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Rules of triathlon


The event will be held under ITU rules with Commonwealth Games and local variations.


Jumping into the deep waters of the old Dock 9 at Salford docks may not be the idea of fun for many locals, but the water at the rejuvenated and stylish Salford Quays has been cleaned beyond recognition over the past few years in preparation for the staging of the Commonwealth triathlon.

In fact it is not water purity that athletes will have a problem with, but rather the water temperature. The Quays will be around 18C, which is considerably warmer than the sea swim at the Sydney Olympics. As in both events wetsuits will be compulsary. Wetsuits not only aid buoyancy, they also assist in maintaining body temperature.

A mass start to the swim will get the triathlon underway on the last day of the Games. The athletes will then follow a 1500 metre course marked out by buoys and ropes around the basin.


Once the swim is complete, the athletes emerge from the water into the transition area directly outside the internationally acclaimed Lowry Centre. Here they mount their cycles and begin a four lap cycle leg through the heart of the city of Manchester. The course is flat and fast with some technical sections on Salford Quays and through the city centre of Manchester and Albert Square.

Officials will check all bikes and equipment before the day to make sure they comply with ITU regulations.


Once the 40k cycle has been completed the athletes arrive back at The Lowry transition area, rack their bicycles and set off on the final leg Ė the 10k run. This will take place through Trafford taking in Salford Quays, the Millennium Bridge, the Imperial War Museum North and Manchester Unitedís Old Trafford stadium.


A triathlon can be won or lost in the transition area. Contestants arenít allowed to impede each other while switching from one discipline to the next. The transition is one of the most exciting aspects of the sport. The swim to bike and bike to run transitions can be fraught with issues, which can have a direct impact on the final result. Athletes will wear the same racing uniform for the swim, bike and run.

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