Tri the Lough

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Loughmacrory will again be buzzing on the first weekend of August – part of ‘LOUGH’S ACTIVE AUGUST’ as the 5th Tri the Lough will go ahead on Saturday 2nd August from 2pm. This event is now part of the highly prestigious Triathlon National Series and will see the best competitors from throughout Ireland come to compete in this top class Sprint Tri-athlon distance event.

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Race Briefing and Information for Competitors:

Important: If you do not have a full Triathlon Ireland race licence, then you must purchase a One Day Licence (ODL) no later than 12 midnight on 31 July 2014 via Triathlon Ireland’s website.  Again all details are on the event website. Remember – NO LICENCE = NO RACE so please do not have officials turning you away on the day.

From Tournament Organisers: Oma Tri Club

Race Briefing: Sat 2nd August 2014 at 2pm

Location

Loughmacrory is located 4 miles off the main Omagh to Cookstown Road (A505).

From Cookstown approximate journey time is 30 minutes. Follow signs for Omagh, after passing the village of Mountfield on right hand side watch for sign for Loughmacrory on left hand side. Follow this road into the centre of the village and watch for church on left hand side. Ample parking is available here. From Omagh again take the A505 signposted Cookstown and travel until you see the sign for Loughmacrory on right hand side. Travel through the village and look for entrance to church on left hand side. For further information on location see www.trithelough.co.uk/index.html

Registration

Registration will take place in two sessions. The first will be on Friday 1st August from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and again on Saturday 2nd August from 10:00am to 12:30pm. We strongly recommend that all participants who reside locally try to register during the Friday session to avoid delays on the Saturday morning. Registration will take place in the main hall of the GAA club which is located at the bottom of the car park.

All competitors must produce their Triathlon Ireland (or equivalent) membership card with photograph attached, or valid One Day Licence (pre-purchased through the Triathlon Ireland Website). Failure to do so will result in the athlete not being permitted to race.

At registration each competitor will be body marked and receive a swim hat, two race numbers, two numbered stickers (one for bike, one for helmet), a numbered wrist band and a champion chip. The race specific swim hat must be worn outermost during the swim leg. The Champion Chip should be attached to your ankle on race morning using the Velcro strap provided. No chip = No time! The numbered sticker should be visibly placed on your bike helmet. The numbered wrist band will be your security tag for entrance to transition and will also serve as your post race meal voucher.

Bikes will be racked on race morning and transition will be open from 12:00noon. Each competitor will have an allocated space in transition identified by their race number and each competitor will be responsible for keeping their equipment within this area. No bags/boxes will be permitted once transition has closed. Competitors are also reminded that they are not permitted to further mark their transition area with talcum powder, balloons or flags. There will be a designated bag drop area adjacent to transition so please make sure that all bags and boxes are placed here otherwise they will be removed.

Relay teams should check for specific instructions when registering.

Pre Race

On race day ample parking is available so please follow the directions from the marshals who will guide you to an appropriate parking place. Please do not park directly outside the grounds as this forms part of the bike route. The GAA club and its members are kindly providing use of their excellent facilities, including all day supervised parking as well as post race showers and changing facilities. For this we are very grateful!

Transition will be open from 12noon and only competitors and officials will be allowed access. A verbal briefing from the race director and technical official will take place in transition at 1:30pm. All competitors must be within the transition area at this time, as they will be registered with Champion Chip and counted into the start area as they exit transition after these briefings. Competitors will not be allowed to return to transition once the briefings are completed.

Swim

The swim will take place in 3 separate wave starts. This is a necessary measure for your safety during the event. Your race pack will contain a specific coloured swim hat which will indicate your wave start. Wetsuits must be worn. Once counted into the water competitors will have no more than five minutes to warm up. Swimmers will be recalled behind the designated start line by the crew. All competitors must wear the wave specific swim cap. Slower swimmers should position themselves towards the back of the pack. The race will be started by the sound of an air horn.

The swim course will go anti-clockwise around an almost triangular course. All marker buoys should be kept on your left. Any swimmer who gets into difficulty should follow the standard protocol. Roll onto your back, try to stay calm and raise your hand in the air. A canoe/boat will come to your aid. Please take hold of the canoe at front or back – not alongside the paddler. At the end of the swim, competitors should go directly to transition. As you enter transition your chip will register your time. For safety reasons please also shout your race number if you are asked. The swim consists of a single lap.

Wave 1 @ 2pm Green Swim Caps

Wave 2 @ 2.10pm Yellow Swim Caps

Wave 3 @ 2.20pm Red Swim Caps

Transition 1

Transition rules will be as laid down by Triathlon Ireland. Helmets must be fastened before bikes are touched. Do not interfere with anyone else’s equipment. If anything is knocked over by accident, please replace it. Bikes must not be mounted until you have passed the mount line at the exit of transition.

Bike

A race number must be visible on the back at all times during the cycle. Triathlon Ireland trained motorcycle draft busters (5 in total) will be active on the course. Please remember the draft zone is 12 metres long and 3 metres wide. Please remember that even though the roads are closed for this event the rules of the road still apply at all times. While marshals will assist as much as they can it is ultimately the athlete’s responsibility to protect themselves and other competitors.

All junctions will be signposted and road markings will be in place. The route involves mainly right turns. All major junctions will have a marshal in attendance. This route is mainly through agricultural land so bar/gel wrappers should not be discarded. Penalties will apply for littering.

The course consists of two laps at the end of these laps athletes will be directed back towards transition. The bike will enter transition at the same point you exited the downhill to the dismount line will be a neutral zone with no overtaking for 150m again in the interests of competitor safety.

As this is a national series race there will be a penalty box in operation this will be located in transition near to the run exit. If you are unsure of the operation of the penalty box system it will be explained at briefing. But we urge you to take time to familiarise yourself with it on the Triathlon Ireland website prior to the event.

Transition 2

Bikes must be racked before helmets are unfastened. Again please show respect for the other competitor’s equipment.

Run

A race number must be visible on the front at all times during the run. The run route consists of a single lap. The lap is on a path around the Lough plus an out and back road section and will finish in front of the stand facing the football pitch. The course is very flat and has been accurately measured at exactly 5km. An aid station will be available on the route.

Again no litter should be discarded on the course. At the end of the run which will finish in front of the grandstand please remember to hand in your timing chip before leaving the recovery area.

Post Race

At the finish line drinks will be provided.

Bikes cannot be collected from transition until the last competitor has exited transition 2.

Post race showers are available upstairs in the complex. There will also be sports massage available in the adjacent Loughview Centre building at no charge but a voluntary donation to charity is acceptable. Food will be available in the bar/hall area in the lower level of the complex from 3:45pm. There will also be an additional two food tickets available per athlete at registration for family and friends. Additional food tickets required will be at a cost. Please show your numbered wristband/ticket to gain access. Prize giving will take place at approximately 5:00pm.We have a large array of prizes including 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall male and female as well as 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each of the recognised age groups. This as well as many spot prizes some of which are very valuable. So please try to stay around and enjoy the food and atmosphere. Your race number will be your entry into the spot prize draw. These have kindly been sponsored by Corrigan Opticians. The race committee have decided that prizes will only be awarded to those in attendance at the ceremony.

For any one staying around the triathlon is not the end of the day’s events there will be bar facilities in the clubrooms with music for your entertainment. Also the fun continues on Sunday with the annual Lough celebrations involving a wide variety of activities.

Remember if you are not a full member of Triathlon Ireland with a racing licence you must purchase a one day licence prior to the event as these cannot be issued on the day.

Please also take time to familiarise yourself with the rules of triathlon prior to the event. A full explanation of ‘drafting’ is available on the TI website.

We thank you for choosing to enter Tri the Lough. Our race crew have given their time to allow you to race. Please be courteous and follow instructions. Enjoy your race.