Registration Registration and will take place on Friday 16th September from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. There will also be registration between 7:30am and 9:45am on the Saturday morning. Registration will be held in the boathouse within the harbour car park in Groomsport. All competitors must produce their Triathlon Ireland (or equivalent) membership card with photograph attached, or a valid One Day Licence (pre-purchased through the Triathlon Ireland website). Failure to do so will result in the athlete not being allowed to race.
At registration, each competitor will receive a swim hat, a race number and a ChampionChip. The race specific swim hat must be worn outermost during the swim leg. The ChampionChip should be attached to your ankle on race morning, according to the instructions provided. No chip – no time!
Bikes will be racked on race morning. Relay teams should check for specific instructions when registering. A single One Day Licence covers the entire relay team.
Pre Race On race day, both athletes and spectators are advised to park at Groomsport Football Club. Upon entering Groomsport from the Bangor direction, turn right into The Brae and follow the signs. Please note that this is a residential area and care should be taken. The football club are kindly providing their facilities, including all day supervised parking and post race showers and changing. Parking off road will greatly reduce congestion in the village and provide a safer race for us all. For your safety, please do not park in the centre of the village. Vehicles may be clamped or towed if parked illegally and any competitor found to have done so will be disqualified from the race. Transition and race start is about 400m from the football club.
Transition will be open from 8:00am. Only competitors and officials will be allowed access. The harbour car park will be open to boat owners and authorised race cars so care must be taken. A toilet block is available just 30m from transition.
Verbal briefings from race organisers and a Triathlon Ireland Technical Official will take place 20 minutes prior to each race. All competitors must be within the transition area at this time, as they will be registered with ChampionChip and counted onto the beach as they exit transition after these briefings. Race starts are at 10:00 for the Half Ireman and then 10:30 for the Sprint.
Swim Wetsuits must be worn. Once counted onto the beach adjacent to transition, competitors will have no more than ten minutes to warm up. Swimmers will be recalled onto the beach by crew blowing whistles. Once on the beach, athletes will be asked to stay behind a clearly marked start line. All competitors must wear the race specific swim cap. Slower swimmers should position themselves towards the back of the pack. The race will be started by the sounding of a klaxon. The swim course will go anti-clockwise around a triangular shaped course. The marker buoys should be kept to your left. Any swimmer who gets into difficulty should follow standard protocol. Roll onto your back, try to stay calm and raise your hand in the air. A canoeist will come to your aid. Please take hold of the canoe at the front or back – not alongside the paddler. At the end of each lap, swimmers must exit the water and proceed up the beach to go around the static marker before entering the water for their next lap. At the end of the swim, competitors should go directly to transition. As you enter transition your chip will register your swim time. For safety reasons, please also shout out your race number if asked. The Half Ireman will consist of two 950m laps, while the Sprint will be a single 750m lap.
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 kit. If anything is knocked over by accident, please replace it. Bikes must not be mounted until you have passed the timing mat and 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 will be active on the course. Cyclists will be funnelled to the exit from the harbour car park. Once onto the main street, you turn left to begin the bike course. Rules of the road apply at all times on the bike route. Whilst police and marshals will assist with traffic control, it is ultimately the athlete’s responsibility to protect themselves and other racers. Drafting is prohibited in accordance with the rules of Triathlon Ireland. Details of the bike routes can be found at www.communitymultisport.org. All turns will be clearly signposted. The route involves a mixture of both right and left turns. Most major junctions will also have a marshal in attendance. This route is mainly through agricultural land so gel/bar wrappers should not be discarded. Penalties, up to disqualification, will be applied for littering.
For the Half Ireman, an aid station will be situated on the outskirts of Portavogie at approximately 30 and 60 kilometres. Water and High5 Energy Source will be available for the refilling of bottles. Gels and sweets will also be available. A special needs bag containing your own food/drinks etc may be left at registration for transportation to this aid station. The athlete will be responsible for lifting their special needs bag and should not rely on a marshal.
The Sprint turn point is a dead turn on the road just north of Millisle. While this is a straight, wide, section of road, extreme care should be shown when turning.
Both courses are a single lap. Once into Groomsport and heading for transition, please take care going down the hill towards the dismount line! Bikes must be dismounted before crossing the timing mat.
Your attention is drawn to poor motorist behaviour which we regularly see at two particular points. Cars are liable to stop while in the flow of traffic in Donaghadee to let passengers get out. In Millisle, vehicles are frequently parked on double yellow lines on the northbound lane. In each case, please watch for car doors opening unexpectedly. If in doubt, give way to vehicles for your own safety. Donaghadee can get quite busy on occasions so be patient and do not take unnecessary risks.
Transition 2 Bikes must be racked before helmets are unfastened. Again, please show respect for other competitors’ equipment.
Run A race number must be visible on the front at all times during the run. New run routes are being used for 2016. Once out of the transition area, all competitors will turn left to go around the harbour wall towards Cockle Row Cottages. Details of the run route can be found at www.communitymultisport.org. The route includes tarmac, grass and sand. Some parts may be slippery and will require extra attention. You will be running on both public roads and land owned by The National Trust so please treat both with respect, and especially don’t litter. Aid stations are provided approximately every 4km on the Half Ireman route. These will provide water, Energy Source, coke, sweets and fruit cake. Litter bins will be provided. Sprint competitors will do one shorter lap. Half Ireman competitors will do two longer laps which take them along the coast as far as the lifeboat station in Bangor. At the end of each lap, competitors will be guided down a lane towards the beach/swim start. Turn left at the beach to approach the finish line which is adjacent to transition. Smile as you cross the line. There’ll be plenty of time for feeling sore later. Yellow signs will clearly provide directions at all junctions.
Post Race At the finish line, we’ll provide fluids and food while your timing chip is removed. Ensure that you re-hydrate and fuel properly.
Post race showers will be available at Groomsport Football Club. A free massage will be provided by North Down Physio adjacent to transition. Food and drinks will be available in the Boathouse from 12:00pm onwards. All bikes must be removed from transition by 5:30pm when security will cease. Prizes will be presented to the first three males and females at each distance.
Thank you for choosing to race the Ireman Triathlons. Our Race Crew have given their time to allow you to race. Please be courteous and follow instructions as given. Enjoy your race!