Transition Area Conduct: Entering and Exiting

By USA Triathlon | Jan. 05, 2014, 6:22 p.m. (ET)

This week begins our series on Transition Area Conduct. The first rule is 7.1 — Entering and Exiting. 

The rule requires athletes to slow down to a safe speed when entering or exiting transition. When the rule was originally written, most race organizers allowed riding in transition areas. Today, with the advent of chip timing, it is rare that riding in transition is allowed.  Race organizers require that athletes mount their bikes outside transition and dismount before re-entering. Accordingly the rule is enforced such that the “safe” speed is zero, or dismounted. 

Participants should always know where the mount/dismount line is and to mount the bicycle only after the bike is completely across it. When dismounting, the athlete must be completely off the bike prior to the front wheel touching the line. A time penalty is assessed for violating the mount/dismount line. 

Here’s the rule:

7.1 Entering and Exiting. 
A participant must reduce cycling speed to an acceptable and safe level when exiting and entering the transition area. Failure to do so shall result in a variable time penalty.

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