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Written by Kevin Koresky    Sunday, 27 June 2010 00:06    PDF Print E-mail
Top 10 Broken Race Rules






1. Helmets:

Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.

Penalty: See chart below  

2. Chin Straps:

Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.

Penalty: See chart below 

 Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only.

3. Outside Assistance and Inside Assistance:

Athletes are not allowed to receive assistance from spectators, family or friends, and fellow athletes (new rule for 2010).

No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness. 

Penalty: See chart below 

 4. Transition Area:

All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.

Penalty: See chart below 

5. Drafting:

Drafting is not allowed.  

Positioning or Blocking are not allowed. Overtaking, if you pass another athlete you must do so within 5 seconds.

Pro athlete have a rule called staggering.  If a pro passes an age group athlete, the pro has the right of way.

Penalty: See chart below 

6. Course:

All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow centerline for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.

Penalty: See chart below 

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct:

Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.

Penalty: See chart below 

8. Headphones:

Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

Penalty: See chart below  

9. Race numbers:

All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the

front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. 

DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.

Penalty: See chart below 

10. Wetsuits:

Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

11. Abandonment:

All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.

Penalty: See chart below 

Variable Time Penalties

Distance Category


1st Offense


2nd Offense


3rd Offense





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2:00 minutes



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4:00 minutes



8:00 minutes









6:00 minutes



12:00 minutes






Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission. Variable time penalty Disqualification Referee's discretion: Variable time penalty --once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again. --riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. --Keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. --keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. : Variable time penalty Variable time penalty:


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