WHAT, WHEN & WHERE ON RACE DAY?
Mackay Triathlon Club welcomes all triathlete levels, and we’re more than happy to help newbie’s throughout our races. Whether it’s your first or last race, we’ve put together a step by step guide as to what you will have to do, where and when on race day.
Registration Packs/ Race Kit /Check in
Athlete registration Packs are available on Saturday 22nd September from 2.30pm to 5.30pm at the Mackay Surf Club. Photo identification is required, and here you will pick up your race kit.
In your race kit you will be issued:
Event shirt Swim Cap Timing Chip Number Tattoo (please apply to right upper arm or right forearm if wearing sleeves) Bike Number (please attach to your seat tube) Race Number (must be worn on front for run leg) Helmet Number (place on the front of your helmet) ID Wristband (required for access to and from transition area for bike collection)
**Course Maps & briefing note will be emailed (we are an environmentally friendly tree saving club)
Under special circumstances, should you be unable to collect your race kit during the above mentioned time on Saturday, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an alternative pick up time or a nominated person to pick up your kit.
New entries will be accepted on Saturday 22nd September subject to a late entry fee; however no new entries will be accepted on race day, Sunday 23rd September.
You will be required to read the briefing notes provided to you in your race pack prior to starting the race. A verbal briefing will be held for events on Saturday prior to race starts and at 6.15am Sunday morning, prior to race start at 6.30am. This briefing will have all the information and rules required to complete the race, including how many laps are required for each race leg.
Wetsuits will depend on the measurements taken by the TQ Official on race morning. If the temperature of the water is 22 degrees Celsius or above; wetsuits shall NOT be allowed. A notice will be posted on race morning and confirmation given at briefing.
Please note you will be required to wear your race bib on the run course ONLY. For the cycle course; your race number should be displayed on your helmet (front) and seat post. Both stickers and bibs are supplied in your race kit!
You will collect the timing band at registration as part of your race pack. Secure this to your left lower leg just above the ankle. Once you have done all the above, proceed to the entry to the transition area where you take your bike and race specific gear. It is essential that you return the timing band at the conclusion of the event to the timing team. If the band is not returned a fee of $50 will be charged.
Entering the Transition Area
For entry you need your ID bracelet, bike sticker on the seatpost & your helmet (with number on front) properly fastened on your head and your tattoo applied to your arm. A Triathlon Queensland official will check your bike and helmet to ensure you have your security bike sticker attached and that your helmet is of a high safety standard. Please have your helmet secured on your head before getting to the transition area to make the process as quick as possible.
Racking of Bikes will be opened 5.00am Sunday 23rd September. No bikes are racked on Saturday. Once a TQ official has checked you then you will need to find an available section on your applicable rack, arrange your gear on the chaining side of your bike. Bikes will be racked by the back wheel in the ITU style racks or by the seat (traditional racks). Please ensure you only keep your race specific gear within this area. If you have a bag, there is a baggage tent next to the rego tent where your items will be secure for the duration of your race. Once you have dropped off your bike and race items, please move out of the transition area so you are ready for the pre-race briefing with plenty of time to spare. Please note: the transition area closes at 6:15am sharp.
The wave starts have approximately 50 competitors. It is a good idea that you ‘self seed’; if you are a slow swimmer start at the back, while if you are a good swimmer start at the front.
The swim buoys mark the course, look up for direction and if you are ever in trouble raise one arm for the water safety to assist you. Depending on the conditions, the swim start may be a deep water start or a beach start. It is your responsibility to find out your wave start time at the briefing.
Swim to Bike Transition
Competitors try to do this as quickly as possible, taking off a wet suit (if applicable) and racing in swimmers, tri suits or tri kits. Always clip on your helmet before taking your bike off the rack.
Jog or walk your bike to the bike exit where, once your bike is on the road, there is a mount sign and a line indicating you can get on your bike. Take care of other competitors. It is often wise to move down the road ahead of the competitor traffic at the line to get yourself some space!
Bike Course – Road Closures
Sections of the course have full and partial closure. Our race is sanctioned and we have the assistance of the local SES and volunteers. Please stay left unless overtaking and be always aware of any parked vehicle, pedestrians or resident’s vehicles which may be on the course. Please pay attention to race officials at all times.
Bike to Run Transition
Return bike to your rack before taking off your helmet, put on running shoes and run to the run exit.
A sign clearly marks the run exit but if you are ever confused please ask a transition official.
There will be a drink station shortly after the start of your run, and approximately every 1.5 kilometres.
The best part of the race! The timing transponder mats are underneath the finish arch, and your foot (with the band attached) must pass over these plates. Once you cross the line proceed through the chutes towards the marshals who will remove your timing band.
Recovery Area & Food Packs
Fruit and water recovery product will be available in the Recovery Area post race and there will be a BBQ run by the Mackay Surf Club.
The Presentations & Random Draws
Presentations will be held at the Mackay Surf Club at approx. midday. Please join us in supporting the athletes.
Removing your bike from the Transition area
The transition area will be reopened again after the last competitor exits for their run leg. When you take your bike out of the transition area please ensure that you show both your ID wristband and your bike numbers to the officials at the transition exit.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Mackay Triathlon Festival