Triathlon/Duathlon: 11 USAT Commonly Violated Rules & Penalties



11 USAT Most Commonly Violated Rules & Penalties in Duathlon & Triathlon Races


1. Helmets:


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


Penalty: Disqualification

2. Chin Straps:


Chin straps must be fastened at all times while in possession of your bike. This means from the time you remove your bike from the rack at the start of the bike leg, until after you have placed your bike on the rack at the finish of the bike leg.


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


3. Unauthorized Assistance:


No assistance other than that offered by race staff (including volunteers), medical officials and active participants may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.


Penalty: Time penalty


Participants competing in the same event may assist each other with incidental items such as, but not restricted to, food and drinks after an aid station, pumps, tubular tires, inner tubes and puncture repair kits; Participants may not provide any item of equipment to another participant competing in the same event which results in the donor participant being unable to continue with their own competition. This includes but is not restricted to complete bicycle, frame, wheels and helmet. A participant shall not physically assist the forward progress of another participant on any part of the course


Penalty: Disqualification of both participants


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.


Penalty: Time penalty

No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant.

Penalty: Time penalty or disqualification

All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.

Penalty: Disqualification


5. Bike Position Rules:


Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must complete your pass within 15 seconds.


Position--keep to the right-hand side of the lane of travel unless passing.


Illegal Pass-- cyclists must pass on the left, not on the right.


Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and impeding other cyclists attempting to pass.


Overtaken-- once passed, you must immediately make rearward progress out of the draft zone of the passing cyclist and move completely out of the draft zone within 15 seconds.


Penalty: Time penalty


Revised 6/1/2020


6. Course:


All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course, complete the course in its entirety, and 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 center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.


Penalty: Officials discretion (judgement call), time penalty or disqualification


7. Unsportsmanlike Conduct:


Verbal or physical abuse of others is not acceptable or tolerated. Participants shall refrain from unspo