USAFA Tri Alums for USAFA Tri
LB Athlete Guide 2012
Welcome to the 4th annual Lindsay Brown Triathlon, a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.
Packet Pick-up will be Saturday, September 28th 1600-1900 in front of Clune Arena, from 8:00am-11:00am 29 September and race day morning starting at 7:00 on the field where transition will be held, directly to the north of the cadet gym. It is recorded that participants park in the Cadet Field house parking lot and walk to transition. Participants will not be permitted to leave the bikes in transition overnight.
The swim will start in waves starting at 9:00 based on submitted swim times, starting with the slowest time and ending with the fastest. The transition area will open at 7:00 on Sunday, September 30th .
The swim will be 750, in an indoor pool. The pool will be 25 yards. Counters will be provided for every swimmer and will indicate the last lap of the swim with a kick board.
You are racing under the USAT Competitive Rules. In order to minimize misunderstandings on race day, please take the time to read the following summary of the Position Violations, which you know as the drafting rules.
Here are a reduced set of the Position Rules:
Ride on the right side of your lane
Keep three bike lengths between yourself and the cyclist in front of you.
Pass on the left of the cyclist in front, never on the right.
Complete your pass within 15 seconds.
If passed, you must drop completely out of the zone, to the rear, before attempting to re-pass
Remember you are racing in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event and there are USAT certified referees on the course to ensure fairness in the competition. There will be NO WARNINGS if you commit a foul during competition. Triathlon is an individual event and you must take personal responsibility to understand the rules and avoid penalties. At the end of the race all citations by the marshals are reviewed by the Head Referee who then decides if a penalty should be assessed. The Head Referee’s ruling is final in the case of Position Violations and there are no protests or appeals of Position penalties. Marshals commonly cite the following violations:
Position – riding on the left side of the lane without passing.
Blocking – left side riding and impeding the forward progress of another competitor
Illegal Pass – passing on the right
Overtaken – failing to drop back three bike lengths before re-passing
Drafting – following a leading cyclist closer than three bike lengths and failing to pass within 15 seconds.
Though Position Violations carry a time penalty for first offense, two citations will result in an additional penalty and if you are cited for three violations, you will be disqualified. Be sure to check the penalty sheet before you leave the race site and have a chat with the Head Referee if you have any questions.
Make sure your helmet is a CPSC approved model. All helmets legally sold in the US are CPSC approved but if you purchased your helmet in a different county it might be illegal for use in sanctioned events.
While on your bike, always have your chinstrap securely fastened – before, during and after the event! The chin strap rule is easy to follow, so don’t forget – that’s a DQ!
Wear your race numbers, don’t leave your trash on the course, and don’t carry or use any portably audio devices.
Remember to treat other athletes, volunteers, and officials with courtesy and consideration. Failure to do so will result in a DQ.
What to bring to race and transition:
Goggles, towel, flip-flops
Bike shoes, sunglasses, helmet
The bike course: Two loops (20 km)
Start at Athletic Fields then right Academy Drive
Right on Parade Loop
Right on Cross Drive
Right on Interior Drive
Right on Academy Drive
The Run course (5 km):
Start at the transition area
Straight and south from the gym
Left onto Cadet Drive
Up to and around the parade field
Left onto Faculty Drive
Left onto Cross Drive
Left onto Parade Loop
Left up the dirt trail
Finish on the Track