Lough Key Triathlon 2019 – Race Briefing
Schedule for Saturday evening and Race Day:
Saturday 31st August
18.30 Registration opens in Lough Key Forest Park
20.00 Registration closes
Sunday 1st September
07:30h Park opens
07:45h Registration opens
08:15h Transition zone opens YOU MUST HAVE REGISTERED BEFORE ENTERING
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.
09.50h Transition Closes
NO CARD NO RACE……NO ONE DAY LICENCE NO RACE……TI RULES
09:30h Marshal briefing
10:00h Competitors briefing on lawn in front of main building (Attendance compulsory)
10:15h Competitors will be counted into water and may warm-up (Wave 1, followed by Waves 2 & 3)
10:25h Wave 1 Competitors line-up at buoys 20metres from shoreline
10:30h START (Wave 1 – next Wave will start 5 mins later)
12:15-13:30h Buffet lunch on Green beside finish area
PLEASE GO TO LUNCH EARLY TO AVOID DELAY
13.15h Prize-giving ceremony
Welcome to 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, with numerous activities to keep you and your family / supporters entertained for the duration of your stay. Information on all the Lough Key Activities is available in the lobby area. It is also a BMW National Series Event for 2019.
Please note race transfers or refunds are no longer available under any circumstances.
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.
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.
All athletes need to register for the competition in person. Registration will take place in the Main Building overlooking the lake. Registration opens on Saturday evening for 1.5hrs. It is strongly recommended for all local entrants and people staying in Boyle / Carrick or the surrounding areas go that evening to register as to avoid delays on Sunday morning. On Sunday registration will open at 7.45am 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. If you are not a Triathlon Ireland member with a Race Licence you must have pre-purchased a One Day Licence direct from Triathlon Ireland in order to compete. At registration you will receive your race number, timing chip, swim hat, body markings and event t-shirt. Sizes will be allocated on a first come first served basis so if you want to ensure correct size register early. We have an ample supply of each of the different sizes but latecomers may be left disappointed. There will be a race course map on display.
Enter through the main Lough Key entrance on the N4 (situated ~4km from Boyle and ~10km from Carrick-on-Shannon).
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.
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. Timing is provided by CoreTiming and the results will be available via their website shortly after the race.
Race numbers will be provided to be worn. Race belts are advised 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. You will also receive a number for your helmet which must be attached prior to entering transition.
Race Numbers for Teams
Each team will receive a race number. The swimmer does not wear a number. The cyclist will wear the number on their back and the runner on their front.
The transition layout is 100% neutralised. Bike slots will not be allocated in advance.
In the unfortunate event of extreme weather conditions, the swim may be cancelled and a duathlon event may occur instead. The distances for this duathlon will be 2km run – 23km cycle – 5km run.
SWIM – 750metres
Wetsuits are compulsory.
All swimmers must wear the swim hats provided.
Swim waves are allocated based on the time you provided on your online entry (please note we cannot accommodate any late wave changes) – anyone found to have started in the incorrect wave at water exit will be automatically disqualified
There will be luminous marker buoys anchored out in the lake. Keep these buoys on your left at all times (NOTE the swim this year will be anti-clockwise). The swim will start approximately 20metres from shore in line with small buoys. Approaching the swim finish point there will be additional markers guiding you to the exit.
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 follow carpet 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 35 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.
You must put on your cycle helmet and fasten it before removing your 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 – 23km
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.
The majority of the cycle route is open to cars so 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.
Gardai and marshals will be present so follow their instructions at all junctions when told to slow down. Failure to do so could mean disqualification.
Remember if the course is wet please be careful on the bends especially once you leave the N4 and head back in towards the park for Transition 2 – these roads are narrow and can be slippy in wet conditions. This area will be heavily marshalled and anyone not obeying the marshall instructions in this area may be penalised.
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.
This is a NON DRAFT RACE. Under no circumstances will drafting be allowed. Draft marshals will be on the course.
TWO TI draft busters and TWO unmarked cars. PENALTY TIMES will be given out.
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 meet 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 will be approx 1.5km into the run route. Most of run is through good quality woodland/forest trails but 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 sections 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 60 marshals on the course.
Fruit and water available after finish line in central lawn area. Buffet lunch available to all competitors from 12:15. Please go early for two to avoid queues.
SHOWERS and RESTROOMS
10 individual shower cubicles are available at the campsite in Lough Key. Please note it is €2 to use these showers. Portaloos will be located beside transition zone. There are also toilet facilities in the main building and lake front.
PRESENTATION AND RESULTS
Weather permitting, outside main building at approx 1.30pm
Thank you to our event sponsors:
Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick on Shannon
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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