Start

Schweizer Firmen-Triathlon comes up with a rolling start to increase safety and to reduce anxiety in the swim

What is a rolling start?

Athletes will line up according to their realistic predicted swim time (self-seeding) and every five seconds, we will send out five athletes. It will take approximately 10 minutes to get the entire field across the swim start line.

Please notice: The predicted swim time does not have to be communicated to the race officials in advance.

Why change to a rolling start?

  • It is increasing safety and reducing anxiety in the swim.
  • It allows athletes to swim at their own ability and improves the overall swim experience
  • It leads to faster swim times
  • It defuses the drafting problem on the bike course

Do moderate swimmers have any advantage by starting in the front part of the field?

No, it is quite the contrary. If a moderate swimmer starts in the front part of the field, she/he will be passed by hundreds of fast swimmers which poses a needless risk for all involved parties.

 

PLEASE BE HONEST TO YOURSELF AND LINE UP ACCORDING TO YOUR REALISTIC EXPECTED SWIM TIME!

What means fast/slow expected swim time?

The swim start area will be grouped in three sectors:

  • Fast: < 16min
  • Average: 16min – 19min
  • Moderate: > 19min