THE RACE Sprint Race 2017: 12th August
Swim 750 m
This will begin at the slipway at the rowing club, with approximately a 300m upstream swim and a 450m downstream swim. Participants will enter the water at the slip way at the rowing club, swim up the left hand side of the river, turn at the buoy, swim down along the opposite side, and exit the water on the park side of the river.
Transition will be located in Fermoy Town Park. For the first time, swimmers will exit the water on the park side of the river, giving a much shorter run from the water to transition. Transition will be neutral. This means that regardless of where you rack your bike, you will have the same distance to cover through transition with the bike and on the run. This means that nobody has any advantage over anyone else by choosing a particular spot for racking the bike.
Bike 20 km
On exiting transition, participants will move through the park and mount their bikes on exiting the park. The bike route is the same as previous years, heading out towards Ballyhooley. Just before Ballyhooley, cyclists will take a right hand turn. A few km’s up this road and there is another right hand turn which takes participants back to the Fermoy/Glanworth road, here cyclists turn right again, heading back towards Fermoy, passing Grange School. Then it’s back to the park and into Transition once more.
Run 6 km
After racking the bike participants will exit the park once more and run out towards Castlehyde. There will be a waterstop at the 3km turnaround point. This is an out and back course. The finish line will be held in the park.
• Maps will be posted here shortly. Organisers reserve the right to alter the race route.
• No drafting is allowed on the bike.
• Roads will be open so normal rules of the roads apply.Please pay attention to Gardai and Marshals failure to obey their orders will result in disqualification.
Registration is now open for this race on-line. Enter on-line via the Triathlon Ireland Website www.triathlonireland.com
Select “Race Calendar” and scroll down to The Edge Sports Blackwater Triathlon Sprint Race on the 12th August and click “Enter Race”.
ALL COMPETITORS MUST PRODUCE A VALID TRIATHLON IRELAND RACING LICENSE MEMBERSHIP CARD WITH PHOTO ATTACHED TO BE ALLOWED TO RACE
THESE CARDS ARE PURPLE IN COLOUR. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A FULL, STUDENT OR JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP CARD, YOU MUST PRE-PURCHASE A ONE DAY LICENSE THROUGH THE TRIATHLON IRELAND WEBSITE (www.triathlonireland.com) BY MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY 10TH AUGUST. ODLS CANNOT BE PURCHASED AT REGISTRATION.
What is Drafting?
This is a non-drafting race. Full details of the drafting rules can be found in the Triathlon Ireland Manual of Guidance (www.triathlonireland.ie). Motorbike draft marshals will be on the bike course and the draft marshals’ decision is final. No warnings will be given. Drafting is the term to describe the act of taking shelter behind or beside another competitor or vehicle, within the “Draft Zone” during the cycling segment.
• Competitors are not allowed to Draft and all competitors must reject any attempt by others to draft. A competitor who does not clearly avoid violating the drafting rules will receive a time penalty which will be outlined by the race referee at the race briefing.
• In brief, the “Draft Zone” is a rectangle surrounding every competitor that is 3 metres wide and extends to 10 metres behind the front wheel of the competitor’s bicycle. The front edge of the front bicycle wheel will define the centre of the leading 3-metre edge of the rectangle.
• A competitor may enter the draft zone but must be seen to be making forward progress. A maximum of 15 seconds will be allowed for a competitor to pass through the draft zone.
• The draft zone of one competitor may not overlap the draft zone of another competitor.
A competitor is overtaken when the front wheel of another competitor’s bicycle is ahead of theirs. It is then his/her responsibility to drop out of the draft zone, either sideways, or by dropping back.