FAQs

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GENERAL FAQ’s

[su_spoiler title="What is the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) day membership for?" style="fancy"]The BTF day licence is a licence for racing and covers your public liability insurance for the day. If you are not a member of British Triathlon, you will be required to purchase a Day Licence when registering for the event. If you are a member but forget to bring your membership card on the day of the event, you will be required to purchase a Day Licence (£5). For further information on race licenses please contact the BTF directly www.britishtriathlon.org[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Will I receive anything before the event?" style="fancy"]We do not send anything out to you in the post. Your race pack will be given to you at registration on the day of the event. You will receive a number of e-newsletters and regular updates in the lead up to the event as well as a final newsletter 2 weeks before the event.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="I am not receiving e-newsletters and email communication?" style="fancy"]There may be several reasons for this. Firstly, please ensure that you have entered correctly entered your details when registering. You should have received an email confirming your place immediately after you entered online. Secondly, emails often get directed straight into junk/spam folders or get rejected by email servers altogether. Please ensure that you check those filters and additionally add ‘pont-tri@totalracingint.com’ to your safe senders list - learn how.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="What should be in my race pack that I receive on the day of the race?" style="fancy"]

You will collect your race pack from the Registration Desk on race day. Please check that your pack contains the following items:­

  • Swim Hat
  • Your Race Timing Chip and strap – please ensure that this is attached to your ankle prior to the race start. No chip, no time!
  • 2 Race numbers – displayed on your back for the bike phase and on your front for the run. If you are using a number belt, you will only need one number.
  • 2 Bike Numbers. Stick one to the front of your helmet and the other onto your bike so that it is clearly visible.

If any items are missing, please come and see us at the Registration Desk to collect a replacement.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="What time does the race start?" style="fancy"]As this is a pool based triathlon, you will be allocated a starting time based on your estimated swim time for 400m that you submitted when you registered for the event. Competitors will be set off in groups of similar swimming abilities with the first group setting off at 8am.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="What are the age restrictions for competing?" style="fancy"]Your age group is based upon your age at 31 December of the race year and not your age on race day (in accordance with BTF rules). To enter the Sprint Triathlon you must be 16 years or older as at 31st December of this year. (This means that you can be 15 years old on race day and still enter).[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Can I listen to a personal music player whilst racing?" style="fancy"]No. You will be unable to hear other competitors or the marshals when you are wearing one and consequently pose a threat to others. Besides, you’ll not hear everyone cheering you on![/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Is water available during the race?" style="fancy"]There will be no water available on course, but will be provided at the finish. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have enough fluid to keep yourself hydrated for the duration of the race.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="How do I find out my wave time?" style="fancy"]Wave times will be released online approximately 2 weeks before the event and the information will be available on our website.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="How will I know my finishing time?" style="fancy"]The race features electronic chip timing so you will get an accurate finish time including your ‘splits’ of your swim/bike/run and transition times.  You will be able to print off your times immediately after you finish from the Race Timing Desk. Print outs are good for bragging rights & post race analysis in the pub! All results will also be posted on our website after the event.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Who do I contact for lost property?" style="fancy"]Please visit the Registration Desk on the day of the event or email us at pont-tri@totalracingint.com post event. Lost Property will be held for 14 days after the event, thereafter contact Oxfam![/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Where do I find more information on rules and regulations?" style="fancy"]For more detailed triathlon rules and regulations please click here or contact the British Triathlon Federation www.britishtriathlon.org[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Does any part of the entry fee go to charity?" style="fancy"]Your entry fee covers the staging of the event including centre & equipment hire, event medical cover, third party insurance and BTF licences.  If you are raising money for the Simon Bates Foundation, 100% of what you raise will go to the charity. For more info on the foundation and how you can raise money, please visit their website at www.simonbatesfoundation.com.[/su_spoiler]

JARGON BUSTER

[su_spoiler title="Tri-suit" style="fancy"]An all-in-one garment which you wear under your wetsuit. It has a padded chamois which makes cycling more comfortable.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Transition" style="fancy"]The section of the race you will pass through after the swim and before the run. It is also where you rack your bike and leave essential race items such as your cycle helmet and shoes. It is usually referred to as T1 (swim – bike) and T2 (bike to run).[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="T1 & T2" style="fancy"]T1 or Transition one is the section of the race between the swim and the bike. T2 – Transition two is the section of the race between the bike and the run.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Racking" style="fancy"]Where you place your bike in transition.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Drafting" style="fancy"]The technique of tucking yourself behind another competitor or vehicle to save time / energy and therefore race faster.  Drafting is not permitted in this event![/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Race (Number) Belt" style="fancy"]This is an elastic belt that you attach your race number to and wear around your waist. A race belt means that you do not have to attach your race number to your clothing. You simply attach your number to the race belt and then put the race belt around you. It can then be moved to show the number on your back for the bike and on the front for the run.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Age Grouper" style="fancy"]A triathlete who is not a professional (elite).[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Elastic Laces" style="fancy"]Elastic shoelaces, enabling athletes to pull their running shoes on in T2 for a faster time.[/su_spoiler][/su_column]
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ABOUT TRANSITION

[su_spoiler title="What is transition?" style="fancy"]Transition is an area for all competitors who rack their bike and leave a small bag for the swim and run. It is the area where you will be based for transition from swim to bike and bike to run.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="What can I leave in transition?" style="fancy"]A small bag / box with your race kit inside. Whilst transition is fully secure, all belongings are left at owner’s risk. Please note that only you and your kit will be allowed into transition. This is a high security area and access will only be given to those entered in the race.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="What can I do to speed up my transition times?" style="fancy"]We recommend you put your kit out ready in the order you will put it on. Lay it out near your bike. Have your helmet ready on your handlebars with the straps straight and undone. Remember that race belts save time as well as elastic laces and lace locks. If you wear the right triathlon clothing you will certainly speed up your race times.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Can I use decorations (balloons etc.) to indicate where my racking position is in transition?" style="fancy"]No you may not. This is considered to give you an advantage over your fellow competitors and is against BTF rules. Making your equipment distinguishable in any way will be penalised and may lead to disqualification although we do recommend labeling your items with your name and race number so they can be easily identified post-race.[/su_spoiler]

THE SWIM

[su_spoiler title="Can I use any stroke on the swim?" style="fancy"]Backstroke is not allowed as this can easily be confused with the distress signal. We recommend that you try to swim front crawl but breaststroke is also permitted.[/su_spoiler]

THE BIKE

[su_spoiler title="Can I use a mountain bike?" style="fancy"]Yes you can. Please refer to the BTF website for further details on BTF approved bikes.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="What is the advantage of a road bike?" style="fancy"]It will allow you to cycle faster on the roads as the tyres are smoother and provide less resistance. The frame is also lighter, reducing the effort required, and the drop handlebars allow you a more aerodynamic position.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Can I use tri bars?" style="fancy"]Yes, but they must be plugged and they must be secure.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Does my helmet meet safety standards?" style="fancy"]Your helmet will pass the safety inspection as long as it has no cracks in it, has no damage to it and bears a CE & EU safety mark inside it. The strap must also be in good working order and securely fastened when on the bike.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Where do I put my race number when I’m on the bike?" style="fancy"]Your number must be displayed on your back, either by swivelling round your race belt, or by pinning the number in four corners on the back of your t-shirt.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Is there water available on the bike course?" style="fancy"]There will be no water stations on the bike course – it is your responsibility to ensure that you have enough fluid to keep yourself hydrated on the bike leg.  Water will be provided at the finish.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="When do I rack my bike?" style="fancy"]Bikes can only be racked on the morning of the race. All competitors must visit the Registration Desk to collect their race packs before attempting to rack their bikes. All bikes must be racked prior to the start of the race. Transition will close 15 minutes before the start of the race. We highly recommend arriving at the event with enough time to allow for registration and to prepare for the race.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="What is drafting?" style="fancy"]Drafting is when cyclists race in a pack and one cyclist can shelter behind the other to save energy. This is what you see in the Tour de France. Drafting is against the rules for all but the elite competitors. You must not take shelter cycling behind or cycle beside another competitor during the race. You can be disqualified from the race for drafting. The draft zone is a rectangle measuring seven (7) metres long by three (3) metres wide. The centre of the leading 3 metre edge is measured from the back edge of the back wheel. Please visit the BTF website for further details.[/su_spoiler]

THE RUN

[su_spoiler title="Do I wear specific running trainers?" style="fancy"]It will make your race experience more enjoyable! We do recommend you get properly fitted to ensure that they do not hurt your feet. Aspiring triathletes should use elastic laces, which help save a lot of time in transition. We highly recommend you do not wear brand new trainers on race day.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Is the course flat?" style="fancy"]The run course is flat![/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Where do I put my race number whilst on the run?" style="fancy"]Your number must be displayed to the front, either by swivelling round your race belt, or by pinning the number in four corners to the front of your t-shirt.[/su_spoiler]

[su_spoiler title="Is there water available on the run course?" style="fancy"]No. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have enough fluid to keep yourself hydrated for the entire event. Water will be provided at the finish.[/su_spoiler][/su_column][/su_row]

Ponteland Triathlon by Total Racing Events Ltd