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Transition area: the rules
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Posted on: Monday 14th December 2015

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Transitions area basics - "The Rules"

For a sport that we think of primarily as swim / bike / run, it's remarkable just how much can go wrong that is nothing to do with either of the the three disciplines - the transition area can be the cause of much frustration! Our aim is to help you from making mistakes between swim to bike (T1), and from bike to run (T2), through a logical series of articles and training guides to turn what can be the source of much frustration into an opportunity to gain time.

Before getting into the detail though, there are some basic - but important - principles that apply to conduct and action with a multisport transition area. If you are new to the sport (or perhaps need a reminder), here are the basic rules of the transition area.

Find out more about triathlon's 4th discipline in our dedicated Transition Masterclass section.

©Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images - Transition Masterclass in association with KitBrix - keep it together

Transition Area Rules

  1. Athletes must not bring helpers, friends or family members into transition areas** - this is to avoid accidents, safeguard equipment and protect personal possessions.
  2. You must rack in your allocated numbered space (if provided - most events do).
  3. All equipment must be place in its allotted position and not hinder the progress of other competitors. Discarded equipment may result in a time penalty being issued.
  4. You must not interfere with another competitor's equipment in the transition area.
  5. Competitors must not use any device to mark their position in transition - so, you cannot put a helium balloon on the racking or mark the floor with talcum powder for example!
  6. Cycles should be racked by either the seat pin or handlebars/brake levers, unless other arrangements are provided.
  7. It is illegal to ride your bike inside the transition area.
  8. You must mount your bike after the mounting line (T1).
  9. You must dismount before the dismount line (T2).
  10. You must have your helmet fastened before you can take the bike off the racking rail (T1)
  11. You must keep your helmet fastened until you have re-racked your bike (T2)
  12. You must rack in your allocated numbered space (if provided - most events do).
  13. You are not to use mobile phones, Ipods, mp3 players etc. while inside transition.
  14. Your race number must be displayed on your back when cycling and on the front when running.
  15. In addition, race numbers must not be folded, altered, cut down or in any way mutilated. If not corrected, you are liable to be disqualified.
  16. Your race number must be clearly visible at all times, either affixed to clothing or via a suitable race belt or bib.
  17. There is no nudity allowed in transition!

(** note, additional rules exist for Paratriathlete competitors in relation to authorised handlers. Please see the British Triathlon Rule Book for further information).

Transition Masterclass in association with KitBrix - keep it together

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