Drafting

Should I be cross?

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14/05/2005 at 15:03
They felt pretty close - and were certainly within drafting distance of each other when they went past me, so I asume they were sat more or less on my wheel.

Embsay's just north of Skipton, btw - home of the not very famous Embsay to Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.
14/05/2005 at 15:11
One for the new guys, older tri guys should really know.

Drafters are cheaters and we all know that. Problem is and I really know this isn't going thru your head on the day but ignore them.

The more energy you waste getting worked up about it on the bike the worse your bike leg is going to be. Your heart rate gets up, you start to push harder because you think you will lose them and the whole race strategy is all to pot.

Best strategy is either ignore or slow down for a few seconds. The reason people draft is because they are CRAP and they know it which is why they sit on your wheels. They will either not show in the results or they won't be good enough to stay with you on a hill.

Really, do not get worked up, its a waste of your entry fee to mess up your day by crashing and burning on the bike. They are like trolls, scum.

Hard I know but when you have been in enough races you realise that people are going to do it whatever and the sooner they are caught the better, you can't change that sat on your bike so leave it.
14/05/2005 at 16:29
Good advice, IR - as I said they shot past me once we got out of the wind, but they slowed down as soon as we got on a proper hill - didn't see them again!
14/05/2005 at 18:07
its easy to call somebody a c*nt without getting worked up though. i'd ignore them as far as getting angry mid race goes, but calmly unleash foul language at them.
14/05/2005 at 19:50
and mucous.
Calf    pirate
14/05/2005 at 20:05
Jj never thought of you being like that!
14/05/2005 at 21:26
[hawks prettily]
AndrewSmith    pirate
14/05/2005 at 22:27
it'snot funny
02/06/2005 at 23:21
The latest drafting rules there are now two draft distances depending on type of event...

19 Pacing/Drafting

19.1 Competitors are not allowed to draft, ie, take shelter behind or beside another competitor or motor vehicle during the cycling segment of races.

19.2 Bicycle Draft Zone

a) For all Age Group Events (except Long Distance)

The draft zone is a rectangle measuring five (5) metres long by two (2) metres wide. The centre of the leading 2 metre edge is measured from the back edge of the back wheel. A competitor may enter the draft zone of another competitor but must be seen to be progressing through that zone. A maximum of 15 seconds is allowed to progress though the draft zone of another competitor. If an overtaking manoeuvre is not completed within 15 seconds the overtaking cyclist must drop back.

b) For all Competitors in Long Distance Competitions (Elite and Age Group)

The draft zone is a rectangle measuring ten (10) metres long by three (3) metres wide. The centre of the leading 3 metre edge is measured from the back edge of the back wheel. A competitor may enter the draft zone of another competitor but must be seen to be progressing through that zone. A maximum of 30 seconds is allowed to progress through the draft zone of another competitor. If an overtaking manoeuvre is not completed within 30 seconds the overtaking cyclist must drop back.

19.3 The draft zone of one competitor may not overlap the draft zone of another competitor.

19.4 Competitors may enter the draft zone of another competitor for the purpose of overtaking as detailed above or in the following circumstances :

a) For safety reasons

b) At an aid station

c) At the exit or entrance of a transition area

d) At an acute turn

e) If race officials exclude a section of the course because of narrow lanes, construction, detours or for other safety reasons

19.5 When a competitor is passed by other competitors, it is his/her responsibility to move out of the draft zone of the overtaking competitor. Failure to do so may result in an official caution. A competitor is passed when another competitor's front wheel is ahead of his/hers.

19.6 Side-by-side riding, while still observing the draft zone, is only allowed on courses that are fully closed to other traffic. On open, or semi-open, courses only single-file riding is allowed.

19.7 Vehicle Draft Zone: Competitors are not allowed to gain unfair advantage by drafting on officials' escort vehicles, TV and radio vehicles, etc. The vehicle draft zone is a rectangle thirty-five (35) metres long by five (5) metres wide which surrounds every vehicle on the cycle segment. The front edge of the vehicle defines the centre of the leading 5 metre edge of the rectangle. The driver of the vehicle, who must be appropriately briefed by the organiser, is responsible for upholding the zone.

19.8 In events where there are draft-legal waves the BTA will follow the current ITU ruling on drafting. This may require equipment such as aero bars to be changed (visit www.triathlon.org to view current ITU rules).

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