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Race Manual

EVENT INFORMATION

The race venue will be the Geroskipou Municipality Beach in the heart of the Pafos tourist area.
In October ambient temperatures are min/max 19-29 C⁰, ideal for a Triathlon, and it is expected that it will be a non-wetsuit swim, in crystal clear Mediterranean waters. A tried and tested (Triathlon Race) - flat bike course, secured from traffic, while the run course, will cover one of the most scenic paths of Pafos, a few steps from the beach taking athletes from the transition area to the Geroskipou coastal walking and running path and back to the Municipal beach are where the finish will occur.

INDIVIDUAL CLASSIFICATION | OPEN CATEGORIES

TEAM CLASSIFICATION

  • Men’s Team
  • Women’s Team
  • Mixed Team

SATURDAY 07th OCTOBER 2023 - REGISTRATIONS

  • 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00 Race bag pick up (location TBA)

*A valid id must be presented at the registration so that package can be released. A DNS (did not start) or did not show up, does not qualify for a refund of registration fees.

SUNDAY 8th OCTOBER 2023 - RACE DAY

  • 06:30-08:00 Race bag pick up in Geroskipou Municipal Beach
  • 06:30 Transition Area Opens
  • 07:30 Race Start - Sprint Distance | All Categories
  • 08:30 Race Start - Olympic Distance | All Categories
  • 12:00 Awards Ceremony

RACE COURSES

PRE-START

Opens at 06:30-8:00 am for bike placement for all athletes. There will be a distinction in the allocation of places on the bike racks between the Sprint Distance and the Olympic Distance participants. Athletes ONLY are allowed in the transition area. Last bike entry in the transition area can take place up until 8:00 am. During the race, only athletes are allowed to enter. At the end of the race, only athletes with proof of their number can exit the T area with their respective bikes. After the race is finished please pick up your bikes no later than 12:30. After 12:30 the bikes will be left unattended and there will be no guarding, therefore no safety for your belongings. Organizers will not be held liable for any losses or damages.

The start will be given sharply at 07:00 for Sprint Distance while the swim start for the Olympic distance athletes will be 8:30 by a signal: “GET SET” AND A long sound of a HORN OR WHISTLE. This is a mass start entering the water. All categories will start together at each distance. All the athletes must start after the horn (those who start before the sound of the horn will receive a time Penalty equal to 1 minute to be served after the swim). Not showing up in the penalty box leads to DSQ.

Olympic: 1500m [2 laps of 750m] | Sprint: 750m [1 lap of 750m]

Triathletes of the SPRINT distance will be swimming in any stroke they want towards the first buoy, where they must overpass it leaving it on their right-hand side. Then they need to swim to buoy 2 where they must take a right-hand turn leaving the buoy again on their right, and then swim to buoy number 3 where they will leave it on their left-hand side and swim towards the exit of the swim. Athletes of the OLYMPIC distance will have to do a second lap following buoys 1, 2, and 3 before heading to the exit. In case an athlete does not “clear” the buoys as depicted there exists the possibility of a DSQ. The triathletes will be responsible for covering the distance of 750m or 1500m as described. The temperature of water will be measured on race morning and announced 60 min pre-start. Please observe wet suit regulations regarding usage: Age groupers – wet suit usage -based on water temperature.

Entering the transition area the triathletes can run or walk towards their respective bike and must wear their cycling helmets, fasten their strap before they pick up their bikes, and must wear a top - (NO BARE TORSOS ALLOWED). No riding is allowed in the T area and athletes must push their bikes up to the clearly marked MOUNTING LINE.

Olympic: 40km [4 laps of 10km] | Sprint: 20km [2 laps of 10km]

The bike lap is 10km long. Athletes of the Sprint Distance will be covering the distance 2 times and come back to the T-Area and athletes of the Olympic Distance will cover the same lap 4 times before entering the T-Area. The turning point for the laps will be near Thea Beach Bar 100m before the T-area, clearly marked with a sign "BIKE TURNING POINT". The bike section is clearly marked and marshaled. Triathletes must follow signs and directions given by marshals and the race director in the race's official vehicles. Be courteous to fellow athletes and avoid non “fair play” at all times. The course is technical and care is needed. For the Sprint Distance Drafting is allowed.

For the Olympics, Distance DRAFTING IS NOT ALLOWED, and it will be ENFORCED. Triathletes must follow non-drafting rules. Women are NOT ALLOWED to draft men. If caught drafting by a Marshal you shall be given notification by shouting towards the athlete and showing a YELLOW CARD. A second drafting violation by the same triathlete equals a RED CARD given by the marshal which means that the athlete must serve 1 minute at the Penalty Box. Athletes must be aware that if a red card is given to them they must serve the 1-minute penalty immediately after the bike segment at the Penalty Box*. A third drafting violation by the same athlete means that this athlete receives automatically a DSQ from a marshal.

Athletes competing for the Sprint distance will cover 2 laps x 10km. Athletes competing in the Olympic Distance will cover 4 laps x 10km and are responsible to count how many laps they have covered. The organizers will score the passings of each athlete in each lap and they will DQ an athlete who has covered fewer laps. At the end of their lap, the athletes will follow the directions for the Bike finish / T-area. Absolutely no participation is allowed if a triathlete does not use an approved helmet on the bike course.

At the finish of the bike section, at the clearly depicted mount/dismount line all triathletes must dismount and push their bikes to the bike racks, where they must ensure that the bike is safely secured on the rack. Immediately after that athletes head toward the run course as directed by Marshals. In case an athlete has received a Penalty violation it has to be served immediately after the bike segment at the Penalty Box. Before entering the Run section, the athletes must put on their Bib number and be clearly visible at the front of their jersey. They can either use a triathlon race belt or safety pins

Olympic: 10km [2 laps of 5km] | Sprint: 5km [1 lap of 5km]

The run section is a point-to-point flat route 5km long. The Sprint distance participants will run 1 lap x 5km and the Olympic distance participants will cover 2 laps x 5km. The athlete exits the T-area heading east following a path – pavement. There will be 1 feed zone station (water, fruits) at the 2,5 km of the run lap, and signs to direct the triathletes towards the finish. Signs will alert triathletes as to the 1km & 500m before the finish line. Triathletes are advised to be careful of other pedestrians on the course due to the fact that they will also be allowed to walk on the same path. No bare torso is allowed, and no pushing or non-sportsmanlike behavior is allowed. Even though marshals will aid in the direction of the run course, it is the triathlete’s responsibility to follow the signs that lead clearly to the finish line. Athletes are responsible to cover the correct distance and count how many laps they have covered.

ATHLETES MUST PUT THEIR BIB NUMBER ON EITHER ON THEIR TRIATHLON BELT OR USING SAFETY PINS BEFORE EXITING THE T2 TO ENTER THE RUN COURSE

The finish line will be at the Geroskipou Municipality Beach area, next to the T-Area, and will have a clear identification. After the finish line athletes can proceed to the recovery/feed zone area. Athletes’ numbers must be visible at all times and of course during the finish. A well-placed / identified bib number will help you be visible to the marshals who do your passings in the run course. If the marshals cannot recognize you through your bib number, they will not write down all your passings. Please note that fewer laps = DSQ

GENERAL RULES

All athletes will receive an electronic timing chip which they will wear on their ankle and secure it well. No timing will occur unless you wear the time chip through -ought the triathlon segments. Relay teams pass on to all members accordingly. Loss of the timing chip will be charged with €100.

It is up to the discretion of the Race Director and affiliated Marshals to impact a DSQ status on an athlete that has behaved in a non-sportsman-like manner or has violated the rules of the sport. It is also the duty of a marshal to identify any penalties by the athlete and enforce a stop-and-go rule.

All athletes are treated equally and fairly.

The penalty box will exist next to the transition area.

The official/ marshal giving the 1-minute penalty will inform the athlete about the obligation to stop in the penalty box, and will register this call.

The official/ marshal at the Penalty box will record all the athletes stopping and will allow the athletes to Exit once the Time is elapsed.

At the end of the race, the lists of the penalties assessed will be checked with the Lists of Penalties served.

When the Penalty time is completed the athlete can continue with the preceding actions of the race.

It is the responsibility of the athlete once called upon a violation, to proceed without any direction to serve this penalty at the designated area.

The punished athletes who didn’t serve the time penalty, in the Penalty box, will be DSQ, by posting this sanction on the penalty board.

Relay teams cover the same distance and use the timing chip in turns (as a relay). After the swimmer has covered the swim segment he/she will pass on to the biker waiting at the T-area the chip, and in the same manner after the bike segment the biker will pass on to the runner who will finish at the Finish line. All rules apply for relay members as they do for individual participants.

Athletes of the OLYMPIC DISTANCE will be following the non-drafting rules. They must keep at least 3 bike lengths apart of clear space between the cyclist in front of them and you. If you move into the drafting - zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Triathletes must keep to the left-hand side of the lane unless they are about to pass. Blocking an athlete wishing to pass another athlete and interfering with this action is prohibited. If you are overtaken and passed (a fellow athlete’s wheel passes yours), you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, and fall back 3 bike lengths, before attempting to pass again.

No cut-off times will be applied.

 

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