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Wheel Regulations

Regulations for TriStar, Youth and Junior Draft-Legal Racing

British Triathlon gives serious thought and consideration to athlete development and 2018 sees the launch of a new set of Wheel Regulations.

To better understand the reasoning behind these changes as well as to improve knowledge of what is a complicated part of racing British Triathlon have produced a booklet on Wheel Regulations across the TriStar, Youth and Junior Pathway, which is accessible via the button below. 

Wheel Regulations Booklet

TriStars

Will ride on standard or traditional wheels ONLY. A traditional wheel for this age group is defined as:

  • a rim made of aluminium (carbon rims are not permitted)
  • a maximum rim depth of 35mm
  • a minimum of 16 spokes which can be round, flattened or oval
  • spokes which do not exceed 3mm in width1

Youths

Will ride on

EITHER

A standard or traditional wheel defined as:

  • a rim made of aluminium (carbon rims are not permitted)
  • a maximum rim depth of 35mm
  • a minimum of 16 spokes which can be round, flattened or oval
  • spokes which do not exceed 3mm in width1

OR

Wheels that are found on the UCI non-standard approved wheel lists

For more information on the UCI wheel lists click here

UCI Wheel Lists Explained

Due to a redefinition of the standard or traditional wheel by the UCI in 2016 there were some changes made to how a traditional wheel is defined. The effect of this is that 2 wheel lists are now in use.

Please read the following carefully so you are clear which list you need to check:

  • All wheels approved prior to 31/12/2015 are still legal and can be used in competition. Please check here for that list.
  • All wheels that are either new or produced since 01/01/2016 or produced prior to 01/01/2016 but not approved on the pre-2016 lists are subject to this list - please note that new wheels are added all the time so if buying/checking new wheels please check the date (in red) in the top left hand corner of the first page of the document to ensure you have a current up to date copy. Please check here that list.

2018 Consultation on further changes to Youth wheel regulations

After wide consultation British Triathlon will NOT be making any changes to the above wheel regulations; while this means that more expensive wheels are an option for all Youth athletes to race on British Triathlon would encourage all developing athletes and their parents at this age group to have their focus entirely upon learning and development rather than the very small gains that can be made by having the best equipment.

Juniors (and Seniors)

Will ride on

EITHER

A standard or traditional wheel as defined by the UCI

  • a rim made of aluminium
  • a rim height of less than 25mm
  • a minimum number of 20 steel spokes which are detachable
  • all components must be identifiable and commercially available

OR

Wheels that are found on the UCI non-standard approved wheel lists

For more information on the UCI wheel lists click here

UCI Wheel Lists Explained

Due to a redefinition of the standard or traditional wheel by the UCI in 2016 there were some changes made to how a traditional wheel is defined. The effect of this is that 2 wheel lists are now in use.

Please read the following carefully so you are clear which list you need to check:

  • All wheels approved prior to 31/12/2015 are still legal and can be used in competition. Please check here for that list. 
  • All wheels that are either new or produced since 01/01/2016 or produced prior to 01/01/2016 but not approved on the pre-2016 lists are subject to this list - please note that new wheels are added all the time so if buying/checking new wheels please check the date (in red) in the top left hand corner of the first page of the document to ensure you have a current up to date copy. Please check here that list.

Notes

1the changes at TriStar and Youth have been made on wide consultation and are designed to be make racing more accessible and lower the cost. If an athlete is riding on a pair of aluminium wheels that sit outside these definitions you should contact Sophie Lewis in the first instance to discuss this.

Important other regulations and information to be aware of:

Disc Brakes - British Triathlon follows ITU Competition Rules for draft-legal racing and disc brakes are now permitted for use in all domestic and international competitions. It is important to understand that disc brakes are also legal in all non-drafting formats of the sport, this includes any children races that are non-drafting.

Technological Fraud - this is basically looking to ensure that no athletes have hidden motors in their bikes and follows on from the well publicised finding at the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in 2016. There will be checks internationally only for the time being. When checked athletes bikes will be scanned and if anomalies are found more extensive investigation will then take place.

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