The first draft-legal cycling coaching session was recently held for athletes and coaches to improve draft-legal education in Great Britain.
Twenty-one people attended the session held at Thruxton Race Circuit which was delivered to help athletes and coaches develop their draft-legal cycling skills.
Draft-legal racing allows athletes to draft off one another on the bike leg of events, with this style of racing being used at some British events and World and European Championships, particularly over the sprint distance.
Delivered by Level 2 coaches Verity Miles and Lesley Quiney, the session at Thruxton was focused on bike handling, tactics and drafting skills. The session included time on the race track where session participants put the coaching advice they received into practice, including corner tactics, drafting and group riding.
Speaking after the event, Verity Miles, Age-Group and Multisport Manager at British Triathlon, said: “We feel this is the first step on improving draft-legal education in Britain but also to help offer a safe and higher standard of draft-legal racing. It was also fantastic that some of the session participants were able to put the coaching into practice through the draft-legal duathlon which was run by Challenging Events in the afternoon.”
Thruxton Race Circuit and Challenging Events are hosting a qualifying event for the 2023 World Sprint Distance Duathlon Championships, more information on the event can be found here.
The next draft-legal coaching session is planned to be held at the British Triathlon Age-Group Celebration Cup on Sunday 29 May. More information including how to sign-up for the session can be found here.
The Age-Group Celebration Cup is an opportunity for current and previous Great Britain Age-Group Team members to celebrate being part of the Age-Group Team by joining fellow members for a day of racing and celebration.
Alongside the racing opportunities, there will also be different workshops including the draft-legal cycling session.