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Cycling Safety for Non Drafting & Drafting Triathlon & Road Cycling

Cycling Safety for Non Drafting & Drafting Triathlon & Road Cycling

As triathletes, we ride a variety of different bikes, surfaces, terrains and events whilst training & racing. Safety is paramount and we have compiled some tips for athletes to stay safe whilst training & competing on the bike. These tips apply for Australian roads and should be modified according to local laws where you are riding.

Non Drafting TT Events

  • Stay left
  • Follow Triathlon Australia’s rules regarding draft zones and blocking relevant to the event (see video below)
  • Be cautious when lowering your head in an ‘aero’ position as this will impair your vision
  • Communicate what you are doing to other athletes
  • Be predictable. Hold your line around corners and avoid swerving

Drafting Triathlon Events or Bunch Road Cycling Events

  • Rotate with the group according to wind direction. Usually you will recover ‘into the wind’ so that the bunch can maintain their pace and get in front of you.
  • Typically you will only be allocated one lane in your direction of travel so remain within the lane & don’t cross the centre line into oncoming traffic
  • Look up the road for obstacles rather than just at the person in front of you’s rear wheel. Call these out to the athletes around you
  • Avoid braking suddenly but keep your hands close to your brakes in case you need to react quickly to a situation
  • Avoid overlapping wheels – your front wheel beside/overlapping someone’s back wheel
  • Communicate what you are doing to other athletes
  • Be predictable. Hold your line around corners and avoid swerving

Off Road (MTB) Events

  • Call out to athletes when passing & indicate which side you will be passing on
  • On single tracks you may have to wait for an opportunity to safely pass
  • Look up the trail for obstacles rather than just at the person in front of you’s rear wheel. Call these out to the athletes around you
  • Communicate what you are doing to other athletes
  • Be predictable. Hold your line around corners and avoid swerving

This list is not exhaustive, but a good reminder or how to safely conduct yourself whilst racing or training with other cyclists.

Further Reading

GPC Squad – Tips For Practicing Bike Handing Skills For Triathlon Training

GPC Squad – Mountain Bike Skills

By |2018-07-16T12:25:31+00:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Coaches Corner, Cycling, Triathlon|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cycling Safety for Non Drafting & Drafting Triathlon & Road Cycling

About the Author:

4x AG World Champion - Stephane originates from Belgium and spent many of his early years racing triathlon there. It is in Belgium through the influence of his parents that he fell in love with the sport. A natural competitor Stephane became a student of the sport always searching for ways to give him an edge over his competition. This constant study and striving for improvement has naturally progressed into a passion for coaching triathlon and it’s individual disciplines.