Ironman bans aero bottle hack

KAILUA KONA, HAWAII – OCTOBER 14: Lucy Charles-Barclay of Great Britain competes on the bike during the VinFast IRONMAN World Championship on October 14, 2023 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Hidden bottles now illegal

My cunning plans to avert age appear to have backfired.

Ironman has now banned the practice of stuffing a water bottle down your shirt. Failure to obey the rule will lead to a DQ.

As I outlined a few weeks ago, this hack can save a very significant amount of drag and effectively boost your watts by, say, 10w…something in that region. It looks like this practice will now have to be demoted to Strava PB attempts and beating your mates on misty Sunday mornings when they can’t quite see what you are up to.

Rule Change: Article V, Section 5.01(m) states that “additional equipment that has the effect of reducing wind resistance is prohibited during the bike segment of the race”.

That said, British Triathlon and the ITU might be a bit more lenient.

via: tri247

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