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Tri rules questionDamn
Apr 7, 2003 5:24 AM
I just signed up to do a series of six sprint tri's and they will be the first I have ever done. Now that I've invested my money and time, I have a concern. What are the most often broken rules of tri's that may get a person disqualified and/or penalized? Are there any unwritten rules I should know about?
Here's the offical USA Triathlon rules. . .js5280
Apr 7, 2003 8:36 AM
I'm assuming these are USAT sanctioned events or subject to the same rules.

Haven't heard what the most violated rules are but I'd suspect that position fouls (illegal drafting, blocking, etc.) and chin strap violations (i.e. not having you bike helment snapped on before mounting) are the most common. There's not much you can do wrong for the swim and run legs.
Most frequent fouls and unwritten rules.Steve_0
Apr 7, 2003 9:39 AM
SWIM: Cutting a buoy
BIKE: Drafting, riding through transition
Run : Never seen one.

In my experience, Drafting is mostly called for the competitive frontrunners. Ive seen plennnty of drafting amongst the middlepackers without penalty.

Unwritten rules: People WILL swim over you; Be prepared if you've never participated in a mass-start, open-water swim. Anything over 1/2 mile in salt I carry spare goggles.
re: Tri rules questionbrider
Apr 10, 2003 11:57 AM
Most often called violations:

Drafting -- As stated, usually only the front runners. By the time the real pack rolls through, there's not enough road to NOT draft.

Chin strap -- Most of the time you'll just get reminded to buckle up. How to remedy this? Buckle your helmet before you even touch your bike, and don't unbuckle it until your bike is racked.