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About Aquabike

Aquabike is a swim and bike combination race. They vary in length but the most common distance, as well as the USAT National Championship distance, is a 1.2-mile swim and a 56-mile bike. Aquabike races in the United States are often combined with the first two legs of triathlons.

Who are the competitors?
Aquabike races are usually comprised of athletes who:

  • Are strong swimmers and/or cyclists
  • Enjoy cross-training for other disciplines
  • Do not enjoy or have an affinity for running
  • Have an injury that prevents any running or running long distances
  • Love the multisport lifestyle

Chuck Graziano, who is the past chair and current member of the Age Group committee, a past USAT Board Member, and an aquabike athlete said, “Aquabike is a rapidly growing segment of our multisport community comprised of injured and older athletes and of those who simply prefer not to run. As a coach, I frequently recommend that my athletes compete in Aquabike as a way to get 'race-specific' training without the pounding of the run. I look forward to the continued growth of Aquabike as a sport that allows people to race who might not be able to, and for to those who enjoy the unique benefit that Aquabike offers.”

Past research was conducted on discipline development where athletes have said the following about why they race aquabike.

“I love multisport and dropped out of triathlon 25 years ago when I couldn't run anymore. Aquabike offers an amazing opportunity to add purpose to my training and give me a taste of competition again.”

“These are great for athletes training for a 70.3 to practice.”

“I think it is great. My husband hates to run but loves to swim. Aquabike is perfect for him."

The Aquabike Series was a pilot program in 2005 that was brought to USA Triathlon by one of its members. Dean Peterson of Peoria, Ariz. Peterson had spoken with many triathletes that felt they would be interested in a format in which athletes could compete in the swim and the bike portions of a half or ultra-distance triathlon. He brought the idea to then USA Triathlon’s acting Executive Director, Mike Greer, who got the race directors to provide a course. Race directors then agreed to provide times and placements for these athletes.

In 2010, USAT initiated a stand-alone rankings program for aquabike. By 2012, there were over 3,000 athletes ranked in this discipline. Click HERE for more information on aquabike rankings.

Getting Started
Interested participants should visit the USA Triathlon Event Calendar for all USAT-sanctioned aquabike events in the United States.

USA Triathlon sanctioned 368 aquabike races in 2013. It is an organizational goal to increase this number by 15% in 2016 to over 418 races. Athletes can help by:

  • Asking your local race director to include an Aquabike wave alongside other events they produce
  • Invite your fellow competitors to try an aquabike race with you
  • Talk about your Aquabike race experience to others

What’s next?

  • I want to SANCTION an Aquabike event.
  • I want to LEARN of Aquabike races in my area.
  • I want to SEE the Aquabike rankings.
  • I want to REGISTER for 2015 Aquabike National Championship in Croton on Hudson, NY on September 13, 2015.
  • I want to SIGN-UP for an annual USA Triathlon membership.
Aquabike USAT 2015 National Championships

There are no qualification standards to race at the USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championships. All skill levels are welcome.

Additional Resources

USA Triathlon Aquabike Related Webinars:

Common Adult Race Distances







8 - 30







30.1 - 50


















Common Youth Race Distances

Race Age



Youth 7-8

50 - 100 meters

2 - 3 K

Youth 9-10

100 meters

3 - 5 K

Youth 11-12

200 meters

5 - 7 K

Youth 13 - 15

200 - 375 meters

8 - 10 K