FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

What is a duathlon?

Duathlon is a sport comprising of two disciplines raced in a three step format – it starts with a run leg, then transitions onto a cycle leg and finishes with another run.

Definitions:

Some useful definitions if you are new to the sport of duathlon:

  • Start Groups: Smaller groups of athletes that begin the race every few minutes. Groups are usually determined by age group and gender. Start groups are more common in races where a large number of athletes are competing.

  • Transition Area or Zone: A defined area in which an athlete stores their bicycle and other equipment required to race. This is where the change over from running to cycling and cycling to running occur. The transition from the first run to bike is referred to as T1 and that from the bike to the second run is referred to as T2. The overall race time includes time spent in T1 and T2.

  • Cycle or Bike Leg: Part of the race course where the bike is to be ridden. The bike course starts at the Mount Line* and finishes at the Dismount Line*.

  • Mount Line: A designated line at the exit of the Transition Area after which athletes are to mount their bicycles and ride. The Mount Line will be clearly identified by flags/line/Technical Official, or combinations thereof.

  • Dismount Line: Clearly marked designated line before the entrance to the Transition Area of the bike course. Athletes are required to dismount their bikes and walk/run with their bikes to the bike racks.

  • Drafting: A technique where two or more cyclists cycle in a close group to reduce the effect of drag by using the front bicycle’s slipstream.

  • Tri Bars: (triathlon bars/aero bars) Aerodynamic handlebars that draw the body forward into a tucked position.

  • Run Course: Part of the race course where the athlete is to run. The second run course commences at the exit from the Transition Area and finishes at the Finish Line.

  • Splits: The time that it takes to complete a specific distance. In duathlon, splits are usually given for the first run, bike and second run legs. Splits are also given for the time taken in each of the two transitions (T1 & T2).

Can I do a duathlon?

With some time and training, anyone can do a duathlon. Discovery Duathlon Cape Town is designed to be a mass participation event with distances catering for novice and experienced duathletes. To complete the Sprint you need to be able to run 5km in 40 minutes and cycle 20km in 60 minutes. You can also enter the event as a team where each member completes one of the disciplines.

What are the Discovery Duathlon Cape Town distances?

  • Super Sprint: 2.5km run, 10km bike and 2.5km run
  • Sprint: 5km run, 20km bike and 2.5km run
  • Standard: 10km run, 40km bike and 5km run

NOTE: The Discovery Duathlon Cape Town is a draft legal race for the bike leg in all distances. Drafting is a technique where two or more cyclists cycle in a close group to reduce the effect of drag by using the front bicycle’s slipstream. Males may not draft females and females may not draft males.

What is the age eligibility for each distance?

CATEGORY DISTANCE ELIGIBILITY
Age Group - Individuals and Teams Super Sprint Min Age 12 @ 31 Dec 2017
 
 
Sprint
 
Individuals - Min Age 16 @ 31 Dec 2017
Teams - Min Age 14 years @ 31 Dec 2017
 
 
Standard
 
Individuals - Min Age 18 @ 31 Dec 2017
Teams - Min Age 16 years @ 31 Dec 2017
School Challenge - Individuals and Teams Super Sprint Min Age 12, Max Age15 @ 31 Dec 2017
 
 
Sprint
 
Individuals - Min Age 16 Max 18 @ 31 Dec 2017
Teams - Min Age 14 years @ 31 Dec 2017

* Super Sprint Teams: May consist of adults and children, providing the children meet the minimum age of 12 years @ 31 Dec 2017. Note: any scholar/s competing with adults will not compete in the Schools Challenge and therefore will also not be eligible for any prizes in the Schools Challenge category.

** Sprint Teams: May consist of adults and children, providing the children meet the minimum age of 14 years @ 31 Dec 2017. Note: any scholar/s competing with adults will not compete in the Schools Challenge and therefore will also not be eligible for any prizes in the Schools Challenge category.

*** Standard Teams: May consist of adults and children, providing the children meet the minimum age of 16 @ 31 Dec 2017. Note: any scholar/s competing with adults will not compete in the Schools Challenge and therefore will also not be eligible for any prizes in the Schools Challenge category.

Will there be cut-off times?

Yes, the following cut-off times will be applicable:

  • Standard distance: 10 km run - 40km cycle - 5km run
    • Run (1): 1 hour 10 minutes
    • Cycle: 1 hour 50 minutes
    • Run (2): 40 minutes
  • Sprint distance: 5 km run - 20km cycle - 2,5km run
    • Run (1): 35 minutes
    • Cycle: 50 minutes
    • Run (2): 20 minutes
  • Super Sprint: 2, 5 km run - 10km cycle - 2,5km run
    • Run (1): 20 minutes
    • Cycle: 30 minutes
    • Run (2): 20 minutes

Who can compete in the Schools Challenge?

All school-going children may participate in the schools challenge either as an individual or member of a team. Specific age restrictions related to the various distances are in place to ensure fairness and safety. Please adhere to these.

All ITU/TSA rules are applicable. For more information on these rules please click here.

What disability category is allowed to take part in this event?

We are unable to accommodate athletes using wheelchairs and hand cycles on this course. All other para-duathletes are welcome to take part in the sprint distance event. This will be an open para-duathlete event; all para-duathletes regardless of category will be participating in the same event. Provision will be made for your own personal handler. Please contact us at info@discoveryduathlon.com if you have any queries.

TEAMS

Must I race as an individual or can I enter in a team?

Discovery Duathlon Cape Town caters for individual entries as well as team entries. Entering as part of a team is an excellent way to be introduced to duathlon.

Can a team entry consist of two or three members?

A team entry can have two participants where one person can do two legs of the event, or can consist of three participants where each person does one leg of the event.

Will there be start groups, and how will these be determined?

Yes, there will be start groups for all the different distances. These start groups will be determined according to various categories such as age groups and gender. A detailed schedule of age group start times per distance will be communicated via the website once entries have closed, and prior to race registration.

ENTERING THE RACE

Is it possible for me to cancel my race entry? And what is the policy on refunds?

Athletes that are unable to participate, regardless of their reasons, can request cancellation of their entry and refund of their entry fee under the following terms:

  • Until midnight 22 December 2016 – 50% refund on entry fee
  • Until midnight 11 January 2017– 25% refund on entry fee
  • 11 January 2017 and after – 0% refund on entry fee

Please submit your cancellation and refund request to info@discoveryduathlon.com

When do entries close?

Entries close at midnight 31 January 2017 or when the race capacity has been reached. Once entries close you may request to be placed on a waiting list and should there be cancellations in your requested event, you will be allocated an entry.

Can my entry for this year’s event be deferred to next year’s event?

Deferrals to the 2018 event will not be permitted. However, participants may be allowed to transfer their entry to another athlete. Refer to transfers.

Is it possible to transfer my entry to someone else?

Entries can be transferred to another person as long as the substitution request is submitted before midnight 22 January 2017. Thereafter no transfers are allowed. A fee of R100.00 will be charged .

To transfer your entry to someone else, submit your request to info@discoveryduathlon.com

Please note that by making changes after 22 January, you may forfeit your personalized race number.

Is it possible to convert my entry either from a shorter distance to a longer distance, or a longer distance to a shorter distance?

Participants can request to transfer their entry between event distances. Should you decide to upgrade from a shorter distance to a longer distance event, you will need to pay the difference in entry fees. In the event of changing from a longer distance to a shorter distance event, we will not be able to refund the difference in entry fee. Over and above, if you change event distance:

  • By midnight of 22 January 2017 – no administration fee will be charged.
  • From 23 January 2017 and until registration closes on Saturday 11 February – a R100 administration fee will be payable.
  • Please note that by making changes after 22 January, you may forfeit your personalised race number.

Please submit your change of distance request to info@discoveryduathlon.com.

Do I need to purchase a day licence fee, if I am not a member of Triathlon South Africa (TSA)?

Yes, if you are not a registered athlete with Triathlon South Africa with a valid 2017 license, you will need to purchase a day licence to participate in the Discovery Duathlon Cape Town event. For your convenience, the TSA day licenses must be purchased with your entry on our online registration portal.

TSA day license cost:

  • Super Sprint and Sprint - Individuals and teams: R30
  • Standard – Individuals and teams: R100

Only one temporary licence per team is needed, no need to purchase three.

The Discovery Duathlon Cape Town is a TSA sanctioned event which means all ITU and TSA rules and regulation will apply. For more information on these rules and regulations please click here.

Entry Confirmation
I have not received any email confirmation that I have registered?

Please email the race office at info@discoveryduathlon.com and we will send you a confirmation email.

Must the event disclaimer be signed by all?

Yes, every individual and every team member must complete the Disclaimer and hand it in at registration. Entrants 18 and younger must have it signed by a parent or legal guardian. All team members must be at registration to collect race packs. A drivers licence or ID document will need to be produced at registration for entry verification. In the case of a minor the parent will need to produce identification.

GEAR

Do I need duathlon specific equipment?

While duathlon is a gear centric sport, it doesn’t have to be. You are welcome to cycle on an old mountain bike and run in your favourite pair of shoes. It’s up to you how much you wish to invest. All equipment needs to be in good working order and will be checked by the race officials at the Transition Zone.

Must I have my own bike?

Yes. If you do not have a bicycle and would like to rent one for the event, please click here.

I don’t have a fancy bike, can one use a mountain bike for the race?

Yes mountain bikes will be allowed.

Will time trial (TT) bikes and tri bars be allowed?

All bikes will be accepted, including mountain bikes for those who do not have duathlon specific equipment, although they must adhere to these specific requirements: TT bikes will be allowed as long as they have normal drop handlebars and they comply with your wheels and handlebar section below. You are welcome to use your road bike or mountain bike and clip on tri bars.

Wheels

  • Wheels must have at least 12 spokes.
  • Disc wheels are not allowed.

Handlebars:

  • Handlebars must be plugged.
  • If clip-ons are being used, the clip-ons including the bridge must not exceed the foremost line of the brake levers.
  • Clip-ons must have a solid factory bridge or be touching each other.
  • Brake levers or gear levers must not be attached to the clip-ons.
  • Water bottles and water bottle holders may not be mounted onto the handlebars or clip-on.

May I use a tandem?

No, the cycle must be done by an individual or by a team member (the cyclist). No unconventional bicycles may be used.

What is deemed to be illegal equipment in a duathlon event?

Illegal equipment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Headphone(s) or headset(s)
  • Glass containers
  • Mobile phone(s) or any other electronic listening communication device
  • Cameras and GoPro’s or similar electronic devices

THE RACE

What to do when checking in your bike:

  • Wear your bike helmet, fastened on your head, when you come into check-in.
  • Bring with any equipment you need for cycling in your transition bag.
  • Please note that no bags will be allowed to be left in the Transition Area. There will be a dedicated bag check in area.
  • Make sure your helmet, bike and transition bag are clearly marked with the stickers provided.

May I start in another start group?

No, the various categories are pre-allocated per start group with a specific start time. Starting in another start group could lead to a disqualification.

I have entered as an individual along with my friends/family, why are we in different start groups?

The start group times are allocated according to gender and age groups, which means that if you and your friends or family are of various ages and genders you might not be able to start in the same start groups.

May I race with someone of the opposite gender?

You may run along with someone of the opposite gender, but in the cycling leg no athlete may draft an athlete of the opposite gender. Drafting an athlete of the opposite gender could result in a disqualification. Drafting is a technique where two or more cyclists cycle in a close group to reduce the effect of drag by using the front bicycle’s slipstream.

When will drafting be allowed?

Drafting will be allowed in all three distance events. Drafting is a technique where two or more cyclists cycle in a close group to reduce the effect of drag by using the front bicycle’s slipstream. Due to the nature of the cycle course and the number of the athletes on the road, this year’s event will be a draft legal race. Males may not draft females and females may not draft males.

Why do the cycle and run courses consist of laps?

Including laps into the route ensures that the race is contained, making public engagement more accessible with the opportunity to view and get to know the athletes. Furthermore, loyal supporters, family and friends of all athletes have the opportunity to see and interact with their athletes more often. The safety of our participants will always remain our primary consideration. Discovery Duathlon Cape Town has various events taking place over the entire weekend, and the length of the course takes into consideration access requirements for residence, bus routes and other City users.

Where will my finish time be displayed?

Provisional results will be displayed, within approximately 15 minutes of you finishing, close to the exit of the athlete area. Please remember that the times displayed are provisional.

May I enter multiple duathlon events on the Saturday?

You may only participate in one event on the day.

Can I participate in the Discovery World Cup Triathlon Cape Town the previous day, competing in more than one race over the weekend?

Yes, if you are a senior athlete (20+) you may participate in one event in the triathlon. You may however not enter the Standard distance Duathlon if you entered and did the Standard Triathlon. You can however enter any other distance or be part of a team in the duathlon. This is an ITU ruling and does not allow participation in two standard events within a 36 hour window period. If you are competing in the Sprint duathlon, you may enter and compete in the Standard Triathlon the previous day. No junior athlete ages 12 – 19 may compete on two consecutive days, irrespective the distance.