FAQ

GENERAL FAQ’s

What is the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) day membership for?

The BTF day licence is a licence for racing and covers your public liability insurance for the day. If you are not a member of British Triathlon, you will be required to purchase a Day Licence when registering for the event. If you are a member but forget to bring your membership card on the day of the event, you will be required to purchase a Day Licence (£5 for adults, £1 for children). For further information on race licenses please contact the BTF directly www.britishtriathlon.org

Will I receive anything before the event?

We do not send anything out to you in the post. Your race pack will be given to you at registration on the day of the event. You will receive a number of e-newsletters and regular updates in the lead up to the event as well as a final newsletter approximately 1 week before the event.

I am not receiving e-newsletters and email communication?

There may be several reasons for this. Firstly, please ensure that you have entered correctly entered your details when registering. You should have received an email confirming your place immediately after you entered online. Secondly, emails often get directed straight into junk/spam folders or get rejected by email servers altogether. Please ensure that you check those filters and additionally add embracesport.com to your safe senders list.

What should be in my race pack that I receive on the day of the race?

You will collect your race pack from the Registration Desk on race day. Please check that your pack contains the following items:­

  • Swim Hat (if applicable, see the information page of the specific event)
  • Your Race Timing Chip and strap – please ensure that this is attached to your ankle prior to the race start. No chip, no time!
  • 2 Race numbers – displayed on your back for the bike phase and on your front for the run. If you are using a number belt, you will only need one number.
  • 2 Bike Numbers. Stick one to the front of your helmet and the other onto your bike so that it is clearly visible.

If any items are missing, please come and see us at the Registration Desk to collect a replacement.

What are the age restrictions for participating?

Your age group is based upon your age at 31 December of the race year and not your age on race day (in accordance with BTF rules). To enter a Sprint Triathlon you must be 16 years or older as at 31st December of the event year, for Standard Distance events it’s 18 and for Middle and full distance it’s 19. (This means that you can be 15 years old on race day and still enter). For a full list of junior age groups and applicable race distances, please visit the British Triathlon website HERE

Can I listen to a personal music player whilst racing?

No. You will be unable to hear other competitors or the marshals when you are wearing one and consequently pose a threat to others. Besides, you’ll not hear everyone cheering you on!

How do I find out my wave/ start time?

Wave/ start times will be released online approximately 1 week before the event and the information will be available on our website.

How will I know my finishing time?

The race features electronic chip timing so you will get an accurate finish time including your ‘splits’ of your swim/bike/run and transition times.  You will be able to print off your times immediately after you finish from the Race Timing Desk. Print outs are good for bragging rights & post race analysis in the pub! All results will also be posted on our website after the event.

Who do I contact for lost property?

Please visit the Registration Desk on the day of the event or email us at hello@embracesport.com post event. Lost Property will be held for 14 days after the event, thereafter contact Oxfam!

Where do I find more information on rules and regulations?

For more detailed triathlon rules and regulations please see the British Triathlon competition rules document or contact the British Triathlon Federation www.britishtriathlon.org

JARGON BUSTER

Tri-suit – An all-in-one garment which you wear under your wetsuit. It has a padded chamois which makes cycling more comfortable.

Transition – The section of the race you will pass through after the swim and before the run. It is also where you rack your bike and leave essential race items such as your cycle helmet and shoes. It is usually referred to as T1 (swim – bike) and T2 (bike to run).

T1 & T2 – T1 or Transition one is the section of the race between the swim and the bike. T2 – Transition two is the section of the race between the bike and the run.

Racking – Where you place your bike in transition.

Drafting – The technique of tucking yourself behind another competitor or vehicle to save time / energy and therefore race faster.  Drafting is not permitted in our events!

Race (Number) Belt – This is an elastic belt that you attach your race number to and wear around your waist. A race belt means that you do not have to attach your race number to your clothing. You simply attach your number to the race belt and then put the race belt around you. It can then be moved to show the number on your back for the bike and on the front for the run.

Age Grouper – A triathlete who is not a professional (elite) performer.

Elastic Laces – Elastic shoelaces, enabling athletes to pull their running shoes on in T2 for a faster time.

ABOUT TRANSITION

What is transition?

Transition is an area for all competitors who rack their bike and leave a small bag for the swim and run. It is the area where you will be based for transition from swim to bike and bike to run.

What can I leave in transition?

Nothing but the kit you need to race! However, space permitting, you may be able to leave a small bag with your other kit inside depending on available space. Whilst transition is fully secure, all belongings are left at the owner’s risk. Please note that only you and your kit will be allowed into transition. This is a high security area and access will only be given to those entered in the event.

What can I do to speed up my transition times?

We recommend you put your kit out ready in the order you will put it on. Lay it out near your bike. Have your helmet ready on your handlebars with the straps straight and undone. Remember that race belts save time as well as elastic laces and lace locks. If you wear the right triathlon clothing you will certainly speed up your race times.

Can I use decorations (balloons etc.) to indicate where my racking position is in transition?

No! This is considered to give you an advantage over your fellow competitors and is against BTF rules. Making your equipment distinguishable in any way will be penalised and may lead to disqualification although we do recommend labelling your items with your name and race number so they can be easily identified post-race.

THE SWIM

What if I get into distress in the water?

If you find yourself in distress simply roll on to your back and hold one hand in the air. The water safety team will then attend

Can I use any stroke on the swim?

Yes you can although backstroke can easily be confused with a distress signal. We recommend that you try to swim front crawl but breaststroke is also useful for visibility and if you’re feeling energetic, you could also swim butterfly!

THE BIKE

Can I use a mountain bike?

Yes you can. Please refer to the BTF website for further details on BTF approved bikes.

What is the advantage of a road bike?

It will allow you to cycle faster on the roads as the tyres are smoother and provide less resistance. The frame is also lighter, reducing the effort required, and the drop handlebars allow you a more aerodynamic position.

Can I use tri bars?

Yes, but they must be plugged and they must be secure.

Does my helmet meet safety standards?

Your helmet will pass the safety inspection as long as it has no cracks in it, has no damage to it and bears a CE & EU safety mark inside it. The strap must also be in good working order and securely fastened when on the bike.

Where do I put my race number when I’m on the bike?

Your number must be displayed on your back, either by swivelling round your race belt, or by pinning the number in four corners on the back of your t-shirt.

When do I rack my bike?

Bikes can only be racked on the morning of the event. All competitors must visit the Registration Desk to collect their race packs before attempting to rack their bikes. All bikes must be racked prior to the start of the race. Transition will close 15 minutes before the start of the race. We highly recommend arriving at the event with enough time to allow for registration and to prepare for the race.

What is drafting?

Drafting is when cyclists race in a pack and one cyclist can shelter behind the other to save energy. This is what you see in the Tour de France. Drafting is against the rules for all but the elite competitors. You must not take shelter cycling behind or cycle beside another competitor during the race. You can be disqualified from the race for drafting. The draft zone is a rectangle measuring seven (10) metres long by three (3) metres wide. The centre of the leading 3 metre edge is measured from the back edge of the back wheel. See this British Triathlon common rules poster for info.

THE RUN

Do I wear specific running trainers?

It will make your race experience more comfortable and enjoyable! We do recommend you get properly fitted to ensure that they do not hurt your feet. Aspiring triathletes should use elastic laces, which help save a lot of time in transition. We highly recommend you do not wear brand new trainers on race day.

Where do I put my race number whilst on the run?

Your number must be displayed to the front, either by swivelling round your race belt, or by pinning the number in four corners to the front of your t-shirt.