><< 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
>cowhorn-style bar in a drafting-legal race.
<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