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TriBC Race Insurance

The Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon is sanctioned by TriBC. As such we are insured through them.

 

Existing TriBC Member?

You are covered through your existing membership and there is no need to select the 'Day of Race Insurance' option during registration. Simply provide your valid and 'paid up' membership number.

From BC but not a TriBC Member?

TriBC Membership is $45. If you plan on doing a few races then the cost, along with additional benefits, may mean that a full TriBC Membership is worth purchasing. You can do that on the TriBC website HERE.

 

From outside of British Columbia?

A $15 Day of Race insurance will be required. Please purchase this during registration.

Cancellation Policy

As with most events there is a no refund, no transfer policy. 

This is highlighted on the REGISTRATION page on our website and also on the Active (Registration Company) website prior to signing up.

Race Package Pickup

Your race packs will be picked up prior to the race.

Package pickup is available on Friday at Saturday. For up to date times and location please see the SCHEDULE page.

  • Sunday racers can pick up their packages on either Friday or Saturday.
  • Saturday racers will need to pick up their race packs on Friday.

You will also drop your bikes into transition the day prior to the race.

Bike Drop Off

Do to an early race start for some athletes ALL BIKES will be dropped off / checked in to transition the night prior to the race.

This minimizes the rush on race morning and also ensure the transition is less busy while the races are in progress. Athletes will be allowed into transition at all times but in controlled numbers. This is to ensure those racing are not impeded. Please ensure you access transition as little as possible once the race waves start.

Only athletes with wristbands will be allowed into transition. No spectators. No friends. No family. No dogs. No hamsters.

What can we take into transition?

You will drop your bike into transition the night before the race. Nothing else.

Rack your bike by the saddle. Your bike should face the way you are going to leave. 

The morning of the race you can set up your transition with your bike and run equipment. Ensure you sort this tight to your bike and by the bikes front wheel.

Only items you are going to use in the race can be left in transition

No boxes, no bags etc. Just bike helmets, bike shoes, running shoes, sunglasses, cap .... whatever you need for the actual race is allowed in transition, take everything else out with you. 

A bag drop off is available for anyone who needs a bag to be looked after while they race.

Wetsuits

Usually in a triathlon you get to wear a wetsuit. This is always temperature dependant and in line with the rules. If the water is above 22ºC then wetsuits will not be allowed.

If the water is above 22ºC then wetsuits will not be allowed.

The Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon is sometimes a 'No Wetsuit' swim. That means no wetsuit, no sleeveless wetsuit, no neoprene shorts or similar. The water temperature will be taken on race day. An announcement will be made before the race starts on both Saturday and Sunday.

If it is a non wetsuit swim and you choose to wear a swim skin or similar then it must be worn for the entire event. You can add clothes from the swim. You are not allowed to remove clothes if it is a non wetsuit swim. 

The whole wetsuit 'issue' is not something to worry about too much. There is a certain amount of comfort in wearing one, some added buoyancy and a reduced swim time. But that's it. It's not magic, and you will be perfectly fine without one. Relax in the swim and make sure you train both with and without your wetsuit to get comfortable should either scenario occur. Do that and not only will it not be a big deal but you'll have one up on your competitors!

train both with and without your wetsuit to get comfortable should either scenario occur

Not wearing a wetsuit does pose another problem however. You need clothing that is not going to slow you down in the water. Usually your bike and run kit would be covered by a wetsuit, without the wetsuit that uncovered kit is going to create a lot of drag. Way too much drag. The swim will be a struggle if you do that.

So what to wear?

Keep it easy. Keep it simple. Ideally you want the least amount of hassle as possible combined with the least amount of drag in the water.

Men - Just wear tight fitting tri shorts for the swim. Once you get go to transition on the bike simply throw on a top.

Women - Just wear a swimsuit with tri shorts over the top for the swim. You are good to go for the race. Add a top in transition if you wish but some women wear a swimsuit only (or swimsuit and tri shorts) for the entire race at shorter races. Just wearing a swimsuit is very easy; less padding on the bike than wearing tri shorts though.

If you do decide to add clothing in transition be aware that pulling on clothing when you are wet takes time and will add quite a few seconds to your race, if not a minute or two! Choose your added clothing wisely. Stretchy fabric clings and stretches on wet skin so a vest top, without sleeves, helps alleviate trying to pull fabric up your arms. Wet skin also leaves your arms in all sorts of odd angles as you desperately try to wrestle a tight top down your back once it is over your head.

TOP TIP: Try rolling up your top, from the waist up to the arms and leaving it like that in transition. Then, after the swim, you can place it over your head, get your arms in and 'unroll' the top down your body to avoid the clinging conundrum.

Tri Suits - These tight fitting all-in-one suits can seem like a great option. And the right one is also the best option. But be aware that, unless it is a tight fitting suit with pockets that will not sag and collect water, even a tri suit can slow you down. Proper short distance tri suits have either covered pockets or no pockets at all for that reason. An (even slightly) baggy tri suit with gaping pockets is worse than tri shorts and a change in transition.

NEVER, EVER, EVER try anything new on race day

One rule is NEVER, EVER, EVER try anything new on race day. Always practice prior to race day anything you plan to do on race day. Get in the pool with tri shorts over your swimsuit, try riding in your swimsuit, try putting your clothing on wet .... do all of that. Get it dialled in. Be a pro on race day. Apart from being able to do it fast and efficiently you will reduce stress by being comfortable with everything you are about to do that day.

Water temperature

We don't know!

It will be wet. That we do know. We also know that in previous years it has not been entirely un-common for it to be a non wetsuit swim. history would indicate that a hot summer in the lead up to the race might allow the lake temperature to get up to the 'non wetsuit' temperature when measured on race day.

If the weeks leading up to the race have not been that hot, under 30º for example, then the lake temperature will remain lower.

External factors, such as wind churning up the lake and mixing in the colder deep water, can also affect the race day decision. 

We recommend train for both a wetsuit and non wetsuit swim and also establishing (and training in) what you will wear in both instances.

Nervous Swimmers

In our experience the nerves that relatively novice open water swimmers get prior to the swim completely dissipate after the swim actually starts. Maybe it's a control thing. Once you get going, you are then in control and you're good to go.

If you would like a 'Timid Swimmer' cap then let us know. These caps are a special colour, allowing the Lifeguards to pay particular attention to you. Ask for one at Package Pickup if you think this applies to you.

  • Wetsuits are great but not essential. They add a little bouyancy and might make your swim a touch easier.
  • Take it easy. Swim smooth and in control, this isn't the section of the race you need to be pushing things!
  • Went out a bit fast? Not unusual. Dial the pace back, get your breathing nice and controlled. Still having issues? Breast stroke a little as it's easier to get your breathe back. Still having issue? Make your way over to a support vessel (lifeguard, stand up paddle board, kayak, whatever) and just hold on.
  • You can hang out at a support vessel to get your breathe back and it's totally within the rules. Once you are ready then simply start swimming again. You can do this numerous times.
  • As long as you do use the vessel to move forward you will not be disqualified.
  • If you are in shallow water you can stand up but you are not allowed to walk, run, crawl or move forward in any way other than by swimming. Stand up, get your breathe, relax, then start swimming again. This applies everywhere other than at the swim start (you can run until deep enough to start swimming) and the end of the swim (once you hit shallow ground near the swim exit you can stand and run or walk then too).
  • You can use any stroke you like. Freestyle, breast, back stroke. You can even use Butterflky but my guess is that if you can do that then you are really not a nervous swimmer!

Take your time, stay relaxed .... it's just water and a relaxed person will find it easy to float.

ROLLING START

One of the key things we heard from athletes, and spectators, was the preference for a more condensed event for the Sunday Sprint and Olympic races. More of a start. More of a finish. More of a race.

We looked at the various options and the one that seemed to tick most of the boxes was the rolling start, something that seems to be gaining traction in many races and we can see why.

A rolling start corrals athletes into a starting chute, pretty much like the start of a run race. There is a timing mat at the front of the chute, just before athletes hit the water. Your personal time starts when you cross that start timing mat.

Speedster?

The faster and more competitive athletes generally converge towards the front of the chute. They get to race each other, regardless of Age Group. They will generally know where they stand in the race overall, the person ahead is the person they need to beat. There should be a tangible 'leader' of the race, and spectators will be treated to a race that unfolds in front of them, with a better understanding of where their athlete is in relation to others.

Recreational?

The more recreational athlete could go towards the middle of the chute and the least competitive towards the rear. Due to the position of the timing mat at the front of the chute, your time does not actually start until you cross that timing mat.  The gun goes off, the faster guys head out and the line up of athletes moves continually forward. There is no rush, no panic, why would there be? Your time does not start until you cross the mat. Take it easy. The format of the start also means you hit the water with less people, meaning less pushing and bumping and more space.

Despite the rolling start there will still be waves. Sprint Men / Sprint Women / Olympic Men / Olympic Women. This maxes out each wave at 200 athletes.

BODY MARKING
 

For those of you unaware what body marking is .... it's the traditional process of attempting to apply permanent marker to your body, which when mixed with sun cream (applied either before or after body marking) allows a black sludgy mess to form on your body. This magic formula is instantly attracted to technical fabric and other clothing, the more expensive the item the great amount of attraction the black inky creamy mess has to it.

We asked TriBC why we had to body mark. They said we didn't. So we're not.

If you want to be body marked then feel free. We'll bring a couple of permanent markers and will do it for you. We recommend not, your clothing will thank us.

 
Disc Brakes

Basically ….. TriBC will allow you to race on almost any standard type bike within reason. Once you start getting into one of two areas they will clamp down a little.

Drafting

U16, Junior Elite … basically any drafting race. They do not allow discs.

Anything Effected by ITU

Any race that brushes up against anything to do with ITU will see a greater administration of ITU rules. In our case, the 2016 Olympic Distance was designated a Provincial Championship, therefore this race brushes up against ITU as it dictates the Provincial Champion and therefore the ability to go in the Provincial Team which races ITU rules.

Now, TriBC want you to be able to race wherever possible. We have been informed that you would be able to race but not allowed to win the Provincial Award. if you came first you would win the AG, win the AG medal but 2nd place would get the Provincial Award …. and the ignominy of knowing they didn’t actually win it but were given it anyway! 🙂

With disc brakes …..

If you are the Sprint you are good to go.
If you race the Olympic you can win the AG but will be removed from the Provincial awards.

TriBC added some Disc Brake specific info to their event page:

SPECIAL NOTE 2, USE OF DISC BRAKES IN COMPETITION: With the recent news about disc brake use in the professional cycling peloton, and the subsequent ruling by the world governing body or cycling (UCI), Triathlon BC's position on disc brake use in provincially sanctioned events is listed below.

(iv) In Triathlon BC sanctioned races, with the exception of Age Group Provincial Championships and Elite, U23, Junior and Youth Competitions, and races used to select members for Provincial or Canadian Teams, disc brakes are permitted.

Parking

Parking Guide

 

Saturday

Most parking areas are unaffected by the race on Saturday.

Access to / from Prospera Place Parking Lot will be closed between 7:00am and 1:00 noon.

 

Sunday

The following free parking areas may be used all day long:

  • Library Parkade – Ellis St & Doyle Ave. (beside Library).
  • City Hall Parking Lot - Doyle Ave {between Water St & Ellis St}.
  • City Parking Lot –St Paul St & Cawston Ave {south east corner}.
  • Memorial Arena Parking Lot – Ellis St {near Doyle Ave}.
  • Prospera Place Parking Lot – closed for entry between 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM. This lot is pay parking.

 

Towing

Parking is not permitted on the race course for obvious safety reasons. Cars parked on the race course will be towed. The main location for moved vehicles will be the City Hall Parking Lot and the Memorial Arena Parking Lot. However some vehicles may be moved to just around the corner from where they are parked to get them off the race course.

If your vehicle is towed, you may call Mario’s Auto Towing at 765-6009 and they will give you location details.