The 1st Bangkok Triathlon
Official Rules and Regulations
RULES APPLYING TO ALL SEGMENTS OF THE RACE

 
  1. Participants are required to heed directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities.
  2. Course marshals shall have authority to disqualify participants.
  3. Medical personnel shall have ultimate and final authority to remove a participant from the race if the participant is judged to be physically incapable of continuing the race without risk of serious injury or death. Medical transport of any participant will result in disqualification.
  4. No contestant may use any drug or substance prescribed by IOC Doping Control rules.
  5. Fraud, theft, abusive treatment of volunteers and other acts of poor sportsmanship are grounds for immediate disqualification.
  6. If a contestant decides to withdraw from the race at any time, it is the responsibility of the contestant to notify official timing personnel or Race Officials immediately. Failure to notify may result in rejection of the athlete’s entry for future Bangkok Triathlon races.
  7. The Bangkok Triathlon reserves the right to make rule changes at any time provided all athletes are notified in writing or at the pre-race mandatory course briefing on Saturday, 31 March at 4:00 pm.
  8. All athletes who reach the cut-off points after the cut-off times are required to take a shortened course. Athletes will be allowed to complete the race but will not be entitled to win age-group awards.

SWIM – 1.5 KM

  1. Each swimmer must wear the cap provided by race administration.
  2. All swimmers must be numbered at the Transition Area when checking in equipment between 5.30 am – 6.00 am.
  3. No wetsuits, fine, aqua socks, gloves, paddles or floatation devices of any kind allowed. (The water temperature averages 25 °C / 77 °F at this time of year).
  4. Swim goggles or face masks may be worn.
  5. No individual paddles or escorts allowed.
  6. Any assistance resulting in the athlete improving his competitive position will result in immediate disqualification.
  7. Athletes may check clothing/gear brought to the Swim Start at the “Equipment Check” table in the start area. Checked clothing/gear will be put in a bag with the athlete’s race number and transported to the transition Area. Checked items may be reclaimed in the transition Area by showing your race number on checked bag
  8. It is legal for athletes to arrange for family, friends or coaches to hand-off eyeglasses and other special items after the swim, all such hand-offs must be made along the chute between the swim finish and the transition Area.
  9. After exiting the River, there will be a short run over the Transition where you will finish the swim.

BIKE – 40 KM

  1. No tandems, recumbents, fairings or any device designed exclusively to reduce air resistance are allowed.
  2. DRAFTING: Riding in a stationary position within 10 metres of another contestant is illegal drafting. It is the responsibility of each contestant to maintain legal spacing and the decision of course marshals pertaining to drafting violations shall be final. At their discretion, course marshals may issue these penalties for draft zone violations:

    (A) Yellow Card – Foot Down Penalty – Athletes shown a yellow card, or where a penalty is otherwise indicated by a marshal, shall immediately and safely bring their bike to a complete stop on the left edge of the road and put both feet on the road surface. When indicated to do so by the marshal, the athlete may remount their bike and continue the race. The marshal shall in his sole discretion determine the length of the penalty. There will be no further time penalties assessed at the end of the bike. Any athlete arguing with the marshal or otherwise demonstrating against a drafting penalty shall be immediately disqualified.

    (B) Red Card – Disqualification – Athletes repeatedly or intentionally violating the draft zone shall be shown a red card or otherwise indicated by a marshal that he or she has been disqualified. While disqualified athletes may ride back to the transition area to gather their equipment, any argument or protest against the disqualification, effort to continue the race, or pass through the timing point at the bike/run transition shall result in expulsion from future Bangkok Triathlons.
  3. Each participant must wear race number at all times while on course. Race numbers issued by The Bangkok Triathlon identify the official contestants in the race. Folding, cutting race number, intentional alteration of any kind, or failure to wear race number so that it is plainly visible is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification.
  4. ANSI or SNELL approved helmet is required during the entire bike race. Any contestant seen riding without an approved helmet will be immediately disqualified. Leather or vinyl hairnet helmets are not allowed. Helmets must be securely buckled at all times competitors are on the bike.
  5. No individual support is allowed except as permitted by these rules. Friends, family members, coaches or supporters of any type may not bike or drive alongside contestants, may not pass food or other items to contestants and should be warned to stay completely clear of all participants to avoid the disqualification of a participant. It is incumbent upon each contestant to immediately reject any attempt to assist, follow or escort.
  6. Each participant will be individually responsible for repair and maintenance of his/her own bike. Assistance by anyone other than race personnel will be grounds of immediate disqualification. Each cyclist should be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction.
  7. Cyclists are required to heed directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities.
  8. Participants may walk their bike if necessary.
  9. Cyclists are individually responsible for following traffic laws and are solely responsible for the consequences of any infractions. Cyclists riding in violation of traffic laws may be disqualified. At all times, contestants should remain on the left side of the road.
  10. While there will be traffic control on the bike course, it may be impossible to close the roads. Therefore, at all times during the race. Contestants should assume that cars may be on the road and take all necessary safety precautions.
  11. Yellow Line Rule: On out and back sections (tow way bike traffic) on the course, contestants must stay on the left side of the road at all times. Except when a contestant is directed to cross the yellow line by a race official. Any contestant crossing the mid-point of the road will be disqualified or time penalized.
  12. The bike course has both flat and some steep hilly sections. We recommend 24-28 tooth rear sprockets. Athletes are advised to take extreme care on all turns and in areas where there are driveways.
  13. Because of the heat, it is highly recommended that all competitor bikes have a minimum of two water bottle cages.
  14. Yellow Flag Area and Rules: the purpose of the Yellow Flag Area is to slow all bikes to a safe speed through a dangerous area and to assure athletes that they will not suffer a competitive disadvantage by riding carefully through the area The one Yellow Flag Area is located approximately at the 8K mark on a very steep curvy downhill on the bike course. This area is approximately 600 metres long. A while line across the road and a race official waving a yellow flag identify the start of the Yellow Flag Area. Inside the Yellow Flag Area riders must:

    • Sit up on handlebars with hands on the brakes.
    • Ride no faster than 20Kph.
    • Not pass any other athletes.

Any athlete failing to follow Yellow Flag area rules and restrictions will be penalized between 1 and 5 minutes depending upon the severity of the violation. Athletes attempting to take a competitive advantage in a Yellow Flag Area will be most heavily penalized. A white line across the pavement and an official waving a green flag identify the end of the Yellow Flag Area. Once the rider exits the Yellow Flag Area he/she may immediately resume racing.

Bike Cut-off times:
# 1 – 20K at 9:00 am. (soft); 9:30 am. (hard)
# 2 – 40K at 10:00 am. (soft); 10:30 am. (hard)

RUN – 10 KM

  1. No form of locomotion other than running, walking or crawling is allowed.
  2. Runners must wear race number at all times while on course. Race number must be placed on front of runner where it is clearly visible it is clearly visible. Folding, cutting race number, intentional alteration of any kind, or failure to wear race number is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification.
  3. Individual support vehicles or non-participant escort runners are NOT allowed and will result in disqualification. A non-participant escort runner includes participants who have withdrawn from the race, have been disqualified of have finished the race. Friends, family members, coaches or supporters of any type may not bike, drive or run alongside contestants, may not pass food or other items to contestants and should be warned to stay completely clear of all participants to avoid the disqualification of a participant. It is incumbent upon each contestant to immediately reject any attempt to assist, follow or escort. It is permissible for a contestant who is still competing to rum with other contestants who are still competing.
  4. Runners are expected to follow the direction and instruction of all race officials and public authorities.

PROTEST PROCEDURE
Any contestant who wishes to lodge a protest regarding any decision of the race administration or the conduct of any other competitor(s) must file a written protest with the Race Director within 30 minutes of completing or withdrawing from the race. Team relays will start at 8:00am with the individual triathlon race start. Both races will run simultaneously. Teams will comprise of three athletes – one swimmer, one cyclist and one runner, allover the age of 18. Participants must be healthy, fit and trained for the disciplines and distances required.

TEAM CATEGORIES
There will be one team category based on the combined ages of the three members. Team members can be either the same or mixed genders.

TEAM AWARDS
All teams who finish will receive finisher medals and awards will be presented to the top five relay teams.

FACE DAY PROCEDURE

It is suggested that relay team members meet at the Relay Team Transition Area not later than 6:00am. This area will be beside the Pro bike racks in the main Transition Area. Teams will receive their ‘hand-off band’ and be numbered at the check in table in the team Relay Transition Area. At this time team members should familiarize themselves with the appearance and equipment of their team members so to be able to identify them when they approach the exchange areas. Also, be sure that the timing ChampionChip is given to the team swimmer. Team swimmers should then take a shuttle or walk to the swim start for arrival there not later than 7:45am. After completing their legs, the team swimmer and cyclist should take available transportation to the Finish Line where they can watch the remainder of the race.

RELAY RULES

GENERAL

  1. All rules applying to individual competitors apply to relay competitors except where such rules conflict with specific relay rules.
  2. Any relay team interfering with an individual competitor or in any way placing an individual competitor at a competitive disadvantage will be disqualified. Any relay cyclist riding in a stationary position within 20metres of an individual athlete entered in the Pro Division will be immediately disqualified and his team will not be allowed to continue in the race.
  3. Each relay tam will be provided with a numbered “timing ChampionChip” which must be handled as follows: The band must be worn or carried by the swimmer who must pass it to the cyclist inside the designated area in the Transition Area. The cyclist must wear or carry the band and pass it to the runner inside the designated area in the Transition Area. The runner must carry or wear the band until he\she crosses the finish line.
  4. Any team failing to hand off the band inside the designated areas for such hand offs, or failing to cross the finish line with their band will not be included in the official results.
  5. All three team members must be body numbered in the transition Area before 7:30am.
  6. Relay swimmers will start at the same time as
  7. All relay swimmers must wear the official race swim cap through out the swim segment of the race. The swim cap must not be removed from the swimmer’s head until after the timing ChampionChip is passed to the team cyclist.
  8. All relay bikes must be laced in the designated bike racks in the swim-bike exchange area in the Transition Area not be removed from the designated bike rack until after the team cyclist has been tagged by the team swimmer. Any team not having its bike in the designated rack by 8:00am or removing it prior to being togged may be immediately disqualified and not allowed to continue in the race.
  9. After receiving the timing ChampionChip relay cyclists must immediately place their bikes on the designated bike racks inside the Transition Area. The team of any cyclist mounting his\her bike before passing through the timing check point will be time penalized.
  10. After passing the timing ChampionChip to the team runner, relay cyclists must immediately place their bikes on the designated bike racks inside the Transition Area. All relay bikes must remain in the bike racks until the conclusion of the race when the Transition Area is opened for the removal of bikes. The team of any relay cyclist failing to immediately rack his\her bike or who remounts his\her bike after passing the timing ChampionChip will be disqualified.
  11. Relay runners are the only team members allowed in the secured area directly behind the finish line. Relay swimmers and cyclists wishing to greet their team runner must do so outside the secured area.
  12. Relay runners must turn in the team timing ChampionChip at the designated timing table behind the finish line immediately after crossing the finish line. Any team failing to turn in its timing ChampionChip will not be considered an official finisher
 
 

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