Important Information for Athletes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
GENERAL RACE INFO
Approximately 1.2 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.
Some of the trails on the Trail Bicycles Bike Course have raised woodwork features built alongside them. Stay off of these features. We will have officials out on the course.
The route will be announced at least one month before race day. Registered athletes will be notified by email.
Littering is not allowed and racers caught littering may be disqualified. There will be designated drop zones for garbage at aid stations.
This race is draft-legal.
Swim: Water will 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 on the Trail Bicycles Bike Course. Sprint Course athletes will pass it once and 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 one more to each of those if you want to stop for a drink 400m from the finish line.
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 and, if so, are recommended.
Note that 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.
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.
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.
RACE PACKAGE PICK-UP
Race package pick-up for all athletes will be on Saturday, September 8 at the Old House Hotel and Spa,1730 Riverside Lane in Courtenay (times to be determined). Out-of-town racers may pick up their race packages at Race Central (Village Park) on race morning between 6 and 7:00 am, but we encourage all athletes to pick up their race packages on September 8 at the Old House Hotel if possible.
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.
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!
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). We will be posting the route at least one month before the race and we 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. Cyclecross, road or any other bikes are 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.
Q: Do you offer any refunds in case I can’t race?
A: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any refunds, rollovers or transfers or registrations.