Challenge Cesenatico is run under FITRI and Challenge Cesenatico 2024 regulations.
The race distances are 1,9 km swim; 92 km bike and 21.1 km run. At all times competitors must obey the instructions of Race Officials and Police Officers and beware of vehicular transport. Any competitor who fails to obey the Race officials or the Police’s instructions be removed from the Event and disqualified; the competitor will be able to accomplish the race, exercising the right to appeal to the panel, explaining the complaints and following the official procedure.
The Event Director and Race Referee have the discretion to disqualify competitors. Please respect all traffic laws and regulations at all times and consider all the parts of the course open to the public and vehicles at all times. While some parts of the course may be closed to public access, residential, emergency and Event vehicles might be on the course, and all road rules and regulations must therefore be followed at all times. Right hand drive rules apply.
Challenge Cesenatico is an invitation event, and the Event organisers may refuse entry to any competitor, on any grounds, and at their own discretion without explanation.
The competition is restricted to athletes affiliated to a National Triathlon Federation and is restricted to athletes born in 2004 and before.
Challenge Cesenatico can book for you a medical examination in Italy before the race
No team member changes are allowed after the 25th April 2024
The Event Medical Team will have ultimate discretion and the final decision as to the suitability of a competitor to continue in the Event, and likewise if they should be withdrawn from the Event.
No competitor may use any banned substances with the intent to improve their performance, eliminate the sense of fatigue or for any other purpose. Doping tests will be carried out.
It is important that all competitors exhibit good behavior and sportsmanlike conduct, and treat fellow competitors, Event organisers, volunteers and contractors with courtesy and respect. Failure to do so may result in disqualification at any time before, during or after the Event.
If a competitor withdraws from the Event they must notify the course officials of their withdrawal immediately. Any competitor failing to do so and being the subject of a resulting search and rescue operation he/she will have to cover all the costs relating to this exercise if they are found to be in their accommodation or other safe places.
Challenge Cesenatico reserves the right to alter rules, regulations, Event course and venues at any time as long as athletes are advised prior to the Event, or if such a change is in the interest of competitor safety.
No headphones or headsets may be worn during swim or bike legs of the event.
Challenge Cesenatico competitors may not compete with a bare torso.
Each competitor must be familiar with the entire course and it is their responsibility to follow the correct route.
Any protests must be lodged with the Race Referee as expected by F.i.Tri Regulations.
In the case of bad weather, Challenge Cesenatico reserves the right to convert the Event to duathlon status in the interests of competitor safety: in this case no registration fee will be compensated.
Challenge Cesenatico may test any athlete for the use of a prohibited substance at its own discretion. A positive test will result in disqualification.
Prize money shall not be paid out until all drug-testing results are confirmed.
Prize money is paid as follows (in Euros):
1) Euro 3.500,00
2) Euro 2.100,00
3) Euro 1.400,00
4) Euro 1.150,00
5) Euro 850,00
6) Euro 500,00
Prize money applies to individual Pro Men and individual Pro Women fields only. Prize money will be paid according to overall race position.
Athletes must provide proof of their professional status to be eligible for prize money. All prize money over €500 is liable under Italian law. All bank fees are the responsibility of each competitor.
Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each age group as long as they are an official category. The age groups are: 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
Athletes must be born in 2002 or before.
Provided race numbers must be visible at all times throughout the race.
All athletes must register during the allocated times and attend the compulsory race briefing. All individuals and teams must rack their bicycles during the allocated times – there will be no exceptions to this rule. The Event organizers reserve the right to disqualify anyone not adhering to these rules.
Challenge Cesenatico will provide a swim cap. The wetsuit will be allow as required by F.I.Tri Regulation.
No fins, paddles, snorkels, flotation devices of any kind are permitted.
Swim goggles or face masks may be worn.
Any assistance required during swim may result in disqualification.
The swim course will be closed after 1h15′ from the start
When training on the course immediately prior to the event, brightly coloured swim caps must be worn for you own safety. Anyone reported swimming without a brightly coloured cap may be disqualified from the race.
Event organizers have the right to change the location of the swim course, the distance of the swim course or cancel the swim course (at their absolute discretion) taking into account the weather and water temperature conditions.
No drafting is permitted. The cycle draft zone is a 12 meter long rectangle between the front edge of the lead cycle and the front edge of the following cycle.
An athlete has 25 seconds to pass through that zone. Likewise, once an athlete is passed they have 5 seconds to drop back out of the draft zone. Race numbers must not be changed in size or appearance, and must be worn on the back during the bike.
Only approved helmets are accepted.
Helmets must be secured by the chin strap before taking the bike, and must remain fastened until the cyclist has dismounted the bike and returned it to its rack.
No individual support allowed. The bike course is closed to all supporter traffic and no competitor may seek or receive outside help from spectators, members of the public with the exception of the official technical support crew.
Each participant is responsible for the state or repair of his/her own bike. Bikes must have been serviced within three weeks of the event and be in a safe and roadworthy condition. Assistance by anyone other than official technical support personnel will be grounds for immediate disqualification. This disallows the use of spare wheels and back-up bikes and requires that each competitor be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction.
All bikes must undergo a compulsory check by the official technical support in the lead up to the race or at check-in. Only checked bikes will be allowed into transition.
Cyclists are expected to listen to directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities. Participant may run/walk their bike if necessary.
Competitors must keep as far to the right as is practically possible at all times, and pass others on the left and must obey all traffic laws, traffic regulations and the directions of Event officials and the Police.
The penalty for drafting, dangerous riding or unsportsmanlike conduct will be a 5′ STOP and GO; athletes have to stop at the first box after penalty . A second penalty will result in another 5′ STOP and GO.
The bike course will close for all competitors at 04.00 pm. Event organizers reserve the right to remove competitors from the race who do not complete the bike leg by this cut-off time.
Event organizers have the right to change the location of the bike course or the distance of the bike course (at their absolute discretion) and taking into account the weather and course conditions.
Competitors must not alter the size or appearance of the race number, and must wear it clearly and visibly on their front.
Slower competitors must keep to the right with other competitors overtaking on the left.
Runners must stay inside the cones and traffic dividers at all times. Runners who step outside the cones and traffic dividers onto the open road will be disqualified immediately.
No individual support vehicles or non-participant escort runners or cyclists are allowed. Friends, family members, coaches or supporters of any type may not bike, drive or run alongside competitors, may not pass food or other items to competitors and should be warned to stay completely clear of all participants to avoid the disqualification of a participant.
Runners are expected to follow the directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities. Outside assistance is strictly forbidden and the size and nature of penalties for such an offence are at the sole discretion of the Event Director and Race Referee.
Competitors must obey all traffic laws, traffic regulations and the directions of Event officials and the Police.
The run course will close for all competitors at 06.30 pm. Event organizers reserve the right to remove from the course competitors who do not complete the race by this cut-off time.
Event organizers have the right to change the location of the run course or the distance of the run course (at their absolute discretion) and taking into account the weather and course conditions.