Duathlons… hmm little help please!
I am looking at entering a local duathlon and being a first timer I am a little confused as to what will happen during the race…
I understand the format, my confusion comes at the transition point between the running and cycling… obviously I am not going to want to run and cycle in the same shoes, so, does the clock still run when changing into shoes/helmet or is there some sort of time allowance for swapping foot attire and jumping on the bike?
If there isn’t, I shall start riding in my running trainers!Posted 7 years agothebunkMember
I’m doing my first one at the weekend in Cirencester!
Sorry, mini hi-jack, but as it is mountain biking, if I see a competitor with a mechanical, should I slow down and ask them if they have everything they need?
To go back to the original question, I was planning on using the transition to get my breath back…Posted 7 years agophinbobSubscriber
Yup transitions count.
It’s worth practicing, and R G active do some training sessions in Richmond Park which I think are well worth attending.
Also consider doing some ‘bick’ sessions, alternately runnig and cycing. At the end of a decent ride, pop on the running shoes and go for a run.
Your legs will feel like poo for a few minutes, but keep the pace up and they should come good, with training.
Enjoy!Posted 7 years agopistonbrokeMember
It also depends on whether it is an on or off road duathlon. For road, if you are serious about getting a good time, shoes are already clipped into pedals so you run into transition, take off your running shoes and run barefoot to a line where you are allowed to mount the bike. You can then slip into the bike shoes whilst pedalling, some really keen types have an elastic band to keep the pedals horizontal, its hooked from the pedal to the rear skewer. When coming back from the cycle, you have to dismount before a line which you do by doing a cyclocross dismount without shoes, then run barefoot into transition and put on your running shoes again. This, if done properly, can save 2 or more minutes which is a long time on a bike.Posted 7 years ago
Oh and don’t forget, the first thing you do when getting to the bike is put your helmet on and buckle it up, you can be disqualified for touching your bike without a helmet on, its also the last thing you take off before the final run.superfliMember
Some races I’ve been in, throw in another obstacle – the transition point is a few km’s away from start… That means having to carry your running gear (shoes) to the transition and dumping it, or change into (I run 1st, so change into it). In this case, the back packs with a adjustable gap between front pocket and main pocket are great for stuff shoes into:Posted 7 years ago
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