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2015-07-07 12:56 PM


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I'm sure this was answered 1MM times here, but must you wear your race bib on the bike portion of the race (under USAT rules)? Like many, I use a belt and feel like it gets in the way while riding.

Thanks in advance. First race this summer after a 5 year injury hiatus, super psyched!


2015-07-07 1:06 PM
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Nope, just for the run!  Have fun!

2015-07-07 1:13 PM
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What the rules say in 3.4.f. f. Race Numbers. Participants shall plainly display their race numbers at all times, and shall maintain the race number in an unaltered, unobstructed and readable state at the start and finish gates, in the transition areas, and on the course. Any violation of this Section shall result in a variable time penalty.

What it does not say is what constitutes "plainly display their race numbers at all times". Does having the number on your bike meet that requirement? My limited experience has been that it was required that I wear the number when riding. I am sure that is not always the case.

2015-07-07 1:24 PM
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Originally posted by Stuartap What the rules say in 3.4.f. f. Race Numbers. Participants shall plainly display their race numbers at all times, and shall maintain the race number in an unaltered, unobstructed and readable state at the start and finish gates, in the transition areas, and on the course. Any violation of this Section shall result in a variable time penalty. What it does not say is what constitutes "plainly display their race numbers at all times". Does having the number on your bike meet that requirement? My limited experience has been that it was required that I wear the number when riding. I am sure that is not always the case.

I always assumed that body marking on your arms and legs plus the number on your bike covered the race number display for the bike.  It's not very clear though.

2015-07-07 1:31 PM
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Majority of races I have done have given me a number to place on my bike and even on my helmet. I have also just worn my race belt and turned it so the number is on my back,

2015-07-07 1:41 PM
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Just on the run. I have been to so many races where no one was wearing their # but me (I chalked it up to rookie mistake on my part). I just did my first Toughman Aquabike with the HIM folks and I didn't even get a bib in my packet - only the bike and helmet numbers.


2015-07-07 3:23 PM
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Great, thanks everyone.
2015-07-07 3:50 PM
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The answer everyone else gave that it's not needed on the bike is only mostly true.  In USAT sanctioned races, it's not necessary, but in unsanctioned races, it's not that unusual for the RD to require it.

 

2015-07-07 4:22 PM
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Originally posted by TriMyBest

The answer everyone else gave that it's not needed on the bike is only mostly true.  In USAT sanctioned races, it's not necessary, but in unsanctioned races, it's not that unusual for the RD to require it.

 

x2. A couple of local races that I do it's required, and is specifically discussed during the pre-race meeting. You have to display in behind on the bike and in front on the run. 

2015-07-07 4:26 PM
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Originally posted by TriMyBest

The answer everyone else gave that it's not needed on the bike is only mostly true.  In USAT sanctioned races, it's not necessary, but in unsanctioned races, it's not that unusual for the RD to require it.

 




This is especially true with some of the local races here that do the timing via a chip that is attached to your race number and not a separate ankle-strapped chip. I guess technically it would still work if you left it in T1, but you wouldn't have any bike splits.
2015-07-07 5:02 PM
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Just spin it to your back. It's not in the way there.


2015-07-07 8:03 PM
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In Australia and I'm guessing other countries it is required to have your race bib on during the bike leg. The officials aren't particularly anal about it, so I haven't bothered in the past, although this season I got sent back from the mounting point because I didn't have my bib, this cost me a good 2 minutes. Months of swim training to drop 2 mins off my 1.9km swim wasted because I didn't wear my bib ha ha.
2015-07-08 6:28 AM
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Never wore it on my bike even during USAT sanctioned races.
However, should you want to wear it on your bike, put it in your back and roll it around the belt so that it doesn't flap all over.
If a USAT referee comes up to you on a motorcycle about it, you shouldn't be getting a penalty as you are wearing the bib, but I truly doubt they will say anything.
2015-07-08 8:40 AM
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Originally posted by TriMyBest

The answer everyone else gave that it's not needed on the bike is only mostly true.  In USAT sanctioned races, it's not necessary, but in unsanctioned races, it's not that unusual for the RD to require it.

 




Most of the races I have done they specify somewhere if you need to or not.

I would say 95% of my races the race number was not required on the bike, because you already have a number on your bike(and usually on your arms).

I do remember a race or two a long time ago that required it, or at least did not say it was not required and most people wore it on the bike.
2015-07-08 12:03 PM
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Originally posted by EnzoA Never wore it on my bike even during USAT sanctioned races. However, should you want to wear it on your bike, put it in your back and roll it around the belt so that it doesn't flap all over. If a USAT referee comes up to you on a motorcycle about it, you shouldn't be getting a penalty as you are wearing the bib, but I truly doubt they will say anything.

It's NOT required under USAT rules.

 

2015-07-08 2:35 PM
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Originally posted by jford2309

Majority of races I have done have given me a number to place on my bike and even on my helmet. I have also just worn my race belt and turned it so the number is on my back,



The numbers on your bike and helmet are to make sure that your gear is leaving transition after the race in the right hands. I have done a few races where I was not allowed to remove my bike from transition after the race without showing that the bike number matched either my bib or body markings.

If they say the bib is required for the ride, I turn the belt so it is facing backward, then turn it around for run.


2015-07-08 2:43 PM
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Thanks, that's why I said I never worn mine during USAT sanctioned races!
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