Race Rules

This information is designed to help you enjoy the race and to not incur penalties


Competitors are not permitted to draft off other competitors during the cycle section of a race. The draft zone for sprint and standard distance events is 7m (approximately 3 bike lengths) x 3m, and starts at the front edge of the bike’s front wheel. Remember to keep left at all times when you are not overtaking. If you are overtaken it is your responsibility to drop out of the overtaking cyclist’s draft zone.


Helmets used for events must meet the minimum standards of ANSI Z90, SNELL B90, EN1078 or equivalent – a CE mark is not an approved standard. Helmets must be on and securely fastened before removing your bike from its transition space and remain fastened until you have re-racked your bike.

Outside assistance

Athletes must not receive outside assistance from anyone who is not part of the event team, including being passed drinks or helped with equipment. The only exception relating to outside assistance is for medical issues, or when safety may be compromised.

Transition area

Each athlete has their own space within the transition area, for their equipment. You are not permitted to ‘mark’ your space, and your equipment must not hinder other athletes as this will be considered as ‘unsporting impedance’. When leaving transition for the cycle leg, do not ride your bike until you have reached the mount line. Similarly when returning to the transition area you need to be off your bike before the dismount line.

Race numbers

Athletes need to wear their race numbers at all times during the cycle and run section and they must be clearly visible. During the cycle section the number needs to be displayed at the rear and during the run it needs to be displayed at the front – a race belt is useful for this. The waterproof marker pens should be used in conjunction with the official race number and are not considered a replacement.

Unsportsmanlike conduct

Our race officials, event volunteers, spectators and other competitors should be treated with respect and courtesy. Please comply with requests from the race official and event volunteers as it will probably benefit you, or help you avoid a penalty.

Abusive and aggressive behaviour and language will not be tolerated under any circumstances.


You are required to follow the course outlined in the race booklet and the race briefing. Not completing the specific course or the right number of laps will result in you being disqualified. It is your responsibility to know the course for each element and the number of required laps.


Competitors who are publically nude at any point of the race risk disqualification. You cannot therefore get ‘completely changed’ in transition. Nudity also includes being topless during the bike or the run, or having front fastening tops unfastened.

Calf guards

These cannot be worn in the swim.

Mobile phones, MP3 players and other similar equipment

These cannot be used at any time during the race, including the transition area at the risk of dis-qualification.