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Cycling Topics

  • What is Drafting? Is the Bike Section Draft Legal? Can I Draft on the bike?

    Drafting is cycling close to the bike in front and thereby gaining an advantage. Only the British Sprint Triathlon Championship waves are draft-legal, all the Open mass races are non-drafting for the bike section. This means you cannot cycle closer than 10m from the bike in front of you, nor cycle alongside another cyclist closer than 3m. If overtaking a competitor you have 20 seconds to pass through their draft zone.

  • Can I use Tri bars?

    Yes you can as the Open races are non-drafting. All bar ends must be plugged and safety checks will be carried out at the entrance to transition.

  • Can I use Disc Brakes?

    ​Yes, Disc brakes are now permitted in all British Triathlon permitted events, including draft-legal races.

  • Do I need to wear a cycle helmet?

    Yes. You must wear a cycle helmet for the whole of the cycle section of the event. Your cycle helmet must be on your head and fastened whenever you are in contact with your bike. So don’t take the bike off the rack until your helmet is on and done up, and don’t unfasten your helmet until your bike is back on the rack after your cycle section.

  • Can I use a mountain/hybrid bike?

    Absolutely. Although a road bike may be faster, a mountain bike or hybrid bike is perfectly fine. The event is run under British Triathlon rules and the permitted cycling equipment is explained in Section 5 of the rule book available from this link.

Equipment and Clothing Topics

  • What equipment will I need for this event?

    The only equipment provided are a swim cap and race numbers. You will need to provide everything else which will include (but not be limited to):

    • swimming costume or trisuit which you can wear for the whole event
    • wetsuit for the swim - compulsory
    • swimming goggles
    • a bicycle - this could be a mountain bike but a road bike is better for road based triathlons
    • a cycle helmet - compulsory
    • bike shoes
    • any other clothing required for the bike, such as a jacket or gloves
    • a bike bottle filled with water or an energy drink
    • sunglasses (if required)
    • a cap for the run (if required)
    • a number belt if required (most event organisers will provide safety pins)
    • running shoes
  • What is the difference between a Trisuit and a Wetsuit?

    A trisuit is made from Lycra and worn as regular racing kit throughout the triathlon. You can swim in it, cycle in it and run in it. A wetsuit is made of neoprene fabric and is a protective layer worn only for the swim to keep you warm in cold water. You should wear your trisuit for the whole race and, more importantly, wear it underneath your wetsuit - which you ONLY wear for the swim.

General and Entry Topics

  • How can I withdraw from the event and obtain a refund?

    If the participant wishes to withdraw from the Event at any point they must do so by informing the Organiser by email immediately to nottingham@britishtriathlon.org; you must ensure that the email subject title is stated clearly as “WITHDRAWAL”. No other method of withdrawal is accepted by the Organiser. The Organiser will confirm the withdrawal by email to the Participant normally within 5 working days. If no response to the withdrawal request is received the participant should phone the Organiser on 01509 226161.

    No refunds can be given to participants withdrawing after 5pm. on MONDAY 15 APRIL 2019.

    A participant may withdraw and be refunded in full (but not in respect of the booking fees) up to two weeks after the date of entry confirmation, after which time the entry fee will not be refunded in full. Participants withdrawing by 5pm on FRIDAY 15 MARCH 2019 will receive a 50% refund. Participants withdrawing by 5pm on MONDAY 15 APRIL 2019 will receive a 25% refund.

    Please note – once entered the booking fee cannot be refunded in any circumstances, the booking fee is paid for the entries service which is fully consumed once a participants entry is accepted.

  • Merchandise Returns Policy

    All refunds and exchanges are to be processed directly by the Organiser. If you require a refund and are entitled to one you must contact the Organiser directly by contacting nottingham@britishtriathlon.org

    All additional purchases made at the point of Event entry are subject to each individual supplier’s refund and exchange policies (you must read the supplier’s terms and conditions to establish and understand what these are in each case). Please contact your supplier for specific details.

    Details of all merchandise suppliers can be found by emailing nottingham@britishtriathlon.org

    Items of merchandise or additional purchases supplied by the Organiser (as opposed to a third party supplier) within the Entry process can only be exchanged or refunded if they are the wrong size, defective, not as described or arrive damaged and are received back with the Organiser within 35 days of purchase in its original condition.

    By original condition, we’d expect this to mean that you’ve kept packaging and labels, and that the item is undamaged and unused.

    Once returned, we’ll refund the person who originally placed and paid for the order.

    Where a product has been made to measure or personalised for you, unless faulty, we’re unable to refund or offer an exchange. This applies to the medal engraving product.

    If you need to return an item, you are responsible for paying your own shipping costs. The Organiser will deduct the cost of shipping a replacement item from your refund.

    This does not affect your statutory rights.

Pre Event and Registration Topics

  • Merchandise Returns Policy

    All refunds and exchanges are to be processed directly by the Organiser. If you require a refund and are entitled to one you must contact the Organiser directly by contacting nottingham@britishtriathlon.org

    All additional purchases made at the point of Event entry are subject to each individual supplier’s refund and exchange policies (you must read the supplier’s terms and conditions to establish and understand what these are in each case). Please contact your supplier for specific details.

    Details of all merchandise suppliers can be found by emailing nottingham@britishtriathlon.org

    Items of merchandise or additional purchases supplied by the Organiser (as opposed to a third party supplier) within the Entry process can only be exchanged or refunded if they are the wrong size, defective, not as described or arrive damaged and are received back with the Organiser within 35 days of purchase in its original condition.

    By original condition, we’d expect this to mean that you’ve kept packaging and labels, and that the item is undamaged and unused.

    Once returned, we’ll refund the person who originally placed and paid for the order.

    Where a product has been made to measure or personalised for you, unless faulty, we’re unable to refund or offer an exchange. This applies to the medal engraving product.

    If you need to return an item, you are responsible for paying your own shipping costs. The Organiser will deduct the cost of shipping a replacement item from your refund.

    This does not affect your statutory rights.

Rules and Regulations Topics

  • Do I need to wear a cycle helmet?

    Yes. You must wear a cycle helmet for the whole of the cycle section of the event. Your cycle helmet must be on your head and fastened whenever you are in contact with your bike. So don’t take the bike off the rack until your helmet is on and done up, and don’t unfasten your helmet until your bike is back on the rack after your cycle section.

  • Can I use a mountain/hybrid bike?

    Absolutely. Although a road bike may be faster, a mountain bike or hybrid bike is perfectly fine. The event is run under British Triathlon rules and the permitted cycling equipment is explained in Section 5 of the rule book available from this link.

  • Are there any particular rules that must be followed for this event?

    es. The event is run under British Triathlon rules which can be found here.

    Do try to read through at your leisure well before the event.

  • What are the most important rules that must be followed?

    Some of the most important rules relate to the cycle section and transition. For example:

    • Your cycle helmet must be on your head and fastened whenever you are in contact with your bike. So don’t take the bike off the rack until your helmet is on and done up, and don’t unfasten your helmet until your bike is back on the rack after your cycle section.
    • You must rack your bike in the correct allotted space in transition.
    • You must not mark your position in the transition in any way.
    • You must not use headphones or a mobile phone either in transition or at any time during the race.
    • You cannot receive any outside assistance during the race, for example your friend cannot offer you a drink on the run course (only our volunteers can offer you drinks from our drinks stations) nor can anyone help you change a flat tyre on the bike section.
    • No drafting on the bike course - which means not cycling too close to the bike in front.
    • Your race number should be worn on your back for the cycle and on your front for the run. This is most easily achieved using a number belt, which you have to provide yourself.
    • There are lots more important rules not mentioned here, so do read the rulebook.
  • Can I wear headphones during the bike and run?

    No definitely not! You cannot use anything that will impede your hearing during the race. This includes, but is not limited to, headphones and mobile phones.

Running Topics

  • Will there be a water station on the run course?

    Yes there will be water stations on the run course. Our volunteers will be manning the water stations and will ensure that you receive a drink should you need one on the run. There will also be a water station after you cross the finish line.

  • Where do I wear my body race number during the run?

    Your body race number should be worn on your front during the run section. The easiest way to achieve this is by wearing the race number on a number belt and ensuring the number is displayed on your front during the run section. You will need to provide your own number belt.

Swimming Topics

  • Do I have to wear a wetsuit for the swim?

    Yes. For safety reasons, wetsuits will be compulsory for all Open Races in Nottingham

    However, if the water temperature is 22 degrees C or higher, one hour before the start of the race, then wetsuits will be banned. This is highly unlikely.

    We won’t know the official water temperature until one hour before the race start. We can recommend a hire company if you need to hire a wetsuit, but this must be arranged well in advance of the event.

    If you use your own wetsuit, write your name inside for identification in case of a mix up in transition. All wetsuits look the same!

  • Do I need to wear a swim cap?

    Yes. You will be issued with a coloured swim cap in your race pack at registration. Everyone must wear a swim cap for safety reasons. A swimmer is easier to see in the water if they’re wearing a swim cap. All athletes who start in the same wave will have the same colour cap on. But there will be more than one wave with the same coloured swim cap, so check your start time and don’t just go by the colour of the swim caps entering the water. It may not be your wave start!

  • Is the water in the River Trent safe to swim in ?

    Yes. We carry out many scientific water quality tests throughout the year to monitor the water quality of the river. Swimming will only be allowed if the water passes the water quality tests.

  • What safety measures are in place during the swim ?

    We use a very experienced Swim Safety team who provide a number of safety kayaks and rescue power boats throughout the swim course. Should you get into difficulty in the swim, lie on your back and raise one arm; a kayak will then escort you to safety. As you will be wearing a wetsuit, the buoyancy will help too, so don’t panic.

Transition Area Topics