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Why is drafting allowed on the bike in an Olympic triathlon and not otherwise?

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The Olympic (or International) distance triathlon is 1500m swim, 40K bike, 10K run.

Yet when run as the qualifier or at the Olympics, this is draft legal. Where as all tris of that distance I have ever raced (since I will never be fast enough to qualify) are not draft legal.

Why the difference?

posted May 25, 2017 by Shamita

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Because the swim is so short, it's unavoidable that people will be bunched up in the start of the bike. And then the bike is not long enough to spread out the packs.

In recreational races, the race organizers generally prefer to forbid drafting as a safety measure. In fact, their insurers probably mandate it. It's just dang dangerous to have a bunch of newbies trying to draft in an olympic distance race. For the pros, this is not so much of a concern.

answer Jun 16, 2017 by Anushka