H Events
 Race Update - No 2
Thanks for entering this years Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon or City of Newcastle Oceania Paratriathlon Championships. In particular thanks to those local and visiting triathletes who have chosen to race in Newcastle. 
This event could not be staged without the support of our presenting sponsor Sparke Helmore Lawyers and our Leg and event sponsors Doma, GHD, Mine Super and The City of Newcastle. We also thank our supporting sponsors Coal Services, AECOM, Bengalla Mining Company, Eyeline, Hunter Valley Steel, Pure Performance, Queens Wharf Hotel, Ted's Bike Shop, Broadley Signs, NBN News and The Newcastle Herald. 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 Monday 18 Feb. FAQ's are at the bottom of this email. 
 Download a poster for the office
Entry Closing - Reminder
 On line entries closing
Wed 20 Feb  - 11.59pm. 
Let you friends, colleagues or family know that entries are closing soon. On line entries close as stated about. Race weekend entries are possible Saturday 10-4pm, or Sunday from 5.30am to 45min before race start time, but you will pay more. Go to Queens Wharf Hotel, 150 Wharf Rd, Newcastle. 
Important Dates/Times in 2019
  1. Wed, 20 Feb (midnight) - on-line entries closing
  2. Sat, 23 Feb 10-4.30pm - race kit collection, late entries, sport expo. 
  3. Sat, 23 Feb 12pm - Newcastle Hurricans V's Cronulla,  Waterpolo at Queens Wharf
  4. Sat, 23 Feb 2pm - race director Q and A for any participant
  5. Sat,23 Feb 3pm - race briefing and welcome for Paratriathletes (note change)
  6. Sun, 24 Feb 5am - race kit collection, late entries, sport expo.  
  7. Sun, 24 Feb - race starts (race briefing always 15 min before on the Wharf)
    1. 6.30am - Olympic Triathlon (subject to light) (1500 swim, 37 cycle, 10 run)
    2. 8.15am - Sprint Triathlon (750 swim, 22 cycle, 5 run)
    3. 9.45am - Enticer Triathlon (300 swim, 14 cycle, 2.5 run)
    4. 10.30am - City of Newcastle OTU Paratriathlon   (750 swim, 20 cycle, 5 run)
    5. 12.30pm - Race Presentations 
  8. Sun 24 Feb - Live music at Queens Wharf Hotel
Note all activities are based around Queens Wharf Hotel and car park. 
Support the "unstoppable" Lauren Parker
Since a shock bike accident in April 2017 from which she sustained serious injuries including spinal cord damage, Lauren Parker has faced and overcome numerous challenges. One of these challenges has been transitioning from a successful able-bodied Triathlon career to become an elite level Paratriathlete.Amazingly, in the space of 12 months Lauren qualified for, then competed at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where she won the bronze medal in Paratriathlon. Only to follow this up by winning a bronze medal at the 2018 ITU World Championships, also on the Gold Coast. 

Lauren is now focussed on becoming World Champion in 2019 and then qualifying for the 2020 Paralympics in Japan. The 2019 racing season will kick off in Lauren’s home town of Newcastle, at the Sparke Helmore Triathlon where the City of Newcastle Oceania Paratriathlon Championships will be contested. Lauren had the honour of helping design the course and can’t wait to compete in front of friends and family.
Check out her story below
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This year's swim leg is sponsored by DOMA. With the help of DOMA and with the inclusion of the Paratriathlon, we will use a floating pontoon and entry ramp to enter and exit the water. This is located 15m east (towards Nobbys) from the end of Queens Wharf. The pontoon will be accessed by an engineer designed ramp and exit scaffold, suitable for both triathletes and paratriathltes alike. Swimmers will start on the harbour side of the pontoon and swim east and turn to the right and then right again and back to the exit ramp. Note the exit ramp will require you to swim onto the ramp, stand and step or climb onto the the pontoon. There will be helpers to assist. Course maps are below. 
This year's Cycle Leg is sponsored by GHD. The cycle leg is one of the most picturesque Triathlon courses in Australia, traversing, the Newcastle Foreshore, Nobbys and Newcastle Beaches, South Newcastle cliffs and King Edward Park. The bike compound for the Triathlon is located in Market St Lawns and on the road in front of Queens Wharf for the Paratriathlon. There is a 150m- 270m run to the transition areas. A few points about the GDH Cycle Leg.
  1. the Olympic/Standard distance event climbs King Edward Park 5 times. The climbs total just 1.3km of each course lap. The course has one other small climb both ways and is otherwise flat or downhill. It is not an easy ride, and has some technical cornering, especially at the the right hand turn from Watt St to Shortland Espl/Church. There are also some raised speed humps along the course. Please pay attention to your speed and grip when approaching these. 
  2. the Sprint Distance event climbs King Edward Park just three times on the same course. 
  3. the Enticer Distance will be extended slightly to match the paratriathlon course, but we will drop one lap to make it 3 laps. The total distance will be 14km. There are three smallish climbs on each lap. The turn point is close to the South Newcastle access Rd. 
  4. the Paratriathlon course  will use the same course, however to make their distance exactly correct the Paratriathlon (only) will enter Pasha Way at Nobbys on the way out and back. This will be well marked and directed, however will be technical at the Pasha Way out and back. 
  5. you must have a roadworthy bike and approved correctly fitted helmet. They could save your life!
  6. the mount and dismount lines for your event will change as the races progress. 
  7. Note the roads are closed, however please keep an eye out for parked cars or rouge pedestrians. 
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Need some easy speed!
Call in and see Scott and the new team at Ted's Bike Shop in East Maitland. They have loads of pre race specials on Merida Bikes to get you the extra speed you need. Scott has plenty of racing experience and will make sure you get the bike that fits. If you cant make it before hand, make sure you see them on race weekend for some great deals. 
Call Scott on 49336620 
This year's Run Leg is sponsored by Mine Super. The run leg is also one of the most picturesque Triathlon courses in Australia, traversing, the Newcastle Foreshore, Nobbys and Macquarie Pier (Nobbys Break-wall). It is completely flat! Runners will exit the transition area on the western end of their compound and cross Wharf Rd to a chute where they will run east towards the swim exit and finish area. They will turn left at the eastern end of Queens Wharf Hotel and then right to follow the chute to run parallel with the harbour and foreshore paths that lead towards Nobbys Beach. Past the Ferry pilot station runners will turn left into a chute that heads around the back of Camp Shortland and enters the break-wall to a turn point and then returns on the same course until the park opposite the bus layover area. Runners will be directed left into the park paths that bring them back to a turn point next to the finish chute. They turn right and complete the correct amount of laps. After the final lap they will enter the finish line.  There is a drink station every 2.5km. 
Course Maps
Olympic Distance Course
Sprint Distance Course
Enticer Distance Course
Transition Compound area
  1. Can I wear a wetsuit? - Yes if the water temp is under 24 degrees celsius. The water is 23 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. What is the timing chip? This records your time at various stags of the event. There are mats you will be directed to run/cycle over. This chip is attached to you left ankle via a velcro strap. For relay teams, swap this over at the bike compound. Please return after the event around the finish line. 
  5. For teams, who wears what numbering? The swimmer is given a swim cap and numbered on the left arm (on race morning). The cyclist has a seat post and helmet sticker. The runner wears a race bib on their chest. 
  6. 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. 
  7. Can I change a team member? - Just email paul@hevents.com.au to make a change up to the Wednesday. On race weekend, just make sure the person has signed the waiver. Download HERE
  8. Were can I park? - There is plenty of paid parking in parking stations at Argyle St and Bolton St and around Wright Lane at Honeysuckle. Note you can not exit Argyle St until 12.30pm after the Paratriathlon. The tram will be working from Wickham interchange. There is a station next to the event. Bikes not allowed on the tram. 
  9. Where do team members meet to change over? - Cyclists and Runners wait in the bike compound. You will be instructed were on race day. You must change over the timing chip. 
  10. 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). 
  11. Can we bring a team tent to the event? Yes, team marquees are available for hire or you can bring your own. Contact paul@hevents.com.au for more information. 
  12. Is there food and drinks for sale? - the event is right beside the Queens Wharf Hotel and Six Degrees food venues at Queens Wharf. They have great food. There is also Harrys Cafe D Wheels for a quick snack or drink or Scratchleys for some fine dining after the race. The venue is also just across the road from the Hunter Mall, which has various cafes and eateries. Please support these local food vendors. 
Check out last years wrap up video. More updates soon! 
Thanks to our Bronze supporting sponsors


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Posted by: Paul Humphreys
15 February 2019

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