National Challenge Competition



Schedule | Team Size | Awards | Results

The National Challenge Competition (NCC) is designed to get triathletes excited about off-season training at the club level. Triathlon Clubs across the country go head-to-head to see who can log the most training miles during the competition.

The NCC will feature three sessions, each one month in duration, from December to February. Clubs will record their training miles on the new USA Triathlon NCC platform and submit them for automatic calculation and ranking.

All sessions will include swim, bike, and run, but one sport will be highlighted for each session. The winning club for each session is determined by the greatest average of miles logged during that session for that month's discipline. Follow other competitors on Twitter using #USATNCC.

Registration - Who Can Participate?

Follow this registration link to sign up for the 2016-2017 National Challenge Competition season. The platform will allow individual athletes to log into their USA Triathlon membership account to register for the competition.

Rules & Requirements

  • Each club MUST be a registered club of USA Triathlon and all competitors must be members of USA Triathlon and a member of a USA Triathlon Club. If you are not a registered club of USA Triathlon, please visit the USAT website to register.
  • Full Club Rosters must be submitted to Clubs@usatriathlon.org.
  • Each athlete will be able to access their NCC account by logging into their USAT membership account and will be able to enter their own miles in the NCC platform.
  • Athletes can only represent one club during the competition.  An athlete will only be able to choose one club to represent during registration.
  • Athletes may begin logging and entering miles on December 1st. 
  • During each session, athletes will have a maximum of 14 days to enter their mileage from the day completed, unless otherwise authorized by USA Triathlon. After the end of each session, athletes will have 2 additional days to enter miles for the previous two weeks.
  • To win the overall individual competition, an athlete must participate in at least two of the three disciplines: swim + bike, swim + run,  or run + bike.
  • USAT encourages miles to be logged on at least a weekly basis.
  • Only miles accrued between the first and last day of each month will be counted for that month's session.
  • Clubs will need to renew their membership by Feb. 28th in order to have athletes recognized in the competition.  If the club does not renew, that club's athletes' results will be recognized as part of Team NCC and will be eligible for individual awards only.
  • Odometers/computers must be used to track all miles for the bike (see only exception in the next bullet point).  Athletes who use a trainer must place their odometer on the back wheel to track their speed and distance. Moderate resistance must be used (5 on a 10 point scale) at a minimum.
  • If an athlete does not have a computer tracking their mileage during a spinning class or stationary bike, USA Triathlon will grant that person 15 miles for each hour on a spin/stationary bike.
  • A swim bench or rowing machine will not count for swimming miles in the competition.
  • USA Triathlon will grant one (1) mile of running for every one (1) mile on an elliptical machine. There will be no weighting of the elliptical miles as with actual run miles. When entering elliptical miles, select "elliptical" from the drop down list and the system will record the miles within the total run miles. Unlike previous years there is no need to divide by 3 before entering.
    • If you have any questions or unclear on how the elliptical miles should be entered, please contact USAT before entering elliptical mileage on the site.  
  • Cross-country ski miles will be weighted as one (1) mile of running for every three (3) miles of cross country skiing. Athletes will enter in their actual XC ski miles, select the discipline from the drop down menu and the system will weight the mileage accordingly.
    • If you have any questions or unclear on how the cross country ski miles should be entered, please contact USAT before entering cross country mileage on the site.
  • Any athlete may be asked to submit to a mileage audit at any point in the competition.  Onus will be on the athlete to verify their mileage during the competition.  Verification can be made by GPS, Coach, training mate, club administrator and/or legal guardian. If an athlete can not verify their mileage, they will be disqualified from the competition for the entire season.  The club representative will be notified of the violation and the athletes miles will be removed from the system. 
  • In order to equalize each discipline, we have weighted the other disciplines outside of cycling
    • 1 Swim Mile = 10 Mile
    • 1 Bike Mile = 1 Mile
    • 1 Run Mile = 3 Mile
      • Additional Notes:
        • All clubs will enter their actual miles into the NCC site.  The weighting will be calculated automatically
        • Reminder: Elliptical miles will not be a weighted discipline. Three (3) XC Skiing miles equals one (1) run mile.
  • The National Challenge Competition rules are subject to change during the competition.

A note on Safety:

  • Coaches, club administrators and athletes need to be sure that participants are training properly for their age and ability. Youth athletes (7-17 years of age) are eligible to compete as long as they are USA Triathlon members as long as their training is monitored for their age and ability. We do not want an athlete to over train by participating in the competition. It’s the coaches, club administrators and athlete’s responsibility to know the ability levels of the participants and place them in the appropriate training regimen.

Schedule

Tuesday, November 1, 2016: Registration opens

Thursday, December 1, 2016: 1st session begins

Saturday, December 31, 2016: 1st session ends

Sunday, January 1, 2017: 2nd session begins

Tuesday, January 31, 2017: 2nd session ends

Wednesday, February 1, 2017: 3rd session begins

Tuesday, February 28, 2017: 3rd session ends

Friday, March 3, 2017: NCC wrap up

Team Size

New in the 2016-2017 NCC season, clubs will not be limited on club member size per team.  The club mileage per month will be totaled and averaged by the number of club members participating.

Time Zone

The time zone is determined by your club location. This will also determine the closing time for each session.

Awards

Individual awards will be given to the top performing individuals regardless if they are in a club or competing on their own. All individuals without access to a club may compete on their own (as part of Team NCC) but must be current members of USA Triathlon. 

Club awards will be given to the top performing club in each club session.  The overall club will also receive prizes from USA Triathlon sponsors.

Awards are still being finalized with USA Triathlon sponsors. In previous years, prize packages included items and credit towards the following sponsors: BodyGlide, FuelBelt, Garmin, SelfGrip, TrainingPeaks, Trisports, TYR and Yankz! 

Award Breakdown

USA Triathlon is currently working with our sponsors to determine the best prize pack for NCC competitors for 2016-2017. We will continue to offer top-notch prizes from USA Triathlon partners as we've done in past years.

2016-2017 Results

*Please note these distances are weighted for the purpose of calculating final results. 

Past Results

2015-2016 Results

2014-2015 Results

2013-2014

2012-2013 2011-2012 2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009
2007-2008
2006- 2007
*Results are PDF downloads