Traveling all over the country to take part in bicycle tours and races, triathlete and trial lawyer Doug Landau has learned how to pack lightly and efficiently. However, whenever possible, he brings an extra bike helmet. Even though his own racing helmet is ANSI and USAT approved, he knows that this is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment for the prevention of head and brain injuries. He has loaned his helmet to others in the past, and, once forgot his own head protection and borrowed another triathlete’s safety helmet !
Today Landau arrived in Tuscaloosa Alabama for the 2010 US Triathlon Age Group Championships and World Qualifier races. While the Leesburg, Loudoun & Fairfax County lawyer was not scheduled to compete until the Sprint event on Sunday, as a safety precaution he gets his bike inspected by local professionals after shipment, and makes sure everything is in good working order and "race ready." Just like a "preview" before a trial, Landau also likes to drive and ride parts of the course, so as to eliminate surprises and insure that his bicycle is road safe. While visiting with the expert bicycle mechanics at VeloCity near the University of Alabama campus, Landau overheard an athlete from the West Coast who discovered her top of the line aero bicycle helmet had been cracked during transit. As most of the local bike shops were inundated with cyclists from all over the United States, helmets and other safety bike equipment was in short supply. Landau volunteered to give the woman his helmet, as the size is adjustable, so that she could still participate. It goes with the triathlon trial lawyer’s belief that "what goes around comes around." This female triathlete did in fact finish the race and Landau met her sister, got his helmet and her thanks and another "photo op" with another new lovely multi-sport friend.