Section 6: Approved sports – activities and specific rules

Amended 2014

6.28 Triathlon - NSWCHSSA Championships

6.28.1 Rules

The rules of competition will be conducted under the current rules of Triathlon as set out by Triathlon Australia.

6.28.2 Eligibility

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "Eligibility of Students" - Section 5.2.3 (c)

6.28.3 Categories

(a) Individual events will be conducted in the following age groups:

13, 14 years – Boys and Girls separate events
15, 16 years – Boys and Girls separate events
17, 18, 19 years – Boys and Girls separate events

(b) Relay Events – One team for each age and gender division. The team to comprise three athletes: one swimmer, one cyclist and one runner.

6.28.4 Distances – separate categories in each age division for boys and girls.

Juniors, 12, 13, 14 years – 400 metre swim, 10 km cycle, 3 km run
Intermediates 15, 16 years – 600 metre swim, 15 km cycle, 4 km run
Seniors 17, 18, 19 years – 750 metre swim, 20 km cycle, 5 km run
Relay (Juniors) – 400 metre swim, 10 km cycle, 3 km run

6.28.5 Gearing – junior ratios

(a) No competitor shall compete in his or her age group with a bike which in its largest gear, will roll out more than the following distances:

Junior – 6.00 metres = 42 Front Chain Ring x 14 Rear Sprocket
Intermediate – 7.00 metres = 42 Front Chain Ring x 13 Rear Sprocket
Senior – 8.00 metres = 52 Front Chain Ring x 14 Rear Sprocket

Roll out means the distance the bike will travel with the pedal crank in the vertical position and then wheeled through one revolution of the wheel to return the crank to the same position.

6.28.6 Safety

It is a safety oriented event with a closed circuit ride (no vehicles) and a protected swim course.

(a) Roads will be closed during events so that it is a vehicle free course.

(b) All cyclists must wear an approved helmet.

(c) Bicycle helmets are compulsory and must be in accordance with the following specifications:

(i) The helmet must be approved by an officially recognised testing authority ie. S.A.A., ANSI, Snell Memorial Foundation or any testing authority by an NGB.

(ii) An alteration to any part of the helmet, including the chin strap, or the omission of any part of the helmet, including an outer cloth cover, is prohibited.

(iii) The helmet must be securely fastened on the head of a competitor before the bicycle is removed from the bicycle rack in the Transition Zone.

(iv) The helmet must remain securely fastened on the head of a competitor while the bicycle is being moved from the bicycle rack to the exit of the mounting zone, including during the action of mounting.

(v) The helmet must be securely fastened on the head of a competitor at all times when he/she is on the bicycle course, whether mounted or dismounted.

(vi) If a competitor moves the bicycle off the course through disorientation, or for reasons of safety, or the need to carry out mechanical repairs or conduct personal toilet, the competitor may not unfasten or remove the helmet from the head until after she/he has move outside the boundary of the bicycle course route and has dismounted the bicycle; and he/she must fasten the helmet securely on the head before returning onto the bicycle course route or before remounting the bicycle.

(vii) The helmet must remain securely fastened on the head of a competitor while the bicycle is being moved from the entry of the dismounting zone to at the bicycle rack, including during the actions of dismounting the bicycle and racking the bicycle.

If the above rules pertaining to the wearing of helmets:- section 6.28.6.(b) and section 6.28.6(c) (sub sections (i)-(vii) are not adhered to the offending competitor(s) will be disqualified.

6.28.7 Protests

The Event: Any protest concerning the event must be lodged to the event referee in writing within 30 minutes of the completion of the event. The protest should clearly state the basis of the protest and indicate times and places on the course where the incident occurred.

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