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Check-in toTransitionArea • A bike check will take place upon Check-in to the Transition Area before the competition. Technical Officials will check that the bikes comply with the ITU Competition Rules. • How? Visual check of bikes/helmets • Who? Transition Officials/Referee • Where?TA entrance • When?45’ beforetheracestart • Athletes may request approval from the Technical Delegate during the Athletes’ Briefing to allow them to make modifications, if necessary, to comply with the rules.
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct - Bikes • In general, UCI rules will apply: • UCI road race rules for draft legal triathlon and duathlon races. • UCI time trial rules for draft illegal triathlon and duathlon races. • UCI MTB rules for winter triathlon, cross triathlon and cross duathlon races. • Bikes characteristics for draft legal races
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct – Wheels -1 • UCI rules will apply • For draft legal competitions, wheels must have the following characteristics: • A diameter between 70 cm maximum and 55 cm minimum, including the tyre. • Both wheels should be either 26” or 28”. • Wheels shall have at least 12 spokes. • Spokes can be round, flattened or oval, provided their width does not exceed 10 mm. • Only wheel designs approved by UCI may be used. • No wheel may contain any mechanisms, which are capable of accelerating it.
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct – Wheels -2 • Tyres must be well glued, headsets tight and wheels true. • There must be a brake on each wheel. • For draft illegal competitions, covers are allowed on the rear wheel. However, this provision may be changed by the Technical Delegate in the interest of safety, i.e. high-winds. • Wheels can be replaced only at official Wheel Stations where provided. • Officials at the Wheel Station will give the proper wheel to the athlete. The athlete is responsible for replacing the wheel in the forks. Wheels designated specifically for other athletes or teams can’t be used.
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct – Handlebars • In the next 2 slides, you will see the 2011 rules. Please identify the differences from the 2012 rules
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct – Handlebars-1 • For draft legal races the following rule on handlebars apply: • Only traditional drop handlebars are permitted. The handlebars must be plugged; • Certified clip-on handlebars will be permitted if they are not longer than the foremost line of the brake levers. • Straight forward clip-on handlebars must be bridged with a solid material, and must not carry brake levers that are facing forward; • No forward facing bar or gear shifters are allowed on the end of the clip-on handlebars. The only exception will be a grip shifter; • Elbow pads are permitted. • 2011 CR
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct – Handlebars -2 • For draft illegal races, the following rules on handlebars apply: • Certified clip-on handlebars will be permitted if they do not extend more than 15 cm beyond the front wheel axle. • Straight forward clip-on handlebars must be bridged with a solid material, and must not carry forward facing brake levers; • Elbow pads are permitted. • 2011 CR
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct – Helmets -1 • The following applies during competition and also during familiarisation sessions and official training: • Helmets must be approved by a national accredited testing authority recognised by a NF that is an affiliate of the ITU;. • An alteration to any part of the helmet, including the chin strap, or the omission of any part of the helmet, including an outer cloth cover, is prohibited; • The helmet must be securely fastened at all times when the athlete is in possession of the bike, which means from the time they remove their bike from the rack at the start of the bike leg, until after they have placed their bike on the rack at the finish of the bike leg;
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct – Helmets -2 • If an athlete moves the bike off the course may not unfasten or remove the helmet from the head until after he/she has moved outside the boundary of the bike course route and has dismounted the bike; and he/she must fasten the helmet securely on the head before returning onto the bike course route or before remounting the bike. • Helmets must comply with the ITU Uniform Rules.
What do you think? • Platform pedals are allowed, providing a quick-release mechanism is fitted to ensure the release of the feet in the case of a fall.……. • The athlete can use headphone(s) ….. • The athlete cannot use mobile phone(s). • The athlete can carry his/her baby on the bike during the race… • Correct • Wrong • Correct • Wrong
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct • An athlete is not permitted to: • Block other athletes; • Cycle with a bare torso; • Make forward progress without being in possession of the bike. • Athletes who have been lapped during the bike segment of the draft legal races, (Elite, U23 and Junior categories) will be withdrawn from the race. This provision can be modified by the TD. • Dangerous Behaviour • Athletes must obey the specific traffic regulations for the event, unless Technical Official advises otherwise.
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct – Drafting -2 • Draft-Illegal Races: • Drafting from another athlete or motor vehicle is forbidden. Athletes must reject attempts by others to draft; • An athlete is entitled to any position on the course, provided they get to that position first, and without contacting others. When taking a position, an athlete must allow reasonable space for others to make normal movements without making contact. Adequate space must be available before passing; • An athlete, who approaches from any position to take advantage of the draft, bears responsibility for avoiding the draft;
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct – Drafting -3 • Bicycle draft zone: the draft zone will be a rectangle. The width will always be 3 metres wide. The center of the leading 3 metre edge will be measured from the leading edge of the front wheel. The length of the rectangle will depend on the distance of the race: for Long distance events the length will measure 12 metres; for Standard distance events or shorter, the length will measure 10 metres. • An athlete may enter the draft zone of another athlete, but must be seen to be progressing through that zone. A maximum time will be allowed to pass through the zone of another athlete: 20 seconds for Long Distance events and 15 seconds for Standard distance events or shorter;
ITU Competition Rules:Cycling Conduct – Penalties for Drafting • Technical Officials will notify the athletes who draft that they are subject to a time penalty sanction. This notification has to be clear and unambiguous. • The athlete sanctioned has to stop in the next Penalty Box and must stay there for a specific time depending on the race distance. 1 minute for sprint distance, 2 minutes for standard distance and 5 minutes for long distance. • It is the athletes responsibility to stop in the next Penalty Box. Failing to do this will result in disqualification. • A second drafting offence will lead to a disqualification in standard distance events or shorter. • The third drafting offence will lead to disqualification for Long Distance. events.
Bike Official’s Duties • Chief Cycle Official • Assistant Cycle Official (1) • Verify course measurement and include the exact distance at the briefing presentation • Check road surface, topography, technical challenges • Ensure that all hazards are covered and marked • Ensure the course is swept • Ensure that there are whistles and flags are key areas • Ensure lapped athletes are removed safely from the course • Meet with Vehicle Technical Official, Motorcycle drivers and Cameramen • Monitor the movements of the motorbikes during the race • Ensure that athletes who retire from the bike course are escorted safely back to transition
Bike penalty box officials’ duties • Bike Penalty box Official • Assistant Bike Penalty box Official(1-2) • As an athlete stops at the entry to the PENALTY BOX, the technical official asks the athlete how many drafting or blocking penalties was received. • Record in the Register RACE NUMBER and the NUMBER OF PENALTIES TO BE SERVED • Record the RACE NUMBER and their watch time PLUS the penalty time on the Athlete Card and hand to the athlete. • Direct the athlete to the next position in the PENALTY BOX. • When the cycle course closes return the Register, Athletes Cards and any unused stationery to the Race Referee.
Wheel Station Official’s Duties • Chief Wheel Station Official • Assistant Wheel Station Officials (1-5) • Ensure that all wheels are delivered • Brief any wheel station officials and volunteers • Supervise wheel stations • Communicate with Chief Cycle Official about and potential issues on the bike course • Ensure wheels return to rightful owner • Notify Referee of any wheels used during a wheel station
Vehicular Official’s duties • Meet with Chief Cycle Official, Motorcycle drivers and Cameramen • Maintain safe number of motorcycles on the course • Ensure safe routes for emergency vehicle • Ensure traffic controlled and road closure safety on run • Monitor motorcycles and bicycles for lens drafting and report to Chief Cycle Official
Lap Auditor Official’s duties • Chief Lap Auditor Official • Assistant Lap Auditor Official (1) • Ensure the lap boards and bell are in position for cycle • Ensure the lap boards and bell are in position for run • Report over the radio to all Technical Officials when the leaders have completed each lap