WINTER  

CHALLENGE 

RUN MTB CYCLE KAYAK
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GENERAL INFO FOR THE TILFORD AUTO GROUP WINTER CHALLENGE 2019

Thanks for coming on board the 2019  Winter Challenge. This event follows the tradition of the original Winter Challenge multisport race run at Mt. Field in 1990 by Jill How and Jonathan Males. The event has been run for over 25 years and has always been an excellent day of friendly and enthusiastic competition. 

 

This page contains information which has important safety information and is provided to ensure an enjoyable event. It is vital that you read all sections and that you contact us if you have any further questions. Please note that it is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that you are adequately prepared in terms of fitness and skills and have well maintained equipment for this event.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you at Orford !

Regards,

Wayne Chapman

 

TIMELINE 
Entries open:  May  4 2019 at  Midday
Entries close August 5th at 11:00pm

REGISTRATION: Saturday 10th August, 6:00-7:00pm at the Blue Waters Hotel, Orford or from 8:00am to 9:00 am on Sunday 11 August at the Event Base at Our Park, Orford - Please bring  your signed waiver with you.  Make sure you have plenty of time to get set up and get registered.

BRIEFING TIME: Sunday 11th August, 9:30am

START TIME: Sunday 11th August, 10:00am

PRESENTATIONS: Sunday 11th August, 3:00pm

SUPPORT & ASSISTANCE
The course has been designed to significantly reduce the need for designated support crews.  All participants are to be self-sufficient whilst on the course and cannot receive outside assistance. To eliminate congestion and for safety reasons, supporters in the transition area are restricted to individual participants, where one support crew member may be on hand to assist. For safety reasons team members and supporters MUST NOT bike, drive or run beside a participant on any part of the course to do so will guarantee the disqualification of that person/team. Team members can assist their team paddler as they exit their kayak or ski. Individuals may be assisted by up to 2 members of their support crew.

PARKING
Parking will be available around the transition area at 'Our Park' and in surrounding streets. Please note that there is no parking along Walpole st and Walpole st is closed to traffic during the event.


ENVIRONMENT
Please be environmentally responsible and avoid discarding energy bar/gel wrappers or bottles on the course. Time penalties will apply to any competitor caught littering. The mountain bike course goes through private property and the owners have been very generous in allowing us access for race day. Please respect this and beware of stock and farm infrastructure.

 

TOILETS
There is a public toilet block within walking distance of the transition area 

 

WHAT TO BRING
PLENTY of warm clothes Raincoat Fold up chair – it can be a long day on your feet and a seat can be very welcome.

 

FOOD AND DRINK
Coffee & cakes will be for sale from a stall run by Triabunna High School Students. Orford Rotary will be running a BBQ with fresh Atlantic Salmon & sausages for sale. 

MEDICAL
St Johns will be onsite providing First Aid, please ask for medical help if you have the slightest hint you may need it. St Johns will be based in the transition area at 'Our Park' and trained SES personnel will be on the course. You will be withdrawn from the event only if you require transportation, IV fluids or if medical, SES or Surf Lifesaving personnel consider your continued participation presents a danger to your welfare or that of others. If you have developed a medical condition which may impact on your ability to race, please notify the race organisers. You are reminded of your signed acceptance of entry conditions, waiver release and indemnification. Please note this is a legal document and affects your rights.

POST RACE PRESENTATIONS
After the event, presentations will be held at 'Our Park'. We have some great spot prizes to draw from our sponsors - but you do have to be there to claim them. Trophies & prize packs will also be awarded to the winners of the major categories. Presentations will commence at 3:00pm.

 

THE  COURSE

This course options in 2019 will be the same as the 2018 event - 

The landlubber option provides an event for those who don't wish to paddle. In this event the kayak leg (Leg 1) is replaced by  a 3 klm beach run.  All other legs remain the same. Start time is the same  (10 am) and the start point is on the beach in line with the kayak leg start line.

A schools competition is open to School based teams of  four. In this event the kayak leg is 4 klm in length and will be completed on standard sit on kayaks provided as part of the entry. All teams will use the one design kayak. The road and mountain bike legs use the same course as the standard event but the legs are shortened (16 klm road bike, 10 klm MTB). The run leg is 10klm. Start time is 10 am.

LEG 1 KAYAK - 10KM

KAYAK CONDITIONS

Single kayaks/surf-skis only

All craft must have positive buoyancy with integral/fixed flotation this means they must float when full of water. Buoyancy vests must be worn, even by ski paddlers. Helmets are not required. If paddlers require assistance, then the signal is paddle raised vertically in the air. Paddlers must heed advice from the rescue personal, and craft may be abandoned if the situation arises and recovered later.  This is not at the discretion of the paddler. Bladder style drinking systems containing carbohydrate replacement fluid are strongly recommended and competitors should ensure they are comfortable with their operation prior to the event.

We advise you to wear or carry (waterproofed) something warm to avoid becoming hypothermic in the event of a swim as the water will be very cold. (It is the winter challenge after all) 

Please assist any paddlers in trouble and alert the nearest official or use your phone. You time will be adjusted accordingly.

KAYAK CHECK-IN
It is your sole responsibility to ensure the good condition of your craft and safe paddling during the event. Event management reserves the right to disallow entry for any craft deemed unsafe.

Officials will check any craft that looks unsafe.  To avoid rejection you should ensure your craft is seaworthy and meets buoyancy requirements. Sea kayaks must have sealed bulk heads or carry fixed flotation. Craft should be free from cracks, holes or jagged repairs. You should ensure your craft will not leak or sink during the race and expect variable sea conditions.

Team members can assist their team paddler as they launch and exit their kayak or ski. Individuals may be assisted onto the water by up to 2 members of their support crew.

KAYAK COURSE

 

Approximate distance: 10 km (Junior 5 km)

Estimated time: 50min – 2hrs

Paddlers will start on the water between the 'start buoys' and follow the 'sausage' shaped course. Two laps of the course are required, paddlers then exit the water, leave their craft and follow the track up through the beach to the transition area to tag their road cyclist. Sea kayaks, racing kayaks and surf skis would be the most suitable craft to paddle. The water will be very cold if you are unfortunate enough to capsize. Paddle an appropriate craft and carry something warm to put on in the event of a swim. For safety reasons, participants are strongly encouraged to carry a mobile phone in a waterproof bag (eg. Ziplock). The phone number for event safety will be passed on to competitors prior to the event.

There will be support craft patrolling the course, if you need assistance signal them by raising your paddle vertically in the air. Paddlers must heed advice from the rescue personal, and craft may be abandoned if the situation arises and recovered later.  This is not at the discretion of the paddler.

The pin-on race number from your race kit must be clearly displayed on the front of your outer garment/life jacket and must be on when you pass through the timing area. 

LEG 2 ROAD BIKE - 32KM (Junior 16 km)

BIKE RULES

Single bikes only. Approved hard shell helmets must be worn and fastened at all times while the bike is in motion. Competitors must obey ALL ROAD RULES AT ALL TIMES. There are areas where road closures are in place but you must still expect the unexpected. There are also significant sections where the road is open to the public. Keep a proper lookout for event traffic, public vehicles and event staff. It is important to follow the direction of the marshals and SES staff on course.

There is to be no drafting of competitors or vehicles. Officials will patrol the course and time penalties apply.

All repairs must be carried out by the cyclist and spare tubes, a pump and basic repair kit should be carried. Supporters MUST NOT drive on the course.

BIKE CHECK IN

It is your sole responsibility to ensure the safe operation of your bike prior to and during the race.  Whilst we will not be scrutineering we will be checking any bike that looks unsafe

If you’re not sure about your bike then book it in for a service with the team at your local bike shop. 

BIKE RACKING & TRANSITION INFO

The number of bikes in the events necessitates an orderly arrangement of bikes in the transition area. There will be a rack for individuals and a rack for teams. Further information about the racking of bikes and the operation of the transition area will be explained at the event briefing. There will be separate  individual and teams areas in transition.

 

ROAD CYCLE COURSE

 

Approximate distance: 32 km

Estimated time: 1hr - 2hr

 

Team road cyclists wait inside the transition zone but must not mount their bikes until they have been tagged by their paddler and left transition. Individuals must collect their bike from the racks and are allowed one support crew member in the transition zone for assistance.  Riders must not mount their bikes until leaving the transition zone.

The road cyclist exits the transition area via the marked chute and turns left onto Rheban rd. Cyclists continue along Rheban rd before being turned by marshalls at the 8km mark. There are two covered cattle grids on the course -please take care and slow down. Cyclists complete two laps of the course. On returning after the second lap, cyclists will turn right (giving way to vehicles) and return to the transition zone, dismount prior to entering the transition area and tag their mtber.

Riders must be self sufficient in terms of minor repairs. No drafting is allowed and in the interest of safety and traffic flow, supporters are not to follow riders at any stage.

There will be SES personnel on the bike course, however you are solely responsible for following the correct course and obeying all traffic laws. The road cycle course will have basic markings, so make sure you know where you have checked out the course.

Ensure you dress appropriately as it can be cold. Bring clothes that you can change into that suit a variety of weather conditions. For safety reasons, participants are strongly encouraged to carry a mobile phone in a waterproof bag (eg. Ziplock). The phone number for event safety will be passed on to competitors prior to the event. The pin-on race number from your race kit must be clearly displayed on the front of your bike while cycling.

LEG 3 MOUNTAIN BIKE - 15KM 

 

BIKE RULES

 

Approved hard shell helmets must be worn and fastened at all times while the bike is in motion. Competitors must obey ALL ROAD RULES AT ALL TIMES. There is to be no drafting of competitors or vehicles. Officials will patrol the course and time penalties apply. All repairs must be carried out by the cyclist and spare tubes, a pump and basic repair kit should be carried. Supporters MUST NOT drive on the course.

BIKE CHECK IN
It is your sole responsibility to ensure the safe operation of your bike prior to and during the race. BAR CAPS! Make sure you have one in each end.  Whilst we will not be scrutineering we will be checking any bike that looks unsafe. 

If you’re not sure about your bike then book it in for a service with the team at your local bike shop. 

BIKE RACKING & TRANSITION INFO
The number of bikes in the events necessitates an orderly arrangement of bikes in the transition area. There will be a rack for individuals and a rack for teams. Further information about the racking of bikes and the operation of the transition area will be explained at the event briefing. 

 

MTB COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Approximate distance:  15 km

Estimated time: 1hr – 2:30hr 

Team mountain bikers wait inside the transition zone until tagged by their road cyclist. Individuals must collect their bike from the racks but are allowed one support crew member in the transition zone for assistance. Riders must not mount their bikes until leaving the transition zone.

The mtb rider exits the transition area via the marked chute and turns left onto Rheban rd, they will then be directed right onto Wielangta rd and onto private property. On return, riders must turn right into transition (giving way to vehicles) and must dismount before entering the transition zone and tagging their runner. Maps of the course will be on display at registration.

The course follows a route that is well marked with pink steaks and blue arrows.

For safety reasons, participants are strongly encouraged to carry a mobile phone in a waterproof bag (eg. Ziplock). The phone number for event safety will be passed on to competitors prior to the event.

Your race number from your race kit must be clearly displayed on the front of your bike while cycling.

LEG 4 RUN - 10KM

 

The run follows a well-marked and well maintained track around the Orford foreshore. It is an out and back course and the track is wide enough for runners to be able to pass comfortably. Maps of the course will be on display at registration. 

The course will be well marked by red arrows and pink bunting. Cross roads only at designated areas. For safety reasons, participants are strongly encouraged to carry a mobile phone in a waterproof bag (eg. Ziplock). The phone number for event safety will be passed on to competitors prior to the event. The pin-on number from your race kit must be clearly displayed on the front of your outer garment when running.

 

RUN COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Approximate distance: 10 km

Estimated time: 40min – 1hr 30min

WELCOME ABOARD AND SOME TIPS TO HELP US HELP YOU HAVE GREAT TIME. 

Please obey all rules of the road, and all instructions of the officials and course marshals. Please be nice to all volunteers, they are giving up their time to make your day more enjoyable. Abusive language and unsportsman-like behaviour is not in the spirit of the event and disqualification or time penalties will apply at the discretion of the Race Directors. The Winter Challenge is designed as a fun day out and all the volunteers are there to help you.

 

Remember, this is a physically demanding event so please remember to eat and drink sufficiently. Any decision to withdraw a competitor during the event by the medical team or Race Director will be final. Remember, if you have been unwell during the last week you should not participate. There will be first aid staff on hand to assist any competitor suffering an accident during the event.

TIPS FOR HAVING A BETTER EXPERIENCE

  • Make sure all your equipment is tip top this weekend not next Saturday night.

  • Allow plenty of time to get registered and remember reg closes at 9:15 sharp. 

  • Be supportive of other people and have a good time.

  • Be there for presentations as there will be draws for loads of spot prizes.

  • If you are doing either of the bike legs take a chain breaker and joining link as well as a multi tool and spare tubes and pump.

  • If you do early reg on Thursday don’t put your race plate on your bike until you get to Orford if your bike is on top of your car.

We hope you enjoy the event and we look forward to seeing you there !