Rules

XTERRA Short Track Rules

1. Swim

1.1. Water Temperature and Wetsuits: will be permitted based on water temperature measured the day before the event and confirmed on the day of the event. Where water temperatures are close to the limit, the decision will be made one hour before the start of the swim. Wetsuits are permitted for elite athletes if the water temperature is below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20°C). Mandatory Wetsuit: Wetsuits are mandatory at water temperatures below 57 degrees F (14°C). The swim will be cancelled if the water temperature is below 53.5 degrees F (12°C)

1.2. Skin Suits (Speed suits): Skinsuits are not permitted at XTERRA Short Track races.

1.3. Swim Caps: Event swim caps, where provided, must be worn by all athletes during the entire duration of the swim. If none are provided, athletes must wear their own for the entire duration of the swim.

1.4. Buoys: Any athlete confirmed cutting a swim buoy or passing a swim buoy on the wrong side will result in a “light” penalty.

1.5. Start: A false start by any athlete will result in a “light” penalty.

1.6. General Swim: No fins, swimming aids, snorkels, etc. are allowed.

2. Bike

2.1. Equipment: Only Mountain bikes are permitted. Cyclo-cross bikes are not permitted. No drop handlebars are permitted. No aero bars are permitted. All bikes must have 26”, 27.5”, or 29” wheels. Minimum tyre width must be 1.5” (38mm) or greater. Bar extensions may not exceed five inches (12.7 cm) beyond the base bar. Any/all bar ends must be capped.

2.2. Helmets: Helmets must meet or exceed the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (SPSC). Helmets must be securely fastened at all times throughout the cycling leg of the event. Participation may be denied if a participant’s helmet is considered damaged or unsafe. Warning: Failure to adhere to Rule 2.2 will result in a “Heavy” penalty. Refusal to wear helmet = Disqualification.

2.3. Personal Audio/Music Devices: No type of sound/music device is allowed during the competition. Examples: NO headsets, tape players, CD players, MP3 players, or 2-way radios may be worn.

2.4. One Bike: Racers shall complete the entire event on the same bicycle upon which the event was begun. Athletes must return to the Bike/Run transition with that bicycle to be allowed to continue. Change of the wheels is not possible. Athletes must carry their tools or equipment to repair any mechanical problems and must not accept outside assistance.  

2.5. Cutting the course: Athletes riding outside of the designated course markings is not permitted and may result in disqualification. Athletes are required to stay on the designated course specified as the XTERRA Short Track racecourse. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know the designated racecourse. Lack of tape or barriers on the course will not constitute an excuse for cutting the course.

2.6. Passing: When racing for position, athletes should voice the command "Track!” or “On your left/right," to indicate their intentions when overtaking another. It is the responsibility of overtaking rider to overtake safely. Athletes must race fairly and must not deliberately interfere with or impede another rider's progress.

2.7. Lapping: Athletes who have been lapped during the mountain bike phase will be withdrawn from the race by the Race Director upon the next passing of the Transition area. Lapped athletes are required to ride away from the racing line and yield to overtaking athletes.

2.8. Drafting: Drafting is permitted throughout the race.

2.9. Bike Numbers: The provided bike numbers must be mounted on the handlebars facing forward. Cutting of numbers or altering with sponsor stickers is not allowed. There will be a warning for not having your race number on the front of your bike, second infraction will result in disqualification.

3. Run

3.1. Numbers: Race bibs are not used during the run of XTERRA Short Track races. Athletes should visibly display their race number on their arms using race tattoos or body marking provided by the race organiser.

3.2. Personal Audio/Music Devices: No type of sound/music device is allowed during competition. Examples: no headsets, tape players, CD players, MP3 players or 2-way radios may be worn.

3.3. Cutting the course: Athletes running outside of the designated course markings is not permitted and may result in disqualification. Athletes are required to stay on the designated course specified as the XTERRA Short Track racecourse. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know the designated racecourse. Lack of tape or barriers on the course will not constitute an excuse for cutting the course.

3.4. Lapped Athletes: Athletes who have been lapped during the run phase will be withdrawn from the race by the Race Director upon the next passing of the Transition area. Lapped athletes are required to move away from the racing line and yield to overtaking athletes. Lapped athletes will still receive a finishing position and series points based on their position when withdrawn from the race.

3.5. Last lap: The race Director/Personnel will ring the bell in the transition area when athletes start the last run lap.

4. Transition

4.1 Cycling in the Transition area is not permitted. Athletes must not mount their bicycle before the marked exit of the transition area. Athletes must dismount their bicycle before the marked entry of the transition area. Athletes riding their bicycles in transition will receive a “heavy” penalty.

4.2 Helmets: Athletes must have their helmets on and securely fastened before leaving the transition area. Athletes must keep their helmets on and securely fastened until their bicycle has been racked in the second transition area.

4.3 The transition areas will be marked with athlete race numbers identifying an athlete’s designated location in transition. Bicycles must be racked and returned to the same location in the transition area. Bicycles must be securely placed on the transition bike rack – not left on the ground or leaning on the transition barricade. Bicycles must be racked facing the direction as indicated by the race information or race director.

5. General Event Rules

5.1 Attendance of the pre-race briefing is compulsory unless agreed upon prior with the Race Director.  

5.2 Ignorance of the rules is not admitted as an excuse for violations.

5.3 It is the athletes’ responsibility to maintain adequate hydration. The organiser will provide hydration stations on the bike and run.

5.4 Cutting the course: Athletes riding/running outside of the designated course markings is not permitted and may result in disqualification. Athletes are required to stay on the designated course specified as the XTERRA Short Track racecourse. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know the designated racecourse. Lack of tape or barriers on the course will not constitute an excuse for cutting the course.

5.5 Outside assistance: Athletes are not allowed assistance of any kind outside of that provided by the race organiser.

5.6 Conduct: Dangerous riding or running, unsportsmanlike behaviour, or the use of profane or abusive language will result in a warning, penalty, disqualification or a monetary fine.

5.7 Protests: Protests of any nature must be submitted by the athlete in person and within 5 minutes of the protesting athlete completing the race. All protests must be submitted in writing and signed by the athlete lodging the protest. All protests will be investigated. Following an investigation, the decision of the race director will be final.

5.8 Penalties: Penalties will be determined by the severity of the infraction.

All penalties will be applied post-race. There will be no penalties served on the racecourse.  

There are three levels of penalty:

  • Light penalty
  • Heavy Penalty
  • Disqualification

Any referee on the course can award a penalty to an athlete. Athletes will not be made aware of any penalties until after the race. Any penalties incurred will be displayed clearly in the finish zone against an athlete’s race number.

The level of penalty and the subsequent time penalty is at the discretion of the Race Referee.

Light penalty (15’ – 30’ sec.) – Typically applied to Unintentional infractions. Examples include but are not limited to; Athletes unintentionally leaving equipment out of the designated transition area, unintentional wrong bike mount or dismount, unintentional contact with other athletes, or unintentionally littering on the course.  

Heavy penalty (1min. – 2min.) – Typically applied to Intentional infractions. Examples include but are not limited to; Deliberate placing of equipment outside of designated transition area, deliberately crossing mount/dismount lines in transition, intentional contact with another competitor (bike and run), unintentional cutting of the course (with no advantage gained)

Disqualification – Typically applied to Intentional, unsportsmanlike, and dangerous misconduct. Examples include but are not limited to; Intentional cutting of the course, using illegal equipment, outside assistance during the race, disrespecting of referee warning, non-appearance at race check-in, warm-up area, athlete briefing, awards, or doping control.

5.8 Flags: Two colours of flags can be used during the race by organizers, marshals, and referees.

  • RED flag – Indicating the dismount line and mount line in the transition area.
  • YELLOW flag – Used to indicate any danger on the racecourse.

5.9. A and B lines: Technical sections on the mountain bike course may feature multiple lines.

  • A-line:  Technical features that require advanced mountain bike skill
  • B-Line:  Alternative, easier route

A-Lines must be ridden; Dismounting and running will lead to a light penalty. Athletes unable to ride A-Lines safely must use the B-Line.

6. Qualification Criteria

6.1 XTERRA Short Track events will be contested by up to 25 male and female athletes. XTERRA reserves the right to allow an additional 5 athletes per category in exceptional circumstances. Male and Female events will be held separately.

6.2 Ranking will be determined using the XTERRA World Ranking Points system

https://rankings.xterraplanet.com/

https://rankings.xterraplanet.com/faqs.php

6.3 The qualification process will depend on the scheduling of the XTERRA Short Track event with respect to the main XTERRA race. Invitations to race will be based on the following criteria.

a) XTERRA  Short Track (day 1) precedes the Main Race (day 2)

  1. The top 20 highest ranked XTERRA athletes that are registered for the Main XTERRA Race
  2. 5 Wildcard allocations (see point 7)  

b)  XTERRA Short Track (day 2) follows the Main Race (day 1)

  1. The top 20 overall finishers from the Main Race
  2. The top 3 Under 23 athletes finishing the Sprint race (must be within 12% of the overall winning time)
  3. 2 Wildcard allocations (see point 7)  

c) XTERRA Short Track (day 2) follows the XTERRA World Championships (day 1)

  1. The top 15 overall finishers in the XTERRA World Championships.
  2. Athletes ranked in the top ten of the XTERRA Short Track Series that finish the main race.
  3. Additional Wildcard slots to bring the field to 25 athletes. (see point 7)

7. Wildcards

7.1 Wildcards will be awarded to athletes to increase the quality of a short track event. The awarding of Wildcard invitations for XTERRA Short Track races is at the discretion of the XTERRA Short Track Race committee. The race committee’s decision on the awarding of wildcard invitations is final and cannot be appealed.  

The XTERRA Short Track Race committee is:

  • Nico Lebrun XTERRA Europe Technical director
  • Michal Pilousek XTERRA Short Track Director
  • Local Race Director.

7.2 Short track Wildcard criteria:

Athletes who receive a Wildcard must participate and finish the Main Race to qualify for prize money or to qualify for future Wildcard invitations.  

a) On a Race weekend outlined in 6.2.a (Short Track prior to Main Race) wildcard allocations will be based on but not limited to the following criteria.

  1. Athletes with proven XTERRA Short Track ability, registered for the main XTERRA race but outside of the top 20 world-ranked athletes.
  2. Elite Athletes from Ironman, World Triathlon, Challenge or Professional Triathlon Union
  3. Local Athletes with proven ability to compete in short track events
  4. Elite Athletes from Other sports, MTB, Cyclocross, etc. Must evidence the ability to swim <6min 400m.

b) On a Race weekend outlined in 6.2.b (Short Track after the Main race) wildcard allocations will be based on but not limited to the following criteria.  

  1. Athletes with a top 20 XTERRA World Ranking who finish in a position outside of the top 20 overall in the Main race due to a mechanical issue.

8. 2022 Season

8.1 XTERRA France Short Track 2nd July 2022.

Selection will be made using the Criteria outlined in 6.2.a. Selections for the XTERRA Short Track race will be made on the 20th of June 2022. Athletes wishing to compete in the Short Track must be registered for XTERRA France by this date.

*Event specific Rules:

  • The Format will be [Swim 200m / Bike 2km / Run 1km] x 3.
  • Athletes more than 2mins behind the leader will be removed from the race.

8.2 XTERRA Czech Short Track 14th of August 2022

Selection will be made using the Criteria outlined in 6.2.b. Selections for the Short Track race will be made on the 13th of August following the confirmed results of the Main race.

8.3 XTERRA Germany Short Track 19th of August 2022

Selection will be made using the Criteria outlined in 6.2.a. Selections for the Short Track race will be made on the 8th of August 2022. Athletes wishing to compete in the short track must be registered for XTERRA Germany by this date.

Additional Wildcards may be used following the results of XTERRA Czech European Championships / XTERRA Czech Short Track.

8.4 XTERRA Molveno Short Track 2nd October 2022

Selection will be made using the Criteria outlined in 6.3.c. Selections for the Short Track race will be made on the 1st of October 2022 following the confirmed results of the XTERRA World Championships.

If following the initial selection, there are less than 25 athletes selected 

 -Wild card slots will be given using an athletes finishing position at the 2022 XTERRA World championships until 25 athletes have been selected. 

-The XTERRA short track committee have the right to select additional wildcards beyond the 25 athletes if there is an opportunity to improve the quality of the competitive field.

9. Individual Race Points and Prize Money

In Individual Races, XTERRA Short Track prize money and Short Track series points will be awarded based on finishing position. Prize money is equally distributed between Male and Female Athletes.

XTERRA Short Track Prize Money
Position
France, Germany & Czech Events
Molveno World Championship Event
1st
€900
€1,200
2nd
€700
€900
3rd
€500
€700
4th
€250
€550
5th
€150
€400
6th
-
€350
7th
-
€300
8th
-
€250
9th
-
€200
10th
-
€150
XTERRA Short Track Series Points
Position
Points
Position
Points
1
100
14
31
2
90
15
28
3
82
16
25
4
75
17
23
5
69
18
21
6
63
19
19
7
58
20
17
8
53
21
15
9
49
22
13
10
45
23
12
11
41
24
11
12
37
25
10
13
34

10. XTERRA Short Track Series Prize Money

Athletes must race the XTERRA World Championships in Molveno to qualify for an overall Short Track Series position.

Final series positions will be calculated using each athlete’s best 3 scores from the 4 events.

The XTERRA Short Track Series will award a € 20,000 prize purse split evenly between Male and Female athletes:

Series Position
Prize Money
1st
€2,400
2nd
€1,800
3rd
€1,400
4th
€1,100
5th
€800
6th
€700
7th
€600
8th
€500
9th
€400
10th
€300

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