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When will the kit code be sent out?

The unique kit code you need to purchase kit after you have been informed you have qualified for an ETU / ITU event will generally be released a few months out from the event. It will be sent out via email to the team so please ensure your email address is kept up to date on your BTF profile.

I'm moving up an age group next year, how does it work?

If a qualification race takes place in the year preceding the Championships, qualification is based on your finishing time compared to those athletes who will be in your same age group in the year of the Championships. For example, you are 34 and compete in the 30-34 age group. You are competing in a September qualification race for the European Championships to be held the following April, by which time you will have turned 35 and be in the 35-39 age group. You will compete in the appropriate qualification race in the 30-34 age group, however when the team manager allocates the qualified places they will look at your time and compare it to the other athletes from the same race who will be in the 35-39 age group next year. If your time places you within the correct percentage of the winner and/or top 4 eligible athletes then you will be selected in the 35-39 category for the European Championships.

I will be older during the Championship year, how do the age groups worl?

Everyone competes in the age group which they are in as of the 31st December each year. This might mean that you are moved up into an age group earlier than you would expect.

When the qualification races take place in the year before the ITU / ETU Championships, qualification is based on an athlete's finishing time compared to those athletes in the same age group during the year of the Championships. This means if athletes are moving up into an age group for the Championship year, their qualification is based on where their finishing time places them in the age group they will be racing in during the Championship year. Athletes could finish in the first 4 in their age group but an athlete moving into that age group could push you someone of a qualifying position if their time is faster. Please see point 8.3 in the Terms and Conditions

The Team Manager looking after the event will pick you out of the results because you have registered your intent to qualify and we will have a list of everyone who is moving up an age group for the Championship event. You do not need to let us know you are moving up an age group.

Will there still be a 50% discount on affiliation half-way through the year?

Yes, we will still reduce Club Affiliation fees by 50% from 1 July annually.  This will be reviewed on an annual basis.

i. I am a technical official or am thinking of becoming one, do I need membership?

British Triathlon support the development of high quality, confident and competent Technical Officials. Technical Officials are hugely important to the sport of triathlon and that’s why we take extra care of our Technical Officials by providing them with free Technical Official membership. If you think you’re entitled to free Technical Official Membership, please get in touch with our Events Team at events@britishtriathlon.org

Age Group

Why is there an elite person competing in my race?

In ITU and ETU races, competitors who hold an elite/pro licence from the World Series cannot compete in age group events during the same calendar year unless granted permission by their National Federation.

For British Championship races anyone can compete, even if they have raced in elite races during the same calendar year.

How do I update my result for multisport events?

You can now update your own result until the registration cut off date or we add a status to your name on the evet webpage.

Only races which don’t have specific qualifying races are able to be updated.

To edit your own result sign into your BTF account.

You will see a box labelled “ITU / ETU Registered - Click here to see the ITU / ETU races you have registered to qualify for”

You will see a list of races you have registered to qualify for where you can update your own result.

Click “edit” to edit your result.

You will see a page similar to that which you completed to register. You can now update your result.

You can also update your emergency contact details.

Any changes you make are permanent and cannot be undone.

If it is past the registration cut off date or, there is a status next to your name, you will not be able to update your own results.

If you update your own result because we have asked you to provide faster time, our comment will remain next to your name until the next registration cut off date.

People who have PQ’d can update their own result but still need to contact their Team Manager or the Age group Coordinator to add their PQ status.

The Age Group Coordinator or Team Manager can still update your result if you ask them to.

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 Great Britain Age-Group Team. The Great Britain 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 people. 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 Great Britain Age-Group Team. Some athletes strive to stand on the podium in European or World Championships, for others the ultimate goal is to participate and experience the thrill of competing at international level.  

What are the qualifying times for each age group?

The times 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 time that you will need to achieve to qualify.
For sprint and standard distance championship events 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. For middle and long distances the same performance percentages apply for your nominated race. The exception to this is the ETU Middle distance event which has a qualifying percentage of 115% rather than 120%. This is due to there being no ITU Middle distance event.

Events which are not sprint or standard triathlon or duathlon require athletes to .submit extra evidence which is specific to each event. Please check each event for the details for this.

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 get an understanding of times required you could look up the previous years results and this would give you an idea of what to aim for for each age group.

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