There have been a number of rule amendments for the 2018 season. Below are the main changes which effect competitors. There are others to do with such topics as penalty appeals, Para Tri equipment and for a full list of changes to the rules I suggest you read the following British Triathlon article at:
The main rule changes are:
- Using a mobile phone to text, phone or listen to music or even a Smart watch to communicate or send and for example receive texts will be a disqualification issue.
- Taking video is also a disqualification unless you have prior agreement – so using GoPro on your helmet etc is not allowed.
- You cannot help another competitor to finish – i.e. like the Brownlees in Cozumel. You will both be disqualified.
- Competitors should ensure that they remain appropriately clothed throughout and not fall foul of nudity rules and risk being penalised. So, if you wear a 2-piece tri suit you cannot show your bare middle. Also, all zips must be done up completely.
- A Technical Official can provide a warning to a competitor to correct a minor infringement and give a verbal warning when:
(i) A competitor violates a rule unintentionally;
(ii) A Technical Official believes a violation is about to occur;
(iii) No advantage has been gained.
- No diving is permitted in pool-based events at any time. In addition, overtaking should only take place at the end of the lane, unless it is safe to do so otherwise.
- Competitors should proactively ensure that they display good conduct during the swim segment, to promote a safe, fair and enjoyable race for all participants.
(i) Where competitors make accidental contact in the swim and then immediately afterward move apart, no penalty will be incurred.
(ii) Where competitors make contact in the swim, and a competitor continues to impede the progress of the other competitor without moving apart, this action will result in a time penalty for the competitor causing the offence;
(iii) Where competitors deliberately target another competitor to impede their progress, gain unfair advantage and potentially cause harm to another competitor will result in disqualification.
- Trisuits must be 100% textile material, which is defined as materials consisting of natural and/or synthetic, individual and non-consolidated yarns used to constitute a fabric by weaving, knitting and/or braiding (this generally refers to suits made only from nylon or lycra that do not have any rubberised material such as polyurethane or neopryne)
9. Swimskins may be removed after the swim segment, except in standard distance and shorter events; swimskins may only be removed if changing facilities are provided by the Event Organiser;
- Swimskins must be made of textile material as trisuits
- It should be noted that a swimskin is not an acceptable replacement for a wetsuit, where use of a wetsuit is mandatory.
- The helmet must be securely fastened and fit properly at all times, and any garment worn underneath must not affect the fit… This allows the use of additional caps, providing the secure fit of the helmet is not compromised.
- Disc brakes are now permitted in all permitted events, including draft-legal races.
- Where used, smart helmets must not cover the ears;
- Competitors should ensure that if they are overtaken by a faster competitor in a draft illegal race, they should make every effort to remove themselves from the new draft zone of the competitor that has overtaken them, and not immediately attempt to re-overtake.
- Drafting violations cannot be appealed.
- Competitors seen blocking (bike or run) will incur a time penalty.
- Dangerous riding may result in a penalty. This includes but is not limited to passing another competitor on the wrong side.