A First-Timer’s Guide To Watching An ITU Race

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Apr 18, 2013
  • Updated May 15, 2015 at 1:29 PM UTC
Photo: Larry Rosa/

They’re drafting, doesn’t that make ITU racing easier?

Yes and no. No one considers bike racing easy just because the athletes can draft. Riding on someone’s wheel isn’t necessarily easy. Alistair Brownlee—the Olympic gold medalist—is renowned for driving the pace on the ride to soften his competitors’ legs. While it’s true that a pure cyclist stands little chance of winning an ITU race, this format also requires much more bike handling skill than a non-drafting race.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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