Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to know about my transponder?
- Your timing transponder is in the blue plastic housing attached to a velcro band. It is not disposable & must be returned. It is linked to your race number & the race you are in, so if you have collected several make sure you have the right one
- Strap the band to your left ankle with the blue housing facing out. Test that it is secure. Lost transponders cost $55
- How it works ? your time and number are recorded every time you step on a timing mat. dead heats controlled by first transponder to
- be detected ie left foot on mat
- All individuals competing on the day will need 1 transponder to have their finishing times digitally recorded and sorted except the mini
- distance triathlon for children
- Relay teams ? have one transponder per team. first member wears it & transfer to second member etc so last member crosses finish
- mat. transponder transfer point is (where bike is racked)
- When you cross the finish mat ? walk & stay in order in the finish chute. your transponder will be removed at the end of the chute
- If you do not finish you must tell finish line staff & return your transponder to them
- If you register and collect your transponder but later do not start, you must still return your transponder
- Check your transponder is active ? before the start of your event you may be instructed to walk over any timing mat one at a time and
- listen for a detection beep. Go to registration staff straight away to exchange your transponder if you do not hear this beep
What do I need to be able to compete in the triathlon?
- The triathlon is a swim, cycle, run completed in succession as an individual or in a team
- Pick an event that suits your fitness level. Talk to other participants if unsure of your ability
- See your doctor if you are not sure about your health
- You only need a road worthy push bike and a serviceable bike helmet that is AS approved
- You do not need a wetsuit, handy in cold water(wetsuits are not compulsory) towel, bathers or shorts and goggles (not compulsory) stops eyes stinging in the inland extra salty water lake
- You will need cycling and or running shoes, socks are optional and a garment that covers your upper torso
- You will need credit card or PayPal account, contact RD if not possible
- You or a friend will need an active email account
- You would be advised to purchase a race number bib belt before or at the event instead of sticking pins through your garments
What are the age restrictions to entering the ASICS Victor Harbor Triathlons and Fun run/walk
- Individually Mini triathlon 7yr – 18yr, Short triathlon 11yr – 80+, Olympic triathlon 15yr – 80+
- Teams Mini triathlon 6yr, Short triathlon 9yr, Olympic triathlon 14yr
What category do I enter “open” or “age group” or “TA member” when entering the ASICS Victor Harbor Triathlons and Fun run?walk?
- TA members are athletes that have paid their yearly membership to get a reduced entry fee, you do not have to be a TA member to compete
- Open competitors can be athletes racing for prize money in the Olympic distance triathlon ONLY TA member or not
- Open competitors can be athletes wanting to race against the best triathletes in the Olympic distance triathlon ONLY TA member or not
- Open competitors can be athletes who are poor swimmers who don’t want to miss the cycle cut off, Olympic distance triathlon ONLY
- Open competitors are athletes who want to race against mates from different age groups in Olympic distance triathlon ONLY TA member or not
- Age group competitors are athletes wanting to compete in any event offered on the day including the Olympic distance triathlon TA member or not to compete against other triathletes in the same age group category for age group category recognition at presentation.
- Age group competitors are athletes that have TA membership and wanting to compete in the Olympic distance triathlon to gain points to gain selection for the Australian triathlon team heading to the Age Group World Championships
What do I do now to enter the ASICS Victor Harbor Triathlons?
- Make sure you have active email account
- Make sure you have credit card or PayPal account
- Make decision on which event to enter
- Make decision on what category individual or team
- You can have 2 or 3 members in a team
- Make sure your TA membership is current (TA membership is not compulsory to complete in the ASICS VH Tri)
- Use website to enter/click on “enter here button” this will direct you to the Slashsport online entry program
- You do not have to become a member of Slashsport but they do have great regular sport item deals and specials
- Choose the entry type ? “Enter a Person” or “Enter a Team”
- Your age is taken from the 31st of December and using the first year of the triathlon season eg; 12/13 summer season
- Fill out ALL required personal details (ASICS VH Triathlons does not pass on any personal details to a 3rd party)
- Pay the amount owing using credit card or PayPal account or contact RD for further instructions
- You will get confirmation that you have paid via your active entered email address
- You will not receive any hard copy literature in the post from the VH triathlon (all maps are available on the website including race day schedule
What happens if I take the chance and want enter later closer to the race day?
- By entering late you are taking the chance you may miss out altogether, the main 2 events on the day closed off entries 8 days before the event
- Late entries can only be accepted at the pre registration the day before the tri with appropriate late fee if there are available spaces
- Under no circumstances will late entries be accepted on the race day unless previously arranged by RD
What happens now?
- Keep training and encourage friends to join in with you or ask them to come and watch or even ask them to volunteer their services
- Remind your friends there is cut off dates and the events fill quickly
- The website will have a spread sheet which is regularly updated with all competitors details. From there you can double check your personal and event details. Contact RD asap if your details are incorrect and need updating. Updating early will incur no fees!
- You must still register on the event weekend where you will collect a transponder, plastic race number bib, 4 pins, complimentary swim cap, seat post and helmet race # sticker, plastic ID wrist bracelet and any event garments that you may have pre ordered and paid for
- Read/study the instructions and race day schedule along with transition area/bike compound competitor flow and course maps, it is your responsibility to know where and how and what time
- If you are relatively new to the sport of triathlon, you will need to read the TA rules, link to TA rules are on the website
What is the difference between entering and registering?
- Remember each event has a limited size/field of competitors
- Entering and paying for the event guarantees you a spot in your selected field/race, all events/races
- Registering for the event confirms you are competing, once you have physically been given your allocated transponder, race number and event items
What happens at registration?
- Registration takes place at the Anchorage Sea Front Hotel and between certain times, read your event instructions on the website or hard copy entry form and race day schedule, bring your filled out hard copy entry form with all your correct details with legible writing and late fee if entering late
- Registration must take place the day before the race because of the extra large fields, limited space at the race site, the time available between sun rise/bike compound opening and the 1st event starting it is physically impossible to achieve all race day pre registrations
- Make sure you check the website to get your allocated race number before you turn up to register. All the details will be on this sheet race number, swim cap colour, swim/wave start time, bike rack number will also be available on a large spread sheet at the pre registration venue as you enter the building
- If your details are wrong and need updating within 1 week of the event or on registration night, you will be charged a $10 fee
- If your details are correct and you have your race # you would proceed to collect your transponder with the corresponding race number #, plastic race number bib, 4 pins, seat post/helmet # stickers, designated coloured swim cap, plastic ID wrist bracelet to be worn all race day and used to enter in and exit out of the transition area/bike compound
- Collect garments if pre ordered and paid for, very unlikely there will be garments for sale on the day
- Only 1 team member needs to come to register the team but others are welcome to come if they wish o You want to enter late see (late entry question)
What happens if I or we couldn’t make registration and still want to compete?
- If you can’t make registration we urge you to find a friend who can register for you
- You would have to register 2hrs before your event, it is physically impossible to register all/the whole field on the morning of the race
Where can I do warm ups?
- Before you enter and leave transition area make sure you are wearing your plastic bracelet
- You must not enter the Enc Conference Centre adjoining the cycle compound is a “no go zone at all times”, it’s private property, respect their privacy
- Please be aware of other events starting and finishing
- Bartel Boulevard is a no go zone for warming up, study your maps to find a quiet areas away from competitors
What happens on race day?
- All competitors must have and wear their plastic ID wrist bracelet all day especially to enter and exit the cycle/transition compound, failure to do so will not allow you to enter or exit transition/bike compound
- Read/study maps/race day schedule
- Late registrations open at sun rise or when staff are set up at approximately 7am, you must know your race # before registering
- The cycle compound/transition opens at approx sun rise approximately 7am
- Cycle racks are labelled, please rack your bike correctly in your designated area, No competitor is disadvantaged by their position
- Technical Officials will check water temperature and give all competitors the results whether wearing a wetsuit is allowed at briefing
- Limited area is available along side bike for towel, wetsuit, shoes, drink bottle. Rest of your gear packed in bag and left in bag area.
- Compulsory arm and leg marking in transition area from 8:00am at the blue trailer for Olympic distance triathletes only
- Race briefing for each event happens 1/2 hour before each race start, listen for further instructions/updates that you may not know about
- Tech officials will be roaming transition and race area, there are strict rules, it is your responsibility to know the race rules, check the website for the latest TA rules and/or changes
What happens at swim start?
- Make sure you know where your bike is racked, you maybe disorientated by the time you get back from the swim
- Make sure you are ready to go on the beach, in designated group at the allotted time wait for starting instructions and firing gun
- Make sure you swim in your designated age group/wave start with others with the same coloured swim cap
- All swim starts are done as a staggered wave start decided by size and gender and or age group
- If you are a slow swimmer start at the rear or side of the wave start
- If you are a fast swimmer please be aware of slow swimmers in the wave start in front of you
- Make sure you hear your transponder beep as you run over the swim exit timing mat
- Make sure you notify an official if unable to continue and withdraw and hand in transponder to the official or at the registration tent
What happens at cycle start?
- Make sure you have removed your wetsuit, swim cap (yours to keep) and goggles and left in your own small designated area
- Make sure you have your bib/race # securely attached clearly visible facing backwards if you have a race belt or forwards with no belt
- Make sure your helmet is fully secured before removing your bike from the rack
- Make sure you walk your bike through transition area/bike compound until the mount/dismount line situated at the start of your ride
- Make sure you slow down before the mount/dismount line upon returning to the transition area/bike compound
- Make sure you rack your bike before removing your helmet
- Make sure you notify an official if unable to continue and withdraw and hand in transponder to the official or at the registration tent
What happens at run start?
- Make sure you have a large % of your upper body covered
- Make sure you have your race number facing forwards and clearly visible
- Make sure you are aware of other competitors coming in to the transition/bike compound as you leave
- Make sure you are aware of other competitors when getting drinks at the designated drink stations
What happens when I finish?
- Make sure your race # is on the front of your garment as you head down the last 200m, the reason is photographic identification smile
- Make sure you stay in single file, finishing as you head through finish arch so we can double check your race # and time
- Make sure you have a volunteer remove your transponder
- Let officials know if you were unable to finish a discipline or the whole race and return your transponder to the registration team/tent
What happens after I finish?
- Make sure your transponder has been removed before moving along to the refreshment tent
- Make sure you remove the tear off random draw prize tag from your plastic race number bib and place into the random draw box at the refreshment tent, you are free to keep your plastic race number bib
- Make sure you only have a small amount of refreshment food, all food is donated by some small sponsors and is limited
- Make sure you are aware that there still maybe competitors starting or finishing their events
What time can I get my bike/gear out of the bike compound/transition area?
- Make sure you have your competitor plastic ID wrist bracelet on if wanting to remove bike, helmet and bag from the transition area
- You will be notified when you can remove items/cycle from the compound, make sure you are wearing your plastic ID wrist bracelet
What happens at presentation?
- Make sure you have removed your tear off random draw prize tag from the bottom of your plastic race number bib and placed in box
- Presentations start with speeches followed by trophy winners and finish with random draw prizes
- You must be present and in person at presentation to collect your prize if your number is drawn out
- Trophies not collected at presentation will be posted out with the appropriate postage fee
- Trophies unclaimed/unwanted will be recycled
What happens with my results?
- All provisional results will be available directly after presentations
- All provisional results will be posted online on both web sites
- No results will be posted out via snail mail
What happens when my results are incorrect or missing?
- You need to contact RD asap in regards to the discrepancy
- If possible have proof of the discrepancy/witness
- Finals results are posted online 4 days after the event once all discrepancies are sorted
Are my pets allowed during fun walk?
- No pets are allowed due to the confined space for the competitors, high speed cycling and because of the crowd size
Where can I get photos from the event?
- Some photos are available depending on the availability of a the camera man. You will only need your race number when sourcing photographs.
- The events are all filmed in HD and a DVD is available for sale through the website.
Who do I contact if I have feedback?
- Please email the Race Director on email@example.com if you have any feedback or questions
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