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Gear Restrictions

British Triathlon guidance on gear restrictions for young athletes.

Gear Restrictions for 2022

Gear restrictions are now an established part of Youth and Children’s draft legal racing and we are making a small change for 2022.

ALL Youth races this season WILL be gear restricted – this INCLUDES when Youth A and Youth B athletes are racing each other.

The following events will therefore be gear restricted

  • Performance Assessments Youth (A/B) race
  • Llanelli Youth (A/B) race
  • Mallory Park Youth (A/B) race
  • Sunderland Youth (A) race
  • The School Games
  • Eton (TBC) Youth (A) race

To this point we have not restricted events where Youth A and Youth B athletes compete against each other, however, with the growing focus on supporting the Youth B transition to sprint racing that number of races has grown. The impact on racing, since the introduction of gear restrictions, has been extremely positive and if we continue to not restrict combined Youth A/B races we will lose most of those benefits while also not support effectively supporting the transition from children’s racing for Youth A’s.


Gear Restricted Tristar races: 

  • 26th June - Bowood
  • 17th July - Hetton

Many races are still TBC and these events will be added shortly.


For the full rationale on why we restrict gears and how this works at events please refer to the British Triathlon Gear Restrictions booklet


Important Documents

The following documents aim to provide all the information you will require on Gear Restrictions in Youth and Childrens' racing:

  • For the Parent and Athlete Information booklet, please visit here
  • For the Gear and Maximum Rollout Distance Table, please visit here
  • For information on Cassettes, please visit here
  • For information on Chainsets, please visit here
  • For information on Chainrings, please visit here
  • For information on how to Restrict Gears, visit here for the front mech, and here for the rear mech (and here for Di2 restriction).
  • For information on how to Check your Gears using a roll out,  please visit here
  • To better understand the options available to you please visit here

How to restrict your gears:

How to roll your bike out:

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