Newcastle Paratriathlon 2020 3


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 Race Update - No 1 of 3
Thanks for entering this years Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon. In particular thanks to those local and visiting triathletes, sponsors, local stakeholders and community who are supporting this event in these difficult COVID times.  No matter what your level of participation, this year offers something for everyone in a professional and COVID safe environment . Apart from being the very first triathlon for many of you, we are fortunate to have been awarded honours as the Triathlon NSW State Championships for Standard/Olympic Distance. Good luck to all the Triathlon NSW members chasing the 'silverware'. 
This event could not be staged without the support of our presenting sponsor Sparke Helmore Lawyers and our event sponsors GHD, Coal Services, KCE, Multiplex, Bengalla Mining, Commercial Collective, Remote Sky Films, Eyeline, Hunter Valley Steel, Ted's Bike Shop, Merida Bikes and Broadley Signs. Below is some news and tips on this years event. Please read and pass onto anyone in your team who may not receive the mail. A full race booklet will be available 10 days before the event. This will be include in the next update. 
 Download a poster for the office
Entry Reminder - colleagues, friends or family
  Standard Entries and Shirt offer closing Sunday 7 Feb - 11.59pm. 
Let your friends, colleagues or family know that standard entry prices will increase as above. Tell them to GET MOVING! Please send this on. 
Important Dates/Times in 2021
  1. Sun, 7 Feb (midnight) - standard entry fees and shirt offer close
  2. Wed, 17 Feb (midnight) - on-line entries closing - if not already sold out. 
  3. Sat, 20 Feb 11am - 4.30pm - race kit collection and late entries if not sold out. 
  4. Sat, 20 Feb 2pm - Race Director Q and A for any participant
  5. Sun, 21 Feb 5am - race kit collection - NO LATE ENTRIES .  
  6. Sun, 21 Feb - race starts (short race briefing always 15 min before swim start)
    1. 6.30am - Olympic/Standard Triathlon (subject to light) . Note: (new swim start at Queens Wharf) 
    2. 8.15am - Sprint Triathlon (swim start and finish at Customs House jetty) 
    3. 9.45am - Enticer Triathlon (swim start and finish at Customs House jetty) 
    4. 11.30am - Racing Completed 
Note all activities are based around Customs House Hotel and car park and Foreshore. 
Course Information and News
Event Course and Safety Briefing. 
General COVID Safe Event Notes
This year's event will be staged from the western end of Foreshore Park on the Crn Wharf and Watt St. This is to reduce the number of spectators and general public around the event compound. The main competitor areas will be fenced and only competitors will be allowed in this area. You must SCAN a NSW Health QR code when you enter the area. We have purposely spaced the event compound and infrastructure out and you will unfortunately not experience as much of the great atmosphere as in previous years. The event will however be COVID safe and we ask everyone to remember to obey the COVID marshals and signage instructions and respect the space of other competitors. We respectfully ask you to limit the number of spectators that may accompany you to the event area. There are ample spectators points around the swim, cycle and run courses, but we will only be allowing a limited number of spectators into the finish line viewing area. This will be capped and we ask spectators to only enter this area for your finish and then leave!
Overall Course Map
The course map is below and can be downloaded. The course is similar to last year but does have some areas that have changed. We should also remind you that, while roads are closed (with a substantial Traffic Management Plan in place) for this event, in a busy City environment some parked vehicles will be on the course. Please pay attention to your direction and speed at all times. If a motorist or pedestrian attempts to leave/cross  the course area during the event, we ask you to revert to normal road/pedestrian rules and report the incident to one of our Traffic or General Marshals. Your safety and the safety of the general public is paramount to the continuing success of this event.
A Video Race Briefing and Course description are available below. You must watch this for your race distance before you participate. Course points to note:
  1. The event compound is on the western end of Foreshore Park in front of Customs House, Crn of Wharf and Watt St. 
  2. The swim course will start for the Sprint (8.15am start) and Enticer (9.45am start) swims from Customs House Jetty and from Queens Wharf (western side) for the Standard/Olympic Distance swim (6.30am start).
    1. ALL swims finish at the Customs House Jetty
    2. There are scaffolding stairs below the water line for you to easily exit the water. 
    3. Nobbys SLSC will be implementing a substantial water safety plan
    4. You are never more than 35m from the shore. 
    5. Note the swim leg for the Sprint and Enticer is out (west against the tide) and back (east with the tide). 
    6. The swim leg for the Standard/Olympic Distance is from the stairs on the western side of Queens Wharf, out 500m (west against the tide) and 1000m back (east with the tide).  Please allow time to walk the 500m to the swim start.
  3. The cycle leg is mapped below and in the Video Briefing. Some points to note:
    1. ​You only enter the Horseshoe Beach Rd on the way out only (not on the way back) for each lap. 
    2. Please pay attention for rogue pedestrians at all times
    3. There are speed humps along Shortland Esplanade. 
    4. The long course for Sprint and Olympic distances does not use the south Newcastle cliff this year, due to construction. You will have bike traffic both ways on Watt St. 
    5. There are some substantial climbs. Please stay left to allow passing. Never pass on the left!
    6. There are some substantial descents. Please control your speed, in particular on the Watt and Church St turn. 
  4. The run leg is simple, but you will need to stay right. There is a ramp over a garden edge near the pilot station. Please be careful when using this ramp. 
Compulsory Race Briefings . Please watch your event distance. 
Thanks to 
Enticer Video
video enticer
Sprint Video
sprint video
Standard/Olympic Distance Video
oly video
The need for SPEED!
Needs some extra speed. Then call in and see Scott from Ted's Bike Shop. They have a massive range of bikes and accessories. They also have loads of experience in Triathlon and every sort of cycling. If you need a service pre race, you need to get in quick. Call in to Garnet Avenue in East Maitland, contact Scott on 0249336620 or check out the Facebook link from the logo. 
Frequently asked questions. 
  1. Can I wear a wetsuit? - Yes if the water temp is under 24 degrees celsius. The water is 22 at the moment. 
  2. Do i have to wear a swim cap in the swim? - Yes, it is a safety requirement. 
  3. What sort of bike do i need? - any roadworthy bike and an Australian Standard helmet.
  4. Can one person pick up the team kits?- Yes, if all team members have signed or agreed to the race waiver. Available HERE or on race day. 
  5. Can i change a team member? - Just email to make a change up to the Wednesday. On race weekend, just make sure the person has signed the waiver. Download HERE
  6. Were can i park? - There is plenty of paid parking in Argyle St and Bolton St parking stations and the Honeysuckle. The tram will be working from Wickham interchange. Bikes not allowed on the tram. Just ride them!
  7. Where do team members meet to change over? - Cyclists and Runners wait in the bike compound at their bike. You will be instructed were on race day. You must change over the timing chip. 
  8. Can i wear shoes from the swim to the bike compound? - Yes just leave some thongs or old joggers at the swim exit (out of the way of other swimmers). 
  9. Can we bring a team tent to the event? Yes, team marquees are available for hire or you can bring your own. Contact for more information. 
  10. Can I bring spectators to the event? This year we are asking you to limit the number of people who attend the event. The main event area will be exclusively for competitors and assess to the finish line will be limited in numbers and time. There are however ample viewing spots for all three events from around the Foreshore.  
Thanks to our valuable event supporters. 
Need more answers. Contact local Event Director Paul on 49348138 or .


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Posted by: Paul Humphreys
5 February 2021

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