Originally Posted by trekker pete
I think bents would fair well against DFs if there weren't too many hills involved. I also think that peleton riding limits their aero advantage. If drafting was illegal it'd be a different story. Bents in triathalons would be an interesting idea.
?? If the "race" is 100% a hill climb, then yes, bents would probably do poorly for the same rider compared to a DF. If the course is mixed elevation, then the bent would no doubt be faster because time lost on a climb would be a fraction of the time that could be made up on every other aspect of the course. Why would peleton riding slow a bent? A bent can go as fast on their own, as DF bikes in a peleton, so they don't need the DF peleton. If a few bents were drafting each other, they'd be off the front of a DF peleton and never look back. If the DF riders were lucky, the bent paceline would be made of highracers where they might get a little draft. If the paceline is lowracers, they'd pretty much be out of luck. Have you ever raced a bent in or out of a DF paceline? Ever raced a bent in a paceline with other bents? From your comments, I don't thinik so.
RAAM isn't a baseline on bent performance either unless the riders are all equal skill level. Things are pretty spotty as far as comparison and participation are going in all racing venues, but as time passes, the more strong riders show up at bike races, the more records get taken over by the bents.