by Jon Metz
When it comes to preparing for the bike leg of the triathlon, most athletes tend to be focused on making sure they are logging the appropriate mileage while getting faster and/or stronger. Unfortunately, bike handling skills are not addressed or practiced. Great bike handling skills are required in draft legal racing. Furthermore, in age group racing many crashes and accidents could be prevented by athletes who are aware of their environment while on the bike. All athletes should possess the necessary skills to intuitively handle riding near other athletes and avoid unforeseen situations. Practicing is the best way to ensure draft legal and age group athletes have the necessary bike handling skills. All athletes should practice bike handling skills. Practicing these skills in a group environment makes the activities more fun and competitive. In some cases, it is necessary to have at least one other cyclist to perform the drill effectively. Here are a few of my favorite bike handling drills.