LOCH loMAN Athletes Notes

Athlete Notes for LOCH loMAN Middle, Standard & Sprint Distance Triathlons

Sunday 17th May 2015

First of all, thank you for entering this debut event and thank you for your understanding about the issues concerning the water temperature and the swim. More about that later.

RACE HQ, START, TRANSITION & FINISH

Loch Lomond Shores, Overspill Car Park, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, G83 8QL

Car Parking.

You can park your car in the overspill car park next to transition. LAST ENTRY is 6.45am

Marshals will strictly control exit. This may not be until all cyclists have returned. Approx 1pm

Toilets and changing.

Transition will have toilets and heated change marquees. These will be accessible to athletes and event staff only.

Registration will be on Sunday 17th May 2015

PLEASE BRING PHOTO ID / RACE LICENSE WITH YOU

Middle and Standard Distance athletes

5.00am – 6.30am

Sprint Distance athletes

5.30am – 7.00am

You will be given the following:

1-Numbered colour coded swim hat

2-Numbered timing chip

3-Race Number (body / tribelt)

4-Race Number (helmet)

5-Race Number (seat post)

6-Race Number (bike front)

Please ensure all numbers match.

You will also have a number body marked.

We will supply safety pins.

 Transition

Access to Transition is for athletes only.

Helmets must be worn when walking through transition with cycle.

Only store race equipment at transition. Any other kit bags etc can be left in change marquee. You will have access to marquees during T1 & T2. The marquees will be heated.

Cycle security. Your race number and cycle number must match or no exit from transition.

Timing

Finishline are providing electronic timing. 

Athletes times will be noted at

-Start

-Swim exit

-T1 entrance & exit

-T2 entrance & exit

-Finish

Please ensure you have been body marked on your right upper arm and left lower leg.

Please ensure you show your race number to the rear on cycle and to the front on the run.

If in doubt at timing areas please shout out your number to the marshal.

Marshal Briefing

Marshal Briefing will take place near transition at 6.20am

Race Briefing

Race Briefing will take place on the beach at 6.30am for Middle & Standard and 7.45am for Sprint.

Race Start – Middle 7.00am –  Standard 7.45am –  Sprint 8.15am

Race start will be in chest deep water immediately off beach opposite Jenners.

Drumkinnon beach is not a fine sandy beach. It has small pebbles and stones. Neoprene socks are advised – compulsory if water temp below 11c

Swim Course – 1.9km Middle, 1.5km Standard, 750m Sprint

Wetsuits are compulsory. Race numbered swim cap (provided) is compulsory. Neoprene socks, hats and gloves compulsory if water is below 11c. Strongly advised if above 11c.

swimcourse

The basic swim course will be an anticlockwise triangle first heading towards Cameron House pier, then back towards the wee beach and then towards Maid of The Loch, before returning into the lagoon via the Green and Red channel markers and onto Drumkinnon Beach.

ts water temp rules
TS water temperature rules.

The actual length of the swim is currently up in the air. Assuming water temperatures do not rise much then they will all be 500m. If this is the case then we will split each distance into 2 waves 15/20 minutes apart.

Everyone is encouraged to complete the swim, however you will be escorted to the shore by kayak / powered craft.

If you get into difficulties please float on your back and raise 1 arm in the air. Our water safety team will come to assist you.

If the water temperature is below 11c and you cannot  complete the swim, you can still complete the bike and run. You will be given the swim time of the slowest swimmer plus 2 minutes.

Swim – Transition 1

  LLS swim  transition

Upon exiting the water you will run round the lagoon, past the children’s play area and cross the road at marshaled crossing. Turn right towards the r/about and follow the path into transition. It is approx 300m.

Marshals do not have the power to, nor will attempt to, stop traffic. You must adhere to any Marshals crossing instructions. Failure to do so may result in a DQ.

llshore transition 

During transition set up you have have carefully and tidily placed your kit beside your bike. If the weather is wet we will allow you to store your clothing in a poly bag beside your cycle. We strongly advise you pack a towel to help you dry off and cover your bits.

At transition athletes will be able to grab their kit bag and use the heated marquees to change / warm up.

NUDITY IS NOT ALLOWED IN TRANSITION – EVEN IN THE HEATED MARQUEES !!!

You must keep your kit tidy at all times.

You must not remove your cycle from the rack until you have correctly fastened your helmet to your head.

You must not mount your cycle before the mount / dismount line just past the gate.

Make sure you are fully aware of BTF race rules. Our TS race officials will be keeping a beady eye for transgressions.

Cycle 

EU approved cycle helmet is compulsory.

In case of emergency, mobile phone is strongly advised.

The bike course will be Marshalled by motorbikes, mobile cycle mechanic and static marshals at the main junctions.

If you see a fellow competitor in physical or medical trouble please assist and inform the next marshal.

Drafting – don’t do it. We have a motorcycle referee who will be on the look out for those breaking the BTF rules.

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Sprint bike loop updated

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/685228418

Standard bike loop updated

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/685247518

Middle bike loop updated

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/685238322

Turning left out of T1 you must not mount your bike until the Mount Line. Marshals will be on hand to show you exactly where it is.

The roads range in terrain from wide, flat, well tarmac’ed stretches with great sight lines along the A82 and Haul Rd, to lumpy, poorly surfaced tarmac with blind corners and blind summits on the Old Glen Fruin Road.

The A82 can be a very busy road. Police Scotland are providing us with a minimum of four officers along its length. If they tell you to stop you MUST stop. Failure to comply with their instruction will not only result in a DQ but will probably lead to prosecution. That said they are there to help aid the traffic flow and your progress, particularly at the large Stoneymollen Roundabout.

Only the Police have the power to manage traffic. Our Marshal team can only advise you of dangers and point you the correct way.

The route will be well marked, but ultimately it is your responsibility to know the way

The A82 is frequently used by buses and lorries. Take care. 

PLEASE TAKE GREAT CAUTION THROUGHOUT but especially in all residential areas and narrow descents.

Be aware of other cyclists, pedestrians and animals on the road throughout the course.

The route will be signed with direction arrows and caution signs.

The use of earphones, ipods etc is strictly forbidden and will result in an immediate DQ.

Sprint, Standard & Middle Distance Cycle Route

Sprint Distance = 1 SMALL LOOP

Standard Distance = 1 LARGE LOOP

Middle Distance = 1 SMALL LOOP & 2 LARGE LOOPS

 Exit Transition to the left and head towards r/about.

As you set off take care for other athletes and road users.

0.1km

Exit R/About at 2nd Exit

0.3km

Exit R/About at 3rd Exit

0.5km Stoneymollen R/About ***EXTREME CAUTION*** – Marshal Point / Police Point

Exit R/About at 3rd Exit

A82 Trunk Road Fast flowing traffic. Keep Left. Do not draft. If overtaking a slower cyclist do so quickly. If you are overtaken allow the rider in front to gain minimum of 7m gap as quickly as possible.

DO NOT RIDE MORE THAN 2 DEEP WHEN OVERTAKING

4.6km Arden R/About

Exit R/About at 2nd Exit

7.68km – SMALL LOOP

Turn Left. Signposted Helensburgh B832

10.31km

Exit R/About at 1st Exit

12.52km ***EXTREME CAUTION*** – A82 

LARGE LOOP DO TWICE  

Exit R/About at 1st Exit

Beware of cars and cyclists will right of way from right hand side

17.0km 

Turn Left onto A817 signposted Garelochhead

The A817 is a wide well tarmac’d road with long climbs and steep, fast decents, particularly towards its end.

28.1km

***STEEP FAST DESCENT***

29.88km ***EXTREME CAUTION***

STEEP FAST DESCENT with R/About at bottom. Riders must stay within National Speed Limit!!!

31km

Take 1st Exit at R/About signed Garelochhead

STEEP FAST DESCENT with R/About at bottom. Riders must stay within National Speed Limit!!!

32.5km

Take 1st Exit at R/About signed Helensburgh

32.7km

Turn Left Signed Glen Fruin

Unclassified road with occasionally poor surface and cattle grids.

32.8km

***Cattle Grid***

33.3km

***Cattle Grid***

34.2km

Water / Feed / Aid Station

34.3km ***EXTREME CAUTION***

STEEP FAST DESCENT WITH CATTLE GRID

35.1km

Partial Cattle Grid. Pass to Right Hand Side

36.1km

Partial Cattle Grid. Pass to Right Hand Side

44.6km

Take 2nd Exit at R/about

46.7km Arden R/About

For 2nd LARGE LOOP take 1st Exit at R/about onto N/Bound A82 and complete as per 12.52km until 80.76km

12.47 / 39.26 / 80.76km At end of 2nd LARGE LOOP take 3rd Exit at R/about onto S/Bound A82

14.34 / 41.03 / 82.63km

TURN LEFT into 2nd Duck Bay / Cameron House junction

14.35/ 41.04 / 82.64km

At mini R/about for Cameron House entrance turn right ONTO FOOT / BIKE PATH.

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Turning left from A82 go onto foot/bike path. Depending on traffic conditions Marshals shall advise on whether it is safe to go directly onto path or better to swoop around r/about then onto path. Ultimately you are responsible for whichever decision you take.

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Be aware of small raised kerb

For slower Middle Distance Riders: be aware of other faster middle distance athletes on this  path running in the same direction as you for 50m.

RUNNERS KEEP LEFT / CYCLISTS KEEP RIGHT

83.15km

***CAUTION BOLLARDS***

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85.25km

Take 1st Exit at R/About

85.35km  ***CAUTION RIGHT HAND TURN***

Turn Right into Transition

Dismount prior to Dismount line

85.36km

Transition 2

Listen carefully for instructions from Marshals.

Taking care to look out for pedestrians, other athletes, marshals and oncoming vehicles dismount bike before Dismount Line which will 5m after you turn right towards Transition entrance.

DO NOT REMOVE YOUR HELMET UNTIL YOUR BIKE IS RACKED.

Once your bike is racked proceed to T2 exit. Turning right begin run course.

Run

Beside transition there will be an aid station with water, gels and premixed powered drinks.

The run course is predominately on foot paths and bike paths.

Please keep to the path as much as possible.

Please be courteous to other pedestrians and cyclists.

Being a typical sunday in Balloch there will be dog walkers, prams, kids, old folk all wandering around in a carefree and unpredictable manner.

The use of earphones, ipods etc. is strictly forbidden and will result in an immediate DQ.

0km

Be aware of cyclists entering transition and other road users.

Exit transition and turn right, running up the tiny rise towards LOCH loMAN shores.

Follow path towards Duncan Mills Slipway

0.5km ***CAUTION ROAD CROSSING***

Listen carefully for Marshals instructions

Cross road and follow path

0.55km

Turn right and follow path into wooded area.

1.21km

AID STATION

1.22km

Go down steps, cross car park entrance and go under road bridge.

Follow river side path until turn point. Be aware of other athletes, pedestrians, recreational cyclists, prams and dog walkers

2.5km TURN POINT

3.78km

Cross car park entrance and go up stairs

3.79km

AID STATION

4.5km ***CAUTION ROAD CROSSING***

Cross road and follow path.

5km SPRINT – Turn left into car park and FINISH

STANDARD – Turn around at cone and complete 2nd lap To Finish at 10km

MIDDLE – Turn around at cone and complete 2nd lap. At end of 2nd lap run straight on for 2 laps of Cameron House loop.

5.05km***CAUTION ROAD CROSSING***

CROSSING TRANSITION ENTRANCE – LISTEN TO MARSHALS INSTRUCTION

10.25km ***CAUTION ROAD CROSSING***

Cross road and follow path

10.3km turn right and follow path

10.35km ***CAUTION ROAD CROSSING***

Entrance to pub car park. Proceed with caution.

10.65km

AID STATION

10.75km

Turn right into Cameron House grounds.

Follow Loch side road. This is a private road. You are sharing the road with hotel traffic. Proceed with caution.

12.47km

Turn Right onto muddy path through trees

12.6km

Turn Left. Stay on footpath.

12.85km  ***CAUTION ROAD CROSSING***

Listen carefully for marshals instructions. At mini R/About cross road (entrance to Cameron House) and continue on footpath

KEEP LEFT – RUNNERS SHARING FOOTPATH WITH CYCLISTS FOR 50m

13km

Bollards

14.3km

AID STATION

14.65km  ***CAUTION ROAD CROSSING***

Entrance to pub car park. Proceed with caution.

14.75km ***CAUTION ROAD CROSSING***

Cross road and follow path.

15km TURN POINT and complete 1 more lap of Cameron House loop.

19.95km ***CAUTION ROAD CROSSING***

CROSSING TRANSITION ENTRANCE – LISTEN TO MARSHALS INSTRUCTION

20km Turn right into FINISH

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Prizes

Prize giving for Sprint and Standard is Scheduled for 12noon at Transition.

Prize giving for Middle Distance is scheduled for 15:00 at Transition.

There will be prizes for:

1st, 2nd & 3rd Male & Female overall for each race distance

also spot prizes.

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