Gearing Restrictions 2018

All the following information has been taken from the South West Series website:

The SWS Policy

From 2017, all TS2, TS3 and Youth triathletes competing as a registered triathlete in the SWS are to adhere to the BTF rules on restricted gears for all drafting and non-drafting races. Please note this does not apply to TS1 or grass-based races and nor will it apply to those children racing who are not entered in the SWS. Mountain bikes with off-road tyres will not be required to be gear restricted.

Anyone refusing to make the restrictions will be allowed to race but WILL NOT be allocated series points and will not receive prizes, titles or placings in Championship races.

All SWS athletes will be subject to gear restriction checks. Athletes must bring their bikes to the ‘Bike Roll Out Area’ led by the TESW JSO & TSO for their bikes to be checked before they race. Sufficient time must be allowed for this and it is suggested no later than 30 mins before transition closes.

At the start of the season all bikes will be checked and a sticker will be allocated to confirm the check has been made and adheres to the gear restriction guidelines and only then will you be allowed to enter transition with your bike. Please ensure this sticker remains on your bike for the remaining races in 2018.

The top 3 finishers of each race may be checked following their race to ensure the bike remains compliant. Points will not be allocated to those non-compliant.

As the season progresses all newly registered athletes will be checked in addition to spot checks being put in place to alleviate the need to test all bikes at every event but once again the top 3 finishers may be checked.

During Roll Out

There will be no time for any mechanics or gearing changes to be done during roll out testing. Should a bike fail it can be retested but the TSO will not be available to make on the day changes for gearing non-compliance. Adjustments will cause unnecessary delays to the race and should have been dealt with before race day. However, if someone experiences an unforeseen mechanical issue but not gearing issue then the TSO will do what he can to assist.

1. Parent Athletes Infomation on Restricting Gears for Young Athletes

2. How to Restrict Gears Front Mech

3. How to Restrict Gears Rear Mech

4. Cassettes Explained

5. Chainsets Explained

6. Gear and Maximum Rollout Distance Tables for Standard 700c Rim and 23mm Racing Tyres

7. How to Check Your Gears