Triathlon Australia has recently amended the Race Competition Rules which will come into effect on Sunday 1 July 2018. TA will be communicating rule updates directly with members on Monday 2nd July.
Please read the complete race compeition rules which are available on the Triathlon Australia website.
We have summarised the amendments as follows:
1.1.j – The rule prohibiting the use of communication devices & headphones – this rule has been updated to align with ITU & Ironman definition, allowing athletes to use various forms of technology to track & record their race. There is now no rule that excludes the use of a mobile phone during racing – but you can not use them in a “distracting manner”) – ie no calls, texts or 2 way radio usage, no headphones or music, no photos or social media.
2.7 – Calf sleeves. This rule has been amended for clarification, but not changed. You are allowed to wear calf sleeves under a wetsuit. If it is a wetsuit optional swim and you choose not to wear a wetsuit, you can’t wear calf sleeves in the swim. You are allowed to put calf sleeves on in T1 following the swim.
5.2 – Mount line – This rule is clarifying that you must have one full foot on the ground after the mount line before you mount the bike, and one full foot on the ground before the dismount line at the end of the bike leg.
1.4 – Outside assistance. An athlete can not physically assist the forward progress of another athlete on any part of the course. Ie – you cannot provide an unfair advantage/disadvantage to another competitor.
2.8 – Swimskins. This rule clarifies that a swim skin is constructed from 100% textile material only, and that it can’t extend past the shoulders or knees. A rubber gripper is ok. You can test whether your swim skin is allowed by holding the fabric up to a light – if you can see through it, it is textile. If you can’t, it most likely contains banned materials.
6.6 – Blue card time penalties – This rule clarifies what you are permitted to do in the penalty box. You may consume food and drink that you are carrying with you. You may not do any kind of bike maintenance/adjustments, or go to the toilet while the penalty time is being served – unless the penalty clock is paused.
5.6 – Transition area conduct (new rule) – you can not mark your position in transition to make it easier to find your bike. Any items deemed to be marking a location will be removed (eg, chalk markings, flags, balloons). A bright towel on the ground would not be considered a marker, but a bright towel hanging over the bike seat may be.
5.7 Transition area conduct (new rule) – only equipment used in the race can be left in transition. I.e, you can not leave bags in transition.
If you have any questions relating to the updated Race Competition Rules, call our Technical & Sanctioning Officer, Tracey Zammit on 07 3369 9600 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org