Weathering A Tough Race

  • By Rich Strauss
  • Published Dec 14, 2012
  • Updated Nov 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM UTC
Photo: Janos Schmidt/

The Bike

Since the bike leg will be your longest exposure to the elements, you’ll want to pay extra attention to your bike setup and handling. Inflate your tires to 90–100 psi on wet days versus the usual 110–120 psi to give you more traction. And try to stay off road paint whenever possible. When braking, apply about 70 percent to the front brake and 30 percent to the back. (As you apply the brakes, your weight shifts forward, driving the front tire into the pavement and increasing the amount of traction available for braking.) When cornering, try to separate the actions of braking and cornering by getting all of your braking done before entering the turn, then lean into the corner, with your inside pedal up and no braking applied. This will ensure you have maximum traction to avoid a skid.

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