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Name:  Fresh Air Cherry Blossom Triathlon

Date:  Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Location:  H2O Aquatic Centre, Gordon Drive, Kelowna

Transition Opens:  6:00am (to be confirmed)

Race Start:  7:45am (to be confirmed)

Cost:  See our REGISTRATION PAGE

Entry Deadlines:  See our REGISTRATION PAGE

Race Course: See our COURSE MAPS for routes and descriptions

Distances: Swim 700m / Bike 22km / Run 5km

PRE-RACE INFO

Registration – Information on registration can be found HERE.  Race organizers are committed to focusing on your race experience in this annual event and will limit race entries to 250.  So sign up early and don’t miss out!

Package pick-up – Race package pick-up is available at FRESH AIR CONCEPT (located at 555 Groves Ave.) on Saturday, May 6th from 3:00pm until 6:00pm.  You can get your packet on race morning at the H20 Aquatic Centre, but we highly recommend reducing the stress of race morning (for both us and you!) by getting this the day before.

Mandatory race meeting/briefing – A mandatory race briefing will be held in the bleachers at H20 pool at 7:20am race morning.   Please review the TRIBC RULES in advance.

Bike check– There is NO mandatory bike check associated with this event, but bike mechanics will be on hand throughout the day to assist you with any issues which may arise.

Transition Open – Transition opens at 6:30am race morning, you’ll need your race wristband (which you get when you pick up your race package) to get in/out.  Friends/family are not allowed in transition.  You’ll rack your bike by number.

Timing Chips – These will be picked up at Package Pickup to ease congestion race morning. DO NOT LOSE IT!

Body Marking – Done race morning outside of transition.

SWIM DETAILS

700m – 14 x 50m lengths of the pool

  • The swim will be safe. A pool swim, plenty of Lifeguards and Volunteers and no mass start. Possibly the safest Triathlon swim there is.
  • Swim is a ‘Serpentine’ style course (Course Maps) meaning you snake up and down the lanes.
  • Athletes are seeded by estimated time, entered when you register for the race.
  • Your race number is also your start order number, based on your estimated swim time.
  • There will be an optional warm up lane for use prior to race start. Please keep this to a maximum 100m warm up 5 minutes before you start as we can’t fit everyone in the same lane at the same time.
  • You will line up in number order. An official will tell you to cross a timing mat. You then have 15 seconds to enter the water and get ready to push off. An official will tell you when to go.
  • Swimmers leave one at a time, at fixed time intervals, in race number order.
  • Your race # is your start order number, based on your estimated swim time.
  • Swim up the lane, back down the same lane, then duck under the lane rope every time you hit the SOUTH end of the pool (the end you started).
  • Passing can be done ONLY when heading up the pool (towards the diving boards) or at a wall.
  • Please let another competitor know you need to pass with a couple of firm taps to the feet. If you are heading up the pool, towards the diving boards, you can overtake or wait until the end when they will let you pass. If you are heading down the pool, the the end where you started, then you can only overtake at the wall.
  • If someone firmly taps your feet, let them pass. They will either pass alongside you, if heading up the pool, or you will wait at the wall for them to pass.
  • If there is a line of people you must wait until they all pass. Remember, they started fixed time intervals apart, 15 seconds apart and 4 people are now together then you are possibly a minute slower than the last guy (4 x 15 seconds gap = 1 minute)
  • PLEASE BE VERY AWARE OF THE DRAFT EFFECT. Drafting can save you 30% effort, more if there are a few of you in a line. Please take this into account if you think you can overtake someone. Rather than overtake and do all the work, assess your effort and maybe stay where you are and conserve energy. The wise swimmer gets out of the pool 15 seconds slower having conserved 30% of his energy, because that 15 seconds is easily made up on the bike / run.
  • Blocking and / or incorrect passing will incur a penalty. We have swim marshals on deck checking for this and participants who run afoul of these rules will be assessed a 2:00 time penalty, added to the overall race time.
  • Feel someone is not playing fair? Simply wave at a pool marshall at one of the turns and they will keep an eye on things.
  • There will also be lots of Lifeguards on deck.
BIKE DETAILS

22km – 3 loops

The Bike Course Map can be found HERE. This 3 Loop bike course is not closed to traffic, each loop ios a little over 7km, so around 22km in total. There will be traffic on some sections. Other sections, although closed to inbound traffic may see the odd vehicle exiting a business or driveway. Please pay attention and keep to your right! It’s a simple course (all your turns are to the right), with a good hill on each lap to keep things interesting. We’ll have a roving bike mechanic on course to assist with any mechanical issues which may arise and please, please, please … pay attention to all flaggers/RCMP on course and stay within the TRIBC rules for everyone’s safety!  Bike infractions (drafting/blocking/centre line…) will be enforced with appropriate penalties assessed. We have tried to ensure that key areas remain safe.

  • Most of Gordon Drive, including the transition entrance and exit, has been reduced to one lane of traffic, giving riders a full right hand lane to race in.
  • The exit from transition will have a coned path, filtering into the dedicated race course bike lane.
  • The right hand turn from Gordon Drive to Casorso will have barriers to ensure a nice smooth corner. You will have the entire lane at the corner.
  • From Casorso Road you may be sharing the road but only with vehicles exiting driveways. Traffic to Casorso has been stopped.
  • There are two traffic island / roundabouts on Casorso / Swamp. There will be volunteers and signs warning you to take it easy at those two technical areas.  The roundabout is closed to traffic, but the occasional rogue vehicle may be present so be aware.
  • Before the bridge over the Mission Greenway you may encounter runners coming towards you. Cones will move you into the main lane. Runners will be in the bike lane.
  • After the bridge over the Mission Greenway you may encounter runners coming towards you. Cones will move you into the main lane. Runners will be in the bike lane.
  • After you have climbed the hill on Swamp and drifted down DeHart there are some hidden driveways. We will be informing residents, placing posters on their driveway on race day and also be posting volunteers in that area. Residents will also be used to taking extreme caution when exiting their driveway in that location. Regardless of that, please maintain plenty of awareness – radar on people!
  • There is the final right hand turn at the DeHart / Gordon traffic lights. The right hand turn lane will be coned off to traffic, allowing riders a wide, smooth turn back onto Gordon. RCMP / Flaggers and Volunteers will be here too.
  • The return route along Gordon has residential roads joining it from the right. Please be very aware that you are not on a closed road and you must follow standard public road protocols whilst riding. There will be volunteers at each of those roads. At main intersections,  such as Lexington, there will be RCMP, Flaggers and Volunteers giving you a safe passage.
RUN DETAILS

5km – 1 loop

The Run Course Map can be found in the menu or HERE

It’s a great 5km run and an almost flat mix of trail, road and path. Rivers, Golf Course, Marshes. we love this run, and it’s easily broken up into little sections to keep you sane.

Below is the course change we had to make last year due to flooding. We think it’s actually a better route, so will be keeping it for 2017.

2016 Run Course Change

** NB – Due to the closure of the Greenway Underpasses due to flooding there is a change to the run route.

  • This year you will follow the paved footpath, not the trail, around the back of the H2O / CNC area. It will be clearly marked.
  • When you cross the bridge over the Mission Greenway / River you will not turn onto the Greenway trail. You will continue down the paved road to a 180 degree turnaround, where you will then follow a gravel trail which takes you back to the Greenway. This turnaround is only about 300m total out and back.
  • This run course is still 5km.
POST-RACE INFO

Pool & Hot Tub – All entrants can access the H2O with their writsbands to use the showers, pool and hot tub facilities.

Bike & gear removal – Transition re-opens when the last participant has begun the run.  Don’t forget your wristband.  We’ll keep transition open for 30 minutes after the last participant has finished the race before we start to pack things up.

Awards/Prizes – Age group (5 year increments) and overall prizes will be presented in each category.  Relay teams will get plenty of prizes too, including BEAT THE CHAMP! Beat our overall men’s & women’s winners as a team & next year’s entry is on us!!!  Not a speedster?  Don’t worry; we’re reserving some of our best prizes for draw and have some innovative prizes like ‘piggy in the middle’ (a prize to the ‘median’ participant).  You have to come to the social / awards at Mission Tap House to win (meal starts at 11:00 and awards should start about noon)!!!

  • Venue – Please note that this post race venue is the same as last year. The Mission Tap House, on Lakeshore Road.
  • The Mission Tap House – Map HERE
  • They have a special Fresh Air Kelowna Cherry Blossom Triathlon race menu for $14 which includes both taxes and a tip.
  • YOU DO NOT NEED TO PRE-ORDER YOUR FOOD
  • We have the entire venue and children are welcome.
  • The venue is one room so everyone will be in the same place for the awards.

Results – Will be available at racedaytiming.ca after the event.

Photos – Check out our Facebook Page for lots of cool photos after the event.

Feedback – We want to hear about your race experience so that we can make future editions of this event even better.  E-mail us using the Contact Page and let us know what we did well and how we can improve.

Questions that are Frequently Asked

Help - it's my first Triathlon!

You’ll love it, we promise.

This is the perfect triathlon for beginners. A pool swim means you don’t go off course, are surrounded by lifeguards and can stop and rest if required. The bike course is fairly steady with just one hill, it is looped so you get to wave to your friends and family and few times, and the run is a really nice trail run with an aid station half way round.

For more information simply contact us via the Contact Page to ask us any questions you might have.  No question is too stupid …. and even if it is, we’ve all asked them before, so don’t be shy.

Can I wear a wetsuit?

No.

Due to the pool temperature of 28 degrees, this is a non wetsuit swim.  Please bear this in mind when selecting your swim attire. Trisuits are ideal. Loose fitting clothing or clothing with pockets will cause drag. Change tents will be provided in transition for those looking to add some clothing for the bike / run legs.

TOP TIP:  This is an early season race. The pool area will be nice and warm, but you will exit the pool area wet into cooler temperatures. Hardened triathletes will probably be working hard enough to not require extra clothing, but, if you do require it, this extra clothing is hard to get on when you are wet. A full zip bike jersey or jacket is a lot easier than trying to pull something over your head when you are wet. Failing that, bring a small towel and dry off a little before pulling on your new layer.

Are there any Aid Stations?

Yes.

There will be an aid station in transition and also another one half way round the run.

If you require bike nutrition then ensure you have that with you prior to starting the bike. We are hoping to have eLoad available for you to fill your bike bottles with prior to the race.

There will be drink and food at the finish line.

Will there be nutrition on the course? If so what?

Our nutrition sponsor is eLoad. You may or may not have heard of them because they are a bit of a boutique nutrition supplier. Fantastic products, great tasting and a full range of product to satisfy your every race nutrition need. You can try them out before the race by purchasing them from our Title Sponsor – Fresh Air.

Before the race:  Fill up your bike bottle with pre-mixed eLoad, available at the race.

During the race:  There should be a gel in your race pack, eLoad gels are tasty. There will also be an aid station half way round the run.

After:  We hope to have some recovery drink available from eLoad but there will also be an after race food table with some other goodies.

Awards Ceremony:  Complete your refuel by joining us for the awards at Mission Tap House on Lakeshore Road. A 3 minute drive from the H2O.  We listened to your comments last year and made some changes.

  • Venue – Please note that this post race venue is the same as last year. The Mission Tap House, on Lakeshore Road.
  • The Mission Tap House – Map HERE
  • They have a special Fresh Air Kelowna Cherry Blossom Triathlon race menu for $13 – $14 which includes both taxes and a tip.
  • YOU DO NOT NEED TO PRE-ORDER YOUR FOOD
  • We have the entire venue and children are welcome.
  • The venue is one room so everyone will be in the same place for the awards.
What will the temperatures be?

Let’s face it, tanning is probably out of the question and we doubt anyone will be overheating on the run.

The Average Daily Minimum is 6.4C. Bear in mind that is probably overnight.  The Average Daily High is 10.6C. It is historically dry on this date although we had rain the first year.

With that in mind I am going to run with the fact that the temperatures will be exactly 8.5C !

You will exit the swim warm and will cool down on the bike.

Example 1.

It’s 9ºC and the weather is dry.  Most people will not feel cold wearing a tri suit, even my wife who is the first to say “I am freezing!” This race is a Sprint distance, you’ll be working hard and should be warm after a very short while on the bike as you dry off and heat up. If you are taking things a little easier then I would say throw a thin jacket on in transition and you’ll be good to go.

Example 2.

Exactly the same as the above, it’s 9ºC but it’s raining. A totally different scenario. You will be cold riding wet at 9ºC. A thin jacket and a pair of gloves would be ideal. If you consider yourself a ‘slower’ rider then a thin waterproof jacket will keep you cozy.

What about Relay Teams?

Don’t want to do all of the three events? No problems.

Just grab some friends, family members or colleagues and make up a 2 or 3 person team.

Relay Teams will start with the rest of the competitors, seeded by swim time as entered during race registration.

Relay Teams will be body marked with an extra ‘R’ by their number.

All team members will receive swag.

Is there a cut off time?

At some point we have to remove all cones and open the roads. If you took our slowest athlete ever and gave them a bunch more time they would still be able to finish.

It is hugely unlikely that you will be pulled from the course.

Sounds awesome, so go and register!

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