Making The Leap To Off-Road Triathlon

  • By Kim McDonald
  • Published Jan 24, 2013
  • Updated Dec 30, 2014 at 9:04 AM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen/Xterra

Ride like a mountain biker

Glavin told me that as slow as I might seem to be riding up the steep hills, I’d be faster staying in the saddle than getting off my bike and trying to run uphill, a tip I verified when people around me fell and had to start running. Keeping my weight forward on the uphills kept my front wheel on the trail, preventing me from falling backward, and keeping my weight on the back of the saddle on the steep descents kept me from going over the handlebars. Glavin also suggested I keep my tire pressure low, around 25 psi, to increase traction, and to refrain from using my front brake when cornering to avoid washing out on the loose dirt and rock.

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