“Hmmm triathlons sound challenging and laborious…and maybe even a little bit fun, but I probably can’t participate in one because I don’t have one of those odd- lookin’ tri bikes?”
As a newbie to tris, I can bear witness to the variety of bikes used for triathlons, especially shorter races. The best place to see this clash of bikes is at an actual…race! A few weekends ago I raced at a local Georgia sprint distance triathlon in Peachtree City. What is really neat-o about sprint events is that they attract participants of all different ability levels – those who seem like experienced triathletes who may look like this - - - - v
What’s most pleasing about the range of two-wheeled machines chosen for shorter distance triathlons is the fact that bikes that are traditionally considered mainly for transportation, such as commuters or cruisers, can take on another purpose – racing. Recognizing a particular bike can serve multiple functions is a pretty nifty realization, and that’s why I’ll never remove the reflectors from my road bike when racing.
If you’re curious to see this in person, how about signing up to volunteer at a local Georgia triathlon! OR take your road bike or mountain bike out for your first sprint tri. Hope that you'll tri-one with me soon!