British Triathlon Federation Age Group FAQ's

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Age-Group FAQs

Have a question about age-group? Read below to see if we can answer your question.

New to age-group competition or wondering how it works? Find out in the first section “how it works”!
 
Do you have any questions about qualification? Please look for your answer in the second section “qualification”. 
 
Trying to find out whether you have qualified or have you already qualified? Please scroll down to the third section “waiting to find out whether you have qualified or already qualified?"
 
 
HOW IT WORKS
 
What is age-group competition? 
 
British Triathlon delivers different programmes with the aim of identifying and developing athletes with the potential to perform at a world class level. Examples are the Elite Team, The Paratriathlon Team and the Talent Squads. The non-elite format of the National Team is known as the GB Age-Group Team. The GB Age-Group Team allows athletes to compete for European and World Championships medals and titles against fellow competitors within pre-defined age-group categories. These age-group categories are divided by gender and age and are set apart by five year age bands, from 20-24 upwards to 80+. International age-group competition starts at age 16 for sprint distances and 18 for standard distance and long distance. 
 
 
What sort of athletes are competing for the GB Age-Group Team? 
 
Age-group athletes are a diverse group of athletes. Some athletes start racing at age-group competitions when they are 16, others start when they are 60. Each athlete will have their own personal goals and motivation for attempting to qualify for the GB Age-Group Team. Some athletes wish to stand on the podium in European or World Championships, others are happy to participate and experience the thrill of competing at international level.  
 
 
How it works 
 
Several International Age-Group Championships are held across the globe each year. You can attempt to qualify for both European Championships and World Championships. 
 
The Age-Group European Championships are organised by the European Triathlon Union (ETU). The Age-Group World Championships are organised by the International Triathlon Union (ITU). 
 
There are sprint and standard distance triathlon and duathlon championships and middle and long distance triathlon and duathlon championships. In addition, there are aquathlon championships, and cross and winter triathlon championships.
 
 
Age-Band Category 
 
As an age-group athlete, you will compete against other age-group athletes within your age-band category. The age-band category that you fall into depends on your age on December 31st in the year of competition. 
 
Example: If you are 45 on 29 December 2016 then for the whole of 2016 you will compete in the 45-49 age-group. 
 
International age-group competition starts at age 16 for sprint distances and 18 for standard distance and long distance. For international age-group Championships and age-group qualification all 16-19 year olds will be grouped as one under 20 age category.
 
 
There are also Tristar, Youth and Junior categories from ages 8 through to 20.
 
 
Code Category Age
TSS TriStars Start 8
TS1 TriStars 1 9-10
TS2 TriStars 2 11-12
TS3 TriStars 3 13-14
A Youths 15-16
B Juniors 17-18 17-18
C Juniors 19 19
D Seniors 1 20-24
E Seniors 2 25-29
F Seniors 3 30-34
G Seniors 4 35-39
H Veterans 1 40-44
I Veterans 2 45-49
J Veterans 3 50-54
K Veterans 4 55-59
L Veterans 5 60-64
M Veterans 6 65-69
N Veterans 7 70-74
P Veterans 8 75-79
Q Veterans 9 80+
 
 
 
QUALIFICATION 
 
 
How to Qualify and Compete for the Great Britain Age-Group Team?
 
To cqualify for the Great Britain Age-Group Team you will need to:
 
 
1. Join your Home Nation association: Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland or Welsh Triathlon here. If you are already a member, ensure that your membership is valid.  
 
2. Choose the Championship(s) you would like to qualify for by looking at our championship event registration pages here.  
 
3. For Sprint and Standard Distance Triathlon/Duathlons, you will need to enter a specified qualifying event(s) for the championship you would like to qualify for through the race organiser. An overview of qualifying events can be found within the Age-Group Major Events Calendar here
 
For middle and long distance triathlon/duathlon, cross and winter triathlon /aquathlon you will instead need to submit a best past performance from a race that you can nominate yourself that meets the standard set out on the relevant championship event registration page
 
4. You will also need to register your intent to compete on a team with British Triathlon. Log into your membership page. On your personal welcome page click the “Age-Group” tab on the left hand side and then click “Register for an Event”. Select the championship you would like to register for from the list and then follow the qualification and registration instructions detailed on the event page.
 
You must register before the deadline set on the specific championship registration page. It is very important to do this, otherwise you will not be able to use your result from qualifying events to qualify for your chosen championships.
 
5. If you are successful in qualifying, specific details about the event you have qualified for will be communicated via e-mail.
 
 
What are the Qualifying Criteria?
 
Each Championship can have slightly different qualifying criteria so for accurate qualifying criteria please visit the event page for the specific Championships you want to qualify for.
 
As a general guide National Federations can enter a maximum of 20 athletes per age-group into an international Championship. 
 
For Championships that have specific qualification races there will be automatic qualification places available from the qualifying events. Registered athletes from each qualification race will gain automatic selection as outlined in the event qualification criteria. The remaining places will come from pre-qualified athletes, discretionary place applications and roll down places.
 
For Championships that do not have a specific qualification race we will select the first or the best 20 athletes to submit performances that meet the qualifying criteria outlined for that event.
 
To gain selection an athlete must finish within a performance percentage time of the winner of their Age- Group* (115% for World Championships, 120% for European Championships). *Exceptional athlete ruling
 
Any athlete who finishes outside of the automatic places and the performance percentage will not be eligible for qualification even if there are spaces available. If an athlete finishes amongst the automatic places but outside the performance percentage they will be selected based on Team Manager discretion. If an athlete finishes outside of the automatic places but inside the performance percentage they will be eligible for a roll down place.
 
  
How do I register my intent?
 
Firstly you will need to log into your membership page. On your personal welcome page click the 'Age-Group' tab on the left hand side and then click 'Register for an Event'. Select the Championship you would like to register for from the list and follow the qualification and registration instructions detailed on the event page.
 
Please note: You are registering your intent to qualify for a Championship NOT a qualifying race. You do not need to inform anyone which qualifying race(s) you are doing. Registration is £10 and is completely separate to any notification you may be asked to give on the event entry form when you enter a qualification race. You must register by 5pm on the Friday before the qualifying event you are competing in. You must register by 5pm on the final registration deadline date for all other Championships that do not have specific qualification races.
 
Please see the ‘How to Qualify’ page for a more detailed step-by-step guide.
 
 
I have registered and received a confirmation email but I can’t find my name on the registered athletes list at the bottom of the registration page?
 
Check that you have registered your intent to qualify for the correct championships and ensure that you are looking for your name in the age category that you will be in within the year of competition. 
 

Where can I find an overview of all the qualifiers for sprint and standard distance races?

You can find all qualifiers which will be held in 2016 in the Age-Group Major Events calendar hereA new calendar which shows the qualifiers which will be held in 2017 will be published towards the end of 2016. 

 
I can’t find the Championships I would like to qualify for on the event registration pages#
 
British Triathlon endeavours to publish Age-Group Championship registration pages as soon as possible. However, we do not publish event registration pages before essential event information has been published by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and/or the European Triathlon Union (ETU). This is because information such as dates, location etc. may change during the planning process. As soon as we publish a Championship registration page you will be able to find it here. 
 
How good do I need to be to stand a chance of qualifying?
 
The standard needed to qualify for a Great Britain Age-Group Team can vary depending on the competition, the course, the weather and the level of interest for that particular championships and therefore it is not possible to give a single figure or time that you will need to achieve to qualify.
 
The minimum requirement is that you must finish within 120% (European selection) or 115% (World selection) of the winner of your age-group either in a qualification race or for long distance qualification the race you nominated as a qualification race. There is no minimum standard for cross and winter triathlon or aquathlon although relevant experience is required.
 
To work out your percentage of the age-group winner's time convert both times into seconds and then divide your time in seconds by the age-group winner's time in seconds and multiply by 100.
 
To view a list of the previous year's qualification races please click here. You can look up the previous age-group winners at these races to see what sort of times the races are won in and therefore where your own performances stand in comparison.
 
 
Can I compete in more than one qualification race?
 
You can enter and compete in more than one qualification race but you only need to register once for each Championship.
 
You can qualify for multiple Championships, although current ITU rules do not allow an athlete to take part in two events within a 48 hour period at the same Championships so if you are successful in qualifying for two Championships that will be held within 48 hours of each other you will be asked to withdraw from one. Sprint and Standard are classed as seperate Championships.
 
If a qualification race acts as a qualifier for more than one Championship you must register for both Championships if you intend to qualify for both. You will only be considered for selection in the Championships you have registered your intent for. 
 
 
I live abroad and cannot compete in any of the qualifying races. Can I still be selected?
 
We do not have an overseas selection policy for sprint and standard qualification. You must compete in one of the designated qualifying races or have pre-qualified to gain qualification.  Results from another country's selection races will not be considered.
 
You can still be selected for long distance triathlon and duathlon Championships, winter and cross triathlon Championships, and aquathlon Championships. These events do not have specific qualification races and you can submit performances from races where you have achieved the qualifying performance from outside of the UK or have met the relevant experience criteria. 
 
 
I live in Great Britain but I am not British. Can I still compete on a GB Age-Group team?
 
You must be either a legal resident in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland or a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. 
 
 
 
WAITING TO FIND OUT WHETHER YOU HAVE QUALIFIED OR ALREADY QUALIFIED? 
 
 
How and when can I find out if I have qualified? 
 
Please allow at least two weeks from the deadlines outlined on the event registration page for your event for the selection process to be completed and for the results to be published on the event registration page. This means that if you are racing at a specific qualifier and hoping to qualify for a sprint or standard distance championships, you will need to wait for approximately two weeks before you can find out whether you have qualified or not.  If you have submitted your performance details hoping to qualify for any other type of Championships, you will have to wait for two weeks after the deadline outlined on the event registration page. You can find out who has qualified by scrolling down to the registered athletes list at the bottom of the registration page for your event. The event registration pages can be found here.
 
PQ = prequalified 
Q = qualified 
 
 
I have already qualified and there is a Q next to my name on the event registration page. What happens next?
 
As soon as possible after the qualification race or qualification window successful athletes will be notified via e-mail. Please allow two weeks for this process to be completed. The e-mail will confirm your selection and contain further instructions on the next steps to take. In addition to this a ‘Q’ will be placed next to your name on the list of registered athletes at the bottom of the Championship event information page.
 
You will need to pay the race entry fee as set out on the team information emails. For events where British Triathlon are sending a Team Manager and/or Support Team you will also be required to pay a £20 international race fee. The International Race Fee is in place to cover the costs and expenses incurred by the Age Group Team managers and Team support staff who travel to events to give the necessary support to the Age Group teams competing in international championships. For the 2016 season the International Race Fee will be charged for all events where a Team manager and any support staff will be in attendance including events where the race entry fee is paid directly to the event organisers. This will be charged as a separate cost via the British Triathlon website in these cases, and will be explained within the payment email for the relevant events.
 
 
You will need to book your flights and accommodation. You can book with any provider. However, British Triathlon’s Official Travel and Accommodation Supplier is Nirvana Europe who have a wealth of experience and knowledge in organising travel and accommodation to age-group championships. You can find out more here
 
 
I have qualified but I do not receive any emails?
 
Please ensure that your email address is correct within your Home Nation membership account at all times. Please add @britisthriathlon.org to your trusted senders list to ensure that your receive emails.
 
 
I sent an email to the Team Manager for my event yesterday and I haven’t had a reply yet.
 
Please bear in mind that all the Age-Group Championship Team Managers are volunteers. Your email will be replied to as soon as possible. 
 
 
What are the uniform/kit requirements?
 
Please see the Great Britain Age-Group team policy section to obtain the official ITU Uniform rules which contain details about the tri suit requirements, sponsorship rules and logo placements.
 
It is mandatory that you must compete in the official GB Tri Suit at any ITU or ETU Championships. All other kit items are optional.
 
There are a number of other items that are available in addition to the tri suits including specific event polo shirts and track suits which are all optional. All items can be purchased online via the BTF/Blade shop.
 
 
How do I find the ITU and ETU websites?
 
The International Triathlon Union Website can be found here. The European Triathlon Union Website can be found here
 
 
Where can I find the competition rules for Age-Group Championships? 
 
Age-Group Championships follow the ITU Competition rules which can be found here
 
 
I think my bike/equipment/uniform might be illegal, where can I find out more? 
 
Age-Group Championships follow the ITU Competition rules which can be found here.
 

I cannot race after all, do I have to notify anybody to withdraw?

Yes. Please notify your team manager and the age-group team on agegroup@britishtriathlon.org as soon as possible. Your team manager’s email address can be found within the championship registration page for your event and/or within your team information emails. It is important that you notify as soon as possible – in many cases your place can then be offered to another athlete. 

 

If you have any questions relating to this area, please contact:

Age Group Administrator

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Email
agegroup@britishtriathlon.org
Phone
01509 226 183
Fax
01509 226 165
Post
PO Box 25, Loughborough, LE11 3WX

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