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2013-08-30 8:48 PM

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Subject: Swimming and biking with race bib on?

I have an Oly Tri on monday. In the run section the race guide says "wear your race number on the front of your jersey". Note the words "your jersey" not just on your front.

So at package pickup today I asked the staff if the race number had to be attached to my shirt or if a race belt would work, I was told it had to be attached to my shirt.

So that means I have 2 choices:

1. Wear my bib on the front of my shirt for both the swim and the bike. The swim is not a big issue since I will be in a wetsuit, but for aero reasons I'd rather not have it on my front for the bike.

2. Change my shirt in T2. A unnecessary hassle but doable.

OR

Just wear my race belt and see what happens?

Thoughts? Is this policy normal? 



2013-08-30 9:22 PM
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Subject: RE: Swimming and biking with race bib on?
You don't want to be wearing it in the water. I don't really think they mean that, do they? Some people don't wear jerseys in the water, or even change shirts in T2. I think a race belt is fine.


Edited by jennifer_runs 2013-08-30 9:26 PM
2013-08-30 9:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Swimming and biking with race bib on?
Originally posted by jennifer_runsYou don't want to be wearing it in the water. I don't really think they mean that, do they? Some people don't wear jerseys in the water, or even change shirts in T2. I think a race belt is fine.
Well I know they are not telling me to wear it in the water or on the bike, or to have to change my shirt it's just that those are the only reasonable options aside from wasting time pinning it to my jersey in T2 (which no one is going to do). Since I asked 2 people at package pickup and they both said no to belts and that it must be attached to my shirt, and the race guide (ambiguously) says the same thing it appears that is the official policy. However this is not some brand new company that has never run a tri before so I am going to have to assume those employees just didn't know what they were talking about or at the very least that I will not be penalized for wearing my belt. ...I hope.
2013-08-30 9:43 PM
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Subject: RE: Swimming and biking with race bib on?
Ok, that is very odd.

I don't know how they could disqualify you if you were wearing it on a belt, but who knows (people wear them in road races too). I guess if I were you I'd change shirts in T2.

eta: I just noticed you are here in BC. Is this the Vancouver Triathlon in Stanley Park? Just saw it in the race rules. Now I'm even more surprised if this is a real policy. I change my suggestion and would just wear the belt if I were you. I understand if they are trying to emphasize wearing in on your FRONT for the run (many people wear them on their backs anyway...). Maybe someone misunderstood the intent or the purpose of the policy.

Edited by jennifer_runs 2013-08-30 9:55 PM
2013-08-30 9:58 PM
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Elsewhere on the multisportcanada website ( http://www.multisportscanada.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=... )
I found this:

"First off, you need to do something with that race number. You have to finish the race with the number on the front of your body, so you can either use the pins you were given to pin it to the shirt you'll wear during the race, or you can use a number belt if you have one."

Looks like you should be fine.
2013-08-30 10:05 PM
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Yes it is the Vancouver Triathlon. Thanks! OK I will wear my belt I'll also confirm at bike dropoff on Sunday, but based on your quote I should be good to go


2013-08-30 10:20 PM
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Subject: RE: Swimming and biking with race bib on?
Have a great race! I wanted to do that one but I had to have minor surgery today so bad timing.

Tough bike course over the hill, but fun on the way down! Hope the weather holds up.
2013-08-30 11:02 PM
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Subject: RE: Swimming and biking with race bib on?
Wear the race belt under the wetsuit and number facing backwards), flip it around for the run...
2013-08-30 11:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Swimming and biking with race bib on?
Originally posted by jennifer_runsHave a great race! I wanted to do that one but I had to have minor surgery today so bad timing.Tough bike course over the hill, but fun on the way down! Hope the weather holds up.
Thanks I will Ya that big hill is a killer. And since I am doing the Olympic distance I will have to do it 4 times. But you are right, flying down the other side will be nice. Heal quickly, hopefully you will be up and at it soon.
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