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Going over to the dark side!(8 posts)

Going over to the dark side!APG
Sep 10, 2001 10:30 AM
Purchased my first road bike last summer when I started doing triathlons. Really have enjoyed the bike leg and thought it might be fun to do some bike races. What's out there? Are there time trial races ( I get skittish about riding in a pack)? What distances? Could I keep my tri-configuration? What about my aerobars?

Any good races in the DC area?

Thanks!

APG
For a scary minute there, I thought you were going toPaulCL
Sep 10, 2001 11:32 AM
..ditch your Campy and buy Shimano! What a relief.

Just kidding...just a joke..don't want to start a flame war.

APG..get used to riding in a pack. Besides the ability to do road races, pack riding allows an increase in speed and some 'socializing' during training.
OK, Maybe you can dispell the myth but...APG
Sep 10, 2001 11:40 AM
...there's a nasty little rumor in the triathlon world that roadies disdain triathletes and their aerobars... we are the ugly step children of cycling;) Do I need to announce that I will not be using my aerobars in a pack??? Actually, met a guy at the pool who rides with a group and gave me his E-mail address to join up with him. I will take him up on it as I do need to learn to ride in a pack.
Just don't use them (aerobars) in the groupJS
Sep 10, 2001 12:06 PM
If your on the front it's sorta okay but if your in the bunch and get on the aerobars guys WILL yell at you. It's just a safety issue but some guys get real surly when it comes to aerobars.
OK, Maybe you can dispell the myth but...atomicwedgie
Sep 10, 2001 12:24 PM
I can only speak for myself. As a roadie I do not have distain for triathletes, only jealousy. I swim pretty well, but I run like a duck.
OK, Maybe you can dispell the myth but...Tig
Sep 10, 2001 2:13 PM
Most fellow roadies I ride with admire triathletes for their incredible power and speed. I've ridden some warp speed rides with them and watched them pull at 27 MPH+ for several minutes at a time. Even the Cat 1's respected that kind of intensity.

I once rode with aerobars for a few months. I loved them. The problem was that they are so efficient, you get spoiled by the ease to go faster. Removing them was like putting weights on a baseball bat at the plate.
OK, Maybe you can dispell the myth but...Jon Billheimer
Sep 10, 2001 4:01 PM
I think where some triathletes get a bad reputation is that some of them don't hold a line very well.
A number of people in the clubs I belong to triathlon at a fairly high level and they're all good pack
riders, but I've been on centuries where some Ironman types have nearly taken out pacelines by
wobbling all over the place and wanting to cut in and out. If you have reasonable bike etiquette nobody's
going to mind your aerobars as long as you stay off them while riding in a group.
Dark SideBrooks
Sep 10, 2001 4:08 PM
Welcome to the world of roadies! As I recall, aerobars are prohibited at USCF races, except individual time trials. Depending on where you are in the DC area, when I lived there 5 years ago (suburban Maryland) there was a Tue/Thu night ride in Rock Creek Park starting up in Bethesda. It was getting pretty big (30-40 riders) but was good for pack riding experience. Also, there was a weekly race series at Greenbelt Park, I think sponsored by College Park Bicycles. Smaller groups and arranged by skill level. Northern Virginia also has rides/race series; check with local bike shops.

I liked the previous comment about running like a duck; I also swim like a cheetah. I only do the bike legs of triathlons.
Cheers!