Important news for those heading to the World Championships
Handlebar rule is modified.
For those competing at the World Championships in Edinburgh (this weekend for Duathlon) or Budapest (next weekend for Triathlon), the ITU has made the following announcement regarding handlebars:
“For 2010, the ITU will not be enforcing rule 5.2. c) (iii) with respect to handlebars in draft illegal races. The rule is under review and any modifications will be announced prior to the 2011 season. For events in 2010, rule 5.2. c) (iii) will be replaced by the following:
– Only handlebars and clip-on bars not extending beyond the leading edge of the front wheel will be permitted. All handlebar ends must be plugged.
This new rule will be in effect immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
This may be too late for those that made the changes already but great news to those that didn’t. For most, this likely means that your bikes are fine as is. But check to make sure your bike still complies with the rules or contact Triathlon Canada if you need more clarification.