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Rules

Rules & Regulations

Article 1 – Organisation

The 31th edition of the La Tour Geneva Triathlon will take place on the 11th and 12th of July 2020, and will be organised by the Association du Triathlon International de Genève (Vy-Marguerite 1 – CH- 1291 Commugny, Suisse), in partnership with OC Sport.

Article 2 – Races on the schedule

Several races will take place during the event:

Saturday, July 11th 2020:

• Standard: 1.5km Swim, 40km bike and 10km run
(Open to all licensed and non-licensed triathletes aged 18 and over the day of the race)

• Short: 500m swim, 20km bike and 5km run
(Open to all licensed and non-licensed triathletes aged 16 and over the day of the race)

• Kidsathlon: 50m swim and 500m run
(Open to all licensed and non-licensed triathletes aged between 6 and 9 on the day of the competition)

• Ecoliers race 10 – 11 years old: 100m swim and 1km run
(Open to all licensed and non-licensed triathletes aged 10 and 11 on the day of the competition)

• Ecoliers race 12 – 13 years old: 200m swim and 1.5km run
(Open to all licensed and non-licensed triathletes aged 12 and 13 on the day of the competition)

Sunday, July 12th 2020

• Half-Distance: 1.9km Swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run
(Open to all licensed and non-licensed triathletes aged 18 and over the day of the race)

• Discovery: 250m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run
(Open to all licensed and non-licensed triathletes aged 14 and over the day of the race)

Relay with 2 or 3 participants

On all race formats except the Junior and Kidsathlon formats, participants are allowed to race with 2 or 3 participants. Each participant will have to transmit in transitional zones the transponder which will collect the time of each participant according to his discipline. To enter transition zones, each participant will have to go to an official referee to formalise his return to the transition zone. Indeed, the referee will check that the participant has his bib and bib number apparent and that the latter is in compliance in the use of his racing equipment.

Article 3 – Courses

The courses of the various races taking place during the triathlon are measured in compliance with the relevant applicable standards.

All Races will start at the beach Eaux-Vives and finish on the platform along the new beach Eaux-Vives.
The courses for the various races are available here: https://www.latourgenevetriathlon.ch/
The organisation reserves the right to modify the schedule and/or courses up until the day before the event.

Article 4 – Race eligibility

• The Kidsathlon is open to all licensed and unlicensed triathletes born between the 1st of January 2011 and 31st of December 2014.

• The Ecoliers 10-11 race is open to all licensed and unlicensed triathletes born between the 1st of January 2009 and 31st of December 2010.
• The Ecoliers 12-13 race is open to all licensed and unlicensed triathletes born between the 1st of January 2007 and 31st of December 2008.
• The Discovery format is open to all licensed and unlicensed triathletes born before the 31st of December 2006.
• The Short race is open to all licensed and unlicensed triathletes born before the 31st of December 2004.
• The Standard race is open to all licensed and unlicensed triathletes born before the 31st of December 2002.
• The Half-distance race is open to all licensed and unlicensed triathletes born before the 31st of December 2002.

All persons who sign up to a race during the triathlon should take part when in good health and having trained appropriately for the event. Thus, it is highly recommended that each participant has a medical check-up with their doctor before taking to the start line.

Participants are registered to the races in the order in which payments are received. The organisation reserves the right to set a maximum number of participants in any given race, once this number is reached no more registrations will be taken for that given race or races.

All registrations are taken online at https://www.latourgenevetriathlon.ch/


Article 5 - General behavior

• Demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times;

• Be responsible for one’s safety and that of others; • Do not make abusive remarks;
• Do not dispose of litter or equipment along the route (except for refueling areas or other designated areas of cleanliness). Polluting action, whether intentional or not, may result in time penalties.

Article 6 - Rules per discipline


• Swimming: All swimming strokes are accepted. Athletes must wear the swimming cap provided by the race organisation.
The use of snorkel, fins, gloves, paddles or any other material allowing better float (including pull buoys) is forbidden. Headphones for the swimming part are forbidden.
Wetsuits are mandatory for water temperatures below 15.9 degrees C and are prohibited in water temperatures above 24 degrees C.
• Cycling: all types of traditional bicycles are allowed: this includes time trial bicycles or mountain bikes, but does not include recumbent bicycles for example. Fixed bicycles (without brakes) and E-bikes are prohibited. The bicycle must include two complete and separate braking systems: a lever and calliper for the front, a lever and calliper for the rear.
Helmets must be worn and attached during the entire time the athlete is on his bike, including in the transition zone.
A climb/descent line will be marked at the entrance and exit of the transition area. It is forbidden to ride on your bike before the designated lines.
Headphones for the cycling part are forbidden.
Drafting (the practice of one cyclist riding close enough behind another rider to benefit from their slipstream) is strictly forbidden.
Definition : ride closely behind another rider to make maximum use of their slipstream, reducing wind resistance and effort required to ride at the same speed.

Article 7 – Results

Your official time for your race will be the time elapsed between the start of your race and your passing over the finish line. Ranking for each race will be established as a function of these times. Ranking by age category will also be established. Participants are also reminded that control measures will be in place during the event to ensure every race takes place in fair conditions.

Podiums and Rewards
A list made up of the first 50 finishers at the scratch ranking will be accessible to all on the Triathlon Race Village. Will be rewarded all people that reach the first three places on each race. These people will participate in the official reward ceremony just after the race.

The first three people on each category will also receive a gift from the organisation at the Information Point located in the Triathlon Race Village.
All rewarded people will be advised by text regarding the place, and the moment the ceremony will begin according to their performance.
After that, all results will be accessible to all on the official website: https://www.latourgenevetriathlon.ch/

Article 8 – Age categories

6 to 9 years old Kidsathlon M6-9/F6-9

10 to 11 years old Junior M10-11/F10-11

12 à 13 years old Junior M12-13/F12-13

14 to 17 years old Age category M14-17/F14-17

18 to 34 years old Age category M18-34/F18-34

35 to 44 years old Age category M35-44/F35-44

45 to 54 years old Age category M45-54/F45-54

55 to 64 years old Age category M55-64/F55-64

65 years old and more Age category M65+/F65+

You are part of the category with the age you will be during the year of the race. For example, if the athlete was born in 2002, he will belong to the category 18 to 34 years old as he/she will be 18 during 2020.

Article 9 – Registration

All registration is personal and final. No reimbursement will be available, regardless of the extenuating circumstances. In the case of a participating not taking part in the event, no refund is possible, and no transfer of the registration will be permitted.

Article 10 – Doping

Swiss Olympic has authority over all matters regarding doping. Tests could be administered. Participants can visit www.antidoping.ch for more information regarding doping.

Article 11 – Bib pick up

Bibs can be picked up at the following times:

• Friday, July 10th 2020 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the triathlon Race Village

• Saturday, July 11th 2020 from 6.30am to 6 pm at the triathlon Race Village

• Sunday, July 12th 2020 from 5.30am to 2.30am at the triathlon Race Village

Bibs will only be handed over upon presentation of proof of identity and the bib withdrawal coupon provided by the organisation. Bib withdrawal coupons will be sent out to participants as of the 1st of July 2020, exclusively via e-mail to the address used by the participant in the registration form. For relay teams, one team member will have to collect the envelope containing the timing chip, swim cap and bibs.
No bibs will be sent via post.

Article 12 – Time Limit

Time limits are different for each race:

• Discovery distance: 1h30
Participants will not be allowed to start a new loop of the bike course if they have not done so before 30 minutes of racing counting from the last start of the swim. Participants who have not yet started their final loop of the bike course by this point will however still be allowed to do the run section of the race without finishing the bike portion of the race.
All participants who do not cover the entire distance of the race, however, will not be ranked in the results as they will be disqualified from the standings.

• Short distance: 2h30
Participants will not be allowed to start a new loop of the bike course if they have not done so before 1 hour and 15 minutes of racing counting from the last start of the swim. Participants who have not yet started their final loop of the bike course by this point will however still be allowed to do the run section of the race without finishing the bike portion of the race. All participants who do not cover the entire distance of the race, however, will not be ranked in the results as they will be disqualified from the standings.

• Standard distance: 4h30
Participants will not be allowed to start a new loop of the bike course if they have not done so before 2 hours and 30 minutes of racing counting from the last start of the swim. Participants who have not yet started their final loop of the bike course by this point will however still be allowed to do the run section of the race without finishing the bike portion of the race. All participants who do not cover the entire distance of the race, however, will not be ranked in the results as they will be disqualified from the standings.

• Half-distance: 8h00
Participants will not be allowed to start a new loop of the bike course if they have not done so before 4 hours of racing counting from the last start of the swim. Participants who have not yet started their final loop of the bike course by this point will however still be allowed to do the run section of the race without finishing the bike portion of the race.
All participants who do not cover the entire distance of the race, however, will not be ranked in the results as they will be disqualified from the standings.

• Kidsathlon: 10 minutes

• Junior (ages 10-11) distances: 15 minutes

• Junior (ages 12-13) distances: 20 minutes

Article 13 – Timing system

A professional timing company will be responsible for timing the event. All participants will have a timing chip (on an ankle bracelet – it must not be modified, defaced or cut) that will be used to time their race. This chip interacts with an electronic system on the start line and finish line, as well as on several timing mats throughout the race. Thus any participant who doesn’t take the right course will not be ranked.

Article 14 - Race bib and transponder (timing chip)

Athletes must pick up their bib before the race and wear it in such a way as to ensure it is visible to the race officials throughout the race.

Throughout the three disciplines, athletes must wear their bib number or risk disqualification by race referees.
During the swimming leg, the bib number must be written on the athlete’s arm.
While cycling, the bib number must be fastened to the lower back, as well as being displayed on the sticker attached to the bike seat post and on the helmet.
While running, Athletes must wear the bib number on their front.
A transponder (timing chip that must be attached to your ankle) will be provided in your race pack. You must wear it throughout the race at risk of being disqualified and not receiving an official race time.
WARNING! In case of loss of the transponder, the athlete will be charged 50CHF

Article 15 - Insurances

Personal Accident - The organising committee recommends that all participants who don’t have private insurance covering physical injury, especially non-licensed participants, should sign up for private accident insurance.

Material Damage – The organising committee declines all responsibility for any damage to, or theft of personal belongings even if they are under our care. The organisation cannot be liable for any damage to or theft of participants’ equipment. Each participant will require personal insurance to cover damage to or theft of personal goods.

Article 16 – Environmental Sustainability

Participants are asked to respect the environment before, during and after the race by using the bins and recycling facilities provided.

Article 17 – Image Rights

By signing up for the event, each entrant expressly allows the La Tour Geneva Triathlon (or subsequent organisers) to use, reproduce or have reproduced his name, image, voice and sports performance through the race for any direct use or as a derivative of the race and this, in any material, in the world, by any means known or unknown to date, and for the duration of protection currently granted for such use direct or derived by the law or regulations, judicial decisions and/or arbitration of any country and by current or future international agreements, including any extensions that may be made at this time.

Article 18 – Data protection

In line with the federal law on data protection from June 19th 1992, you have the right to access and rectify any personal data you provide.

Article 19 – Traffic on the racecourse

All bikes, motorised modes of transport and modes of transport on wheels, as well as strollers are prohibited on the racecourse. This excludes all vehicles driven by members of the organisation.

Article 20 – Abandonment

Any participant seeking to abandon has to present himself or herself to a member of the organisation in order to hand over their bib and timing chip.

Article 21 – Cancellation of the event

If the race has to be cancelled for reasons beyond the organising committee’s control (including extreme weather) no refund of sign up fees will be available and no indemnities will be paid.

Article 22 – Communications from organiser

The participant agrees to receive newsletters and other communications from the organiser relating to other sports events the organiser manages.

Participation in the La Tour Geneva Triathlon implies the acceptance of all articles in the above race regulation.

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