Summer Roundup Triathlon | Rufus Racing

Rufus Racing

July 11, 2021

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Event Info

Rules & FAQs

All events of Summer Roundup Triathlon Race Weekend are sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

Official rules can be found on their website HERE

Race age is determined by your age on 12/31

Position/Drafting Rules

  • Ride on the right side of your lane. (Unless you are passing.)
  • Keep three bike lengths between yourself and the cyclist in front of you. Pass on the left of the cyclist in front, never on the right.
  • Complete your pass within 15 seconds.
  • If passed, you must drop completely out of the draft zone to the rear, before attempting to re-pass.

There will be NO WARNINGS if you commit a foul during competition. Triathlon is an individual event and you must take personal responsibility to understand the rules and avoid penalties. At the end of the race all citations by the marshals are reviewed then a decision is made if a penalty should be assessed. Marshals commonly cite the following violations:

  • Position– riding on the left side of the lane without passing.
  • Blocking – left side riding and impeding the forward progress of another competitor
  • Illegal Pass – passing on the right.
  • Overtaken - failing to drop back three bike lengths before re-passing
  • Drafting – following a leading cyclist closer than three bike lengths and failing to pass within 15 seconds.

Though Position Violations carry a time penalty for first offense, two citations will result in an additional penalty and if you are cited for three violations, you will be disqualified. Be sure to check the penalty sheet before you leave the race site.

Make sure your helmet is a CPSC approved model. All helmets legally sold in the US are CPSC approved but if you purchased your helmet in a different country it might be illegal for use in sanctioned events.

While on your bike, always have your chinstrap securely fastened - before, during and after the event! The chin strap rule is easy to follow, so don’t forget – that’s a DQ!

Wear your race numbers, don’t leave your trash on the course, and don’t carry or use any portable audio devices.

Remember to treat other athletes, volunteers, and officials with courtesy and consideration. Failure to do so is called Unsportsmanlike Conduct and you will be disqualified.

Bike FAQs

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Absolutely. And it must have a CPSC sticker. Buckle your helmet anytime you are on your bike. You will be disqualified if you are on your bike without your helmet buckled anywhere on the course. If you are in transition, you will be assessed a variable time penalty.

Why do I need bar end plugs?

So you don't give yourself or someone else a nasty biopsy. Not having openings on your bike solidly plugged is a DQ!

Do I need to wear my number?

Your bike number must not be altered and must be visibly displayed on your bike. You only need to wear your number when you are on the run.

How far to the right must I ride?

Stay as far to the right as possible, but generally about the width of a standard bike lane – about a meter. Pass on the left, then return to the right.

Can I pass on the right?

No, pass on the left. If someone is blocking you, ask (loudly!) this person to move to the right, so that you may pass.

What is the draft zone?

The draft zone is a rectangular area 7 meters long and 2 meters wide around each bike and 30 meters behind and 15 meters next to a moving motor vehicle. As a practical guide, keep 3 bike lengths between you and the biker ahead of you. You must complete your pass within 15 seconds, and once you enter the draft zone, you must exit from the front, so be confident of your pass.

If I'm passed, do I have to wait 15 seconds before I can re-pass?

No, but you must drop back completely out of the draft zone. Do not attempt to "catch up" by getting up out of the saddle, and pedaling fast. You will be called for an overtaken penalty.

Can I ride in transition?

If there is a mount/dismount line you must observe it.

Can I drop my water bottle or gel packs anywhere?

No. Toss trash in a receptacle, or in the drop zone within sight of an aid station, or you may be cited for abandoned equipment.

Can I accept help?

Only accept help from race organizers or official volunteers. Accepting it from others is considered unauthorized assistance, and you may be penalized.

Can I put my bike anywhere I want?

No. Rack your bike and put all of your gear in the space race management has designated for you. Rack with your “wheel down” on the side of your assigned space. If you hang it by the handlebars, then your rear wheel will be on the ground on the side of your number. If you hang it by the seat, the front wheel must be on the same side as the number.

What if I go of course?

You must re-enter the course at the same spot you left it.

Run FAQs

May I wear my head set?

No. Head sets, radios, head phones and personal audio devices are prohibited.

Can someone pace me?

No. Pacing is illegal. You may have someone provide you with split times.

Do I have to wear a number?

Yes, you must wear your number.

May I carry my own water bottle?

Yes, but it must not be a glass container.

"This was the first time I rode your event ride...Over the years I have participated in many rides...both charity and non-charity....I was blown away when I got to the finish and checked in and was given a finisher medal...I only have them from half-marathons...what a pleasant surprise!!!!" -Svitak Freedom Ride Participant

"It's the best course, most well-run and organized, and most fun triathlon in the area" Summer Roundup Triathlon Racer

"You are the best!!! extra-ordinary is all I can say....I will spread the word in NorthWest Arkansas that this is a MUST ride. I am so glad I signed up1! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!-Svitak Freedom Ride Participant

"Everything is FANTASTIC! The course is great. Slip n' slide at the end is rad. Yummy food afterwards is awesome. Can't get better than this!" Summer Roundup Triathlon Racer

"Shout out to Ruth Sawkins and her Awesome Rufus Racing Team! Ruth taught me how to run AND ride a bike AND Seriously believe in myself!"-Cindy P. Kansas

"Nice finisher's medal, great people at the Undercliff water stop!! Just a fun time with a lot of friends and very well put together!! Very organized!"- Svitak Freedom Ride Participant

"Last year was fun......but, this new shake up is way better! It much more challenging! Great job!"- Charles B. Let's Get Awesome! participant