Set your race sport to Triathlon when creating your race to activate Triathlon features.
Start waves are sometimes called heats. Waves split your start categories into smaller start groups defined by a maximum number of racers per wave.
Go to Create the Start List as in a normal race, and select Create Waves.
The first step is to separate your categories. You can group your racers into categories with the Add Start Group Field dropdown at the top of the Create Start Groups box. These fields will split your racers in the same manner as normal start group setup. For example you can split by category, by gender, both, or any other combination of racer fields.
When you add one or more fields, you will see a preview of your categories. In this case we have grouped by category (the Choose Event field), and have Standard and Sprint Triathlon categories.
Racers in different categories as defined here will never be put in the same wave. In this example, anyone in the Standard Triathlon will always be in waves consisting only of racers also in the Standard Triathlon. However, age categories and gender may be mixed within the same wave in this setup. If males and females must not be in the same wave for your race, you should also add the Gender field here.
The next step is to identify the Maximum number of racers per wave in your race. If your triathlon starts in a pool, generally speaking this number will be the number of lanes in your pool multiplied by the number of racers allowed per lane in a given wave.
By default, Create similar sized waves within a given category is checked. This means that the system will try to make the waves similar sizes as much as possible. For example, if you have 18 racers in a given category (say Standard Triathlon in this example), and you set Maximum number of racers per wave to 10, the system will create two waves with 9 racers each. If you uncheck this option, the system will attempt to fill all waves, and place any left overs in the last wave. In this case the system would fill one wave of 10, and a second wave of 8.
The above are all that is necessary to set up wave start groups. The following options allow finer control, but do not need to be set.
Group waves by allows some control over how racers are placed into waves. Fields added here are used to sort racers within a category before the system adds them to waves. This is useful for less strict grouping than separate categories above. With these categories the system maintains separate where possible, but prioritises fuller waves over separation.
For example, if you want to keep males and females generally separate but can allow a mixed wave to keep waves fuller, add Gender here in the Select a Field to Order Racers by dropdown. This will generally produce all waves of a single gender except for one mixed. This works for any field, but fields with more than two options may produce more than one mixed wave.
Remember that Group waves by tries to avoid mixing within waves, but will prioritise filling waves over separation. If you absolutely cannot have racers with different values for a given field in the same wave, you should add those above in Separate Categories by instead.
The last option is Wave Field. This option controls where the calculated wave numbers are stored on the racer. The default is Store in new field, and generally this is the best option. However, if you have your own number field on racers you would prefer to use, or if you already have a wave field, you can select that field from this drop down. Wave numbers will be saved on each racer in this field.
Finally you can click Create these Groups to generate your waves.
You can use this tool to assign lane numbers to racers in your waves. This is most useful for pool start triathlons.
The Assign Racer Numbers box automatically expands after creating waves or start groups. You can also click on the Assign Racer Numbers heading to expand the box.
Click on More Tools… and then Assign Lanes to open the lane assignment tool.
By default, Lane Field is set to Store in a new field. Change this if you already have a number field on your racers in which you would like to store lane numbers.
Enter the Number of Lanes in your pool start, and click Assign Lanes.
You can erase all lane numbers on racers by clicking Clear All Lanes.
Click Done, X, or anywhere outside the Assign Lanes box to close it.
It is usually helpful to have lane numbers displayed on the start list, either for reference or more commonly for printing.
To do this, click on Display Fields & Publish below Set Scheduled Start Times. Inside the expanded box, you can select Lane in the Select a field to include… dropdown, and then it will display on your start list when viewing or printing.
Lanes are assigned sequentially, in the seeding order of the start group. In the example below, Number of Lanes is 3. If you want to change the order in which lanes are assigned, you must change the seeding for the start group, and then re-assign bibs, and finally re-assign lanes.