Race Rules

  • Participants are required to heed directions and instruction of all race officials and public authorities.
  • Helmet should be worn and fasted once the bike is taken from the transition rack, until the bike is racked in the transition area.
  • Wearing earphones during the race is not allowed. Take off and transfer of chip for the Team Relay is allowed only at the designated space at Transition Area
  • Course marshals shall have authority to disqualify race participants. Medical personnel shall have ultimate and final authority to remove a participant from the race if the participant is judged to be physically incapable of continuing the race without risk of serious injury or death. Medical transport of any participant will result in DNF (did not finish).
  • No participant may use any drug or substance prohibited by IOC Doping Control Rules.
  • Fraud, theft, abusive treatment of volunteers and other acts of poor sportsmanship are grounds for immediate disqualification.
  • If a contestant decides to withdraw from the race at any time, it is the responsibility of the contestant to notify official timing personnel or Race Officials immediately. Failure to notify may result in rejection of athlete’s entry for future Bali
  • Bali International Triathlon reserves the right to make rule changes at any time provided all athletes are notified in writing or at the mandatory pre-race briefing on November 9, 2019. The Race Committee sets Cut-Off Time for Swim: 1,5 hrs, Bike: 2,5 hrs and Run: 1,5 hrs (Olympic Distance) and Swim: 1 hr, Bike: 1,5 hrs and Run: 1 hr (Sprint Distance).
  • All athletes who reach the cut-off points after the cut-off times are required to take a shortened course. Athletes will be allowed to complete the race but will not be entitled to win age-group awards.


  • Each swimmer must wear the swim cap provided by the race production team.
  • All swimmers must be numbered at the Transition Area when checking in on race morning or at the race start between 5:00am and 6:00am
    • No wetsuits, fins, aqua socks, gloves, paddles or flotation devices of any kind allowed. The water temperature averages 24C / 75 F at this time of year.
    • Swim goggles or face masks may be worn.
    • No individual paddles or escorts allowed.
    • Any assistance resulting in the athlete improving his competitive position will result in immediate disqualification.
    • It is legal for athletes to arrange for family, friends or coaches to hand-off eyeglasses and other special items after the swim. All such hand-offs must be made along the chute between the swim finish and the transition area.


  • No tandems, recumbent, fairings or any device designed exclusively to reduce air resistance are allowed.
  • DRAFTING: Riding in a stationary position within 10 meters of another contestant is illegal drafting. It is the responsibility of each contestant to maintain legal spacing and the decision of course marshals pertaining to drafting violations shall be final. At their discretion, course marshals may issue these penalties for draft zone violations:
      Athletes shown a yellow card, or where a penalty is otherwise indicated by a marshal, shall immediately and safely bring their bike to a complete stop on the left edge of the road and put both feet on the road surface. When indicated to do so by the marshal, the athlete may mount their bike and continue the race. The marshal shall in self-discretion, determine the length of the penalties assessed at the end of the bike. Any athlete arguing with the marshal or otherwise demonstrating against a drafting penalty shall be immediately disqualified.
      Athletes repeatedly or intentionally violating the draft zone shall be shown a red card by the marshal that he or she has been disqualified. While disqualified athletes may ride back to the transition area to gather their equipment, any argument or protest against the disqualification, effort to continue the race, or pass through the time points at the bike/ run transition shall result in expulsion from future Bali International Triathlons.

      • Each participant must wear their appropriate race number at times while on the course. Race numbers issued by the Bali International Triathlon production team identify the official contestants in the race. Folding, cutting a race number, intentional alteration of any kind or failure to wear the race number so that it is plainly visible is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification.
      • An ANSI or SNELL approved helmet is required during the entire bike race. Any contestant seen riding without an approved helmet is to be immediately disqualified. Leather or vinyl hairnet helmet are not allowed. Helmets must be securely buckled at all times competitors are on the bike.
      • No individual support is allowed except as permitted by these rules of friends, family members or supporters of any type may not bike or drive alongside contestants, may not pass food or other items to contestants and should be warned to stay completely clear of all participants to avoid the disqualification of a participant. It is incumbent upon each contestant to immediately reject any attempt to assist, follow or escort.
      • Each participant will be individually responsible for repair and maintenance of his/her own bike. Assistance by anyone other than race personnel will be grounds for immediate disqualification. Each cyclist should be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction.
      • Cyclists are required to heed directions and instructions of all the officials and public authorities.
      • Participants may walk their bike if necessary.
      • Cyclists are individually responsible for following traffic laws and are solely responsible for the consequences of any infractions. Cyclists being in violation of traffic laws may be disqualified. At all times, contestants should remain on the left side of the road except when indicated otherwise by officials.
      • While there will be traffic control equipment on the bike course it may be impossible to completely close the roads. Therefore, at all times during the race, contestants should assume that cars may be on the road and take the necessary safety precautions.
      • Yellow Lone Rule: On out and back sections on the course, contestants must stay on the INNER side of the road.
      • The bike course has both flat and some steep hilly sections. We recommend 24-28 tooth rear sprockets. Athletes are advised to take extreme care on all turns and in areas where there are driveways.
      • Because of the heat, it is highly recommended that all competitor bikes have a minimum of two water bottle cages.
      • Yellow Flag Areas and Rules: The purpose of the Yellow Flag Area is to slow all bikes to safe speed through a dangerous area and to assure athletes that they will not suffer a competitive disadvantage by riding carefully through the area. The first Yellow Flag Area is once riders depart the transition area. The Yellow Flag area is also in effect upon a biker’s return to the transition area. The second Yellow Flag Area is approximately at the 15k mark. This is a very steep descent. A white line across the road and a race official waving a yellow flag identify the start of the Yellow Flag Area. Inside the Yellow Flag Area riders must:
      • Sit up on handlebars with hands on the brakes.
      • Ride no faster than 20kph.
      • Not pass any other athletes.
    • Any athlete failing to follow Yellow Flag Area rules and restrictions will be penalized between 1 and 5 minutes depending on the severity of the violation. Athletes attempting to take a competitive advantage in a Yellow Flag Area will most heavily penalized. A white line across the pavement and an official waving a green flag identify the end of the Yellow Flag Area. Once the rider exits the Yellow Flag Area he/she may immediately resume racing.


  • No form of locomotion other than running, walking or crawling is allowed.
  • Runners must wear race number at all times while on course. Race number must be placed on front of runner where it is clearly visible. Folding, cutting race number, intentional alteration of any kind, or failure to wear race number is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification.
  • Individual support vehicles or non- participant escort runners are NOT allowed and will completely clear of all participants to avoid the disqualification of a participant. It is incumbent upon each contestant to immediately reject any attempt to assist, follow or escort. It is permissible for a contestant who is still competing to run with other contestants who are still competing.
  • Runners are expected to follow the direction and instruction of all race officials and public authorities.
  • All athletes must wear a T-shirt or other covering on their upper body during the run and bike portions of the event


All rules applying to individual competitors apply to relay competitors except where such rules conflict with specific relay rules.

  • Relay teams must be composed of two or three athletes- one swimmer, one cyclist and one runner. Team members can be either same gender or any combination of male/female. The minimum age of participants is 16 years old, unless agreed beforehand by the race committee.
  • The relay team ‘chip transfer’ area must be within the marked Relay Team Area in the transition area. There will be a Relay Team Referee overseeing the ‘chip transfer’ of each team member. Of a ‘chip transfer’ happens outside of the Relay Team Area, the team will not be included in the official results.
  • Any relay team interfering with an individual competitor or way placing an individual competitor at a competitive disadvantage will be disqualified.


  • Relay swimmers will start at the same time as their respective distance event.
  • All relay swimmers must wear the official race swim cap throughout the swim portion of the race. The swim cap must not be removed from the swimmer’s head until after the timing chip is passed to the team cyclist.


  • All relay bikes must be placed in the designated bike racks in the Transition Area. Team bikes must not be removed from the designated bike rack until AFTER the timing chip has been passed onto the team cyclist.
  • After receiving the timing chip the cyclist must WALK their bike through the transition area of the MOUNT LINE. At this time cyclists may not mount their bike and depart on the 40k bike.
  • Upon completion of the 40km bike and arrival at the Transition Area, cyclists must dismount at the DISMOUNT LINE and WALK their bike back the designated bike rack. Once the cyclist has entered the marked Team Relay Area, they may hand off the timing chip to the runner. Once the runner has attached the timing chip, he/she may depart on the run course. Cyclists must re-rack their bike on the designated bike rack.


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