Age Group Draft Legal Equipment
- There will be a vertical line touching the front-most point of the saddle which will be no more than 5 centimetres in front of, and no more than 15cm behind a vertical line passing through the centre of the chain wheel axle, and an athlete must not have the capability of adjusting the saddle beyond these lines during competition.
- The frame of the bike shall be of a traditional pattern, ie; built around a closed frame or straight or tapered tubular elements, (which may be round, oval, flattened, teardrop shaped or otherwise in cross-section.)
- Only logos of bicycle related products may appear on the athlete’s bicycle.
- Wheels shall have at least 12 spokes
- Disc wheels are not allowed
- Only traditional drop handlebars are permitted
- The handlebars must be plugged
- Clip-ons are not allowed
When drafting athletes should
- Be predictable with all actions. Maintain a steady straight line and avoid braking or changing direction suddenly. Remember that there are riders following closely from behind.
- Point out and call out any road hazards ahead. These include potholes, drain grates, stray animals, opening car doors, sticks, stones, parked cars, etc.
- Not overlap wheels. A slight direction change or gust of wind could easily cause athletes to touch wheels and fall.
- When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely. Many riders lose their momentum when rising out of the saddle on a hill, which can cause sudden deceleration. This can often catch a rider who is following too closely, resulting in a fall from a wheel touch.
- Not panic if you brush shoulders, hands or bars with another rider. Try to stay relaxed in your upper body to absorb any bumps. This is a part of racing in close bunches and is quite safe provided riders do not panic, brake or change direction.