Forecast high winds lead to wheel ban at Mooloolaba Tri
FORGET coronavirus. Triathletes should be more concerned about the wind this weekend.
Competitors have been banned from using disc wheels on Sunday in case they are blown off their bikes.
Forecast strong southerly winds has led Mooloolaba Triathlon organisers to ban the use of the fully enclosed wheels.
The bureau of meteorology is predicting winds of 20-30km/h. Over the past two days the region has experienced gusts of more than 50km/h, and experts predict more of the same.
"Due to high winds forecast for Sunday 15 March, athletes competing across all race distances will be prohibited from using disc wheels on the bike course. Athletes are advised to bring alternative wheels for race day," the social media post said on Thursday night.
Many athletes will continue to run deep-dish carbon wheels which have a rim of 30-50mm.
Experienced Parrearra triathlete Nathan Fitzakerley is lining up for the sprint event this weekend, and had planned to use a disc on his rear wheel.
"They (organisers) did it for worlds on the Gold Coast too last year," he said.
"It's actually more important not to run a deep wheel on the front."
Buderim triathlon coach Jason Crowther of Atlas Multisports agrees with the ban.
"There are some pinch points on course that are tight," he said
"The wind will be southerly so that means a tail wind out and a head wind back, but if you get some south easterly gusts the concern is people who can't control the bike well.
"You are riding along and someone will shift two or three metres across the road. It can cause accidents. Especially if you have a chain of strong athletes passing slower athletes.
"I'm for it an I reckon it's the right decision."