The world governing body, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that, as of 2016, sprint triathlon and duathlon age group World Championships will become draft legal events. The planned changes do not affect standard distance or local, provincial-level competitions. While formal draft legal certification is not required for adults, possessing competent on-bike group riding skills are a prerequisite to a safe and enjoyable experience for all athletes. 

For those scheduled to compete in the 2016 World Sprint or Duathlon World Championships, Triathlon BC is hosting a series of Skill Clinics around the province that promises to build on each athlete's technical skills, allowing for increased performance (maximizing the draft of another cyclist), while also maximizing safety.  Each Clinic is delivered by a senior level cycling-specific coach. Participants that complete a two-day Clinic and go on to be successfully evaluated will receive a certificate indicating that they possess basic skills to successful compete in a draft legal environment.

Victoria Adult Draft Clinic
May 7 - Day 1, 8am to 12pm
May 14 - Day 2, 8am to 12pm
Registration: $25.00 - Click HERE to register

Kelowna Adult Draft Clinic
May 28 - Day 1, 8am to 12pm
June 4 - Day 2, 8am to 12pm
Registration: $25.00 - Click HERE to register

Vancouver Adult Draft Clinic
June 4 - Day 1, 8am to 12pm
June 11 - Day 2, 8am to 12pm
Registration: $25.00 - Click HERE to register

To download a PDF registration form for the above clinics, please click HERE.


The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model is a philosophy of athletic development from birth to retirement that provides a guide for the development of training, competition and recovery programs.  The LTAD framework is based on current research in growth, maturation and in-depth studies in sport science.

Guiding Principles of the LTAD

  • Programs direct athletes toward doing the right thing at the right time.
  • Athletes are encouraged to achieve stage specific outcomes prior to undertaking activities associated with the subsequent stage.
  • Training Programs are tailored to the individual based on the nature of their development and considers their physical, psychological and social characteristics.
  • The sport of Triathlon will work with, not in opposition to, or repeating the work of, other sports that triathletes are participants in during their early years of development.

Peak Height Velocity (PHV):
The period of growth and development when an individual's growth is undergoing the most rapid period of change.  Also referred to as the adolescent growth spurt. The Long Term Athlete Development framework uses PHV instead of chronological age to inform training and program development.


The Canadian Sport Institute, through a partnership with the Province of BC and viaSport, the network of PacificSport Centres, and Triathlon BC collaborate to deliver programs and services to place BC Athletes on National Teams, and ensure athletes and coaches have every advantage to win medals for Canada. The partners work jointly to encourage sport excellence and increase podium performances in communities throughout British Columbia.

Through these partnerships, and with the above purpose in mind, Triathlon BC can nominate athletes and their coaches who meet specific criteria for Canadian Sport Institute / PacificSport athlete or coach registration. Upon registering, athletes and coaches can engage in enhanced programs, benefits, and select support services outlined below:

- GymWorks™ (free/discounted fitness facility access)
- Access to benefits and discounts on sport performance products at local community supporters and FoodStuff™ partners
- Access to sport education opportunities: including the Sport Performance Speaker Series, the Athlete Advance™ at no cost
- Access to apply for grants and bursaries (centre-specific)
- Direct access to knowledgeable, resourceful and helpful athlete services staff in their region
- Athlete resource information overview: Performance Points, Athlete Logbook, Performance Health Handbook, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, SportLaw
- Medical resources information: Canadian Athlete Insurance Program (CAIP), Travel Insurance,
- Information on anti-doping in sport: Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Global Drug Reference Online, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Canadian Anti-Doping Policy
- Athlete/Coach programs: IGNITE™, Canadian Sport School™, Advanced Coaching Diploma, International Coaching School.

Think you have what it takes to be a CSI-P Carded athlete? Read the full Athlete Criteria HERE (application included).

To view the current CSI-P Carded Athlete list, please click HERE


When applying for or renewing TriBC membership, athletes have the option of declaring their provincial “Elite” standing.  While the decision to make this declaration is up to the athlete, TriBC will review the basis for the declaration before issuing a provincial “Elite” card.  An athlete must hold an Elite or Junior Elite card to race in any Elite heats at BC Race Series events, BC Provincial Championship events, national events, or international events.  Athletes holding an Elite card must compete in the Elite category. At events where an Elite category is not offered, athletes may elect to compete in their respective age group.

To qualify for funding to national and international competitions and for the Provincial Series points, athletes must hold an “Elite” card and race in the Elite category.  Junior athletes (aged 16-19) who wish to declare themselves “Elite” may also do so.  Please refer to the Junior Elite Carding criteria listed below.

NOTE: All Elite athletes must submit a photocopy of their BC Care Card to prove residency along with the application.  

To view the Long Distance Elite Carding Criteria, click HERE.

To view the Short Course Elite Carding Criteria, click HERE.

Due to impending National guidelines, Junior Elite Carding criteria is more comprehensive in scope, speaking to the increased level of difficulty when riding in a draft-legal, pack environment.  Athletes requesting Junior Elite cards must:

  • Be current members in good standing with Triathlon BC.
  • Submit a photocopy of their BC Care Card to prove residency along with the application.
  • Provide reference, by way of a signed letter issued by a certified coach, confirming drafting competency and experience.
  • Athletes must undergo drafting evaluation by a National Training Centre (NTC), Regional Training Centre (RTC) or Provincial Triathlon Centre (PTC) coach, or named representative. Athletes are also strongly encouraged to participate in an NTC/RTC/PTC Training Camps.

To view the FULL Junior Elite Carding Criteria, please click HERE.

Triathlon BC has consistently matched the AAP funding received by the BC Government to help our developing athletes. Typically, annual funding to select high-performance athletes ranges from $500to $3,500 each year.

Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) Selection Criteria:

The BC Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is an athlete-centred program, funded and administered by the Sport and Recreation Branch. AAP seeks to recognize and support BC high performance athletes striving to represent the Province and Canada in athletic competition.

The program seeks to relieve some of the pressures associated with training and competition needs while participating in provincial, national and international sport events.

The 2015/16 Selection Criteria can be found HERE.

All applicants must submit a written submission listing, in point form, how they meet each of the listed criteria points (Section 5.0).  Further, application must include a formal AAP Application Form.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Please do not forward applications to the Sport Branch.

Training Camps

Each year a number of training camps aimed at kids aged six to nineteen have been conducted throughout the Province. In the past, areas such as Penticton, Kelowna, Victoria, Prince George, Nanaimo, and Vancouver have hosted camps. Please contact Triathlon BC for upcoming opportunities.

Athletes Commitment to Fair Play

Triathlon BC respects fair play on the playing field and off. To view our Commitment to Fair Play, please link on the link below.

Fair Play Code for Athletes