With his March win at the Portobelo Triathlon in Panama, off-road
triathlete Jimmy Riccitello, 39, shows no sign of slowing down.
On May 18 he'll tackle the Balance Bar Adventure Race in New York
City; two weeks later he'll compete in the Xterra West
Championships in Big Bear, Calif. His keys to success: training
rides with pal Lance Armstrong and this gear.
K2 Razorback SL 2003 ($4,399) (www.k2bike.com)
"There isn't a trail system or obstacle I fear when I ride this
thing. It's a fully suspended bike that comes with Shimano disk
brakes, like the ones used in cars. The brakes are highly
effective in wet, muddy conditions. It's like riding a motorcycle
that weighs only 22 pounds."
Hind Ultra Drylete Cycling Short ($70) (www.hind.com)
"You've got to keep your boys comfy, especially for off-roading.
There's nothing worse than chafing down there and having your
crotch go numb. A lot of guys go with short shorts, but I like
more coverage. It gives me extra muscle support for running."
Vector Pro Xterra ($450) (www.xterrawetsuits.com)
"Just as big as preventing chafing is making sure you don't
freeze your huevos off. The neoprene rubber is five millimeters
thick but feels superflexible. I usually swim about a minute
faster per mile in a wet suit, which is great because I want to
get the heck out of the water fast."
May 11, 2003
K2 Hydrofoil Drinking System 2 L ($40) (www.k2bike.com)
"I used to think bladders were dorky. But wearing one keeps my
back cool, and it's hands-free, which is superconvenient for
mountain biking. Still I refuse to wear one if I'm doing a ride
with Lance. Road guys think they're uncool, and I'd get laughed
out of the ride."
Timex Speed and Distance System ($225) (www.timex.com)
"It's tough to get an accurate mileage read with off-road
triathlons. I don't use a global positioning system during a
race, but I like to go over the course a few days before and
casually let the race director know that the run is really six
miles, not 4.8 as advertised."
6. Clif Shots ($1.10 apiece) (www.clifshot.com); 7. Hind
Pavement Optional glove ($30) (www.hind.com); 8. TYR Technoflex
2.0 swim goggles ($12) (www.tyr.com); 9. TYR Wrinkle-Free
Silicone swim cap ($10) (www.tyr.com); 10. TIME Scolop
cross-country mountain bike shoes ($225)
(www.timesportusa.com); 11. Saucony Grid Xterra trail running
shoes ($80) (www.saucony.com); 12. Giro Pneumo bike helmet
($159.99) (www.giro.com); 13. Xterra water bottle ($3)
(www.xterragear.com); 14. XTG race jersey ($45)
(www.xterragear.com); 15. XTG mesh cap ($15)
(www.xterragear.com); 16. TriSports Race-number belt ($5.99)
(www.trisports.com); 17. Rudy Project Kerosene sunglasses ($125)
(www.rudyprojectusa.com); 18. DeFeet Aireators socks ($10)
(www.defeet.com); 19. Clif Bar ($1.39) (www.clifbar.com); 20.
Red Bull ($2) (www.redbull.com)