Registration and Expo – from 2.30pm
These will be in the usual race precinct at Scarness Park. For those that don't know, Scarness Park is located at the intersection of Queens Road and the Esplanade at Scarness. Google Maps is your friend. ALL competitors need to register on Saturday. If you are a member of a team, only one of you needs to register, but it is your responsibility to ensure the rest of the team gets what they need (swim cap, race bib etc). Your race pack will contain all your race requirements plus some great offers from local businesses that support this event. So please take the time to have a look at the material and support those that support us (and you). Registration will be followed immediately by race briefing at 5.30pm at the main stage. This is compulsory and will be the only briefing held.
Please don't park on the Esplanade. This is YOUR bike course. There is ample parking in any of the side streets leading down to the Esplanade. We would like to keep the course clear of all vehicles for everyone's safety. You can do drop off while the road is open but please park off the Esplanade. Bike racking will take place Sunday morning. All racks will be numbered so make sure you rack in your correct spot. Body numbering is compulsory and will be done as you exit transition. Transition opens at 5.30am. Please allow enough time to rack your bike and set up your gear before transition closes at 6.45am sharp. There is a 1.5km walk to the swim start so we have to make sure everyone is out of transition on time. The swim start is located adjacent to Torquay Jetty and is best accessed via the Esplanade path to Hervey Bay Sailing club and then down to the beach from there. You will be able to leave a small amount of gear (thongs, shoes, water bottle etc) at our drop off spot in the Sailing Club car park, which will be brought back to transition and made available after the race. We’ll have plastic bags for you to write your number on. First wave will be in the water at 7.30am sharp.
WAVE STARTS - To be announced
For those of you wondering if it will be a wetsuit swim, this race is fully sanctioned and is run under TA rules. Therefore, a measurement will be taken Saturday morning and announcement will be made at race briefing. If the temperature is above 24.5 degrees no wetsuits will be allowed. We have not had a wetsuit swim in the race’s history but with the increase in temperature for long course racing this may now be a possibility.
CUT OFF TIMES
Due to road closure requirements and water safety timing the following cutoffs are in place.
Swim – 8:50am. This is 1 hour after the last wave enters the water. Any team cyclists waiting in transition will be sent off at this time and swimmers will be brought back to shore.
Bike – 11:15am. This is time that all bikes must be past transition, heading back towards Point Vernon on their final lap. Any bikes that haven’t reached this point by that time will not be permitted to complete their final lap.
There is one aid station on the bike leg handing out bidons of water. It will be located opposite transition and will be opened after your first lap. So you need to make sure you start your bike leg with enough fluid to get you through the first 25km. There are 4 aid stations on the run. One at each turn around, one near transition and one more. These can be accessed from either direction so there is plenty of opportunity to grab a drink. It's going to be hot out there so there's no excuse not to be properly hydrated. The electrolyte we are using is Infinit Speed Mix. We will also have water, Coke and ice available. There will also be Infinit, water and watermelon in recovery.
This race is fully sanctioned by TA and as such iPods and any similar entertainment devices are banned in all legs of a triathlon. If you are seen by a TO using one you will receive a red card. We don't want to see any of our competitors disqualified so please make sure you follow this rule.
You will be given a timing chip when you register on Saturday. This is to be worn on your left ankle for the duration of the race. If you are in a team, your timing chip is effectively your baton. It must be swapped to each team member as you transition. If you have your own timing chip strap please make sure the band on the chip is returned (either at registration or after the race). If you lose your chip there will be a fee charged so please look after them. Your chip will be collected by volunteers after you cross the finish line.
We would love to see lots of club marquees along the run course and there will be some designated areas where these can go up. Please take note, our Council doesn't allow any pegs in the park due to irrigation pipes getting damaged, so marquees need to be weighted down. If you have your own weights that would be great and we will have a limited number available on site for loan as well. Remember, we will have events on in the park Saturday morning so you will need to work around those. Please see Phil Hungerford or Hayden Lyons before erecting your marquee and they will direct you to the designated areas.
PRESENTATION AND AFTER PARTY
This year, presentations will be held at Hog’s Breath Café from 5.00pm. As well as category presentations we will also be holding a random prize draw. You must be in attendance to claim your prize. Please bring your race bib with you to the draw. One team is one entry, if a team wins the prize they will have to sort that out amongst themselves. There will also be other great prizes available. Make sure you come along and have a few relaxing drinks, tell some stories and grab a meal there. The restaurant will be available to us from 3.00pm so if you want, you can head up and grab an early meal before presentations start. Shaun and Hayley and the crew have put together some great value food options especially for us and there will be ample opportunity to grab a refreshing drink.