Duathlon

RACE RULES

The Bike King Duathlon Competition Rules are intended to:

  • Create an atmosphere of sportsmanship, equality, and fair play
  • Provide safety and protection
  • Emphasize ingenuity and skill without unduly limiting the athlete’s freedom of action
  • Penalize athletes who gain an unfair advantage

General Conduct:

  • Duathlon and other related multi-sports involve many athletes. Race tactics are part of the interaction between athletes.
  • Athletes will practice good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Athletes will be responsible for their own safety and the safety of others.
  • Know, understand and follow the Competition Rules.
  • 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.
  • Inform a Race Official after withdrawing from the race.
  • Compete without receiving assistance other than from event personnel and officials.

Health:

  • Duathlons and other related multi-sports are strenuous. To be able to compete, athletes should be in excellent physical condition. Their health and welfare is of paramount importance. By starting in a race, the athletes declare they are in good health and are in appropriate physical condition to complete the race;
  • Athletes are encouraged to perform periodic health evaluation (PHE) and to undergo a pre-participation evaluation (PPE) prior to engaging in competitive sport.

Eligibility:

  • An athlete’s age is determined by their age on December 31st in the year of competition.
  • Athletes aged 18 and above are eligible to compete in the Elite or Long Distance Age Group categories.
  • Athletes aged 16 and above are eligible to compete in the Sprint Distance Age Group categories.
  • An athlete who competes in a category different from his/her age, in a distance in which he/she is not allowed will be disqualified from the events he/she took part in. Any awards and prizes will be removed.

Insurance:

  • Each athlete must have personal insurance coverage. This insurance will cover any accident occurring during the competition.

Registration:

  • All athletes must provide a Government issued ID at race registration/packet pick-up prior to competition.
  • All athletes must pick up their own race packet at the official race registration area during a designated time. There is absolutely no race kit pick up on race day.
  • The race packets will contain a minimum of three (3) official race numbers one (1) for body (bib number), one (1) for bicycle and one (1) for helmet) and a timing chip.

Race numbers:

  • Race number (bib number) must be worn by athletes during the bike segment and must be visible on the back.
  • Race number (bib number) must be worn by athletes during the run segment. The race number must be visible on the front.

Timing and Results:

  • A race will be won by the athlete who has the shortest time from the start signal to the moment when the athlete finishes the race. An athlete will be judged as "finished," the moment any part of the torso, reaches the perpendicular line extending from the leading edge of the finish line.
  • All the athletes will be ranked according to their times.
  • The official results will list the athletes according to their finish time.

Time splits to be included are:

  • Run 1 or first segment
  • Bike or second segment
  • Run 2 or third segment
  • Overall finish time
  • Results will include athletes who do not finish the race (DNF), those who do not start (DNS), those who are disqualified (DSQ).

Safety Guidelines:

  • The responsibility of remaining on the course rests with the athlete. Any athlete, who appears to Technical or Medical Officials as presenting a danger to themselves or others, may be removed from the competition.

Illegal Equipment:

  • Mountain Bikes (for long distance only, allowed for sprint)
  • Folding Bicycles
  • Electric Bicycles
  • Bicycles with missing front and/or rear brakes
  • Headphone(s) and headset(s), mobile phones or any other electronic listening communication device
  • Glass containers

TRANSITION AREA CONDUCT
General Rules:

  • All athletes must have their helmet securely fastened from the time they remove their bike from the rack at the start of the bike leg, until after they have placed their bike on the rack at the finish of the bike leg.
  • Athletes must use only their designated bike rack and must rack their bike.
  • Athletes must place within 0.5 m of the bin all equipment to be used at a later stage in the event. If a bin is not provided, the 0.5 m will be measured from the rack number or name plate.
  • All equipment already used must be deposited in the bin. Only equipment to be used during the competition can be left in transition. All other belongings and equipment are to be removed before race start.
  • Bike shoes, glasses, helmet, and other bike equipment can be placed on the bike.
  • Athletes must not impede the progress of other athletes in the Transition Area.
  • Athletes must not interfere with another athlete's equipment in the Transition Area.
  • Cycling is not permitted inside the Transition Area. Athletes must mount their bicycles after the mount line by having one complete foot contact with the ground after the mount line. Athletes must dismount their bicycles before the dismount line by having one complete foot contact with the ground before the dismount line. While in the transition area (before the mount line and after the dismount line) the bike can be pushed only by the athlete’s hands. Mount and dismount lines are parts of the transition area.
  • Nudity or indecent exposure is forbidden.
  • Athletes cannot stop in the flow zones of the Transition Area.
  • Marking positions in the Transition Area is not allowed. Marks will be removed.

COMPETITION CATEGORIES LONG DISTANCE:

Male Elite Female Elite
Male 18-24 Female 18-24
Male 25-29  Female 25-29
Male 30-34 Female 30-34
Male 35-39  Female 35-39
Male 40-44  Female 40-44
Male 45-49 Female 45-49
Male 50-54  Female 50 & Above
Male 55-59  
Male 60 & Above  

Elite Category:
Any athlete may opt to register in the Elite Category. However, Elite athletes may not enter in the age group category in future Bike King and Tri United Exceed races within the calendar year.

TEAM COMPETITION (LONG DISTANCE ONLY)
Team Competition:
Athletes must enter their Team affiliation upon registration. The time of the team will be the accumulated time of the top 5 members of the team with a minimum of 1 Female athlete. Athletes entered in the Elite Category are not eligible in the team competition. 

COMPETITION CATEGORIES SPRINT DISTANCE:

Male 16-19 Female 16-19
Male 20-29 Female 20-29
Male 30-39  Female 30-39
Male 40-49 Female 40-49
Male 50-59 Female 50-above
Male 60-above  

RELAY CATEGORIES For Long Distance

  • All Male
  • All Female
  • Mixed Team

PRIZES AND AWARDS:

Prize Money:
Prize money for the event shall be distributed equally between Elite Men and Elite Women in both amount and depth.

Elite Male  Elite Female
1st 10,000  1st 10,000
2nd 6,000  2nd 6,000
3rd 4,000  3rd 4,000

Awards:
Athletes who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd will be awarded trophies. Top 3 Team Competition winners will be awarded 1 team trophy each.

Bike King Series Points:

Points will be awarded to the top 20 finishers of the Bike King Duathlon long distance category

Rank Points   Rank Points
1st 20 11th 3
2nd 15 12th 3
3rd 12 13th 3
4th 10 14th 3
5th 9 15th 3
6th 8 16th 2
7th 7 17th 2
8th 6 18th 2
9th 5 19th 2
10th 4 20th 2
In case of a tie, rank will be based on the results of the longest distance race.

PROTESTS:
General:

  • A protest is against the conduct of an athlete, Race Official, or the conditions of the competition. An athlete may file a protest with the Race Official provided the protest has not been previously observed by the Technical Officials and ruled upon by the Referee.
  • Where event competition rules do not cover the incident, ITU, UCI & IAAF Rules will apply.

Protests Concerning Eligibility:
Protests concerning the eligibility of an athlete shall be made to the race official before the start of the race.

Protests Concerning the Course:
Protests concerning the safety of the course or its variance to the regulations must be made to the Referee no later than twenty-four (24) hours before the start of the race.

Protests Concerning the Race:
An athlete, who protests against another athlete or official, must do so to the Referee within fifteen (15) minutes of his/her finish time. However, the intention to write a protest has to be announced to the Referee within five (5) minutes of his/her finish time. After this deadline, only protests following this process will be admitted.

Protests Concerning Equipment:
Protests concerning an athlete's equipment must be delivered to the Referee fifteen (15) minutes after his/her finish time. However, the intention to write a protest has to be announced to the Referee within five (5) minutes of his/her finish time. After this deadline, only protests following this process will be admitted.

Protests Concerning Timing and Results:
Protests concerning mistakes in timing and results (time errors, athletes’ ranking) may be delivered in writing by the athlete to the Race Organizer within thirty (30) days after the competition.

Contents of a Protest:

  • The protest must be accompanied by a deposit of Php 2,000 and will be refunded if the protest is successful. If the protest is denied, there will be no refund and the money will be retained by Race Organizer.
  • Information to be included:
  • The alleged rule violated
  • The location and approximate time of the alleged violation
  • Persons involved in the alleged violation
  • A statement, including a diagram of the alleged violation, if possible
  • The names of witnesses who observed the alleged violation

Outside Assistance:
Medical assistance and food and liquid are permitted at designated aid stations only. All other outside assistance is prohibited.

Penalties:

  • A stop and go penalty will be imposed for violation of the drafting rule.
  • If an athlete receives a total of three drafting penalties he/she will be disqualified from the race.
  • A stop and go penalty will be imposed for athletes blocking the way of faster athletes on the bike course.

Drafting: 
Any time the draft zone of an athlete overlaps the draft zone of another athlete, vehicle or motorcycle on the bike course of an event.

Bicycle Draft Zone:
The draft zone is a rectangle 7 metres long and 3 metres wide created by every athlete in which other athletes can enter for a limited period of time and for overtaking purposes.

Vehicle Draft Zone:
The draft zone for a motor vehicle is a rectangle 25 metres long and 5 meters wide which surround every vehicle on the bike course. The center front of the vehicle defines the center of the leading 5-metre edge of the rectangle.

Stop and Go Penalty:
A method of imposing a brief delay on an athlete who is assessed by a Technical Official to have unintentionally infringed the rules, for example, drafting on the bike course.