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Kona’s Secret Rule via @TriathleteMag

Kona’s Secret Rule via @TriathleteMag

Kona’s Secret Rule By Aaron Hersh Published Oct 7, 2012 Updated 19 hours ago comments Tweet Share Share Print The professionals abide by a uniquely stringent set of drafting rules at Ironman Hawaii that until now have been unknown to the public. About a month ago, I got an email from Ironman’s head referee Jimmy Riccitello at 9:02pm that said, “Can you give me a call at your earliest convenience?” Two days earlier Triathlete.com had posted a video detailing a test we conducted to measure the energy savings of riding at the legal distance for the pros—10 meters—behind another competitor. The results showed a savings of 12 watts, which we called “a really significant difference.” Riccitello wanted to talk immediately. He ended his email saying, “I’m up late if you have time for a quick explanation tonight.” I called him and we talked, but he needed to get permission before h...

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