Thinking of Joining USA Triathlon?

Be a part of our 550,000 member community of multisport athletes. Membership benefits include a subscription to the quarterly USA Triathlon magazine, discounts from USA Triathlon partners, inclusion in the national rankings, excess accident insurance at events, and savings at races. To see why you should join or renew today, visit the membership benefits page. Already a member? Login below.

Forgot Password  |  Forgot Member ID  |  Help Renew Membership Become a Member

Transition Area Conduct: Placement of Equipment

This week’s rule is Article 7.2 — Placement of Equipment. 

equipmentThe rule addresses how a participant sets up his bike and gear in transition. In races where an assigned spot is designated by race number, the gear and bicycle must be placed on the same side as the race number designation on the transition rack. The front or the rear wheel must be down on the same side as the number and the gear. 

If transition spaces are not assigned, then wherever the participant racks, his gear must be located on the same side of the rack as the down wheel. The gear - shoes, run bib, etc, must be next to the wheel that is down and no gear should extend out into the alleyway between racks, nor should it interfere in any way with the adjacent participant’s area.

USA Triathlon officials are available in the mornings of the race to advise participants if their gear and bike are racked legally.  

Here’s the rule: 

7.2. Placement of Equipment. 
All participants shall place equipment only in the properly designated and individually assigned bicycle corral and shall at all time keep their equipment confined to such properly designated areas. Any violation of this section shall result in a variable time penalty.

Want to learn more about a specific rule?

Let us know at We can feature it in the upcoming weeks.

Click here for more information on USA Triathlon Rules.

Have a question about the USA Triathlon Competitive Rules? Please contact Charlie Crawford.