Rules & Regulations

TIMIșOARA TRIATHLON REGULATIONS

Version 4/18 OCTOBER 2023

 

SECTION 1. ORGANIZERS AND OFFICIAL COMPETITION RULES

"Timișoara Triathlon" competition (hereinafter referred to as the "Competition") is organized by CS Ride Competition in partnership with the Romanian Triathlon Federation, and produced by Ski2Bikeshop SRL. It aims to promote triathlon in particular, increase the triathlon community in Romania, and promote an active way of life.

The participants undertake to comply with the terms and conditions of these Official Contest Rules (hereinafter referred to as "Official Rules").

The official rules are drawn up and will be made public according to Romanian legislation and will be made available free of charge to applicants at https://timisoaratriathlon.ro/regulament/ as well as at the Competition location.

The competition is organized based on the Competition Rules of the Romanian Triathlon Federation available on the website https://triatlonromania.ro/regulamente/ and according to the legal norms regarding the organization of outdoor sports competitions in relation to the restrictions imposed by the legislation in force regarding combating the spread of COVID19.

By participating in this Competition, the participants agree to respect and follow all the provisions, terms and conditions of the Official Rules, as well as the rules in force, and to complete and sign the self-responsibility declaration sent by the organizers when picking up the participation kit.

 

SECTION 2. DATE AND LOCATION OF COMPETITION. AVAILABLE RACES.

The competition will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2024, in Timișoara.

The start of the swim course will be from different locations on the Bega river (depending on the chosen race distance).

The finish for all race distances is in Liberty Square.

The exact start/transition/finish locations are available to competitors in the Race distances menu on the www.timisoaratriathlon.ro page.

Participants can choose from the following race distances:

– middle race distance (Half 70.3) consisting of 1900 m swim+ 90 km bike + 21 km run;

– standard race distance (Olympic) consisting of 1500 m swim + 40 km bike + 10 km run;

– short race distance (Sprint) consisting of 750 m swim + 20 km bike + 5 km run.

– very short distance race (SUPER SPRINT) consisting of swimming 290m + 13km cycling + 1.3km running.

Distances are approximate and differences from the standard WORLD TRIATHLON distances are due to local constraints.

 

SECTION 3. COMPETITION MECHANISM

3.1.1 PARTICIPANTS AND COMPETITION DEVELOPMENT

This competition is open to anyone who cumulatively meets the following conditions:

- has a state of health that allows him to participate to the competition races, on the chosen distances;

- is registered with the Romanian Triathlon Federation or - for foreign citizens - with the Triathlon Federation of his country of origin. Relay competitors who can participate without a license are exempt from this condition. Competitors of the individual events can participate on the basis of an annual license or a license for a single day. To score in the National Triathlon Circuit, competitors need an annual license. The HALF 70.3, OLYMPIC, SPRINT races are part of the National Triathlon Circuit.

Licensing can only be done online. More information  here.

CAREFUL! If at the time of picking up the kit, the competitor does not present the triathlon license, he will not be able to start the competition.

An age category is formed if there are at least 10 participants. If there are not 10 participants in a category, the category is unified with the next (higher age) until the number of participants reaches at least 10.

Age categories, male and female:

Middle Distance Race (Half 70.3)

Open, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-69, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Standard Race (Olympic)

Open, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-69, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Sprint race

Open, 16-17,18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

SuperSprint race

Open, 14-15, 16-17,18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

 

3.1.2 RELAYS (ONLY FOR HALF 70.3 AND OLYMPIC RACES)

A team can consist of 2 or 3 people. In the case of a team consisting of 2 people, one of the two members must complete 2 of the 3 courses. Handing over the baton will be done by transferring the electronic timing chip from one teammate to another.

 

A person who participates in one of the individual races can also be part of a relay. Thus, the time spent in the swim or swim + bike course will also be counted for the relay of which it is a part.

 

The relay categories are: Mixed; Women; Men

 

3.2. COMPETITIONDEVELOPMENT

Competitors in the individual races must complete all 3 courses individually – swim, bike and run – in that order and cover the entire competition distances for the race they have registered for.

The Competition route will be secured by fences, boundary strips and cones. The representatives of the organizers - members of the commission responsible for the route - will be present at key points along the route and will ensure that all competitors carry out the competition in safe conditions and that they respect the rules of the competition.

Competitors who do not respect the official route or shorten it in any way (thus obtaining a competitive advantage) will be disqualified.

The detailed map of the entire route is available on www.timisoaratriathlon.ro, in the RACE DISTANCE section.

 

3.2.1 SWIMMING TEST

The swim course will be organized in the Bega river, starting from three locations, increasingly closer to the transition area, depending on the chosen distance option. For all distance options, swim from upstream to downstream (in the direction of water flow). The start mechanism will be the roll start type.

In case of unfavorable conditions, the organizer of the Competition may change the length of the swim course or, if the conditions endanger the safety of the competitors, may cancel this course.

In case of cancellation of the swimming event, the Organizer can replace it with a new running event.

The final decision will be made no later than one hour before the start of the competition and will be communicated to the athletes through the technical delegate.

 

3.2.2 TRANSITION AREA

The transition zone is the same for T1: swim -bike and for T2: bike-run.

Access to the transition area will be secured and permitted only for participants.

TRANSITION AREA SECURITY DETAILS:

Access will be made only on the basis of the competition number;

Storage of bicycles and equipment in the transition area will be carried out according to the official event schedule available on the competition website, in the ATHLETES section. For safety reasons, outside of the announced equipment storage interval, access to the transition area will only be allowed to competitors participating in the races at that time.

Bicycle storage in the transition area will be done in the marked location, depending on the competition number and the race in which the competitor is participating.

Storing the bicycle in an unallocated area, before the race or at the T2 transition, will be sanctioned by a warning, if the participant fixes the situation before the start. If he does not fix this before the start or makes this deviation in T2, then the competitor will receive a time penalty.

The bikes and the equipment in the transition boxes can be picked up from the transition area according to the schedule shown by the organizer. If a competitor fails to pick up the equipment within the set time frame, the organizer may charge a fee for picking up and storing the bike in the amount of 200 RON / day

The pick-up of bikes and equipment left in transition is based on race number only and will be checked by the judges.

 

a) T1: Swim - bike transition

It involves running the distance between the pontoon exiting the water and entering the transition area, depositing the swimming equipment in the box allocated to the competitor, and getting ready with the equipment for the bike course.

Abandoning items of equipment or other items outside of the competitor's assigned box will be penalized.

The helmet must be worn properly and closed before lifting the bike from the rack. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a penalty.

The competition number is mandatory starting from the exit from T1. In the bike course, it will be worn on the back and must be visible to the referees, the public, other competitors and volunteers. Violation of this rule is penalized.

Participants can get on the bike only after crossing the "Mount Bike" line.

b) T2: bike - run transition

Competitors must store their bikes in the area allocated in Transition. Violation of this rule will be sanctioned.

Competitors must dismount the bike before the “Dismount Bike” line (by placing one foot on the ground before the line) upon completion of the bike course. These two lines will be properly marked and there will be volunteers who will announce these areas. Failure to comply with this requirement attracts a penalty according to the regulation.

The cycling helmet can only be taken off after the bike is placed in the rack. Violation of this rule is penalized.

 

3.2.3 CYCLING TEST

The bike course takes place on a loop completely closed to car traffic, which must be completed a number of times corresponding to the chosen course. Details of the loop, the number of laps to be completed, and the route map can be found on the competition web page under the ATHLETES > RACE DISTANCES menu.

Athletes must keep track of completed laps. If upon validation of the results it is found that a competitor has not covered the full number of laps, that competitor will be disqualified.

 

For Half 70.3 race distance:

The use of time-trial bikes or road bikes is allowed;

Drafting is not allowed.

 

For Olympic race distance:

Only road bikes are allowed;

Time trial bikes or aerobar type accessories are prohibited.

Drafting between competitors of the same sex is permitted.

 

For the Sprint race:

The use of road bikes or mountain bikes (MTB) is allowed.

Time trial bikes or aerobar type accessories are prohibited.

Drafting between competitors of the same sex is permitted.

 

For the Super Sprint race:

The use of road bikes or mountain bikes (MTB) is allowed.

Time trial bikes or aerobar type accessories are prohibited.

Drafting between competitors of the same sex is permitted.

 

For the Half Relay race:

The use of time trial, road or MTB bicycles is allowed;

Drafting is not allowed.

 

For the Olympic Relay race:

The use of road or MTB bicycles is allowed;

Time trial bikes or aerobar type accessories are prohibited.

Drafting between competitors of the same sex is permitted.

 

The drafting area has the shape of a rectangle with a width of 3m and a length of 12m. The length is measured from the front wheel of the bicycle to the back. The width of the rectangle will be centered on the middle of the bike.

Temporary passage through the drafting area during overtaking maneuvers is allowed.

Temporary passage through the drafting area is allowed 100m before and respectively after entering or exiting the transition or the hydration/feeding area.

Temporary passage through the drafting area is allowed 100m before and respectively after a sharp curve.

Temporary passage through the drafting area is allowed for safety reasons (eg avoiding an obstacle).

The duration of drafting should not exceed 20 seconds.

The overtaking:

An athlete is considered to have overtaken another competitor when the front wheel of the first's bicycle has passed before the second;

Once overtaken, the overtaken athlete has 10 seconds to slow down, to exit the drafting zone;

Cyclists must move on the right side of the lane, to allow overtaking and not to block the other athletes (NO BLOCKING).

 

3.2.4 RUNNING TEST

The run course is a loop that takes place on sidewalks, roads, or in squares and alleys. Car traffic is closed in these areas and pedestrian traffic is restricted.

The route map and route instructions are available in the ATHLETES > RACE DISTANCES section of the event webpage.

Athletes must keep track of completed laps. If upon validation of the results it is found that a competitor has not covered the full number of laps, that competitor will be disqualified.

 

There will be two feeding stations on the running route, positioned every 2 km.

 

3.2.5 PENALTY BOX

According to the official route map, along the run course, a few tens of meters before the finish, there will be a panel and a penalty tent, for the time penalties applied by the technical officials in the swim course, in the transition area, in bike or run courses.

In this area, the race number of the penalized competitor and the penalty time will be visibly displayed on the board.

The penalties are as follows:

Symbol Description Penalty for the first violation Penalty for the second violation Penalty for the third violation
D Dismount line violation

30sec HALF

15sec OLYMPIC

10 sec SPRINT

10sec SUPERSPRINT

B/W

 

Swim conduct/bike conduct – unsportsmanlike conduct at the swimming/cycling test

 

warning

30sec HALF

15sec OLYMPIC

10 sec SPRINT

10sec SUPERSPRINT

 

DESQ.
M Mount line violation

30sec HALF

15sec OLYMPIC

10 sec SPRINT

10sec SUPERSPRINT

E

 

 

Misplaced bike or Equipment left outside of transition box warning

30sec HALF

15sec OLYMPIC

10 sec SPRINT

10sec SUPERSPRINT

30sec HALF

15sec OLYMPIC

10 sec SPRINT

10sec SUPERSPRINT

L

 

 

 

Littering/throwing waste outside the permitted area

30sec HALF

15sec OLYMPIC

10 sec SPRINT

10sec SUPERSPRINT

30sec HALF

15sec OLYMPIC

10 sec SPRINT

10sec SUPERSPRINT

30sec HALF

15sec OLYMPIC

10 sec SPRINT

10sec SUPERSPRINT

V Other violations arbitrator's decision arbitrator's decision arbitrator's decision

It is the participant's obligation to check the board to find out if a time penalty has been applied or not.

The application of a time penalty is done by a complete stop by the technical official in the area, who will start timing the time penalty. If the athlete moves during the application of the sanction (running in place is also prohibited), the technical official will stop the timer until the athlete comes to a complete stop.

The sanction can be applied when the athlete wants (at any of the laps), until the end of the race. If more than one penalty is applied to an athlete, he may decide to take them all at once or one by one.

Failure to accept / apply time penalties will result in disqualification.

 

3.3. SIGN UP

Participants can register by completing the online form on the official website.

Registrations are not transferable, but in special situations (emergency / injury / motivated inability to participate), the registration can be transferred to another person. The transfer cannot be made after the closing of registrations and a transfer fee of 50 lei will be charged. The same rule applies to changing the position of a participant from one race distance to another. In case of switching from a race distance with a higher entry fee to one with a lower entry fee, the difference is not refunded. No changes will be possible after registration closes.

All competitors are required to complete and sign a declaration of participation on their own responsibility. By starting the competition, the competitor confirms the validity of the signature.

The competitor who:

- presents symptoms associated with COVID 19 disease, respectively, but not limited to: fever over 37.5 degrees, loss of breath or breathing difficulties, dry cough in the last 14 days;

- has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days;

undertakes not to appear at the start of the competition.

The participation in the competition of people who have consumed alcoholic beverages / drugs or are under the influence of these substances, of people who have on them weapons of any kind, explosive or incendiary materials, lachrymatory, irritating or paralyzing substances, electroshock devices or other devices that can be used in violent actions or can disrupt the normal development of the event is prohibited.

The people who violate these provisions will be removed by the organizers from the event area, calling for the help of the authorities if necessary.

 

3.4. EQUIPMENT AND COMPETITION CONDITIONS. CONTEST NUMBERS

Competitors will use their own equipment during the competition. Competitors are advised to wear equipment appropriate to the weather conditions in the day of the competition.

At the swim course:

Depending on the water temperature, it will be announced if a wetsuit is mandatory, optional or prohibited for the swim course. For the swim course, it is mandatory to wear the swimming cap provided by the organizer in the start kit.

It is allowed to use a SAFETY BUOY (safety beacon) with the mention that those who use it will be the last ones taking the start.

Competition number, swimming cap and timing chip will be provided to competitors by the organizer.

At the bike course:

Competition numbers are fastened with an elastic band and must be worn on the back by each competitor during the bike course. The competition number must not be damaged (cut, torn, bent) or covered in any way.

The cycling helmet is MANDATORY for all competitors during the cycling race, as well as during the pre-race warm-up.

 

Bicycles accepted for the competition:

Bike type HALF race OLYMPIC race SPRINT race SUPERSPRINT race
Time trial bike YES NO NO NO
Road bike, with aerobars YES NO NO NO
Road bike, without aerobars YES YES YES YES
Mountain bike (MTB) NO NO YES YES

The same requirements apply to relay races as individual races over the same distance, except MTB bikes are allowed.

Bicycles must be in good conditions, with working brakes on both wheels.

During the run course:

The use of specific running equipment is mandatory. The competition number is worn on the chest / abdomen, to be visible. Running shirtless is not allowed.

3.5. START AND TIME LIMITS

The start and time limits for each race will be presented in the competitor's guide.

The program may undergo changes, which will be announced in advance.

The organizers reserve the right to remove an athlete from the race (who will be declared a DNF) if our race officials consider that there is no possibility for the participant to finish the event (swim, bike, run) before the stop times, depending on the location , the time and average speed of the athlete to that point.

3.6. ESTABLISHING THE RESULTS

The classification per category is made according to the final time of each participant.

The wristwatch chip provided by the organizers will be returned after crossing the finish line.

The classification will be done at Open and by age categories.

The list of categories and awards is available on the official website in the COMPETITORS-AWARDS section.

 

3.7. ROUTE REFEREES, TECHNICAL DELEGATES AND ARBITRATION PANEL

The refereeing of the competition will be ensured by a team of technical officials on behalf of the Romanian Triathlon Federation.

The team of technical officials and members of the race commission (route referees) will cover the entire race area and will ensure that the competitors respect the route and these rules.

Any violation of these rules will be sanctioned by the technical officials through a warning, time penalty or disqualification, depending on the severity of the non-compliance.

If a member of the committee in charge of a race notices an attempt by a competitor to "shortcut" (by shortening or deviating), the competitor will be disqualified.

 

3.7.1 ARBITRATION COMMISSION

The arbitration committee will be responsible for resolving all appeals.

3.7.2 SUBMISSION AND RESOLUTION OF CONTESTATIONS

Complaints will be submitted to the event's official office. Appeal forms are available at the respective office.

The appeals will be submitted personally by the athletes within a maximum of 30 minutes from the end of the race distance in which they participated.

The appeals will be resolved by the arbitration commission within a maximum of 2 weeks.

When submitting the appeal, the amount of 200 RON is paid; if the solution is in favor of the athlete, the amount is returned.

 

SECTION 4. AWARDS

Prize money is awarded only in the general ranking (Open men's and women's category), as follows:

 

HALF race: 1st place = 4000 lei, 2nd place = 3000 lei, 3rd place = 2000 lei

OLYMPIC race: 1st place = 2000 lei, 2nd place = 1500 lei, 3rd place = 1000 lei

SPRINT race: 1st place = 1000 lei, 2nd place = 800 lei, 3rd place = 600 lei

SUPERSPRINT race: 1st place = 500 lei, 2nd place = 400 lei, 3rd place = 300 lei

 

The cash prizes will be transferred to the personal accounts of the winners within 30 days from the date of the competition.

The cash prizes will ONLY be paid by bank transfer within 30 days of the event date. No other payment method is accepted. Within 30 days of the event, the winners will send an e-mail to info@timisoaratriathlon.ro with the IBAN account number to which the cash prizes will be transferred, together with a copy of the identity card (certificate of fiscal residence for citizens foreigners).

Diplomas and, where possible, product prizes will be awarded in age groups and relays.

The official award ceremony will be organized according to the official program displayed on the website and in accordance with the regulations in force related to the rules of prevention of COVID19.

SECTION 5. ADMINISTRATIVE CONDITIONS

5.1. ADMINISTRATIVE CONDITIONS (DURING RACES)

Participants who give up the race during the competition are obliged to notify the organizer of this fact and hand in the timing chip in the transition area or in the finish area.

Medical care will be provided during the competition in case of accidental injury and the medical team is available near the Finish and transition area.

 

5.2. ADMINISTRATIVE CONDITIONS (EXCEPTIONAL)

In exceptional situations, which cannot be anticipated, which threaten the safe conduct of the event (e.g. extreme weather conditions, earthquake, pandemic, military conflict), the event will be postponed or cancelled. Any external, unpredictable, absolutely unavoidable event will be considered a force majeure situation, including the situation in which the competition will be canceled as a result of the evolution of the COVID 19 pandemic.

If the competition is postponed or cancelled, the participation fees are non-refundable, the organizer being exonerated from any kind of liability for any damages caused to the participants, in accordance with the provisions of art. 1351 of the Civil Code. If the event is cancelled, the participants will receive the participation kit.

5.3. ADMINISTRATIVE CONDITIONS (GENERAL)

According to the legislation in force, the organizers will make public the names and prizes offered in this competition. The list of winners will be published on the official website within 7 days of the event.

The organizers undertake to comply with the provisions of law no. 667/2001 regarding the protection of personal data.

 

As a result, the organizers undertake to respect the confidentiality of the personal data of the participants/winners of the competition and to use them according to these official rules, the declarations on the own responsibility of the participants and the legislation in force.

It is forbidden for competitors to leave waste in the competition area, risking disqualification from the competition.

5.4. ADMINISTRATIVE CONDITIONS (ELIGIBILITY)

Eligible for participation (cumulative):

-people with a state of health that allows them to participate in the chosen race distances.

- persons registered with the Romanian Triathlon Federation (annual license or single-race license) or – for foreign citizens – licensed with the Triathlon Federation of the country of origin;.

Minimum age for participation:

- HALF 70.3 race distance - 18 years.

- OLYMPIC race distance - 18 years.

- SPRINT race distance - 16 years.

- SUPERSPRINT race distance - 14 years.

Information for Romanian athletes here: https://triatlonromania.ro/licentiere/

The organizers reserve the right not to accept in the competition people who:

  • are recalcitrant, who do not have a dignified and respectful behavior and go beyond the norms of common sense;
  • are violent and aggressive with the organizers or the other participants;
  • have consumed alcoholic beverages / drugs or are under the influence of these substances;
  • they have on them weapons of any kind, explosive or incendiary materials, tear gas, irritating or paralyzing substances, electroshock devices or other devices that can be used in violent actions or can disrupt the normal development of the event;
  • are suspended for doping reasons.

 

SECTION 6. FINANCIAL RULES

6.1. Participation fee

The participation fees are shown in the REGISTRATION section and are different, depending on the chosen race distance and the date of payment.

In case of non-participation, the fee is non-refundable.

The transfer fee between races is 50 lei and can only be done with reason, at the latest until the registration closing date.

If a transfer to a shorter race distance is desired, the difference will not be refunded.

 

The organizers reserve the right to modify these Regulations as often as necessary, specifying the version and date of modification.

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