Rules & Regulations

Triathlon British Columbia sanctions the Peach Classic Triathlon.  All TRIBC and ITU rules will be in effect during the event. Protests of penalties assessed for rules infractions must be filed with the TRIBC Head Official within 15 minutes after the protesting individual finishes the race.
Click here for a copy of the complete Triathlon Canada Competition Rules.

I. Introduction

The Triathlon Canada Competition Rules are intended to:

• Create an atmosphere of sportsmanship, equality and fair play at all times.
• Provide safety and protection.
• Penalize competitors who gain unfair advantage.

II. General Rules

• Technical Officials (not volunteers) shall have the authority to disqualify participants.
• Medical personnel shall have the ultimate and final authority to remove a participant from the race if they judge the participant to be physically incapable of continuing the race without risk of serious injury. Medical transport of any participant will result in disqualification.
• Good sportsmanship is demanded from all participants. Any unsportsmanlike behavior is grounds for disqualification.
• A ‘Thank You’ to volunteers will go a long way in showing them how much we appreciate their generous contribution to the race.
• If you withdraw from the race at any time, please notify an official and return your timing chip to the timing tent in transition as soon as possible. For your own safety and our peace of mind, it is essential that we know where you are on the course at all times.

Conduct of Competitors

Competitors will:

• Be responsible for their own safety and the safety of others.
• Know, understand and follow the ITU Competition Rules, available from their National Federation and on; or
• Obey traffic regulations and instructions from race officials.
• Treat other athletes, officials, volunteers, and spectators with respect and courtesy.
• Avoid the use of abusive language.
• Compete without receiving assistance other than from event personnel and officials.
• Not dispose trash or equipment around the course except at clearly identified places, such as feed stations or trash disposal points.
• Not attempt to gain unfair advantage from any external vehicle or object.
• Follow the prescribed course.

III. Discipline of Competitors

General Rules:

• Failure to comply with the ITU Competition Rules may result in an athlete being verbally warned, punished with a time penalty, disqualified, suspended, or expelled.
• The nature of the rule violation will determine the subsequent penalty.
• Reasons for Penalty: An athlete may be issued a verbal warning, punished with a time penalty, or disqualified for failing to abide by the ITU Competition Rules.
• The Technical Officials are allowed to assess penalties, even if the infringement is not listed, if the Technical Official deems an unfair advantage has been gained, or if a dangerous situation has been created intentionally.


The purpose of a warning is to alert an athlete about a possible rule violation and to promote a “proactive” attitude on the part of officials; A warning maybe given when:

• An athlete violates a rule unintentionally.
• A Technical Official believes a violation is about to occur.
• No advantage has been gained.

Giving a warning: The Official will blow their whistle, the athlete will be stopped if necessary, asked to modify their behaviour, and allowed to continue the race immediately afterwards.
**It is not necessary for a Technical Official to give a warning prior to issuing a more serious penalty.

Time Penalties:

Giving a Time Penalty: A warning will be given at the discretion of the Technical Official. A BLUE card will be used for drafting infringements during bike segment, and a YELLOW card will be used for the rest of the infringements.

All Time Penalties will be served in The Penalty tent in Transition. Your number will be radioed in to transition. Upon entering T2 you must stop at the Penalty Tent and stay there for the duration of your penalty, 1 minute- Sprint, 2 minutes Standard. Your bike will be taken from you and you will not be allowed food or water.

DRAFTING Penalties:

1st Offence: Time Penalty
2nd Offence: Disqualified


• A competitor may be disqualified for:
• Failing to follow the prescribed course.
• Drafting, Blocking, Charging, Obstructing or Interfering with another competitor.
• Accepting assistance from anyone other than race Officials.
• Not wearing their unaltered race number provided in the proper way.
• Using abusive language or behavior, or unsportsmanlike conduct.
• Wearing items deemed a hazard to oneself or others (e.g. a cast, headphones).

For the Age Group and para-triathletes, the accumulation of time penalties will result in disqualification as follows:

  • Two time penalties in the standard distance or shorter events;
  • Three time penalties in the middle and long distance events.

Technical Official will assess a disqualification by:

• Sounding a whistle or horn, Showing a Red Card, and calling the athletes number and saying “Disqualified”
• Alternatively, the athletes may be informed about the penalties by displaying the athlete’s number on the white board posted at the post finish area.

Procedure after Disqualification:

An athlete may finish the race if a Technical Official issues a disqualification.


A competitor can be suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the violation of the Rules deemed serious enough by Event Officials and the Provincial Sanctioning Body.

IV. Swimming Conduct


• Athletes may use any stroke to propel themselves through the water. They may also tread water or float. Athletes are allowed to push off the ground at the beginning and the end of every swim lap.
• Athletes must follow the prescribed swim course.
• Athletes may stand on the bottom or rest by holding an inanimate object, such as a buoy or stationary boat;.
• In an emergency, an athlete should raise an arm overhead and call for assistance. Once official assistance is rendered, the athlete must retire from the competition.

Illegal Equipment:

Athletes must not use or wear:

• Artificial propulsion devices.
• Flotation devices.
• Gloves or socks.
• Wetsuit bottoms only.
• Wetsuits when they are forbidden.
• Non-certified swimsuits.
• Snorkels.

V. Cycling Conduct

General Rules:

1. An athlete is not permitted to:

• Block other athletes.
• Cycle with a bare torso.
• Make forward progress without being in possession of the bike.

2. Dangerous Behaviour:

• Athletes must obey the specific traffic regulations for the event, unless a Technical Official advises otherwise.
• Athletes leaving the field of play for safety reasons have to return to it without gaining any advantage. If advantage is gained due to this action, the athlete will receive a time penalty to be served in Transition Area for Age Groupers and at the run penalty box for everyone else.


• The bicycle draft zone will be 10 meters long measured from the leading edge of the front wheel. An athlete may enter the draft zone of another athlete, but must be seen to be progressing through that zone. A maximum of 20 seconds will be allowed to pass through the zone of another athlete.
• Motorbike draft zone: the draft zone behind motorbike will be 12 meters long. This applies also for draft legal events.
• Vehicle draft zone: The draft zone behind vehicle will be 35 metres long and applies to every vehicle on the bike segment.
• Once overtaken, an athlete must move out of the draft zone of the leading athlete within 5 seconds.
• Athletes must keep to the side of the course and not create a blocking incident. Blocking is where an athlete who is behind cannot pass due to the leading athlete being poorly placed on the course.

Equipment Bicycles must have the following characteristics:

• Two wheels of equal diameter. The front wheel shall be steerable; the rear wheel shall be driven through a system comprising pedals and a chain.
• Fairings or devices which reduce air resistance are prohibited.
• Covers are allowed on the rear wheel.
• Handlebar ends must be plugged, tires well glued, headsets tight, and wheels true.
• There must be a well-functioning brake on each wheel.

Bicycle helmets are compulsory.

• The helmet must be approved by an officially recognized testing authority (ANSI or Snell).
• Alterations to the helmet are forbidden.
• The helmet must be securely fastened at all times when the competitor is in possession of the bicycle;.
• Headsets, headphones, and glass containers are forbidden.

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VI. Transition Area Conduct

General Rules:

• All competitors must have their helmet securely fastened from the time they remove their bicycle from the rack at the start of the cycle until after they have placed their bicycle on the rack at the finish of the cycle.
• Competitors must use only their designated bicycle rack, and rack their own bike.
• Competitors must not impede the progress of other competitors in the transition area.
• Competitors must not interfere with another competitor’s equipment.
• Competitors must mount and dismount their bicycle at the designated area or line.
• Cycling is not permitted in the transition area.
• Nudity or indecent exposure is forbidden.

VII. Run Conduct

The athletes will:

• Run or walk.
• Wear the official race number.
• Not crawl.
• Not run with a bare torso.
• Not run with a bike helmet on.
• Not be accompanied by team members, team managers or other pacemakers on the course.