FAQ

Definitions:

Some useful definitions if you are new to the sport of triathlon.

  • Triathlon: Triathlon is sport comprising of 3 disciplines raced one after the other - it starts with a swim leg, then transitions onto a cycle leg and finishes with a run.
  • Start Waves: Smaller groups of athletes that begin the race every few minutes. Waves are usually determined by age group and gender. Wave starts are more common in races where a large number of athletes are competing.
  • Swim Leg: The part of the race where the athlete swims. The swim leg is the start of the race and it ends once you exit the water before entering the transition area. The swim route is marked out using buoys.
  • Sighting: Raising the head during swimming to look for landmarks or buoys that mark the swim course.
  • Buoy: A floating device that marks the course of the swim leg.
  • Transition Area: A defined area in which an athlete stores their bicycle and various other equipment. This is where the change over from swimming to cycling and cycling to running occur. The transition from swim and bike is referred to as T1 and that between the bike and run is referred to as T2. The overall race time includes time spent in T1 and T2.
  • Bike Leg: Part of the race course where the bike is to be ridden. The bike course starts at the Mount Line and finishes at the Dismount Line.
  • Mount Line: A designated line at the exit from transition after which athletes are to mount their bicycles and ride. The Mount Line will be clearly identified by flags/line/Technical Official, or combinations thereof.
  • Dismount Line: A clearly marked designated line at the entrance to Transition from the bike course before which athletes are to dismount their bikes fully and walk/run to the bike racks.
  • Drafting: A technique where two or more cyclists, cycle in a in a close group to reduce the effect of drag by using the front bicycle’s slipstream. Reminder, this is a NON Draft legal event.
  • Tri Bars: (Triathlon bars/Aero bars) aerodynamic handlebars that draw the body forward into a tucked position.
  • Run Course: Part of the race course where the athlete is to run or walk. The run course commences at the exit from the Transition Area and finishes at the Finish Line.
  • Splits: The time that it takes to complete a specific distance. In triathlon splits are usually given for the swim, bike and run legs. Splits can also be given for the two transitions (T1 & T2) and for various portions of the three individual legs.

What is the date of the event?

The ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2017 will take place on 3 and 4 March 2017.

Where will the event take place?

The event will be hosted at Yas Marina Circuit, with the race routes incorporating the entire Yas Island. Watch this space for the course reveal coming soon!

Why should I sign up?

There are plenty of reasons to sign up - whether you're taking on the challenge for the very first time, or returning to beat your personal best, there is a race distance for you. There's even race distances for children. Entries are now open - click here to enter!

When and where can I sign up?

Entries are now open - click here to enter! 

When does the Earlybird Offer finish?

The Earlybird Offer, which includes a 10% discount on your entry fee, is limited to the first 500 entrants.

Earlybird entries are now SOLD OUT.

What are the prices for entry?

Details and prices for all the three race distances, as well as the children's races are available here.

What do I get as part of my entry?

Participants have an awesome race pack which includes:

  • ​Official Finishers event t-shirt
  • Finishers Medal and online certificate
  • Swim cap
  • Draw string bag
  • Sticker sheet including supporter sticker
  • Wristband
  • Athletes' guide
  • On-course nutrition
  • Pasta party
  • Prize-giving
  • Secure bag storage zone
 
Additional Athlete Services on offer at 2017's event include:
  • Bike services
  • Training program and preparation tips
  • Elite autograph sessions
  • Travel services
  • Airport transfer and shuttle services

Can I pick up a race pack for a friend?

You can ask a friend to collect your race pack for you if you comply with the following:

Athlete provides a signed letter or e-mail with showing contact details, and the following:

  • Athlete’s ID number
  • Permission for the friend to collect on their behalf
  • Friends full name that is collecting for them
  • Friend’s ID number

How much is entry?

Click here for the full price details for all various race categegories.

Can I get a personalised race number?

Yes! If you sign up before 11.59pm on Monday 6 February, you're name willl be printed on your race number.

When do entries close?

Entry category Entries Close
Super Earlybird First 300 entrants (any category) - SOLD OUT
Earlybird First 500 entrants (whichever comes first) - SOLD OUT
Standard Entry Midnight 31 December
Late Entry Midnight 18 February

 

Can I do a triathlon?

With some time and training, anyone can do a triathlon. ITU World Triathlon Series Abu Dhabi is designed to be a mass participation event with distances catering to novice and experienced triathletes.

To complete the Sprint you need to be able to swim 20 lengths of  a 25m pool, be able to cycle for 40-60 minutes and then run 30-40 minutes. You can also enter the event in a team and choose one of the disciplines.

What are the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi categories and distances?

  • Sprint distance:  750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run (cut off: 2 hours 15 mins)
  • Olympic distance: 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run (cut off: 4 hours)
  • Maxi distance:  1500m swim, 80km bike, 20km run (cut off: 6 hours)

Drafting is illegal in all the cycle legs of the each race.

What is the age eligibility for each distance?

​Individual Sprint: minimum age 16 @ 31 Dec 2017

Individual Olympic: minimum age 18 @ 31 Dec 2017

Individual Maxi: minimum age 18 @ 31 Dec 2017

Team Sprint: minimum age 12 @ 31 Dec 2017

Team Olympic: minimum age 16 @ 31 Dec 2017

Team Maxi: minimum age 18 @ 31 Dec 2017

What distance should I choose?

For most, the biggest barrier to doing a triathlon is the swim, thus decide which distance you wish to enter based on what distance you feel you would be comfortable swimming. The Sprint distance swim is 750m, the Olympic distance is 1500m and the Maxi distance is 1500m.

If you’re just starting out, consider doing the Sprint, with a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Even though the 20km cycle and 5km run might not sound that far – doing all three disciplines together will provide a suitable challenge for your first triathlon.

Do I need to have a strong background in one of the events?

You don’t need to have a sporting pedigree to tackle your first triathlon. Be active 3 to 5 times a week, include at least one session of each discipline per week and slowly increase your distances trained. Joining a triathlon/multisport club or getting a basic training program from a coach will aid your preparation for the event.

Must I race as an individual or can I enter in a team?

All race options can be completed as a team relay allowing each participant to complete the discipline they are most comfortable with. The relay format markes the triathlon very manageable for first-timers, giving them a great introduction to the sport and the chance to enjoy participating with family and friends.

Of course - ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi caters for individual entries as well as team entries!

Can a team entry consist of 2 participants and not just 3?

Yes a team can have 2 participants where one person can do two legs of the event.

Will there by hyrdration on course?

Yes - our team of friendly volunteers will be handing out hydration and fresh fruit along the bike and run course.

Can my children sign up?

Yes! There are 6 distance options for children aged 5 - 15 years old. Head to abudhabi.triathlon.org/enter for more information on the children's races.

 
 

 

RACE GEAR

 

Do I need triathlon specific equipment?

While triathlon is a gear centric sport, it doesn’t have to be. You are welcome to cycle an old mountain bike and run in your favourite pair of shoes. It’s up to you how much you wish to invest. If you want to purchase new equipment for the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi, our partners at BeSport Bike Shop, On Running and our official merchandise range in the World Triathlon Store would be more than happy help!

Do I need to buy a wetsuit?

Wetsuits are usually optional for this event, in accordance with the ITU competition rules governing wetsuit use and water temperature. Besides keeping you warm during the swim, wetsuits also assist with buoyancy and help you swim faster.

I don’t have a fancy bike, can one use a mountain bike for the race?

Yes, mountain bikes will be allowed.

Will time trial (TT) bikes be allowed?

Yes, time trial bikes will be allowed as this is a non-drafting event.

Handlebars and wheels that are allowed must comply with the following specifications:

Wheels:          

  • Wheels must have at least 12 spokes.
  • Covers are allowed on the rear wheel. However, this provision may be changed by the Technical Delegate in the interest of safety, i.e. high-winds.

Handlebars:  

  • Only handlebars and clip-on bars not extending beyond the leading edge of the front wheel will be permitted.
  • Two piece clip-on bars do not need to be bridged.
  • All tube ends must be plugged.

Please refer to the ITU website for more detailed info. Click here for more information.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes! Please contact our partners at BeSport Bike Shop - email itu@besport.ae​, copying manue@worldsport.co.za.

What is deemed to be Illegal equipment in a Triathlon event?

Illegal equipment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Headphone(s) or headset(s)
  • Glass containers
  • Mobile phone(s) or any other electronic listening communication device
  • Cameras and GoPro’s or similar

 

THE RACE

 

Must the event disclaimer be signed by all?

Yes, every individual and every team member must complete the event disclaimer - if you are signing up online, you will check a box to agree to the event disclaimer. Those signing up in person, either pre-event or those signing up during event week in the Athletes Village, must sign a physical dislaimer form. Entrants 18 and younger must have it signed by a parent or legal guardian. All team members must be at registration to collect race packs. Identification will need to be produced at registration for entry verification.

Will there be start waves, and how will these be determined?

Yes, there will be start waves for all races – Sprint, Olympic and Maxi distances. These waves will be determined according to various categories such as age groups and gender. Start waves will be communicated once entries have closed, prior to race registration.

May I start in another start wave?

No, the various categories are pre allocated a start wave each with a specific start time. This could lead to a disqualification. 

I have entered as an individual along with my friends/family, why are we in different start groups?

The start group times are allocated according to gender and age groups, which means that if you and your friends or family are of various ages and genders you might not be able to start in the same start groups.  

What to do when checking in bike?

Bike racking will take place on:

  • ​SPRINT: Friday 3 March, 08.30 - 10.00
  • OLYMPIC: Saturday 4 March, 05.30 - 07.30
  • ​MAXI: Saturday 4 March, 05.30 - 06.30

Please ensure that you:

  • Wear your bike helmet, fastened on your head, when you come into check-in
  • Please also bring with any equipment you need into transition
  • Please note that no bags will be allowed to be left in the Transition Area
  • Please make sure your helmet, bike and transition bag are clearly marked with the stickers provided - wristbands must be worn in order to check-in and check-out your bike, and must correspond to the race numbers on your helmet and bike
  • Ensure that your handle bars are plugged for safety reasons

Our partners, BeSport Bike Shop, will be located near to bike check-in for any last minute tweaks.

Drafting, when will this be allowed, and when not?

Drafting is illegal in all races.

Why do the Cycle and Run courses consist of laps?

The World Triathlon Series is an international series comprising of 9 events around the world. The series attracts and hosts the top ranked international triathletes, as well as complete novices to the seasoned and competitive triathletes in the various age groups.

  1. Including laps into the route ensures that the race is contained, making public engagement more accessible with the opportunity to view and get to know the athletes that we ordinarily only see on TV. Furthermore, loyal supporters, family and friends of all athletes have the opportunity to see and interact with their athletes more often.
  2. The safety of our participants will always remain our primary consideration.
  3. The World Triathlon Series also has various events taking place over the entire weekend, and the length of the course takes into consideration access requirements for residence, bus routes and other City users.

Is there a cut off time?

Yes - each race distance must be completed within the following set times:

SPRINT - 2 hours, 15 minutes

OLYMPIC - 4 hours

MAXI - 6 hours

If you are unable to complete your race within the allocated time frame, you will be asked to leave the course.

Will the age groupers receive splits for the separate legs swim/bike/run?

Age groupers will receive time splits. There will be a timing mat at the entrance and exit of transition and at the race finish. There will be additional timing to record cycle and run laps as well.

 

ENTERING

 

When can I enter?

Entries for the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi, taking place 3 and 4 March 2017, are now open - click here to sign up! Entries are on a first-come-first-served basis, and we expect to sell out, so we encourage you to sign up quickly to avoid disappointment.

Is it possible for me to cancel my race entry? And what is the policy on refunds?

You are able to cancel/credit registrations up to the cut-off date of midnight on 2 February 2017. Thereafter entry fees will not be refundable. Cancelled registration fees will be credited back to your payment card minus an Online Credit processing fee of 50 AED or 8% (whichever is greater) or to your Online Credit (minus 30 AED processing fee).  You can use that Online Credit on any other event listed on Premier Online or you can transfer your Online Credit to another person which they can use when registering for any race. The receiver must have a Premier Online profile and the person transferring the Online Credit must have the registered email ID of the receiver to ensure an instant/free feature.

Cancellations can only be made online and by the person who made the original registration.

Can my entry for this year’s event be deferred to next year’s event?

Deferrals to the 2018 event will not be permitted. However, participants may be allowed to transfer their entry to another athlete.

Is it possible to transfer my entry to someone else?

You are able to transfer your registration up until the cut-off date of 2 February. You will need to cancel your registration and you will receive an Online Credit to your Premier Online account minus an Online Credit processing fee of 30 AED.  You can use that Online Credit on any other event listed on Premier Online or you can transfer your Online Credit to another person which they can use when registering for any race. The receiver must have a Premier Online profile and the person transferring the Online Credit must have the registered email ID of the receiver to ensure an instant/free feature.

Is it possible to convert my entry either from a Sprint, Olympic or Maxi Distance to another Distance?

Participants can request to transfer their entry between event distances up until the cut-off date of 5 February 2017. Should you decide to upgrade from the Sprint to Olympic distance or Olympic to Maxi distance if there are available slots, you will need to pay the difference in entry fees. In the event of changing from Maxi to Olympic or Olympic to Sprint distance, we will not be able to refund the difference in entry fee. In each case, a processing fee of 30 AED will be payable.  

Do I need to pay a day licence fee?

No, you will not need to pay a day licence to compete in this event.

I have not received any email confirmation that I have registered?

Please contact race office via email info@wts-abudhabi.com, and they will send you a confirmation email.