TRI - AZ
The courses of TRI - AZ are typical of desert venues. However a man made, spring fed lake with an average depth of 5 feet will mean a flat swim.
We have redesigned the entire event start to finish from previous years and event directors. The swim will be a time trial swim with a rectangle format making for a great opportunity for a PR swim at the beginning of the season. Those newbies a great introduction to open water swimming without the chaos of a mass start. The bike course is a 9 mile right hand loop around the town. Athletes loved this last year with brand new paved roads, bike lane coned and a slight climb coming back towards the venue will keep folks honest out there. The run is awesome around the lake and pedestrian paths around the community. Flat and fast.
Opens - 5:00am
No friends or family members allowed in the transition area for any reason. The race director and race officials will close the transition area 30-45 minutes before race start to ensure all athletes are at the starting area for mandatory course meeting and announcements. Once the transition area is closed, you will NOT be permitted back in before the race starts. Family/Friends will not be permitted in for any reason at any time throughout the event.
When the last cyclist is off the bike course and has headed out for the run. This time is variable and we will make announcements at the event as to approximate time the transition will open for athletes with bib numbers to retrieve their gear. Any athlete entering the transition area before the announcer or race director has officially opened the transition area will be DISQUALIFIED from the race! This pertains to all athletes of all distances. All athletes deserve a clear transition.
In the event of inclement weather, it is recommended you have warm, dry clothing outside the transition area to put on following your finish due to other athletes still being on the bike course.
When you have completed the race make sure to turn in your timing chip at the finish line. Please do NOT enter the transition area wearing your timing chip. PLEASE remove your chip before re-entering the transition area and exiting again. This will cause a timing error.
You must rack according to your race number, based on the sequence numbers placed at the end of each row. Please remember racks will hold 7 bikes racked with the seat tip on the support bar. Please be courteous to fellow athletes to ensure there is space for 7 bikes on a rack. If there is not enough room for your bike on your designated rack, please see a 3D Team member and we will help. Please do not move another athletes bike or gear.
Located at the run in/out chute with water and electrolyte replacement.
Run In/Out and Bike In/Out chutes are clearly marked on the large structures at either end of Transition area. It is your responsibility to go the right direction while racing in the transition area.
Swim: 200m, 500m or 1.5k
Starting things off, creating a better, safer swim experience for everyone we will have a Time Trial start. This will give you an opportunity to swim a pr reducing the washing machine effect so you can jump in and go!
Olympic Distance athletes start at 6:30am. In the water start will depend on water temp and water level; this will be announced in your race email the week of the event.
Sprint athletes start about 30 minutes later and as with all our events, the turn is marked with yellow triangle buoys.
Super Sprint athletes will start 45minutes later. You will swim to the first buoy, over 50m, and back.
Unique to this event will be a Time Trial Swim Start. This will ensure everyone has a great swim. You will be seeded once the transition area closes according to your 500m swim time. This should be your ACTUAL training 500m swim time, NOT what you hope you can swim. Once swimmers have been seeded, Olympic swimmers will begin at 6:30 and go approximately every 5 seconds depending on the swimmer in front. Stepping over the swim matts out on the swim platform and into the water.
The swim course is a simple out and back, we will line the middle of the lake with a roped, buoyed lane. Keep buoys on your left the entire way and you will exit the water under the swim structure, then up the swim chute to the transition area about 50m away.
Lifeguards will be on ocean rescue boards, as well as waverunners. If you are in need of assistance, please wave your hand so water rescue personnel may assist. If you are not a strong swimmer, you are encouraged to not start at the front of the wave. To make the swim as enjoyable as possible, swim waves will be no larger than 100 athletes per wave. You will be issued a swim cap. Caps are absolutely mandatory. If you are allergic to latex, you must provide your own.
Wetsuits have been used each year with the temps ranging between 75 and 64. We have a good inventory of wetsuits, Reserve by Tuesday at 3pm.
Bike: 9mi. 30k 28mi.
Exiting the transition area, you will follow the bike chute lined with cones out past the parking, from that point
A safer, smoother, easier bike course, re-designed for 2018
Every turn will be marked with both arrows on the pavement and chloroplast signs on the corners with officials. In addition, the 3 Disciplines truck will be leading, sweeping, and cruising the course. If you have mechanical problems, just wave the truck down and they will bring you back in. Remember this is an OPEN course, meaning you will be sharing the road with vehicles.
Because it is an OPEN course, please use caution at all times. It will be your responsibility to print maps and know the courses. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know and understand the courses. Helmets are a must. No helmet - no race. MP3 players on the bike course are an automatic disqualification.
Due to the actions of a few athletes in past events, we are making you aware not only in this event, but ALL events, whether hosted by us or any other event management company, YOU MUST OBEY ALL OFFICIALS and EMERGENCY VEHICLES on the course AT ALL TIMES!! The bottom line here is that your race time is not more important than an EMERGENCY or OFFICIAL on the course. In the event of an emergency, you MUST obey official’s requests and you MUST STOP and pull off the road for any and all EMERGENCY VEHICLES to get through. This is not only to ensure that emergency vehicles can proceed, it is for your safety as well. Any athlete who does not adhere to this rule will be disqualified from this race and all 3D Discipline races for the rest of the year.
Run: 1mi, 6.2 mi or 3.1 mi
Redesigned run course will take full advantage of the beautiful lake and all the shade the trees along the lake provide as it will get hot at the end of April. Heading out on the west end of the lake we will take you up along a tree lined path out to the Aza trail. This short 3/4 mile section will not be shaded, but will be fast. Turning back along a tree lined walkway back up to the east side of the lake for a beautiful run along the lake into the finish at the swim start.
Olympic Distance athletes: 10k - 2 laps of the 5k course.
Sprint athletes: 5k
Super Sprint athletes : 1mi. a simple, fun run around the lake.
There will be aid stations at the .5 mi. , 1 mi. 1.5 mi. and 2 mile marks which will be clearly marked along the course. You will follow small orange cones along with chalk and arrows on the course. Safety officials will be monitoring the course. If you need assistance, let them know.
You will start with your specific swim wave. Check the information cube at the event for wave start information.
You will complete the Swim and Bike disciplines of the event. Following your Bike discipline, you will dismount your bike, cross the Bike In timing mats and place your bike back at your spot on the rack in the Transition Area. You will then proceed across the Run Out timing mats and you are done! Your finish time will be when you cross the run out timing mats.
DO NOT re-enter the transition area through Run In/Out or Bike In/Out. This will cause a timing error.
If the event offers a finisher’s memento, please proceed to the finish area to receive the item. Tell the support crew at the finish line you were in the aquabike race and they will hand you the finishers memento.
You will keep your timing chip & strap on until all the bikes are off the course. Once we announce the transition is open, you may turn your chip & strap in at the designated collection point and retrieve your gear at that point.