Welcome to Draft-Legal Racing

Have you always wanted a bit more strategy when it comes to triathlons? Draft-legal racing may be for you!

In draft-legal races, athletes are allowed to draft (ride behind) other competitors to reduce wind resistance and save energy. Riders can save as much as 40% of their energy by riding in the slipstream of the rider in front of them. Draft-legal racing is typically faster and more competitive than non-drafting races as athletes can use drafting to conserve energy and make strategic moves during the race. However, they also require a high level of skill and strategy. Athletes must be able to anticipate and react to changes in the pack and make decisions about when to draft and when to break away.

Draft-legal racing is becoming more popular across the world, especially in international and elite competition. Olympic triathlon races are draft-legal, as is NCAA competition. The next generation of triathletes will race draft-legal. What about you?

New to Draft-Legal Racing?

Learn more about draft-legal racing, including the benefits of racing in a group and rule differences between draft-legal and non-drafting races.

2023 Draft Legal Races

2023 Draft Legal Racing Schedule
Date Event Location Notes
Feb. 11 Tritonman San Diego, California NTDR
Feb. 26 West Creek Endurance Festival Richmond, Virginia AG DL
March 4-5 Clermont Draft Legal Challenge Clermont, Florida NTDR, AG DL
March 11 Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival Sarasota, Florida Elite & Junior CC, AG DL
April 16 The Gateway Triathlon Cup St. Peters, Missouri Elite CC, NTDR, AG DL
April 16 California Youth Triathlon Granite Beach, California AG DL
April 16 Collegiate Club National Championships Atlanta, Georgia Collegiate
April 19-23 USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships Festival Irving, Texas AG DL
April 29-30 East Coast Triathlon Festival Richmond, Virginia NTDR, JDS, AG DL
June 4 Pleasant Prairie Cup Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin JDS
June 16 Jenny Lee Tri Cup Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania NTDR, JDS
June 16-18 Concreteman Springfield, Missouri AG DL
July 9 Flatland Cup Des Moines, Iowa JDS
July 15 Americas Cup Long Beach Long Beach, California Elite CC
August 4-5 Zone3 Youth & Junior Nationals Milwaukee, Wisconsin JDS
October 14 Blue Ridge Draft Legal Festival/NCAA National Qualifier Huddleston, Virginia NCAA, AG DL
October 14 The Heartland Triathlon Cup Springfield, Missouri NCAA, AG DL
October 21 Bearathon Berkeley, California AG DL

Abbreviation Key

AG DL: Age Group Draft Legal
NTDR: National Triathlon Development Race
JDS: Junior Development Series
Elite CC: Elite Continental Cup
Junior CC: Junior Continental Cup
Collegiate: Collegiate Club
NCAA: National Collegiate Athletic Association (collegiate varsity)

Draft-legal events are the next big thing in multisport. This is the future of the sport.

Scott Schnitzspahn, USA Triathlon High Performance General Manager