Race Rules

Commonly Violated Rules and Penalties

 

The Gold Nugget Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event and follows the USA Triathlon Competitive Rules on the USAT website.

 Commonly Violated Rules

 1. Helmets 
Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event (and on Saturday during bike drop off).
Penalty: Disqualification

2. Chin Straps
Chin straps must be fastened at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.
Penalty: Disqualification on the course; variable time penalty in transition area only.

3. Outside Assistance
No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

4. Transition Area
All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

5. Drafting
Keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position--keep to the right hand side* of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking--riding on the left side* of the lane without passing anyone and impeding other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

* On some parts of the GNT course racers will be riding on the left side of the road; in these instances passing will be to the right side.

6. Course
All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.
Penalty: Referee's (Race Director's) discretion

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct
Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.
Penalty: Disqualification

8. Headphones 
Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices (including speakers), etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

9. Race numbers
All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.
Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

10. Abandonment:
All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

Variable Time Penalties
Distance Category - Sprint
1st Offense - 2 minutes
2nd Offense - 4 minutes
3rd Offense - Disqualification

For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up to date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules on the USAT website.