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    Two Technical Tri Questions

    I apologize in advance if these question has been discussed before.

    1) Do UCI rules apply to the cycling segment of the triathlon? (Particularly Ironman tri's).

    2) Are aero bar required or are they optional? In other words, I don't really like them all that
    much; must I have them attached and must I use them?


    Thanks in advance...



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    I'm not a rulebook guy, but the USAT rulebook is here: Competitive Rules - usatriathlon.org

    Rule 5.11 talks about frame specs.

    Re #2 ) Your bar configuration is optional. The tri I did yesterday, there were folks with full aero kit (tri bike frame, tri bike bars), guys like me with clip ons on their road bikes, and even a few flat bar road bikes (mountain bike bars). As you go up in competitiveness, the gear selection tends to get more specialized, but this isn't the race director making the call, it's the riders. For example, the half IM race I did last year was almost 100% aero bars - I was one of the few without (I added mine in the off season).
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    Thanks. I was wondering if anyone was going to be able to answer those questions.

    The reason I asked the first question was that there are a few bicycles that are lighter
    than the UCI limit of 6.8kg (just about 15lbs). I was considering buying and using for
    for tri-racing. (I think Specialized makes a bicycle that is about 13-14lbs).

    It seems from the reading of those rules that it would not be prohibited.

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    This folder tends to be quieter than many here; this is a VERY bike centric board.

    In racing or watching at several different USAT-sanctioned races, I've never seen anyone weighing bikes or checking for UCI stickers. At my race yesterday, the USAT folks were visible and friendly in the transition area prior to the race. They were checking everyone's handlebar ends and making sure bikes were racked properly (one bike facing the wrong direction causes chaos on a tight pit), and trip hazards were out of the aisles.

    They were also on the bike course on motorcycles looking for safe conditions (no draft rule).

    Since your in Northern IL, I'll recommend the Naperville Sprint in August if you're looking for races to cut your teeth on. Our group did that race for 3 seasons; first one we missed was last year. It has been very well run. It's a good venue, and its only downfall is its popularity (~2000 people, the course gets crowded, especially in the pool).
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    Thanks for the reply. Thanks for the recommendation. Actually, I have been training for a while and I am looking forward to my first 70.3 IM.

    I am just not sure where. I do like Naperville, but sprint-tri's are too fast for me.

    Thinking about Boise, ID.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_steed_uk View Post
    Actually, I have been training for a while and I am looking forward to my first 70.3 IM.
    Oh, congrats!

    In THAT case, you might look at the MITitanium in Grand Rapids MI too. I did the first 2 legs of the 70.3 there last August. The venue is a spring fed gravel pit; very clear and clean. Organization was good. The bike course was more hills than I expected, but pretty. I can ramble on about it, but will stop there.

    Good luck in your search.
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    Light is great and you should really make aero bars your next best friend after the seat.

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