Important Information for Athletes
Are you a registered athlete? A comprehensive Athlete Information Package will be provided closer to race day.
The following information is both for your safety and to help ensure you have a fantastic race day at PACE Multisport Dodge City X.
When you register, you will receive important new information as it’s available via email, so make sure to add email@example.com to your contact list!
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the race course or in the trail network, and dogs are not allowed in Village Park (Race Central) other than in the designated off-leash area near the skate park and pump track.
Package pick-up for all athletes will be most likely be on Friday, September 6 at the Riding Fool Hostel in Cumberland (details to be confirmed). For out-of-town athletes unable to make package pick-up on Sept 6, pick-up will be available from 6-7 am at the registration table at Race Central (Village Park, Cumberland) on race morning. PLEASE, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, PICK UP YOUR RACE PACKAGE THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT.
Transition and body marking open at 6am at Village Park in Cumberland (Race Central / T2). That will be your first stop on race morning. You must receive body marking at the registration table, and have your bike sticker applied to your seat tube and your bag sticker applied to your transition bag (to be provided) before you will be allowed to enter T2. Once you’ve set up your T2, you can proceed to Cumberland Lake Campground to set up your T1 and prepare for the start of the race. For maps, see the Getting Here page.
The first swim wave starts at 8:30 am.
Some parking is available at Comox Lake (race start / T1), but it will be limited; we encourage athletes to bike to the start from Village Park. Limited parking for Race Central (Village Park) is available at the Coal Hills BMX Track parking lot (next to Village Park), and additional parking can be found on the streets of Cumberland.
GENERAL RACE INFO
Approximately 2 kilometres of the Trail Bicycles Bike Course is on a paved road that is open to vehicle traffic. Marshals will be in place, but please bike safely. It is your responsibility to bike safely and in accordance with the rules of the road.
Some of the trails on the Trail Bicycles Bike Course, particularly Buggered Pig and Sunset Strip, have raised woodwork features built alongside them. Stay off of these features. This does not include the wooden bridges that are required to be crossed. You’ll know the difference. Triathlon BC officials will be out on the course.
Littering is not allowed anywhere on the course or in Race Central other than at designated drop zones around aid stations. Racers caught littering may be penalized or disqualified.
This race is draft-legal.
As per Triathlon BC and ITU rules, you must wear your helmet, and it must be done up, at all times that you’re in possession of your bike. This includes walking/running your bike into and out of the Extreme Runners Transition Areas.
As our race attracts many seasoned trail athletes but first-time triathletes, we want to stress one important rule: When exiting T1 with your bike, you are not allowed to mount your bike until after you cross the mount line that will be clearly marked and monitored by a Triathlon BC official. At the end of the bike course as you near T2, you likewise must have at least one foot on the ground before you cross the clearly marked dismount line. Last year athletes who violated these rules were educated rather than penalized, but since this year’s race is a provincial championship and worlds qualifying event, we’ve been told that the mount/dismount lines will be strictly enforced and riders in violation will be penalized.
Swim: Water may be available as you exit the Fit Chiro Swim Course and approach the first Extreme Runners Transition Area (T1).
Bike: There will be a small aid station with water available on the Trail Bicycles Bike Course. Sprint Course athletes will pass it once; Standard Course and Relay athletes will pass it twice. Note that you will be required to stop and dismount to access this aid station.
Run: There will also be two aid stations on the Thomas Dargie Investors Group Run Course: one about 400 metres outside of the second Extreme Runners Transition Area (T2) and the other at the top of each loop. Sprint Course athletes will pass each station once; Standard Course and Relay athletes will pass them twice. (Add once more to each of those if you want to stop for a drink 400m from the finish line.)
FIT CHIRO SWIM COURSE
The Fit Chiro swim course will feature a triangular route with a short out and back from the shore. The standard course will consist of two loops and the sprint course will consist of one loop.
Lifeguards and volunteers in kayaks/SUPs will be out on the water during the Fit Chiro Swim Course. If you need a break during the swim, you are allowed to rest on a board/kayak as long as you do not use it to propel yourself forward.
WETSUITS & SKIN SUITS
Whether wetsuits are allowed or not is determined by the water and air temperature on race day. That said, Comox Lake is notoriously nippy. September tends to be a good time for swimming, but wetsuits will almost certainly be allowed. There’s a small chance they may be mandatory.
If you wish to swim in a skin suit, you may do so only if you wear the skin suit for the reminder of the race, as per Triathlon BC rules. For more information about what you can and can not wear during the swim, please refer to section 4.10 of the Provincial Triathlon Competition Rules, also referenced above.
There is a time limit of 4.5 hours to complete the PACE Multisport Dodge City X Standard Course. Anyone still on the course after 4.5 hours will be allowed to finish but may not receive an official time and should not count on support from race officials and marshals.
Cut-off times for the swim are as dictated by the International Triathlon Union (ITU). There will be a cut-off time of 1:10 (one hour and 10 minutes) for the standard swim and 30 minutes for the sprint swim. Anyone still in the water after this time will be assisted as needed and will not be allowed to continue the race.
Q: How tough is the Trail Bicycles Bike Course?
A: It’s tough. That said, we’ve chosen it carefully to be challenging without presenting any undue hazards. What makes it tough is primarily the technical terrain. There are no drops, gaps or long, steep descents – but lots of roots and grunty climbs to keep you occupied. As long as you’re not a beginner mountain biker you should really enjoy this race! And if you’re used to Cumberland riding, it’ll just be another good ride!
The Trail Bicycles Bike Course is primarily singletrack, with some logging road and “quad tracks” in between. Most of the trails used in the race are rated blue squares (intermediate). Course maps will be available on our Standard Course or Sprint Course page at least three weeks ahead of race day. We highly recommend that you pre-ride the Trail Bicycles Bike Course to familiarize yourself with the trails.
Q: What kind of bikes are allowed?
A: Only mountain bikes with wheel sizes 26, 27.5 or 29 are allowed, and tires must be 1.5″ wide or wider, although “fat bikes” are not allowed. Cyclecross, road or any other bikes are likewise NOT allowed. Clipless and flat pedals are both allowed, but pedals with toe cages are not. Both front AND rear brakes must be in good working order, and handlebars must have plugs on the ends (i.e. no hollow tubes at the end of your handlebars). It is your responsibility to ensure your bike is in good working order. For more information about what is allowed and not allowed on your bike, please refer to section 5.2 of the Provincial Triathlon Competition Rules, also referenced above.
Q: How do I get my gear from T1 (at Comox Lake ) to the finish area at Village Park?
A: Part of your transition at T1 will include putting all of your items into your race bag, which will be marked with your race number. Once all athletes have cleared T1, race volunteers will transport all bags to the registration tent at Race Central (Village Park), where they will be available for pick-up.
Q: Do you offer any refunds?
A: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any refunds or transfers of registrations. If you are unable to race, you can defer your registration to 2020 until August 31. After August 31, no refunds or rollovers are possible.
Q: Will the event be cancelled if weather is inclement?
As last year’s athletes saw, the race will go on in some truly nasty conditions. That said, our event is sanctioned by Triathlon BC and follows standard protocols for ITU racing. Onsite TriBC officials, along with the Race Director, will determine if weather, air quality or other conditions may adversely impact the safety of the event and make appropriate changes if necessary.
A note about fire risk: Much of our bike and run courses traverse working forests that are privately owned. The landowners have been very generous with access and have great relationships with UROC and our organizing committee, but at the end of the day they determine whether access will be allowed in the case of extreme fire risk conditions, and they retain the right to revoke access at any time.