The attention of Triathletes is drawn, in particular, to the following:
Intention - The competition Rules are intended to:
Create an atmosphere of sportsmanship, equality, and fair play.
Provide safety and protection.
Penalize competitors who gain an unfair advantage.
General Conduct - Competitors will:
Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
Be responsible for their own safety and the safety of others.
Understand the ITU Competition Rules, available from the National Federation.
Obey traffic regulations and instructions from race officials.
Treat other competitors, officials, volunteers, and spectators with respect and courtesy.
Avoid the use of abusive language.
It is not necessary for an official to give a warning prior to issuing a more serious penalty. The purpose of a warning is to alert a competitor about a possible rule violation and to promote a “proactive” attitude on the part of the officials.
– A warning may be given when:
A competitor violates a rule unintentionally
An official believes a violation is about to occur
No advantage has been gained.
PENALTY - A penalty will be given for: (2 minutes added to finish time)
In the cycle section, crossing the road on to the wrong side of the road
In the run segment, failure to stay on designated side of road
Taking bike before fastening helmet
Unclipping helmet before racking bike
Leaving one’s equipment in the transition area in such a way as to create an obstruction to other triathletes
Mounting and dismounting of the bike while still in the transition zone
DISQUALIFICATION - Athletes will be disqualified for:
Failing to follow the prescribed course
Using abusive language or behavior toward any official or unsportsmanlike behavior
Unfair contact. The deliberate contact with another triathlete in order to gain an advantage
Accepting assistance from anyone other than race officials or accepting assistance from a race official which constitutes an unfair advantage
Blocking, charging, obstructing or interfering with the forward progress of another competitor
Departing the course for reasons of safety, but failing to re-enter at the point of departure
Failure to submit oneself to body marking prior to the race
Failure to wear the unaltered race number (if any) provided by the Race Organisers
Failure to wear the crash-helmet during cycling segment of Race
Wearing items deemed a hazard to self or others, i.e. a hard cast, jewelry, headsets or headphones
Using unauthorized equipment to provide an advantage or which will be dangerous to others
Drafting (2nd offence)
Cycling or running with a bare torso
Refusing to follow the instructions of race officials
BICYCLE DRAFT ZONE
The draft zone is a rectangle 7 metres long by 3 metres wide. The centre of the leading 2 metre edge will be measured from the back edge of the back wheel. A competitor may enter the draft zone of another competitor, but must be seen to be progressing through that zone. A maximum of 15 seconds will be allowed to pass through the zone of another competitor.
ENTRY INTO BICYCLE DRAFT ZONE
A competitor may enter a bicycle draft zone (subject to the official’s judgment) in the following circumstances:
a) If the competitor enters the draft zone, and progresses through it within 15 seconds;
b) For safety reasons
c) At an aid station
d) At an exit or entrance of a transition area
e) At an acute turn
f) If race officials exclude a section of the course because of narrow lanes, construction, detours, or for other safety reasons.
A competitor is passed when another competitor’s front wheel is ahead of theirs. Once overtaken, a competitor must immediately move out of the draft zone of the leading competitor.