Project 2024 - Draft Legal SuperSeries
Project 2024 was born in late 2015, and built around the need to provide performance pathway athletes, between the ages of 13 and 19, with an opportunity to participate in a competitive, draft legal environment, with the very real possibility of spring-boarding athletes onto Triathlon Canada’s National Development Team.
The 2019 SuperSeries, powered by Argon 18, will again see evolutionary tweaks, largely the results of lessons learned from previous seasons. Included in these revisions is an updated points format, placing heavier weighting on Provincial Championships, and an update to the external points structure, allowing athletes to compete in a limited number of provincially sanctioned, single sports, while earning points towards the Series Championships.
Continuing the momentum established in the Series’ first two years, Triathlon BC has designated four marquee events as part of the 2019 Youth & Junior SuperSeries. Internally known as Project 2024, the umbrella theme of the Series is to produce athletes capable of major national and international podiums by the year 2024.
Because the Junior, U23, Elite World Championships and Olympic Triathlon are all draft-legal events, Triathlon BC’s SuperSeries powered by Argon 18 events are also draft legal competitions, providing young athletes with an opportunity to develop the skills necessary for international-caliber racing as they progress through the developmental pipeline and climb the National Performance Pathway.
2019 SuperSeries Event Calendar:
- Race 1 – May 20, North Shore Triathlon (Draft Legal)*
- Race 2 – June 9, Victoria Youth Triathlon (Draft Legal)*
- Race 3 – July 6/7, Kelowna Apple Triathlon (Draft Legal)*
- Race 4 – September 8, Paradigm Naturopathic Triathlon Provincial Junior Championships (Draft Legal)**
*U23 Open Event
**Provincial Junior & U23 Championships
SuperSeries Executive Summary
With a focus on speed and technical skill, Triathlon BC’s Youth & Junior SuperSeries, powered by Argon 18 events are Super Sprint Triathlons, comprised of a 400 meter swim, a 10 kilometer bike, and a 2.5 kilometer run. The swim can take place in a pool or have a beach start. The bike and run courses are typically (but not always) multi-lap affairs. As with any triathlon, distances may vary slightly from venue to venue to accommodate the specific needs of each course.
In order to build a competitive atmosphere with a critical mass of athletes, Triathlon BC’s Race Series events combine the usual elements of a triathlon with the additional excitement of draft-legal racing. These events must respect Triathlon Canada’s age-appropriate distance regulations. With up to three distinct age groups (U15, Junior, U23) competing in the Series, super sprint distances must be followed.
2018 SuperSeries Points
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Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE DOES THE SERIES FIT IN CANADA’S LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT SPECTRUM?
Young athletes participating in Triathlon BC's SuperSeries powered by Argon 18, have self-identified as being on the performance pathway. At this stage of development (Train to Train), athletes are ready to consolidate basic skills and focus more time on training and physical development over competition, a critical step to top performers. For more advanced racers that have selected to pursue triathlon (Train to Compete) with the hope of competing abroad, the Series serves as a spring board to Triathlon Canada's National Series.
WHAT DOES “DRAFT-LEGAL” MEAN?
During a draft-legal triathlon, athletes draft, or 'tuck in' behind other athletes to save energy. This is often referred to as riding in a “pack” or “peloton.” Not unlike pelotons seen at the Tour de France, drafting requires increased bike handling skills. Under International Triathlon Union's (ITU) age group regulations, drafting would normally result in a penalty, however, in a draft legal environment , there is no penalty for drafting. Drafting in triathlon adds another dimension to race tactics and skill, and is seen at the International World Triathlon Series and Olympic level.
DO I NEED DRAFT LEGAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO COMPETING?
Yes! Triathlon BC hosts a series of draft legal clinics through the year, where athletes can have their skills fine tuned and evaluated. Upon successful evaluation by a recognized coach, an athlete earns a draft legal certificate, and appears on Triathlon BC's list of eligible athletes. Upcoming Camps and Clinics are listed on our Clinics page.
HOW OLD MUST I BE TO COMPETE?
Triathlon BC's Race Series is open to eligible* Youth athletes (age 13 and 15) and Junior athletes (aged 16 to 19) as of December 31st of the competition year. New for 2018, Race Directors can also elect to include U23 racers at their events. U23 athletes compete with Junior competitors. In 2018, the U23 category is only a demonstration event, leading to the U23 Provincial Championships.
*Eligible - must have draft certification.
CAN AN ATHLETE “RACE UP” IN AN AGE CATEGORY?
No. Athletes must compete according to their age as of December 31st of the competition year. Only Youth 13 to 15, and Junior 16 to 19 athletes are permitted to compete in Triathlon BC's SuperSeries. Where applicable, select SuperSeries events may also be open to U23 competitors.
DO I NEED TO BE ON A HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAM TO COMPETE?
No. While there are several development Clubs around the province that focus on preparing Youth and Junior athletes for the rigours of draft legal competition, being a member of a performance club is not required.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THESE EVENTS?
Registration is handled directly by the event organizer or race director. Because many Triathlon BC SuperSeries powered by Argon 18 events are held in conjunction with age group races, be certain you are registering for the SuperSeries event. Contact the event organizer if you have a registration question.
Participants competing in two or more events can take advantage of a Series Discount, saving 10% off of each event's registration fee. Simply log on to our SuperSeries portal, and register for your events. Jump to the portal at https://ccnbikes.com/#!/series/triathlon-bc-superseries.
DO I NEED A TRIATHLON BC MEMBERSHIP TO COMPETE?
Yes. All SuperSeries athletes must hold an active Triathlon BC, or an affiliate Provincial membership AND provide confirmation of draft legal certification prior to competition.
WHAT TYPE OF BIKE DO I NEED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE?
Triathlon BC SuperSeries powered by Argon 18 athletes must compete on a traditional road bike, with drop bars and, where elected, draft legal aerobars. Triathlon, TT or mountain bikes are not eligible for competition. Please refer to our downloadable Series Summary for full details.
CAN MY BIKE HAVE DISC BRAKES?
Yes. Disc brakes are allowed (2018 ITU Competition Rules 5.2 i.) (i) pg 39)
CAN PARENTS ASSIST THEIR CHILDREN IN THE TRANSITION AREA?
No. Because Triathlon BC's SuperSeries powered by Argon 18 is performance oriented, parents and coaches are not allowed inside the transition area before, during, or after the event.
HOW DO SERIES POINTS RANKING WORK?
Triathlon BC SuperSeries powered by Argon 18 points are provided to the top 20 male and female athletes in the Youth and Junior categories. The best 3 of 4 finishes will be calculated, with an overall male and female champion being awarded in the Youth and Junior category. Finish Points are distributed according to the following breakdown:
1st - 25pts, 2nd - 20pts, 3rd - 18pts, 4th - 16 pts, 5th - 14pts, 6th - 12pts, 7th -10pts, 8th - 8pts, 9th - 7pts, 10th - 6pts, 11th - 5pts, 12th - 4 pts, 13th - 3pts, 14th - 2pts, 15th through 20th - 1pt.
NOTE 1: Effective with the 2018 season, increased Series weighting will be issued at the Provincial Championships accordingly:
1st - 30pts, 2nd - 25pts, 3rd - 23pts, 4th - 21pts, 5th - 19pts, 6th - 17pts, 7th -15pts, 8th - 13pts, 9th - 12pts, 10th - 11pts, 11th - 10pts, 12th - 9pts, 13th - 8pts, 14th - 7pts, 15th through 20th - 6pt.
Note 2: In the event of a Series tie, results from the Provincial Championships will take precedents in determining the overall finishing order.
Note 3: The U23 Category is a demonstration category only in 2018. As such, no Series points will be issued.
HOW ARE EXTERNAL, SINGLE SPORT POINTS ALLOCATED?
In collaboration with Triathlon Canada’s High Performance program, Triathlon BC piloted an inter-sport initiative in 2018. Through encouraging athletes to compete in provincially sanctioned, single-sport events, athletes will be able to increase their foundational skills in all three disciplines, a requirement in today's highly competitive multisport environment, and a common system gap identified by Triathlon Canada across the country.
Triathlon BC will be awarding SuperSeries points to athletes that compete in discipline specific competitions. These points will be in addition to those awarded to SuperSeries competitors.
New for the 2019 season, a maximum of twelve (12) Series points will be awarded for swim, bike, or run specific events. Athletes can submit external points requests for one sport annually. 4 points will be allotted per event* if an athlete achieves;
Top 16 at a Swim BC sanctioned event (Top 20 if A finals and B finals are 10 lanes each)
Top 10 at a Cycling BC sanctioned event (road, cyclocross, cross-country or track only)
Top 5 at an BC Athletics sanctioned event ( 400m, 800m, 1200m, 1500m, 2000m and 3000m only for track; all XC events)
Athletes can submit up to three (3) results from individual sport (swim/bike/run) performances to Triathlon BC for approval. Results must be verifiable online.
Triathlon BC and Triathlon Canada are confident that this initiative will create a more robust athlete with increased technical skills, provide greater coaching opportunities for athletes and ultimately identify key performance indicators in developing athletes.