Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Orleans
Bikes: Cannondale Road Tandem, Rodbikes Belt Drive Fixed Gear
Racing a triplet
Does anyone know if it is legal to race a 3 seater in a tandem time trial? Ever done a race on a 3+ tandem? I know that the USA cycling rules say that a tandem has to be less that 3 meters, so my triplet would certainly not qualify. However, I wonder if there is any exception or something like an exhibition category that would allows us to race.
The reason I ask is because I would like to do a few TT with my daughter this year (it is extremely unlikely that my other stoker will ever consider racing). We do not have a 2-seat tandem, only the triplet (which doesn't come apart). I don't have the money to invest in a tandem for us to race on, but we ride it by ourselves a lot of the time. I could easily remove the rear seat, bars, etc.. Of course, the bike would be extra long and heavy. That wouldn't really matter. I'm sure we wouldn't break any records, it would just be for our own enjoyment. The other option would be for me to borrow a friend of mine, who would probably be happy to join us as stoker. He has been racing for years.
I've e-mailed one of the TT coordinators in my area (kansas City) to see if he would consider adding a tandem category, but haven't heard from him yet. I suppose another option would be to rent a tandem for these occassions, but I would rather not do that.
Last edited by djembob02; 02-15-09 at 08:47 AM.