29th Oct – Safety Bay IGA Spring Triathlon

A Message from Rockingham Triathlon Club

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2023 Safety Bay IGA Spring Triathlon. This is the Spring Triathlon’s third year since inception, with the race growing every year. The inspiration for the original race was to allow our members and friends to have a longer distance, competitive hit out, to help prepare for the upcoming Ironman in December. Like all great ideas the Spring Triathlon has quickly grown into its own right.

The Spring Triathlon will see you swimming in the beautiful waters of Shoalwater Bay, riding a semi-technical, multi-lap course along the Shoalwater Foreshore and bushland near Point Peron, finishing off with a multi-lap run along the Shoalwater Foreshore. All of which we know you will thoroughly enjoy!

Like all the Rockingham Triathlon Club races, the Safety Bay IGA Spring Triathlon, at its basis is still a club race. We, the Rockingham Triathlon Club howeverlike to invite our friends, the triathlon community, to come and join in on the fun and have a chance to race. This amazing race is organised and run completely by volunteers, for this reason we please ask for your kindness and patience, and please don’t forget to thank our wonderful volunteers throughout the course.

Rockingham Triathlon Club is an all-inclusive, family friendly club, so please also show consideration to your fellow competitors, especially on the semi-technical bike course as not all of us have the bike handling skills of Cadel Evans!

Rockingham Triathlon Club would like to acknowledge and say thank you for the continuing support of our race naming sponsor. Once again, we can’t wait to see you all down at Shoalwater Bay, Rockingham for what will be a fantastic, fun filled day!

Event Details

Race Distances

Olympic

Swim (laps) Bike (laps) Run (laps)
1.5km (2) 40km (6) 10km (4)

Sprint

Swim (laps) Bike (laps) Run (laps)
750m (1) 20km (3) 5km (2)

The minimum age for individual participants is 15 years for the Olympic course and 14 years for the Sprint course.

Event Location

The Event area and Transition will be located at the Shoalwater Bay car park, near the Arcadia Drive and Gloucester Avenue intersection.

Registration

Registration is online only, please use the link below to EntryBoss to register for the triathlon. Entries close Wednesday 25th October 2023 at 9pm.

Individuals

Sprint: $70

Sprint RTC Member: $50

Olympic: $110

Olympic RTC Member $80

Register here – https://entryboss.cc/races/16482

Teams

Sprint Course Team: $90

Sprint Course Team RTC Member: $80

Olympic Course Team: $150

Olympic Course Team RTC Member: $130

Register your team here – https://entryboss.cc/races/16483

Any team that does not have at least one participant who is a member of Triathlon Australia will need to purchase a day membership to be allowed to race and be covered by insurance. This is an additional $17.50 which needs to be selected when registering.

If one or more participants of a team are members of the Rockingham Triathlon Club then discounts are available via a discount code. Please contact RTC via email rockytriclub.enquiries@gmail.com.

Team Rules

Triathlon Australia race rules apply. Change over to occur in transition at the spot the team riders bike is racked. Timing chip to be handed over from swimmer to rider then rider to runner. Teams can be of any mixture of gender. No category awards will be given.

The minimum age for participants part of a team is 14 years for the Olympic course and 13 years for the Sprint course.

Event Road Closures & Parking

Road closures for the Spring Triathlon will be from 7am to 10:30am incorporating, Memorial Drive, Lease Road and Arcadia Drive from Boundary Road through to Seaforth Road.

The Event parking is available in the Northern section of the Shoalwater Bay carpark and North along Arcadia Drive (around 130 bays). Please note these parking spots will be subjected to the road closures between 7am-10:30am.

If you choose to park down one of the side streets please be considerate of the local residents, do not block any driveways, access ways or obstruct street traffic. As the event has an early start, please keep the noise to a minimum (at least until you get to the event site).

Key Event Times

5am                                Spring Triathlon Event / Course, Set up

6am – 7am                   Race Pack Collection

6am – 7:15am              Transition Open

7am                                Volunteer Briefing (for volunteers, volunteering during the race)

7am – 10:30am            Road closures in affect

7:15am                           Compulsory Race Briefing, Southern end of Transition Area

7:30am*                         Male competitor wave start

7:32am*                         Female competitor wave start

7:33am*                         Team competitor wave start

10:15am                        Bike Course Cut off time

11-11:30am                   Presentations

12pm                             Spring Triathlon Event / Course, Pack away

** Start times may change

Event Area

Spring Triathlon Event Area map including locations and Transition area

Race Pack collection

Race pack collection will be from 6am – 7am. Race pack collection site will be located on the South West shelter marked on the Event Area map. Race pack will include a timing chip, swim cap and some goodies.

  • Swim caps are compulsory for the swim,
  • Race bibs are compulsory for the bike and run,
  • Timing chip to be worn on your left ankle.

Volunteer Information

Volunteers sign in will be from 6am – 7am. Sign in will be located on the south west shelter marked on the event area map.

Shoalwater Based Races – Volunteer Information Booklet

Transition (Bike Racking)

Transition will be open from 6am – 7am. There will be a dedicated area on the bike racks for the different distances, due to the nature of the carpark, some bike raking will be on one side of the racks only. Sprint distance bike racking will be on the eastern (road side) of transition with Olympic distance on the western side (ocean side).

Bag Drop Area

Bag drop area located on the East side of the toilet block. Refer to the Event Area map.

Hydration Stations

There will be two aid stations on the run, 1.25km apart. At the Northern end of the run course, the Tailwind Aid Station will stock, Tailwind Nutrition, Water, Coke & Lollies. At the Southern end of the run course, the Aid Station will stock Water.

There will be no aid stations on the bike course.

Club Alley

Our fellow Triathlon Clubs are welcome to set their club tents up along the run course as shown in the Event Area map.

Race Briefing

The compulsory race briefing will be held at 7:15am on the Southern side of Transition.

The Spring Triathlon is a Triathlon Australia sanctioned race, as such Triathlon Australia race rules apply. https://www.triathlon.org.au/Technical/Race_Competition_Rules.htm

Swim Course

The swim course consists of 2 lap, 750m course (1500m in total) located in the pristine Shoalwater Bay. The swim will begin with a ‘beach start’, competitors will then swim 200m directly out to sea to the first large orange buoy, competitors must swim around the outside of this buoy (buoy on their right-hand side). Competitors will then swim 275m to the second large buoy, competitors must again swim around the outside of this buoy (buoy on their right-hand side). Competitors will then swim the remaining 275m back to the swim start / exit, a small orange buoy will be placed at the shoreline, competitors must swim past the inside of this buoy (buoy on their left-hand side) prior to exiting the swim onto the beach, competitors will then run around a RTC tear drop flag and re-enter the ocean at the original swim start location and begin their second lap.

Swim rules will follow Triathlon Australia race rules, in addition

  • The instructions of water safety must be followed at all times.
  • Swim caps are mandatory and will be supplied for all competitors.
  • If the megaphone siren goes off, swim to the shore immediately.
  • If in discomfort, raise your arm in the air with a closed fist and the Water Safety will provide assistance.

Bike Course

The semi-technical bike course includes some tight turns and two ‘hair pin’ turn arounds. For this reason, we recommend competitors ensure they have spent some time practising their bike handling skills. The Sprint distance will do 3 laps (20kms) of the course and the Olympic distance 6 laps (40kms).

The Course sets out North along Arcadia Drive from transition, before a right-hand turn onto Boundary Road then quickly into a left-hand corner onto Lease Road. This corner onto Lease Road is a sharp turn onto a narrow road, caution MUST be exercised on this corner, this is to ensure you don’t overshoot and come into contact with competitors coming back the other way.  Competitors will then ride along Lease Road until making a left-hand turn onto Memorial Drive. Lease Road is a narrow road which will have outgoing and incoming competitors, for this reason it is compulsory for competitors to always keep both hands on their handlebars when traversing Lease road and overtaking must be single file only.  Once on Memorial Drive Competitors will head North until they reach the end of Memorial Drive and complete a U-turn to head back South. Competitors will then make a right-hand turn back onto Lease Road, head along Lease Road until performing a right-hand turn onto Boundary Road. Competitors will then turn left onto Arcadia Drive and ride all the way down to the U-turn near Seaforth Road. Competitors will then head back along Arcadia Drive past Transition to begin their next lap.

Bike rules will follow Triathlon Australia race rules, in addition

  • Helmets must be fitted correctly and clipped on before removing your bike off the rack and on conclusion of the ride leg bikes must be placed back on the rack before unclipping and removing your helmet
  • Please cross over the mount line before mounting your bike. Likewise, to dismount before crossing over the dismount line to conclude the bike leg.
  • Stay left unless overtaking
  • While road closures are in place, local residents may still use the road so please be mindful that cars can still appear on the course.
  • No drafting – 7 metre draft zone.
  • Headphones are not allowed.
  • The instructions of traffic marshals must be followed at all times
  • Competitors to always keep both hands on their handlebars when traversing Lease Road

Run Course

The run course is 2.5km long, with Sprint distance competitors completing two laps (5kms) and Olympic distance competitors completing 4 (10kms).

Competitors will exit Transition and run South on the footpath alongside Arcadia drive until they reach Lions Park. Competitors will loop around Lions Park and head back towards Transition. Once competitors return to the Event area, they will perform a ‘hair pin’ turn-around just past the transition entry /exit and begin their next lap.

Run course rules will follow Triathlon Australia race rules, in addition

  • Please be mindful that the path on which the run leg will be held will remain open to the public during the duration of the triathlon

Finish & Recovery Area

This year we have introduced a finishing chute just after the kids playground. This way you can enjoy that finishing feeling!

The Recovery area will have Water, Coke, Tailwind Nutrition, Bananas and Lollies. Please use this area to recover, if you are feeling unwell, please get the attention of one of the volunteers who will escort you to the First Aid Station.

Race Dropouts

If for whatever reason you are unable to complete the race, please go to the finish line Volunteers, let them know and hand in your timing chip. This is important for the event staff to account for competitors.

First Aid

A First Aid post will be set up on the Southern side of the Event Area as marked on the Event Area map.

Sponsors

Rockingham Triathlon Club would like to acknowledge and say thank you to the other fantastic sponsors of the Spring Triathlon.

To download this information, please click here – Spring Triathlon Athlete Information Guide 2023