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Lough Key Triathlon 2012  –  Race Briefing

 

Schedule for Saturday evening and Race Day:

 

Saturday

TIME

19.00               Registration opens in main building

20.00               Registration closes

 

TIME

07:30h             Park opens

08:00h             Registration opens

08:15h             Transition zone opens

09:30h             Registration closes – NO LATE REGISTRATION- TI MEMBERS MUST HAVE MEMBERSHIP CARD – NON MEMBERS MUST HAVE ONE DAY LICENCE..THEY ARE NOT SOLD ON THE DAY. NO CARD NO RACE..NO ONE DAT LIEANCE NO RACE..TI ROLES

09:30h             Marshal briefing

10:00h             Competitors briefing at lakeshore beside transition zone

10:15h             Competitors will be counted into water and may warm-up

10:25h             Competitors line-up at buoys 20metres from shoreline

10:30h             START

12:15-13:30h  Buffet lunch in Rockingham room in main building (registration room) – bring lunch voucher.

 

PLEASE GO TO LUNCH EARLY TO AVOID DELAY

 

14:00h             Prize-giving ceremony

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the sixth LOUGH KEY TRIATHLON.  The main sponsor this year is Waterways Ireland.  This is a very special event set in one of Ireland’s most well-known parks, which has recently received an 8million euro investment.  Information on all the Lough Key Activities is available in the lobby area.

 

COMPETITION RULES

The 3 main club rules are:

SAFETY on swim

SAFETY on cycle

SAFETY on run

 

The Lough Key Triathlon is a Triathlon Ireland sanctioned event and thus abides by the rules of the Triathlon Ireland Manual of Guidance.

Section 3 of the manual outlines the competition rules.  It is the competitor’s responsibility that (s)he is aware of the rules.

 

 

OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE

Any competitor receiving any form of outside assistance i.e. mechanical, puncture repair, giving of drinks or other help by spectators, or coaching on the cycle or run are strictly forbidden and will result in immediate disqualification.  The only time where outside assistance may be provided is assistance by Marshals.

 

REGISTRATION

All athletes need to register for the competition in person.  Registration will take place in the Rockingham Room situated in the main timber building overlooking the lake. Registration opens on Saturday evening for one hour. It is strongly recommended for all local entrants and people staying in Boyle or the surrounding area go that evening to register as to avoid delays on Sunday morning. On Sunday  registration will open at 8am and close promptly at 9:30am.  Please try to register as early as possible.  If you are a member of Triathlon Ireland please bring your membership card with you.  At registration you will receive your race number, timing chip, swim hat, body markings and “goodie bag”.  There will be a race course map on display.

 

GOODIE BAG

This year the club have invested in a high quality training towel and a light weight nap sack. We hope you get good use out of them. Swim hats are silicone so you will get good use from it.

 

DIRECTIONS

Enter through the main Lough Key entrance on the N4 (situated ~1km from Boyle and ~10km from Carrick-on-Shannon).

 

PARKING

Once you enter the park follow the road as far as the automatically-controlled barriers.  Once through the barriers turn right and there are 3 large car parks on the right.  Marshals will be on hand to welcome you and guide you to a parking place.

 

TIMING

The timing chip which you receive at registration must be worn on your ankle.  Please ensure that it is securely fastened on your ankle.  A marshal will collect it from you at the finish line.

 

RACE NUMBERS

Race numbers will be provided to be worn, one on your back and one on your front.  Race belts are permitted and athletes must ensure that their numbers are fully visible at all times on the bike and the run.  It is not allowed to alter or fold your race number in any fashion.

 

Race Numbers for Teams

Each team will receive two race numbers.  The swimmer does not wear a number. The cyclist will wear the number on their back and the runner on their front.

 

TRANSITION ZONE

Bike rack positions will be determined on a first-come first-served basis.

 

WEATHER

In the unfortunate event of extreme weather conditions, the swim may be cancelled and a duathalon event may occur instead.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

SWIM – 750metres

Wetsuits are compulsory.

All swimmers must wear the swim hats provided.

There will be 2 luminous marker buoys anchored in the lake.  Keep all buoys on your right at all times.  The swim will start approximately 20metres from shore in line with small buoys.

Swimmers will be asked to rank themselves with elite and strong swimmers to the front and weaker swimmers to the rear.  Please be sensible here as the swim start can be quite physical with competitors jostling for position.  If in doubt, stay to the rear or to one side.

The sound of an air horn will start the race by a marshal in one of the boats.

Exit only on the slipway.  PLEASE keep swimming until you see the carpeted area, if you stand up any sooner you will be walking on sharp rocks.  A marshal will be positioned on either side of the slipway exit to assist you out.  Swim between them.  On exiting water turn right into transition area.

 

There will be rescue boats with lifeguards on board, rescue divers and kayaks in the water monitoring the swimmers.

Anyone cutting corners/buoys will be immediately disqualified and taken out of the water and not permitted to continue.

If a swimmer wishes to retire from the swim for any reason, raise your clenched fist in the air, stay calm and a rescue boat will come to your assistance.

There is a 30 minute time-limit on the swim.

Caution do not attempt to dive into the lake as it is very shallow and rocky at the shore line.

 

 

TRANSITION 1

You must put on your cycle helmet and fasten it before removing you bike from the transition area. Anyone who has an unfastened helmet while in contact with their bike will be asked to stop and fasten it.

Exit transition as indicated on the map.

 

CYCLE – 22km

Cycle helmets are compulsory.

You must walk/run your bike to the 10m mount/dismount line which will be marked on the road and also marshalled. Only at this point may you mount your bike and begin the cycle.

There is only one section of cycle route of approximately 3km, as marked on the map, which is closed to cars.  All other road areas are open to cars so keep left.  Normal rules of the road apply.

Competitors must NOT overtake on a blind bend.

Some surfaces can be ripply or bumpy so be careful if taking a drink etc.

Extreme caution to be taken when exiting onto the main N4 road.  Gardai and marshals will be present so follow their instructions at that junction and all other junctions when told to slow down.  Failure to do so could mean disqualification.

Please keep inside then hard shoulder on the main N4, it you need to cross the broken yellow line always look behind as cars and Lorries will be moving fast.

When you turn left off the main N4 road back into the park you cycle for 1km. When you come to the forest this is the start of a neutral zone. From here to the bottom of the hill do not peddle as it can be very dangerous with a left turn at the bottom of the hill. Use this time to lower you gears and start breaking.

Remember if the course is wet please be careful on the bends.

 

On return to Lough Key slow down in advance of the dismount line.  At this point, or before, walk/run into transition zone leaving your bike into same rack.

Do not unfasten your helmet until you bike is racked.

 

DRAFTING

Under no circumstances will drafting be allowed.  Draft marshals will be on the course.

 

TRANSITION 2

Exit for run as indicated on map.  This is the opposite side from point of return from cycle.

 

Extra Transition Rules for teams only

Bikes can be racked as normal with all other competitors.  There will be an assigned area in transition for teams to meet there team mates. The swimmer will run to this point and met the cyclist and swop over the chips. The cyclist will then run to their bike put on their helmet a proceed to exit transition as normal.  On return the cyclist will rack their bike take off their helmet and run back to the assigned point swop the chip onto the runner. The runner will then exit transition as normal. If the cyclist arrives back to the meeting point with a helmet on they will be made go back to their bike and take it off. A marshal will be stationed at the meeting point.

 

RUN – 5km

Follow the race course as signposted.  Every turn will be marshalled.  Drinks station at 3km point.  Most of run is through woodland/forest trails so be careful of your footing.  Once you get to the tarmac road, turn left and you are on the home stretch.  Keep the roundabout on your right and then you have an 80m sprint finish.

 

All section will be well marshalled so if you have any problems you can approach them, if you see an accident please report it to the next marshal you meet. There will be over 50 marshals on the course.

 

 

REFRESHMENTS

Fruit and water available after finish line in central lawn area.  Buffet lunch available to all competitors from 12:15 to 1:30pm. Please go early for two to avoid ques.

 

SHOWERS and RESTROOMS

10 individual shower cubicles are available at campsite area as on map.  Portaloos will be located beside transition zone.  There are also toilet facilities in the main building.

 

PRESENTATION AND RESULTS

Weather permitting, outside main building at 2pm, otherwise in registration room.

 

Prize Categories:

Male 1st, 2nd, 3rd – in M20-29years, M30-34years, M35-39years, M40+

Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd – in F20-29years, F30-34years, F35+

1st relay team

 

SPONSORS

Thank you to all our sponsors:

Murthagh’s Bar

Feelystone Boyle

Waterways Ireland

Triathlon Ireland

Lough Key Activity and Amenity Park

 

 

GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY THE EVENT AND THE BEAUTY OF LOUGH KEY!

Thank you from all the members of LoughKey Triathlon Club we hope to see you again next year.

 

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