Rules of a Triathlon
When you decide that you want to take part in a triathlon, you will need to know the rules of a triathlon.
Triathlon is a sports event with three events, namely swimming, cycling and running. In winter sports the
triathlon can consist of mountain biking or speed skating, cross country skiing, and running. The rules of
a triathlon must be learned as this will make all the difference on whether you win or lose. The times,
for instance, can be improved if you know how.
The triathlon is considered to be an individual event where the time for each stage is combined to form an overall time including the time between stages to change clothing and equipment. The nature of this sports event is such that the rules prohibit any outside assistance from anyone else; even to help with passing of clothing or holding equipment. The rules of a triathlon also prohibit team tactic from being used, such as the air resistance reduction tactic that cyclists use when they group together in clusters.
Various other rules of a triathlon include the various items of clothing that are allowed. For example, some races do not allow wetsuits for the swimming event, bike helmets must be worn, and the bicycles have to pass through specific checks. The rule of a triathlon for bicycle helmets is very strict. The helmet must be put on before the competitor mounts the bike, and is not allowed to be removed until the rider has dismounted. Another interesting part of rules of a triathlon is that the participant does not have to ride their bike for the entire race. If there is some sort of mechanical problem or puncture, the entrant can still complete the race with the bicycle in tow.
The rules of a triathlon must be learned so that during a race you do not get disqualified for a mistake. The many races around the world can change the rules slightly, which means that you must do your research before each race. The timing may also differ slightly although most triathlons are timed for each event including the transitions, as well as the entire race from beginning to end.
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