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Streamline Events to Stage Draft Legal Triathlon in Florida
Streamline Events is excited to announce that it has expanded it's 2011 triathlon series to central Florida. The Draft Legal Challenge at Clermont, staged 20 miles from Orlando in Clermont, FL, will take place on March 5, 2011.
The event founded by Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 U.S. Olympian and USA Triathlon National Team member, is the first age group draft legal triathlon in the country. Shoemaker explains, "for the past couple years, I have been working to create a draft legal race for age groupers. There is no race like this in the United States and I am excited to bring this event to Florida. Draft legal racing is a thrilling event to race and to watch. For the athlete it is constant effort and an exciting race experience. For the spectators they will be able to constantly cheer on their friends and family."
The race course includes a 750m swim (1/2 mile), 20km bike, and a 5km run. Both the bike and run legs will be on looped courses that are completely closed to traffic in Lake Louisa State Park.
What's more, the event has been selected as the site of the 2011 Elite Sprint National Championships. Some of the best triathletes in the world will compete for significant prize money - a $30,000 prize purse sponsored by USA Triathlon. In addition, the event will host the host the 2011 ITU Pan American Triathlon Confederation North American Junior Championships. The most talented junior athletes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico will compete in the draft legal sprint distance race.
Age group racers can opt to take part in the draft legal race or the standard non drafting race.
Streamline Events will manage the event in conjunction with the USA Triathlon National Events team. Streamline's director Bill Burnett said, "we are honored to be part of this exciting big time event. There's been a lot of talk about staging an age group draft legal race and I am excited to help make this happen."
The age group draft legal race field is limited to 75 men and 75 women and is expected to draw athletes nationwide. Product prizes will be given to the top three overall men and women in both the draft legal and non-drafting race. In addition, all age group athletes will be offered an opportunity to take part in a clinic hosted by Jarrod Shoemaker the day before the race.
For more information about The Draft Legal Challenge at Clermont go to www.draftlegalchallenge.com
We look forward to seeing all of you in the heart of Florida to enjoy some sun, warmth, and good competition in early March.
Streamline Events also produces the Cohasset Triathlon, Nantucket Triathlon, Marlborough Triathlon, and the Scituate Duathlon.
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I was out there last Feb doing some rides and getting away from the snow. The Clermont area is actually pretty hilly although I suspect a course near/around Lake Louisa would be pretty flat. Personally, I'm not a big fan of draft legal triathlons (and I come from a bike racing background). I can sit in on a peloton and save 30% of my energy verus cutting through the air on my own. Triathlons, to me, are about how I can push myself to better performance. Drafting adds a whole different tactical aspect to the race (not that there is anything wrong with that).
Wow! That sounds pretty cool. Keeping the distance from other bikes in a tri is one of the hard parts. I feel it slows me down sometimes if I can't pass someone.
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I look at it this way, if I am overtaking someone I am clearly going faster so why sit behind them? Yes, it conserves energy but you are now going slower than you were. If I pass you, I would get annoyed if you sat in my draft so I will want to leave you behind. Unless you come out of T1 with someone who rides exactly the same speed as you, you will pass and/or be passed on the course. You might have to increase or decrease speed a little if you are overtaking someone and can't make the alloted time to pass. Once you do, then it is the overtaken rider who needs to drop back.