RULES & REGULATIONS

General (Preamble and Weather Disclaimer)

Preamble

The Organisers reserve the right to limit and refuse entries.

The Organisers reserve the right to remove any participant deemed physically incapable of continuing the race.

The Organisers reserve the right to amend the Rules and Regulations without prior notification.

The Organisers reserve the right to amend the race course with prior notice to participants.

It is the Participant’s responsibility to fully understand the rules and avoid infringements.

 

Weather Disclaimer

In the event of inclement weather, the Organisers reserve the right to delay the start of the race, shorten the race or modify the course.

Should inclement weather persist after the delay, the Organisers reserve the right to cancel the race without any refund of registration fees.

In the event of dangerous sea conditions only, the Organisers reserve the right to replace the swim with a run.

Code of Conduct

The use of banned substances with the intent to improve performance, eliminate the sense of fatigue or for any other purpose is not allowed at any time and doping tests may be performed at random on participants

Participants must not refill hydration or nutrition outside the designated aid stations provided by the Organiser

Participants must respect rules and be respectful to the marshals, volunteers, spectators and the Organiser throughout the event

Participants are not allowed to throw away their waste outside the litter-zones and garbage bins provided throughout the event

Participants must refuse any outside help during the race (e.g. support, supplies, technical assistance)

Unless otherwise pre-approved by the Event Director or Head Referee, no athlete shall intentionally cause the physical forward progress of another athlete on any part of the course during the Race. The penalty for this will be disqualification.

Participants are not allowed to leave all or part of their race equipment outside the Transition Zone

Nudity outside the changing tents is not allowed

Wearing headphones is not allowed at any time

Participants must be familiar with the entire course and it is their responsibility to follow the correct route

Race Entry, Cancellation and Withdrawal policy

Race Entry

The race is open to athletes of all nationalities

On-the-day entries will not be accepted

Participants must be 18 years old on race day to compete in IRONMAN® 70.3® Bintan

Age category is determined by the participant’s age on 25 August 2019

Relay must be made of 2 or 3 athletes, of any gender combination (Men, Women, Mixed)

Participants that do not return their timing device at the end of the race or by 30 August 2019 will be charged a fee of US$35 for the timing chip and US$15 for the timing chip strap.

All entries are non-transferable to other participants or to other years

No changes between race distances are permitted after 00:00 (SGT), Sunday, 5 August 2019

No team member changes are permitted after 00:00 (SGT), Sunday, 5 August 2019

Participants racing under an assumed name or age or giving false information will be disqualified and risk suspension or expulsion from other IRONMAN® and MetaSport events

Any athlete who has completed or plans to initiate a gender transition, or identifies as gender non-conforming, including those in the process of taking hormones (collectively hereinafter referred to as “Transgender Athletes”) must comply with IRONMAN’s rules, policies, and guidelines for Transgender Athletes(collectively, the “Transgender Policies”). The following is a link to IRONMAN’s Transgender Policies: www.ironman.com/TransgenderPolicy

The Organisers will not be responsible for any disputes arising from incomplete and/or incorrect entry details given by the participants

 

Online Entries Close

Entries close at 00:00 (SGT), Thursday, 15 July 2019

If you do not receive a response from the race office with 7 days of request, it should be assumed that it has not been received and you should contact us by phone. Online Processing Fee is non-refundable.

All entries are non-transferable to other participants or to other years

No changes between race distances are permitted after 00:00 (SGT), Sunday, 5 August 2019

No team member changes are permitted after 00:00 (SGT), Sunday, 5 August 2019

 

Cancellation & Withdrawal Policy

Athletes confirmed in the race who wish to withdraw must do so in writing to the Race Office.

It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure the race office has received any communication. All requests will be responded to in a timely manner. Upon confirmation of this request, athletes are eligible for a partial refund as follows:

Any requests received before 17:00 (SGT) Monday 27 May 2019 will be eligible for a 50% refund of event entry fee paid.

Any requests received before 17:00 (SGT) Thursday 11 July 2019 will be eligible for a 25% refund of event entry fee paid.

Any requests received after 17:00 (SGT) Thursday 11 July 2019 will not be eligible for a refund under any circumstances.

Athlete Information (Race Kit and Bike Check-in)

IRONMAN® 2018 Competition Rules apply

Participants must proceed to check-in during the allocated times and attend the compulsory race briefing

Participants must have their body marked (both upper arms) prior to race start, by applying the temporary tattoos provided in their race kit

Participants must rack their bicycles during the allocated times. Participants failing to adhere to this rule are prohibited from starting the race

The timing chip must be worn throughout the entire race around the left ankle

In the event that the timing chip is lost or malfunctioning it is the Participant’s responsibility to get a replacement chip from the Race Referee located at the penalty box in the transition area

Timing chips must be returned by 30 August 2019

Start numbers may not be reduced in size or altered and must be visible at all times

 

Bike Check-in

Participants must proceed to check-in their bicycle at the transition area within the designated times only. (Please check the schedule).

You must bring your helmet with you to bike check-in for a safety inspection. Note: smart helmets are not allowed.

Athletes need to check-in their bike (with bike flag attached) and rack it in its designated place.

During the check-in Participants are allowed to leave their helmets and bike-shoes so long as they are attached to their bicycle (small equipment such as tool box, bike bottles and bento boxes are also permitted). All other gear can be brought race morning.

Participants may deposit their bags at the bag deposit on race-morning. (Please check venue layout)

Swimming

All swimmers are required to wear proper swimming attire during the entire swim course. Swimwear/trisuits should not extend past the elbow or knees

All swimmers must wear the swim caps provided by the Organiser

Swim goggles may be worn

Fins, paddles, pool buoys, snorkels or any other swimming aids are not allowed

Wetsuits are not allowed (the temperature of the water in Bintan is above 24 degrees Celsius all year-round)

Support crews are not allowed. Any assistance, other than medical aid received during the swim will result in immediate disqualification

No persons other than the participants and officials are permitted in the swim course

Swimmers in difficulty shall signal by raising an arm to the escorting boats/canoes for assistance

Once assistance is rendered, the competitor must retire from the competition

Cycling

Support vehicles or pacers are not allowed at any time

All athletes must obey traffic rules while on the cycling course unless otherwise directed by a race official

No bare torso is allowed at any time

Wearing of headphones is not allowed at any time

Drafting is not allowed at any time (the draft zone is 12 metres from front wheel to front wheel or 6 bike lengths)

Helmets must be worn from the moment the bike is removed from the rack, until after it is replaced after the cycle leg.

Smart helmets (i.e., helmets enabled with Bluetooth technology)can be worn as long as they are not activated

Running

Runners must wear their race numbers clearly visible at the front of their adorned apparel at all times

Support vehicles or pacers are not allowed

Runners must run on the designated path for the entire route

No bare torso is allowed at any time

Wearing headphones is not allowed at any time

Transition

Transition Area Regulations

The transition area will be open for all participants’ access on race morning (please check the time-schedule on this website)

Only participants, officials and other personnel with the proper authorisation are permitted to enter the transition area

Coaches, private support staff and spectators are not allowed to enter the transition area

Nudity outside the transition area changing tents (men and women) is not allowed

Participants are not allowed to ride their bicycle in the transition zone. Participants must push their bike to and from their bike rack until after the “mount” or “dismount” line at the exit of the transition area.

Participants must wear their cycling helmet clipped below the chin prior to removing their bicycle from the bike race, and until such time as they deposit it back on the rack after the cycle leg

 

 

Transition 1 – Swim to Bike

There will be no Transition Bags provided by the Organiser. Participants must prepare their own transition gear and place items properly within their allocated area

The participants must pack and place their swim accessories (goggles, swim cap) properly within their allocated area before leaving T1

Participants will have access to the transition area to collect their belongings after they finish.

 

 

Transition 2 – Bike to Run

Cycling in the transition area is not allowed. Participants must dismount from their bicycle before the Dismount Line and push their bicycle into the transition area

For the transition from bike to run, participants must take their run equipment from their allocated area and pack away their bike clothes by themselves without any assistance

Participants will have access to the transition area to collect their belongings after they finish.

Cut-off Times, Penalties and Disqualifications

Race timing and cut-offs

 

The race will officially end 8 hours 30 minutes after the final athlete starts the swim, via the rolling start. Splits will be tracked for every athlete, across each leg, based on their respective start time, following the rolling start. The following cut-off times apply for each individual segment of the race:

 

PERSONAL SWIM CUT-OFF: 1 hour 10 mins after individual swim start time

Each athlete must complete the swim in under 1 hour and 10 minutes, which is measured from the athlete’s personal start time until the moment the athlete crosses the timing mat after completing the 1.9km swim.

Any swimmer unable to reach this time cut-off will be classified as Did Not Finish (DNF). Swimmers classified as DNF are allowed to continue the bike and run phase.

 

SWIM COURSE CUT-OFF

Race officials will be enforcing a course cut off, 1 hour 10 minutes after the last athlete’s swim start. Athletes who are unable to complete the swim before this will be classified as DNF, and will not be allowed to continue the bike and run phase.

 

PERSONAL BIKE CUT-OFF: 5 hours 30 mins after individual SWIM start time

Each athlete must complete the bike leg within 5 hours and 30 minutes, which is measured from the athlete’s personal swim start time until the moment the athlete crosses the timing mat when entering transition after the 90km bike leg.

 

BIKE COURSE CUT-OFF

Race officials will be enforcing a course cut off, 5 hours 30 minutes after the last athlete’s swim start. All cyclists must have passed the bike dismount line at transition by this time.

Athletes who are unable to complete the bike before this will be classified as DNF, and will not be allowed to continue the run phase.

Cyclists who are still on the bike course after the course cut-off time will be collected by the event sag wagon.

 

PERSONAL RUN CUT-OFF: 8 hours 30 minutes after individual SWIM start time

Each athlete must complete the race within 8 hours and 30 minutes, which is measured from the athlete’s personal swim start time until the moment the athlete crosses the finish line.

 

FINISH LINE CUT-OFF

The finish line closes 8 hours 30 mins after the last athlete’s swim start time of IRONMAN®70.3®Bintan.

Athletes who are unable to complete the race before this time will be classified as DNF.

 

IRONMAN officials reserve the right to remove athletes off the course who exceed any designated cut-off time.

 

Participants who are not able to finish any of the stages in the times listed above must withdraw from the race and hand over their race number and timing chip to race officials.

 

Athletes taking longer than any of the cut-off times stated above will receive DNF status. Even in the case they complete the race, without being removed off the course by IRONMAN officials, they will still not be considered a finisher and will not be entitled to finisher items (medal, finisher towel, finisher shirt).

 

Penalties and Disciplinary Actions

Red card – immediate disqualification

Grossly unsportsmanlike behaviour

Disrespectful attitude with marshals, volunteers, spectators, organisers

Nudity outside the changing tents in transition zone

Refusal to adhere to rules

Use of communication devices of any type, includes but not limited to cell phones, radios and music players

Three blue card offences = immediate disqualification

Repeated warning offences (see yellow card “warnings” below)

Cut-off time exceeded

Blue card – time penalty of 5 minutes

Drafting on the bike

Illegal pass on the bike

Throwing of waste outside of aid-station discard areas

Repeated yellow card offences (see yellow card “stop & go” below)

Yellow card – 30 second stop & go penalty

Blocking on the bike

Equipment not in conformity with the rules

Being accompanied by another person (on motorised/un-motorised vehicles or by foot)

Nutrition/ hydration supplies from third party outside of an aid station

Biking in transition area (before the mount-line / after the dismount-line)

Racing bare torso (on the bike and run leg);

Helmet not fastened properly upon leaving and entering transition area

Wrongful storage of the bike and/or equipment in the transition area;

Absence of race number or misplacement;

Using of headsets or headphones

 

Procedures for Warnings and Penalties

BIKE

The referee drives up to the participant, makes eye contact with the participant, calls his number in English and then shows the participant a red, blue or yellow card inline with the infringement.

If the participant receives a blue card, they must check-in to the “Penalty Box” in the transition area after completing the full distance of the bike course.

If the participant receives a red card, they are instantly disqualified and must hand over his race number and timing chip to the referee and return to the transition area to collect his belongings.

If the participant receives a yellow card, they must stop and listen to the referee’s warning before resuming the race.

Penalties received during the bike will be served in the “Penalty Box” located in the transition area upon return from the bike

RUN

If a participant receives a time penalty, they will move to the side and serve the penalty on the spot of the violation under the instruction of the marshal.

If the participant receives a yellow card during the run, they must stop and listen to the marshal before resuming the race.

Serving the penalty – It is the Participant’s responsibility to report to the referee in the “Penalty Box” to serve the penalty. Failure to serve the penalty will result in disqualification.

Penalties received during the run will be served at the point of the rule violation. There is no penalty box on the run course.

SWIM

Penalties received during the swim will be served in the “Penalty Box” located in the transition area upon return from the swim

 

Withdrawals

Participants who are not able or do not wish to continue the race, must report to the Information Desk in the IRONMAN Village and return their timing chip

The Event Medical Team will have ultimate discretion and the final decision as to the suitability of a competitor to continue or if they should be withdrawn from the event

 

Disqualification

In case a participant is disqualified on the swim, bike or run course, it will be communicated directly to the Race Referee. The athlete will not be allowed back onto the race course.

Results Classifications and Prizes

Trophies will be awarded to the top three placegetters in each age group and Pro category

IRONMAN®70.3® Bintan recognises the following categories for men and women; 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+ ; Men, Women and Mixed Team Relay categories.

Right of Protest or Appeal

a) The athlete’s right to protest or appeal, if any, will be governed and handled by the Event’s sanctioning body, and/or the competition rules of the relevant National Federation, provided, however, that if no formal process exists for the applicable National Federation then IRONMAN may elect to handle protests and appeals for such Event in a manner that is substantially similar to the process set forth by the then-current International Triathlon Union Competition Rules;

(b) No protest may be filed with respect to matters which were observed by or previously ruled upon by a Race Referee. No person may file a protest which requires a judgment call. A “judgment call,” as used in these Competition Rules, means the resolution of a dispute involving one or more material facts that cannot be determined with certainty solely through the production of tangible physical evidence. The term “judgment call” shall include but shall not be limited to a resolution of:

(i) any purported violation of the cycling position foul rules (including alleged drafting violations);

(ii) allegations of blocking, obstruction, or interference; or

(iii) allegations of unsportsmanlike conduct.

(c) Appeals by athletes penalized for judgment calls will not be considered.