Regulations

Conditions of participation:

Athletes must be at least 18 years of age and of a sufficient athletic level. With their registration they confirm this. The submission of the waiver and the acceptance of the Covid 19 prevention concept of the Austrian Triathlon Federation (ÖTRV) is mandatory. We will inform you extensively about the exact specifications of the antigen test/vaccination proof/proof of recovery/green passport to be carried out as soon as the details are fixed. The form for this can be found under “Competition” and “Downloads”. We require correct and truthful entries in the registration documents! For the division of the swimming lanes, please announce a swimming time that corresponds to the realistic performance level!

Rules and Regulations:

The sport regulations of the Austrian Triathlon Federation apply. In a few points we have adapted the regulations to the special circumstances of the Ultra Triathlon:

  • Refreshments during the swim at the poolside (also by the coach) are allowed. (also by the coach) is allowed.
  • Supervision/delivery of food by a coach is allowed within the paddock.
  • Accompanying the athlete on the run course is allowed to a fair extent if there are safety reasons.
  • Accompanying the athlete on the bike course by car and bicycle is prohibited!
  • Outside help in case of defects on the bike course by colleagues or called support staff is permitted.
  • The slipstream box of 12 metres applies, riding side by side is not permitted.
  • The anti-doping rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA and those of the International Ultra Triathlon Association IUTA apply.

Timetable:

The current schedule can be seen here 

1. Swimming

The swim will start according to the current schedule (exact start time will be announced soon) at the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg. Depending on the number of participants it is possible that there will be two starting waves. This will be announced in time. The transition to the bike will take place in the Parktherme next to the pool. The transition area will be set up here before the start.
The pool is a FINA-certified 50-metre outdoor pool. There are 152 lengths to be covered. The laps will be counted digitally. Refreshments during the swim are allowed at the poolside on the opposite side of the start/ timing area.

The pool is a FINA-certified 50-metre outdoor pool. There are 152 lengths to be covered. The laps will be counted digitally. Refreshments during the swim are allowed at the poolside on the opposite side of the start/ timing area.

1.1 The wearing of a cold weather suit (neoprene) is allowed but not compulsory. In case of low outside temperatures, the Jury reserves the right to decide to require the use of cold suits. Other aids such as fins, snorkels or paddles are not allowed.

1.2 A maximum of one coach is allowed in the transition area and at the poolside.

1.3 Time limit for the swim: 4 hours

2. Cycling

After the swim has been completed, the transition to the bike will take place next to the pool in the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg. The transition zone ends at the beginning of the feeder course. About 50 metres have to be covered pushing the bike on a meadow before the climb onto the bike is allowed. After reaching the Mount Line, there is a transfer of 1.5 kilometres on a bike path along the Mura River that is not open to traffic, as well as a short stretch on public roads. After this transfer, the cycling part begins with 34 laps of 10.6 kilometres each.

2.1 Behaviour on the bike course

The cycling course is on good, flat roads with little traffic. However, the course is not closed to traffic and the STVO (Road Traffic Regulations) apply. There are no traffic lights or active level crossings on the route, but there are some junctions and roundabouts where attention is required and priority rules must be observed at all costs. The instructions of the executive and the marshals must be followed at all times. Throwing away bike bottles or food outside the marked area in the paddock will lead to disqualification without exception. The course is to be viewed online in advance and marked with signs during the competition. Each athlete is responsible for knowing the course and orientation.

2.2 Lighting/equipment

On Saturday, 29.08.2021, the bike is to be used only with lights on the competition course from 8.30 p.m. onwards. A white permanent light must be mounted on the bike in the direction of travel. The light may be battery-operated. However, the rider must be able to be sufficiently illuminated at all times and must be able to replace the lights or batteries if necessary. The light must be mounted on the bike. A helmet light is optional, but not adequate as the only light source. A red steady or flashing light must be mounted on the bike as a rear light, which must be switched on compulsorily from 8.30 pm. It is recommended that reflective clothing be worn and/or reflective strips be placed on the bike and equipment during the night hours. The wearing of a crash helmet is mandatory at all times when the bike is used by the rider. The race number must be worn on the back and must always be visible in order to be registered by the officials and marshals and to be recognised as a race participant by any motorists present. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that their bike and equipment meet all safety standards

2.3. Drafting Rules/Penalties

The cycling part is a single time trial without any personal escort. Slipstreaming behind or alongside a competitor or other non-motorised or motorised vehicles is prohibited. The minimum distance between the front wheel of the front competitor and the front wheel of the rear competitor is 12 metres, and 2 metres to the side. The overtaking process must be completed after 30 seconds. Overtaken athletes are responsible for re-establishing the distance and can only then start an overtaking process again. Motorised race marshals of the Austrian Triathlon Federation (ÖTRV) will ensure that the rules are observed during cycling. In case of slipstreaming, an 8-minute penalty will be imposed, which has to be served in the transition area after completion of the bike part. Further penalties may be imposed for further offences. The timekeeping chip must be worn for the entire duration of the race. Passing on the timing chip to other persons (with the exception of replacement by officials) will result in immediate disqualification.

2.4 Electronic devices

The use of electronic devices such as mobile phones or the use of headphones for music or telephone is not permitted during the cycling competition. A mobile phone may be carried for safety reasons, but its use during the race is prohibited. The use of cycling computers/navigation devices is permitted, but in all cases care must be taken to ensure that no distraction is caused by their use.

2.5. Guarding/storage

Each participant or his/her crew is responsible for his/her own safety and equipment. The organiser accepts no liability for damage or loss or theft of equipment.  There is no permanent transition area after the completion of the bike part. The bike and the cycling equipment must be kept by the crew.

3. Running

After cycling the athlete changes from the bike to the running shoes in the designated area in the paddock. Any time penalties given on the bike course must be served here. The bike will be taken into custody by the coach and will not remain in the transition area. The running course will run clockwise for 1.3 kilometres, always passing the paddock. The run course will be 63 or 64 laps long. The exact number will be announced in time after AIMS measurement and final determination of the running routes to the finish. Wearing reflective clothing at night is recommended. The course is sufficiently illuminated throughout, for your own safety you should use your own light. Accompaniment on the running course is not permitted in principle, but is possible if it serves the safety of the respective athlete. Accompaniment on bicycles, scooters etc. is not permitted. Participants may either run or walk, the use of any aid is prohibited. All commercially available types of running shoes may be used, including carbon shoes.

The cut-off time for the finishline is 29 August 2022, 12.p.m. which means a timelimit of maximum 39 hours.

4. Timekeeping

Timekeeping will be carried out by the organiser by means of chip measurement on the wrist. Only the lap and length numbers specified in the announcement and at the race briefing are valid. Cycling or running computers may of course be used, but are only for the participants’ own control. After the swim, participants must use a new chip, which will be handed out to them after the swim. Officials may replace the chips after the bike or during the run event if necessary to guarantee the functionality of the timekeeping. Lap times and lap numbers will be available to support staff in the paddock. The chip must be handed over to the timekeeper after the finish at the end of the event.

5. Relays

For relay participants the same rules apply as for single starters. At the DOUBLE ULTRA TRIATHLON Bad Radkersburg the changeover in the two categories is clearly regulated and obligatory.

5.1 Specialist Relay

In the specialist relay each participant will compete in one discipline in full length. The changeover will take place in the respective changeover zones as for the individual starters.

5.2. two-person team relay

The two-person team will share the DOUBLE ULTRA TRIATHLON challenge exactly equally. The changeover will take place halfway through each discipline. The changeover after the swim will take place after 76 lengths. After the bike, after 17 laps of 10.6 kilometres each in the paddock in the transition zone. The change after the run will take place after 30 laps of the run course. Only at these times the change is possible. It is allowed to do two parts in a row during the competition, that means the athlete who finishes the swim can also start the bike event and hand over to the team partner after half of the bike course. The same is possible for the bike/run transition.

5.3. Finish

Team finishes of relay teams are allowed.

6. General

6.1. Competitors may interrupt the competition at any point during the course, but it must be resumed at that point. Breaks are possible during all disciplines. If the competition is interrupted for more than 30 minutes, the race management must be informed. In case of premature abandonment of the competition, the race management must also be informed and the chip must be returned. Failure to register will result in disqualification. If the race is resumed after a longer break, the race management must also be informed.

6.2. The official supervisor must be reachable by telephone for the competition management during the entire duration of the race. The telephone number must be given at the registration.

6.3 The participants have to make sure that they are familiar with the rules and regulations. The online race briefing will be sent out by e-mail in the days before the race and is to be regarded as compulsory. It is part of the Covid 19 prevention concept of the ÖTRV and is an additional service for the participants to be able to adjust to the conditions in peace.

6.4 Participants are required to bring a medical certificate or a signed waiver to the registration. An official document must also be brought.

6.5 Doping controls may be carried out both before and after the race without prior notice. Participants are subject to the anti-doping guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA and the Austrian Anti-Doping Agency NADA. In case of doping controls, the support person must be present and the tested athlete must identify himself/herself.

6.6 The organiser is not liable for accidents, damages and theft.

6.7 Holders of an annual licence of the Austrian Triathlon Federation ÖTRV have accident insurance for the event with this licence. All other participants have to buy a day licence of the Austrian Triathlon Federation or the Styrian Triathlon Federation STTRV at the registration. This licence costs 20 Euros and also includes accident insurance for this event. Holders of an annual licence of another international triathlon federation have to buy this licence as well. Relays and teams only need one daily license.

6.8 The organiser assumes no liability for the health risks of the participant in connection with the participation in the competition. The participant bindingly declares that there are no objections to participation in the desired competition for health reasons and that he/she is in an appropriate training condition. The participant accepts that he/she may be withdrawn from the race by the race doctor or the race director if there are signs of damage to his/her health.

6.9 The participant agrees that photos, film recordings and interviews made in connection with his/her participation may be passed on, distributed and published in radio, television, print media, books, photomechanical reproductions, also for the purpose of advertising without any claim to remuneration. The personal data collected with the registration will be stored and passed on for the purposes of the implementation and handling of the event. The participant agrees to the publication of his/her name, first name, year of birth, club, start number and results in all print and electronic media relevant to the event.

6.9 In case of non-attendance or cancellation of the event due to force majeure, there is no right to a refund of the organisation fee. The exception is early cancellation due to the Covid 19 situation. In this case, the entry fee will be refunded in full (transfer fees excluded).

6.10. The Covid 19 prevention and hygiene concept drawn up by the organiser and described in the next point (and continuously updated) must be fully complied with by both athletes and coaches. We recommend that participants read point 7 (Covid 19 concept) at regular intervals, as we can also tighten or possibly relax this concept at short notice to suit the current situation.

6.11. All participants will be honoured at the winners’ brunch. There will be special prizes for the first 3 male and female finishers and for relay teams. There will be no age categories, with the exception of a planned special award for the winner of the M/W Ü50 category.

6.12. The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the rules or to the routes at short notice.

6.13. In case of less than 20 registrations, the organiser reserves the right to cancel the event. In this case, any fees already paid will be refunded in full.

6.14. For reasons of better readability, the masculine form is usually chosen in the rules and regulations in German. Of course, the information refers to both genders.

7. Covid-19

The organisers and the sanctioning association ÖTRV have a lot of experience with the organisation of triathlon events during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the last 20 months, a high number of competitions considering the circumstances could be successfully carried out thanks to well thought-out safety concepts. The race director of the event was also part of the working group that contributed to this catalogue of measures. This was one of the reasons why the organisers, team triaguide, were able to hold 3 events during the pandemic so far. 

The DOUBLE ULTRA TRIATHLON Bad Radkersburg follows the always up-to-date guidelines of the ÖTRV concept, which is coordinated with the Austrian Ministry of Health. In cooperation with the Covid-19 prevention officer, who is provided by the ÖTRV, we have worked out a prevention concept that can be found under the menu item “Covid-19”.

Participants and supervisors are obliged to follow the Covid 19 prevention concept and the necessary hygiene measures.