20 m draft rule announced for The Championship

Challenge Family will implement a 20 meter draft rule on the bike leg at the Championship in Samorin, Slovakia this year "as a means to provide the fairest racing for all athletes."

| January 24, 2017 | NEWS

Zibi Szlufcik announces the new Challenge Championship event in Samorin, Slovakia.

Zibi Szlufcik announces the new Challenge Championship event in Samorin, Slovakia.

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The release continues:

“The Championship is our pinnacle event and we are committed to providing all athletes, be they professional or age groupers, with a fair race that rewards effort," says Zibi Szlufcik, the CEO of Challenge Family. "With a minimum €150,000 prize purse there is a lot on the line for our professional athletes. It is imperative that we offer a level playing field for all. The drafting rule was one of the most critical topics of 2016 among pro athletes and for a fair race we feel it is imperative that the 20 meter rule is implemented for The Championship 2017.”
 
The 20 meter draft zone on the bike course will be a rectangle three meters wide and 20 meters long. An athlete will have 40 seconds to complete any overtaking maneuver once they enter the draft zone. The 20 meter will be enhanced through a new event start procedure which will see age group wave starts commencing at least 20 minutes after the last professional wave start and each wave start will have a maximum of 200 athletes.
 
Key aspects of the 20 meter drafting rule at The Championship.

  • Separate female and male pro start wave
  • Age Group Start minimum 20 minutes behind professional wave starts
  • Maximum 200 athletes in any one start wave
  • Minimum 10-minute gap between each age group wave start
  • Sufficient referees on the bike course
  • Markers placed and repeated at 20 meter intervals along the bike course to help athletes estimate the 20-meter distance correctly.

An athlete may enter a bike draft zone in the following circumstances:

  • If the athlete enters the draft zone, and progresses through it within 40seconds in the overtaking maneuver;
  • For safety reasons;
  • 100 meters before and after an aid station or transition area;
  • At an acute (sharp) turn;
  • If the Technical Delegate excludes a section of the course because of narrow lanes, construction, detours, or for other safety reasons.