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IRONMAN wheels out CycleSmart Initiative

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As part of its ongoing efforts to improve athletes’ race experiences, IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, has launched the CycleSmart Initiative in conjunction with the IRONMAN Foundation. The goal of the program is to provide cyclists basic and easily digestible information on how to prepare for cycling outdoors and within a competitive atmosphere in order to have the safest and best race-day experience possible.

“We want our athletes to enjoy training and racing,” said Shane Facteau, Chief Operating Officer for IRONMAN. “To be fully prepared, it’s important that athletes arrive on event day healthy, fit, and equipped with the proper gear and training to have a successful and enjoyable race experience.”

He continued, “We think it is critical for athletes to be educated on proper techniques for both training and racing environments. Fitness can be built indoors through trainers, but competing with a group requires athletes to learn how to ride safely and competently outdoors. Following basic cycling habits can assist athletes in becoming lifelong cyclists. Whether you have been training for decades or just starting in the sport, these guidelines apply to all levels of athletes.”

The CycleSmart Checklist and video provides guidelines for athletes to follow and includes two major focuses – ‘Before you Ride’ and ‘During the Ride’. These guidelines include the following:

Before you Ride

  • It Starts with your Bike
  • Learn the Basics
  • Suit Up
  • Be Prepared to Ride
  • Plan Ahead
  • Inform Others

During the Ride

  • Stay Alert
  • Obey the Law
  • Communicate
  • Safety First



The CycleSmart program builds on IRONMAN’s SwimSmart initiative launched in 2013. Guidelines from the CycleSmart program will be included in athlete guides for IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races in North America as a pilot program before expanding to other regions across the globe.




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