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Subaru Ironman Canada Triathlon on OLN(7 posts)

Subaru Ironman Canada Triathlon on OLNFez
Nov 20, 2003 10:00 AM
Granted, these guys aren't the same type and caliber of cyclist as the elite pros on the TDF, but I notice so much rocking and bobbing up and down on these guys torsos while they are on the flats. The Giro, TDF and Vuelta time trialists look rock solid and steady, even till the end.

And when these Ironman Canada guys climb out of saddle, I notice their weight distrib to be extremely far forward, especially because of the tri specific setup.

Do a lot of these guys not have the greatest techinical skills? Or does everyones' form take a dive on a tri-specific setup.

P.S. These guys do look ripped, both upper and lower body.
tend to push bigger gears diff muscle groupsandy02
Nov 20, 2003 10:24 AM
I use to race tris alot and the saddles position isn't set up for the best riding style it does save your legs for running and lets you rest your hams from swiwing. I have used both normal road bike and a tri setup in races and I like the tri for longer races (10k run or longer) and the normal bike setup for sprint distance. I found that I had more power in the normal set up but felt better in the run on my tri bike. BUT I know people who say the exact reverse.
re: Channteoteoteo
Nov 20, 2003 10:26 AM
Did they mention anything on Chann McRae? I noticed he was listed as DNF in the results.
probably not the most skilled bike handersColnagoFE
Nov 20, 2003 10:52 AM
but they could beat you pretty easy if the race included swimming and running. Probably would be good TT riders.
probably not the most skilled bike handersFez
Nov 20, 2003 11:15 AM
No one here is questioning their conditioning.

But my original post said they seemed to rock up and down even on the flats and in the aero position, unlike the elite road pros doing the ITT or the TTT.

In general, what is the weak link for these guys? Or does it vary because of the different backgrounds these guys come from.
I'm guessing it variesColnagoFE
Nov 20, 2003 3:48 PM
Maybe a generalization, but I'm guessing most of them come from a running or swimming background and not cycling. They still have to run after the bike so I'm sure they have found ways to get to the transition point as efficiently as possible without totally frying their legs in the process. Just a guess though as I'm not a triathlete. I do plan on trying one this next summer though--just for fun.
Depends on what...hawayyan1
Nov 20, 2003 12:33 PM
you consider a weak point. The top dogs will swim 2.3 miles in the open ocean with waves and currents in about 45-46 minutes, ride 112 miles (sometimes with 40-50mph wind gusts in Hawaii Ironman) in about 4hours 20 something minutes, then run a 2hour 40 minute marathon. Back to back to back!!! Hard to find a weak point there.