FAQ

THE CANCELLATION OF THE 2020 ITU WORLD TRIATHLON ABU DHABI

Is the 2020 event going ahead?

No, The International Triathlon Union, in consultation with Abu Dhabi Sports Council, has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Paratriathlon World Cup and Abu Dhabi Mixed Relay event as a precautionary measure to reduce the spread of 2019-nCoV Coronavirus.


Will I get a refund or be able to defer my 2020 entry?

All participants entered into the 2020 event, will automatically be migrated into the 2021 event, likely to take place in March 2021. Should there be any increase in the 2021 entry fees, then this price increase will be waived as long as you race in the same race category entered in 2020. If you are not able to compete in the 2021 event, then you can apply for a full refund of the 2020 entry fee that you paid.

All athletes will be sent a personalized e-mail with a link which will provide the option to select either; confirmation of your deferment to 2021 or the option to apply for a refund. Please check your e-mail address provided during entry If you have not received the e-mail, please send an email to info@wts-abudhabi.com, and include the following information:

  • Your Full Name 
  • Your Emirati ID or Passport Number
  • Confirmation that you are happy for your entry to be deferred to the 2021 event, or alternatively that you wish to apply for a refund.

The cut-off date for refund is 23:59 on 31 July 2020. Thereafter, no more refunds for the 2020 event will be processed, and all remaining entries will be migrated across to the 2021 event. These entries will then be subject to the 2021 event’s standard refund policy as per all other new entries. The 2021 Refund policy will take affect as soon as 2021 Online Entries have been launched publically and will apply as per the following FAQs. 


When will the 2021 event take place?

ITU, the local organizing committee and Abu Dhabi Sports Council are assessing the dates for 2021. The event will most likely be staged in March 2021 and will once again serve as the opening season event to the global ITU World Triathlon Season.  


I want to defer my entry to the March 2021 event, but I would like to change my race category. What do I do? 

Race category changes will be possible once the online entries for the 2021 event have been launched in Q4 2020.

 

I had booked accommodation / flights and or athlete services – will you reimburse me? 

Participants are advised to contact the service provider directly through whom you booked accommodation, flights or any other athlete services to cancel your bookings. The ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi will not reimburse participants for these services or associated costs incurred due to the postponement of the event. We encourage you to contact your private travel insurance company for details. 

 

I purchased and paid for event merchandise online – will you reimburse me or can I still collect my merchandise?

Any merchandise purchased online for the 2020 event will still be available for collection at the 2021 Event Registration. Alternatively, you can request a refund of your purchase by emailing us on info@wts-abudhabi.com with your order number. The cut-off date for refund is 23:59 on 31 July 2020. Thereafter, no more refunds for the 2020 event merchandise will be processed, and all remaining merchandise will be made available for collection at the 2021 Event Registration. 

 

 

The 2021 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi

When and where will the event take place?

ITU, the local organizing committee and Abu Dhabi Sports Council are assessing the dates and venue for 2021. The event will most likely be staged in March 2021 and will once again serve as the opening season event to the global ITU World Triathlon Season.  

 

What are the race categories, and how much are they to enter?

The race categories and entry pricing for the 2021 race will be announced when entries open in Q4 2020. Historically, we have 19 different race categories covering both triathlon (swim-bike-run) and duathlon (run-bike-run). The categories are designed to make the event accesible for all ages, abilities and competition levels – both junior and adult, as well as a dedicated waves for para-athletes. Click here to view our 2020 race categories.

 

Can I sign up?

Entries for the 2021 event will open in Q4 2020.

 

What is the Para Race Category?

The ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi will host a dedicated wave for age group para triathletes, with the following para-athlete categories:

  • PTWC/PTHC: This category includes athletes who predominantly use a wheelchair for their daily ambulation. This includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to: muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia, and athetosis. Severe cerebral palsy athletes will use a recumbent hand-cycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment. It is divided into two subclasses, H1 which is the most impaired and H2 being the least impaired.
  • PST2: This category includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement. Common health conditions could include a complete brachial plexus, above elbow amputee, double below knee amputee or severe cerebral palsy. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PST3: Common health conditions could include partial brachial plexus, moderate multiple limb impairments or moderate cerebral palsy. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PST4: Common health conditions could include a below knee amputee, below elbow amputee and mild cerebral palsy. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PST5: Common health conditions could include a below knee amputee, below elbow amputee and mild cerebral palsy. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices
  • PTVI: This category includes athletes with total or Partial Visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined subclasses B1, B2, and B3): To be eligible, athletes must meet the criteria outlined below. One guide is mandatory throughout the race and each competitor must ride a tandem during the bike segment.
    • B1: Visual acuity poorer than LogMAR 2.60
    • B2: Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive) and/or visual field constricted to a diameter of less than 10 degrees
    • B3: Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.40 to 1 (inclusive) and/or visual field constricted to a diameter of less than 40 degrees.

 

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

All race options can be completed as an individual or as a team relay of 2 to 3 athletes. The relay allows each participant to complete the discipline they are most comfortable with and makes triathlon/duathlon very manageable for first-timers. It gives new triathletes a great introduction to the wonderful sport and the chance to enjoy participating with family and friends.

 

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

Yes! A team can have 2 participants where one person can do 2 legs of the event. Or include up to 3 participants all carrying out 1 discipline each.

 

What is the age eligibility for each distance?

The age eligibilities are as follows:

  • Individual ​Super Sprint triathlon: minimum age 16
  • Team Super Sprint triathlon: minimum age 16*
  • Individual Sprint triathlon: minimum age 16
  • Team Sprint triathlon: minimum age 16**
  • Individual Sprint duathlon: minimum age 16
  • Team Sprint duathlon: minimum age 14**
  • Individual Para Sprint Triathlon: minimum age 16
  • Individual Olympic triathlon: minimum age 18
  • Team Olympic triathlon: minimum age 18***
  • Individual Olympic duathlon: minimum age 18+
  • Team Olympic duathlon: minimum age 16+

All ages are as of 31 December 2021.

* Super Sprint Teams may include children aged 12+ years providing at least 1 member of the team is 16+ years

** Sprint Teams may include children aged 14+ years providing at least 1 member of the team is  16+ years. Any teams competing with adults will not be eligible for any prizes in the Junior Sprint Category.

*** Olympic Teams may include children aged 16+ years providing at least 1 member of the team is 18+ years.

 

Can my children sign up?

Yes absolutely - we welcome tiny triathletes and duathletes! There are multiple distance options for children of all ages from 6 years – click here for more information on our junior race categories.

 

What do I get as part of my entry?

Race packs for the 2021 event will be revealed later this year. Historically, the race packs included:

  • Race Number
  • Event Branded race bag
  • Finishers Medal
  • Online certificate
  • Swim cap
  • Athlete Identification Pack including supporter sticker
  • Wristband
  • Athletes' guide
  • Prize-giving
  • Secure bag storage zone

Additional Athlete Services include:

  • Bike servicing, boxing and unboxing, and rental from our fantastic partners at Yas Cycles. Click here to book.
  • Training program and preparation tips from our technical partners including BMC and On Running. Click here for details.
  • Nutritional guidance from partners GU. Click here for details
  • Event Week – Scheduled group training sessions
  • Travel services
  • Airport transfer and shuttle services

 

Do I need to pay a day license fee?

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

 

Do I need to sign an event disclaimer?

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 disclaimer 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.

 

What to do when checking in my bike?

Stay tuned for scheduling details of our 2021 race.

Please ensure that you follow the below rules when checking in your bike:

  • Wear your bike helmet, fastened on your head, when you come into check-in
  • Please bring with any equipment you need to race 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 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 bike partner will be located near to bike check-in for any last-minute tweaks.

 

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

Yes, there will be start waves for all races. The waves will be determined according to various categories such as age groups and gender. There will also be dedicated waves for para athletes.  Start waves will be communicated once entries have closed, prior to race registration.

We operate a ‘rolling swim starts’ within these waves. This is where triathletes line up in smaller groups and in turn enter the water down a gripped ramp rather than a large group setting off all at once. The idea is to make the swim leg much less intimidating.

 

Can I start in another start wave?

No, the various categories are pre-allocated a start wave each with a specific start time. Not complying with this rule 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.  

 

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

Drafting is illegal in the cycling leg of all races.

 

Why do the Cycle and Run courses consist of laps?

The World Triathlon Series is an international series comprising of 8 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.

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 can see and interact with their athletes more often.

The safety of our participants will always remain our primary consideration.

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 residents, bus routes and other venue users.

 

Is there a cut off time?

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

  • Super Sprint triathlon distance: 400m swim / 10km bike / 2.5km run (cut off: 1 hour 20 mins)
    • Swim cut off: 20 minutes
    • Bike cut off: 40 minutes
    • Run cut off: 20 minutes
  • Sprint triathlon distance:  750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run (cut off: 2 hours 15 mins)
    • Swim cut off: 30 minutes
    • Bike cut off: 1 hour
    • Run cut off: 45 minutes
  • Olympic triathlon distance: 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run (cut off: 4 hours)
    • Swim cut off: 60 minutes
    • Bike cut off: 1 hour 40 minutes
    • Run cut off: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Sprint duathlon distance: 5km run, 20km bike, 5km run (cut off: 2 hours)
    • Run cut off: 35 minutes
    • Bike cut off: 50 minutes
    • Run cut off: 35 minutes
  • Olympic duathlon distance: 10km run, 40km bike, 5km run (cut off: 4 hours)
    • Run cut off: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Bike cut off: 2 hours
    • Run cut off: 45 minutes

If you are unable to complete your race within the allocated time frame, you will be asked to leave the course and your result will be listed as DNF (Did Not Finish).

 

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.

 

Will there be hydration on course?

Yes - our team of friendly volunteers will be handing out hydration and fresh fruit along the bike and run course. Aqualyte, Mule Bars and GU Energy Gels will also be available at these recovery stations.

 

Do I need a wetsuit?

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

The team of technical officials will announce the water temperature and therefore whether the race is wetsuit legal on event weekend. Historically, the ITU World Triathloin Abu Dhabi has always been deemed 'wetsuit optional'. 

 

What kind of bikes can be used for the race?

Road Bikes, Time Trial (TT) Bikes, Mountain Bikes, and Hybrid Bikes will be allowed.

If you want to purchase or rent equipment for the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi presented by Daman, our partners would be more than happy to help you. Email info@wts-abudhabi.com for more details.

 

Handlebars and wheels 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.

 

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, bike rental will be available for the 2021 race. Stay tuned - details will be announced when entries open in Q4 2020.

 

What is deemed to be illegal equipment in this 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

These items can be left in the ‘bag drop’ zone. This is a staffed tent whereby you drop your bag off with your bag sticker.

 

What do I get if I win?

A huge amount of satisfaction and hunger for the next triathlon! Plus, everyone who finishes receives a medal. Podium medalists get a call up to the stage and presented their medal, then have their photo taken.

 

I haven't done a triathlon before - can I sign up?

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.

We have specifically introduced a Super Sprint category to make the event more accessible to ‘newbies’. To complete the Super Sprint you need to be able to swim 15 lengths of a 25m pool, be able to cycle for 20-30 minutes and then run 15-20 minutes. You can also enter the event as part of a team and choose one or two of the disciplines, depending on your team size (min 2- max 3).

Check out our top tips for First-Timers here.

 

I Have Some Lost Property - What Do I Do?

If you have misplaced personal property, please contact info@wts-abudhabi.com with details of what is lost.

 

Are there Partner Packages Available?

Yes! If your brand would like to be associated with the pinnacle of world triathlon, we have several packages available from exhibitors to sponsors. Contact info@wts-abudhabi.com .ae and a member of the team will be in touch.