TT Bikes in Duathlons/Triathlons

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01/03/2004 at 17:49

Just sorting out my duathlon schedule for the year and was wondering if I can use my TT bike (with gear levers protruding at the end of the aero bars) in duathlons, or does it depend upon whether it's a drafting or non-drafting event etc. I remember reading somewhere that for tris the aero bars needed to be closed to prevent any damage to fellow competitors in the event of a collision, or something like that!

Is the policy for all duathlons/triathlons, or on a per event basis? If the latter, is it simply a matter of contacting the event's organisers, or is there some secret code I should look out for in the event description?

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.


cougie    pirate
01/03/2004 at 17:56
Erm, in my huuuge experience of Tris & Duathlons - (so pretty limited) it shouldn't be a problem ?

I think it's only the elite where they allow drafting, so you wouldn't be able to play with them there.
01/03/2004 at 21:52
I think the ITU/BTA rule banning these was rescinded for last season so you should be OK.
01/03/2004 at 22:11
multi, you'll need to get into the water at some point
02/03/2004 at 09:41
You can now use bar end shifters in tri/duathlons the ban on split end bars has been rescinded as of last year.
02/03/2004 at 09:43
but sometime if you deliberately ram people whilst climbing, it can inadvertently shift you onto the big chain ring, so be careful
cougie    pirate
02/03/2004 at 09:45
That could liven things up.

How do we fit those rotating pointy things on our hubs a la Ben Hur, and would it interfere with Quick Releases d'ya think.
02/03/2004 at 09:49
and can we carry those olde-stylee bike pumps with the rubber tube bit on the end, and use them to whip each other as we pass, like the baddies in ben hur?
cougie    pirate
02/03/2004 at 09:54
And then we could take our old fashioned braces off our cycling shorts and fashion sling shots out of them...

02/03/2004 at 09:59
its not very bronze age, but we could make flame throwers out of squeezy drinks bottles and petrol
02/03/2004 at 13:57
or you two could just get out more.
cougie    pirate
02/03/2004 at 14:11
Now who's being silly eh ! ;-)
02/03/2004 at 15:29
ooo i used my bar ends in hereford duath last year. got away with it though :OD
18/06/2004 at 09:25

Ok, now that we've established that TT bikes are legal(ish) in du/triathlons, what factors should one consider when deciding whether to use a TT bike or a conventional road bike?

I can appreciate a TT bike would be a disadvantage in a drafting and possibly more tactical race, but if it's a non-drafting race and you're more less 'riding your own race' what do you do?
cougie    pirate
18/06/2004 at 09:29
I'd say how hilly is the course. If there is lots of climbing, the extra weight of tribars and stuff prob outweighs the aero benefits.

Ironbridge Tri has a huuuuge hill, so I used my road bike on it last year. This year I might try my Lo Pro to see which one is better.

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