Don't they TT anymore for triathlons?

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Postby weiyun » 20 Aug 2008, 02:46

Just saw the Olympics triathlon on TV today and noted that they were riding regular road bikes. What's going on? I thought they only do TT bike.

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Postby mikesbytes » 20 Aug 2008, 06:34

Permitting drafting destroys the concept of Triathlons. It becomes a running event

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Postby jimmy » 20 Aug 2008, 07:51

drafting is legal in Olympic Triathlons, I have no idea why the rule is changed for them though.

A standard Triathlon, drafting isn't allowed.

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Postby fenn_paddler » 20 Aug 2008, 08:00

mikesbytes wrote:Permitting drafting destroys the concept of Triathlons. It becomes a running event


I think the concept is still there - if it was just a running event we could get Craig Mottram in the pool and out for sunday rides and immediately have him at the top of the triathlon tree.

I think the event is about not having a particularly weak swim or bike leg (but you don't have to be the best), knowing how to conserve energy in the first two legs, and most importantly knowing how to run fast off the bike. Snowsill's 33:17 10km run off the bike in that humidity and with the wrong turn and showboating towards the finish which cost time shows she knows how to do all of that well.

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Postby fenn_paddler » 20 Aug 2008, 08:04

jimmy wrote:drafting is legal in Olympic Triathlons, I have no idea why the rule is changed for them though.

A standard Triathlon, drafting isn't allowed.

James


Most professional olympic distance events allow drafting nowadays. If they were to make it illegal at the olympics it would be difficult (and very subjective!) to police.

But it does make it boring - nothing of substance to watch until they start running. But then the first five hours of the mens road race was like that too.

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Postby mikesbytes » 20 Aug 2008, 11:49

33:17 its been a long time since I could do that pace. I haven't even run at all since October due to my heal injury.

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Postby timyone » 20 Aug 2008, 21:59

yeah in noticed them all riding in a pack with the time trial bars on! crazy!

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Postby weiyun » 21 Aug 2008, 23:50

But, does anyone know why they've stopped riding TT bikes? Just regular road bike based on what I saw.

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Postby T-Bone » 22 Aug 2008, 17:47

There's no point riding time trial bikes in draft legal triathlons, unless you're sure that you're going to finish the swim first and be riding alone. It's much safer riding a road bike in a bunch, better handling, etc.

The majority of triathlons don't allow drafting.

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Postby weiyun » 26 Aug 2008, 11:53

Thanks.


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