Drafting and Overtaking
When taking part in an draft-illegal race, understanding the rules will help keep you, your fellow cyclists and other road users safe - and ensure fair competition.
Sprint and Standard distance drafting rule
Middle and Long distance drafting rule
Whilst on the cycle section of an event, you must always keep your eyes looking ahead rather than down to the ground. This is so you can be aware of potential hazards ahead (and can take corrective action if necessary), and the distance between yourself and other road users to ensure you're not drafting and gaining an unfair advantage.
Penalties and Warnings:
What does a 10 metre draft zone look like?
In practical terms, you should be able to fit four bikes in between you and the bike in front - or a double-decker bus.
What does a 12 metre draft zone look like?
In practical terms, you should be able to fit five bikes in between you and the bike in front - or an estate car towing a horsebox.
What about motorcycles and other vehicles?
You must remain 12 metres behind motorcycles and 35 metres behind other vehicles to prevent drafting.
The full drafting and overtaking rules can be found in the British Triathlon Competition Rules.
Event Organisers are sent a copy of the Drafting Rules Explained poster along with the event permit - look out for this the next time you're at event registration.