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