Age Group Athletes
The Age-Grouper encompasses many different types of athletes. These athletes range from the individuals who want to give this unique speedo-infested sport a try in a 'Try-a-Tri' event to individuals who spend just under 17 hours racing in the hot, humid, just downright mean environment of Kona, Hawaii, home of the Ironman World Championships.
Age-Grouper triathletes train, race and pursue their passion with full determination and commitment. These are amazing athletes and they contribute to the heart and soul of every race. Whether you are the age-grouper just trying out the sport for the first time or the Ironman competitor, Triathlon Alberta is committed to supporting you in your various multi-sport endeavors!
AGE GROUP DRAFT LEGAL EQUIPMENT
Draft Legal racing is triathlon racing that allows athletes to draft off of one another on the bike leg of the triathlon.
Please Note: Age-Groupers do not require a Draft Legal Certification Card.
- There will be a vertical line touching the front-most point of the saddle which will be no more than 5 centimetres in front of, and no more than 15cm behind a vertical line passing through the centre of the chain wheel axle, and an athlete must not have the capability of adjusting the saddle beyond these lines during competition.
- The frame of the bike shall be of a traditional pattern, ie; built around a closed frame or straight or tapered tubular elements, (which may be round, oval, flattened, teardrop shaped or otherwise in cross-section.
- Only logos of bicycle related products may appear on the athlete’s bicycle.
- Wheels shall have at least 12 spokes.
- Disc wheels are not allowed.
- Only traditional drop handlebars are permitted.
- The handlebars must be plugged.
- Clip-ons are not allowed.
When DRafting, athletes should:
- Be predictable with all actions. Maintain a steady straight line and avoid braking or changing direction suddenly. Remember that there are riders following closely from behind.
- Point out and call out any road hazards ahead. These include potholes, drain grates, stray animals, opening car doors, sticks, stones, parked cars, etc.
- Not overlap wheels. A slight direction change or gust of wind could easily cause athletes to touch wheels and fall.
- When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely. Many riders lose their momentum when rising out of the saddle on a hill, which can cause sudden deceleration. This can often catch a rider who is following too closely, resulting in a fall from a wheel touch.
- Not panic if you brush shoulders, hands or bars with another rider. Try to stay relaxed in your upper body to absorb any bumps. This is a part of racing in close bunches and is quite safe provided riders do not panic, brake or change direction.