The most common bicycles found in a typical race transition area include triathlon road mountain and hybrid. Mountain bike triathlons will require you to be proficient in 3 disciplines.
A mountain bike can be used for a triathlon but you ll want to make some adjustments so that your bike moves smoother and faster with the least amount of effort.
Mountain bike in triathlon. In the 90s mountain bike legend gary fisher developed something called genesis geometry with slightly longer top tubes and tight rear triangles bikes that could climb like an xc racer and go downhill without fear of flying over the bars. If you decide to sign up for a mountain bike triathlon you ll want to understand what you are getting yourself into. Transition in triathlon is very important.
Open water swimming mountain biking trail running. The giant fathom reminds us of those good ol fishers. The first 2km of running after the bike are quite hard before you begin to settle into a more natural running stride.
If you plan on using a mountain bike for your upcoming triathlon make sure to read on to gain some great tips on how to prepare for your ride. How mountain biking helps you improve your ability to cope with jelly legs. As the race becomes more competitive such as usa triathlon national championships or ironman the majority of bicycles in the transition area are triathlon bikes and perhaps a few road bikes.
You must balance out your training with 2 3 workouts per week within each of the 3 sports. So how do you train for your first mountain bike triathlon. A capable climber and a confident descender.
This is because of the short stride length on the bike.