There are three fundamental principles that shape the RemoteRacing™ method: 1) fairness of competition, 2) practicality for mass participation, and 3) comparability to an onsite race.
RemoteRacing is an innovative method of racing that allows participants to race remotely in different climates and on different courses but compete head-to-head using advanced technology. It localizes their performances to produce finish times comparable to what they would have been if everyone competed in the same climate, on the same course, and on the same day.
Remote Races are as comparable to onsite races as is reasonably possible and only modified as necessary to make them more practical for participation and fair for all competitors.
These modifications are primarily related to the swim and transitions.
Here are a few examples:
Although open-water swims would be more comparable to onsite racing, many athletes don’t have access to open water or can’t swim in open water safely (alone). Additionally, differences in water conditions such as currents and chop are not reasonably possible to account for.
Although it would be more comparable to onsite racing for the swim to be done immediately before the bike, inconsistent pool accessibility and proximity to adequate bike and run routes for many participants make requiring the swim to be performed immediately before the bike unfair and impractical.
Although it would be more comparable to onsite racing for timed transitions to be included in the overall finish time, remote race participants do not have uniform “transition areas” when transitioning from the bike to run. Some could transition in less than a minute, while others may have to secure their bike and relocate to a suitable run route.
In all aspects of RemoteRacing, the objectives are to make the race fair, then practical, then comparable to an onsite race.