Triathlon Rules and Regulations

This race is not USAT sanctioned, but will follow the general USAT rules.

The major exception is the side of the road that the bike/run will be taking place on.  In The Bahamas we drive on the left, and we will do so for the bicycle and run portions of the race.  Please pass on the right.

Go to http://www.usatriathlon.org for a complete list of USAT rules.

The most commonly violated rules are:

1) Helmets are mandatory while riding the bike (before, during, and after the race).  Helmet must be buckled or strapped on.  This is a disqualification penalty.2) Headphones are not allowed at any time.

3) No drafting will be allowed while on the bike.  You must stay 3 bike lengths away from the person in front of you.  You have a 15 second window to execute a pass.

4) Pass only on the right while on the bike.

5) No blocking – Stay to the left side except when passing.

6) No outside assistance will be allowed in the transition area.

7) Handlebar ends must be plugged to lessen the chance of injury in a fall.  This is a disqualification penalty.  Please ask for a plug from one of the bike shop vendors.

9) You may not leave anything on the course (i.e. water bottles, gel wrappers, swim caps).  Everything should return with you to the transition area or be disposed of at an aid station.

10) You must run or walk your bike out of and into the transition area.  You may not ride in the transition area.

11) Your bike must be racked on the bike rack assigned for your race number.

12) You must wear your running race number on the front of your body during the run segment.  Your bike number must be clearly visible at all times on your bike.  You must apply the helmet number to the front of your helmet.  You must also be body marked with your race number on both arms and your thigh, according to the race instructions.

13) If you are allergic to the latex swim cap, please see the race referee prior to your swim start so that you won’t be penalized for not using it.

14) Athletes’ age groups are determined by their age on December 31st of the current year.  This is a USAT rule so that you do not change age groups in the middle of the year.

Variable time penalties are 2 minutes for the first offense, 4 minutes (6 total) for the second offense, and disqualification for the third.