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This years Tri factor bike was a sensational event. For those of us who usually are doing triathlon events, it was a excellent change to a draft legal bike racing format.
Overall as always there were a few crashes on the course. From observations that could be made from the pack and also standing at the turnaround area we can see most crashes out there today were due to poor fundamentals as follows:
1. Incorrect cornering - perhaps the most fundamental skill to master, is how to corner. For a coach was a mix between cringing and crying at the shear number of riders who among other issues, did not put the outside foot down and ended up overshooting a relatively simple u-turn. Please check out the attached clip demonstrating some key cornering information, also note although it is not mentioned in the clip all the cyclists corner with their outside food down.
2. Not staying left - it is stunning to see riders not following this simple informal rule. I'm not sure about you, however I would never want to be hit from behind on a bike. Riders coming by are yelling at you for your own safety. Take note, stay left, be safe.
Now for some more advanced technical faults:
3. Overlapping wheels - when riding in a bunch the worst place to find yourself is with your front wheel slightly overlapping the rider in front of you. This is for two reasons - firstly the rider in front of you obviously will not be able to see you in this position. Even at the highest levels of cycling a moment of non-concentration overlapping wheels can end badly. Secondly, the overlapping rider will most likely need to touch the brakes in order to decrease speed and create space. This will cause a cascading effect through the bunch as riders have to slow. Often this is where many can get caught out a per the following clip.
4. Not holding a line - understandably there will always be some movement within a bunch. In most cases a cycling bunch will move like a flock of birds or school of fish and the bunch will roll on. The issue is when riders decide to look behind or for some other unknown reason simply launch right or left. These movements are simply dangerous as anyone who has overlapping wheels behind will get caught out.
Overall we loved the event and a solid majority of riders where showing good skills - congratulations. It was a focused smash session which is excellent for the coming races this year. However, there is always room to improve and we would love it even more if some participants took ownership for their own safety and those of other riders around them, by learning some of these simple lessons.
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