Life Time Tri CapTex will feature B-cycle wave

This year's Life Time Tri CapTex will feature a special division for B-cycles. Photo by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman

This year’s Life Time Tri CapTex will feature a special division for B-cycles. Photo by Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman

Don’t have a lickety-split triathlon bike?

It doesn’t matter, because this year you can do the Life Time Tri CapTex on one of those Mary Poppins style, sitty-uppy B-Cycle numbers.

Athletes who ride B-cycles will compete in a special SuperSprint category. Photo by Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman

Athletes who ride B-cycles will compete in a special SuperSprint category. Photo by Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman

Austin B-cycle, Austin’s bike sharing service, announced this week a new Austin B-cycle wave in the SuperSprint category of this year’s Life Time Tri CapTex on May 25. Organizers say they hope to encourage beginners to enter the Memorial Day race in downtown Austin.

The Austin B-cycle Wave will have 20 entries. Participants will get free use of an Austin B-cycle (which weighs about 40 pounds, but who cares since you’ll only be racing other B-cycles) on the 6.21-mile bike course. They’ll also swim .25 miles and run 3.1 miles as they compete for special B-cycle prizes.

“Equipment can be expensive, especially for first-time triathletes who aren’t quite ready to make such significant investments,” Lindsey Kurhajetz, marketing director for Life Time Athletic Events, said in a press release. “With Austin B-cycle, people can try a tri and have a lot of fun doing it.”

Pam LeBlanc tests a B-cycle in December 2013. Photo by Reshma Kirpalani/Austin American-Statesman.

Pam LeBlanc tests a B-cycle in December 2013. Photo by Reshma Kirpalani/Austin American-Statesman.

Austin B-cycle Wave participants will get complimentary 24-hour Austin B-cycle passes, a gift certificate for $10 off a Austin B-cycle annual membership and an Austin B-cycle race weekend swag bag. On race day, the B-cycle bikes will be available for pickup on-site in a special transition area. (I wonder if you can put aerobars on a B-cycle?)

“We know Austin B-cycle is the fast, fun way to get the most out of Austin and now it’s a fast, fun way to race the Life Time Tri CapTex SuperSprint,” Elliott McFadden, executive director of Austin B-cycle, said in a press release.

Besides the B-cycle wave, the Life Time Tri CapTex features individual and relay sprint and international distances, plus a SuperSprint category. This year, the USAT Paratriathlon National Championships also return to Austin as part of the event.

To register go here.

Now could we talk about an electric bike category?


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