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Six changes you should know if you are going to compete this year in an Ironman test

Six changes you should know if you are going to compete this year in an Ironman test

triathletes coming out of the water A few weeks ago this agency and the International Union of Triathlon (ITU) signed a collaboration agreement to build A common framework for the development of triathlon and average and long distance tests. One of the main objectives of this agreement is to unify the competition criteria and establish a unified regulation for the evidence organized by both agencies. And the changes have not taken to arrive. This same week Ironman has announced New rules for the 2017 season that affect the use of disc brakes, mobile phones and clothing of athletes who participate in their tests. These are 6 novelties you need to know If this year you will participate in a test organized by Ironman (including those of 70.3):

Disc brakes are allowed

This is, perhaps, the main novelty. Following the steps of the ITU, which already in 2016 approved the use of disc brakes, Ironman will allow this year in its competitions bicycles that have this braking system. >>> Tom Boonen: "Disc brakes are the biggest innovation I have seen on a bicycle"

Mobile yes, but selfies no

Until now, the use of mobile phones was prohibited in Ironman's tests. The reason for their exclusion was that they could be used as Walkie-Talkies to receive instructions and information that will provide a competitive advantage over the rest of the participants. But in 2017 the triathletes can take them on top. Ironman justifies this change in which mobiles are used as devices to carry a record of physical activity through applications such as Strava and the like. However, forget about making you a Selfie In the middle of the test or tweet you are at kilometer 150 of the route. As announced by the company, All athletes who use the mobile phone "as distraction" will be disqualified. And what does Ironman understand which is a distraction use? "Make and receive calls; send and receive text messages; play music; use social networks; take pictures and set up the phone on the bicycle with the purpose of using it as a route computer."

If they get you yellow card, you will have to stop

There are also changes in sanctions. If a judge takes you yellow card during the cycling or career segment, you will have to stop for a minute in the areas enabled to fulfill this sanction. It is true that the yellow card already meant that the competitor had to stop before starting the march, but there was no obligation of time. With this change it is standardized how long the stop of all the sanctioned must last before the march can restart.

Don't think about lowering the zipper

If you compete with a monkey that has a zipper on the front, do not occur to open it below the sternum line. Although it heats 40 degrees in the shade, you will be disqualified automatically. If you don't wear a monkey, don't take off your shirt or run the same fate. Ironman thus adopts the same rule on clothing that is already applied to the ITU: "Front zip uniforms should not be opened below the sternum."

More facilities for blind athletes

Competitors suffering from blindness or visual deficiencies will have it easier to find a guide appropriate to their athletic abilities. The limitation that the guide has to be of the same sex has been eliminated in all segments. In this way it will be easier to find a guide compatible with its athletic level regardless of whether it is male or female.

New machines against technological doping

In 2016 Ironman adopted the thermal scanners used by the International Cycling Union to detect possible hidden engines in the bicycles. For this year, in addition, the devices used by the ITU will also be used to scan both the paintings and the wheels in some events.
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