for mass-start events.  I predict drafting in triathlon will be
>made illegal in all events as soon as some unlucky athlete is impaled by a
>cowhorn-style bar in a drafting-legal race.

>Jim Christian
>Pasadena, CA

I'm at a bit of a loss here.  What are you guys talking about?
I thought drafting was merely following along behind someone to
save energy.  But, what are aerobars?  Also, why would
following along behind another swimmer to save energy be
illegal or dangerous.

As you may be able to tell, I'm not a tri-athlete or open water
swimmer.  I enjoy being able to see that black line on the
bottom of the pool.  But I'm not fanatical, I'll be entering my
first triathlon (as the swimmer for a team) in August.

Please respond to the newsgroup.  I check it regularly and
there may be others confused as I am.

Spalsh you later!

 
 
 

Looking for DRAFT LEGAL race in North America

Post by Jimswim » Sun, 01 Jun 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
><< Drafting is illegal in triathlon
>for good reason - it's dangerous, especially when done by amatures.>>

>Not to mention amatures with aerobars.  There's a reason the USCF and UCI
>ban them for mass-start events.  I predict drafting in triathlon will be
>made illegal in all events as soon as some unlucky athlete is impaled by
a
>cowhorn-style bar in a drafting-legal race.

>Jim Christian
>Pasadena, CA

<I'm at a bit of a loss here.  What are you guys talking about?
I thought drafting was merely following along behind someone to
save energy.  But, what are aerobars?  Also, why would
following along behind another swimmer to save energy be
illegal or dangerous.>

Sorry for the confusion.  We're referring to the bike portion of the race.
 Aerobars are handle bar extensions that allow a cyclist to achieve a more
aerodynamic position.  They are dangerous in events other than time trials
(or standard, no drafting tri), because if a rider using them is involved
in a crash with other riders, there is the potential for grave injury.
Also, I apologize for the cross-posted article (but I didn't start the
thread :).

Jim Christian
Pasadena, CA