Transition From The Swim To Bike Faster | Top 5 T1 Tips


– The transition isn’t just a means of going from one discipline to the next, it’s part of the race. And having a quick transition could improve your performance further. So, we have pulled a few tips from some of the elite and professional
triathletes for T1, going from the swim to the bike. (upbeat techno music) So, to start off with
getting your wetsuit off after the swim, once it’s wet and once you’ve run all
the way to your bike, can be quite hard. So, quick and easy solution is to use a little bit of baby
oil on your lower legs and forearms before you
put your wetsuit on. Now, you really don’t want this stuff all over your hands
before you go swimming, so I suggest using a bag or even get a friend to apply it for you. Essentially, the oil acts
a little like a lubricant, meaning that you can get your
wetsuit off nice and quickly. (upbeat techno music) Rather than placing your
helmet on the floor, consider placing it on handlebars, or even hanging from one of the straps. That way, it’s quick and easy
to grab from waist height. And by laying the straps out to side, will hopefully prevent the straps from getting caught or tangled when you go to place the
helmet onto you head. Another thing to consider is the side that you place your helmet on. So, think about which side
you’re going to remove and place your wetsuit
and how you’re going to grab your bike and
run out of transition. So, the elites will put the helmet on the same side so they don’t have to lean over their bike
to grab the helmet. I know it only seems like a minute saving, but all these little things help. (upbeat techno music) Granted, not everyone
is doing a flying mount from T1 onto their bike, but if you are, then using elastics
could help you massively. Without the elastics your
shoes could end up scraping, bouncing, or even getting
caught upside-down on the floor. But the real bonus to using elastics is that it holds the shoes in place, ready for you place your feet onto or even straight into your bike shoes. Now, how you attach these elastics is entirely up to you, but
the most popular method is to attach or loop an elastic from the right shoe to the front mech, and the left shoe to
the rear quick release. But the other way round
is absolutely fine. So, just attach it to anything solid or strong on the bike. (upbeat techno music) It’s important that you consider the gear that you leave your bike in, in T1. Now leaving it in the wrong gear could make the bike mount quite tricky. Generally, you want a relatively easy gear so that you can build your momentum up from a slow speed. Obviously, check for any gradients
after the mount line too. For instance, if there’s
a hill immediately after the mount line, you may want to opt for an easier gear, you may even want to drop it into the small ring. The last thing you want is to be stuck in too hard a gear, trying
to build your momentum up. (upbeat techno music) You won’t see a whole lot on the floor in an elite transition. To keep things slick, they’ll try to attach everything they can to the bike. That means gels, sunnies,
and even warm weather gear. The idea being that they’ll put on any gear whilst they’re on the bike, making their transition much quicker and making sure that they
make any packs out of T1. Now there are different
methods to attaching your gels and nutrition to your bike. You can use elastics or
you can even use tape. Now I definitely used to prefer using something like electrical tape. And I’d just attach the
gel to the top tube, along the tear line of the gel. So, I’d wrap the tape around, and that meant that when I grabbed the gel it would open at the same time. And another method is to attach around the main body of the gel. And you can do that,
again, to the top tube, and then just fold back
the tape at the ends, creating a little tab, so
it’s quick and easy to remove. (upbeat techno music) So, there’s a handful of tips from the elite triathletes
on how to do a quick T1. But if you have any
other great suggestions, please drop them in the comments below. And if you like this video,
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