The Corporate Triathlon Challenge race distances are a tenth of the IRONMAN Triathlon. The Challenge takes place over a 380m swim, 18km cycle and a 4.2km run. The race will finish in the same finish chute, prepared for the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship race taking place the following day. The course includes the two transitions. The write up below will guide you through the whole race.
There is a procedure for checking your bike and helmet into the Transition area. Only individuals and team cyclists will be allowed down the road to Transition (i.e. Hobie Beach Car Park): other team member(s) / family / friends can wait in surrounding areas. Please ensure that you have your cycling helmet (with race number sticker on the front) securely fastened on your head when you check your bike into the Transition area. Referees will check your bike and see that your helmet is securely fitted and in good condition. Once inside the Transition area, there are volunteers to assist with the racking of your bikes: individuals and teams will rack in different blocks. Athlete’s helmet (incl Teams) must remain next to the bike in Transition.
The next engagement is to attend the pre-race briefing that will take place on Hobie Beach, near the Swim exit. ALL Athletes must congregate in the area between the pier and the demarcated Swim Entrance area.
• Swimmer will place the Timing Chip + Belt securely on his / her left ankle. After the race briefing, access the Swim Start down the slipway to the swim holding area when it is your swim wave start.
• If the swimmer is also cycling (or running), do not wear the race number whilst swimming.
• At the changeover chute, remove the Timing Chip + Belt and hand this to your team cyclist. The cyclist must secure the chip to his / her LEFT ankle before leaving the holding area : if the chip is not fastened to the ankle, NO race time will be recorded.
• Team Swimmers may not enter Transition.
• Cyclist will have the race number with the word “Cyclist” on it: this must be securely fastened to the back of your race vest / shirt.
• The Team Cyclist must wait in the team holding area (sea side, next to the tall palm) just inside Transition.
• When the swimmer hands the Timing Chip + Belt to the cyclist, the cyclist must IMMEDIATELY secure this to his / her LEFT ankle BEFORE leaving the team holding area. If this is not placed on the ankle before the cyclist crosses the timing mats in Transition, no race times will be recorded and the team will be considered a DNF (did not finish).
• The cyclist will cross two timing mats inside Transition: one after you take over from the swimmer and the other just before exiting Transition to hand over the Timing Chip + Belt to the runner.
• After cycling, cyclists may not go back into Transition: wait outside Transition until Bike Check-out commences.
• Cyclist must collect bike at Bike Check-out (after team has finished the race): you will require your team’s Timing Chip + Belt back from the team runner in order to check your bike out of Transition. No Chip = No Bike !!!
• Runner will have the race number with the word “Runner” on it: this must be securely fastened to the front of your race vest/ shirt. Should the cyclist and runner be the same person, both numbers are worn, front and back.
• The team runner will wait in the team holding area (next to Blue Waters Café) just outside Transition.
• When the cyclist hands the Timing Chip + Belt to the runner, the runner must IMMEDIATELY secure this to his / her LEFT ankle BEFORE leaving the team holding area. If this is not placed on the ankle before the runner leaves the holding area, no race times will be recorded and the team will be considered a DNF (did not finish).
• On completion (before the cut-off time) the team runner will receive the medals on the Finish Line for the team members.
• The runner must ensure that he/ she returns the Timing Chip + Belt to the team cyclist soonest as the cyclist will require the Timing Chip + Belt to retrieve his / her bicycle from Transition. No Chip = No Bike !!!
*(In the past the timing chip served as the “relay baton.” This caused congestion as the procedure of removing a timing chip from an ankle, passing it onto the next team athlete's hands, who then had to re fit it to their ankle took time. Some athletes ended up running with the chip in their hands, nullifying the timing system.)
For detailed information on the Relay Procedure, please consult the Athlete Info Guide.
Each wave will start in the holding area on Hobie Beach (See Race Schedule for start times). Athletes, per wave, must access the Swim Start holding area via the slipway (Timing Chip activation) and line up in the holding area behind the swim Start banner. The swim is around two buoys in the Bay, in an ANTI-CLOCKWISE direction. The first leg is approximately 150m towards the first buoy which you round with the buoy on your left; an 80 m section to the second buoy, also passing that buoy on your left. From here it is the final stretch back to the beach.
Once on the beach, swimmers will go up the stairs, adjacent to the Pier, and follow the run chute towards Transition, entering the Transition area next to the tall palm tree (between the Hobie Yacht Club and Blue Waters Cafe/ Barneys), through the opening in the fence.
INDIVIDUALS will proceed through the opening on the LEFT into Transition and over the timing mats and continue to your bike
TEAM Swimmers must enter on the RIGHT. Remove the Timing Chip + Belt and hand this over the low fence to your team cyclist : your cyclist MUST put the Timing Chip + Belt onto his LEFT ankle IMMEDIATELY, before leaving the team holding area. The cyclist will then run over the timing mats in Transition and continue to their bike.
See Transition layout map.
The water temperature should be between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius. The surf is usually very small so getting beyond the breakers is relatively easy. Currents vary, but are typically very weak. There are lifesavers on duty and a full water safety plan in place.
A swimmer experiencing difficulty and who is in need of assistance MUST raise an arm overhead, pump it up and down, and call for or seek assistance.
• All swimmers (Teams and Individuals) must access the Swim Start holding area via the slipway.
• The Swimmer must wear their swim cap provided and per allocated wave start.
• Wetsuits are optional, unless the water temperature is below 16 degrees Celsius, then wetsuits are compulsory.
• Timing Chip + Belt is on the left ankle : Team swimmer & Individuals
• Do not swim with your race number on : Teams or Individuals
• Team swimmers may not enter Transition.
Transition 1 (or T1 for short) refers to the change over from swimming to cycling. Easy and calculated does it safely!
See TEAMS Section in the Athlete Info Guide.
• Teams: the Timing Chip + Belt must be passed from the swimmer to the cyclist. The cyclist must IMMEDIATELY fasten the Timing Chip + Belt to the LEFT ankle BEFORE leaving the team holding area.
• Teams: ensure your race number is securely fastened to the back of your shirt.
• Individuals : Ensure the Timing chip & belt is still secured to your LEFT ankle.
• Fit and secure your helmet strap before you handle your bike.
• No cycling inside the Transition area – Never Ever.
• Mount the bike only outside the Transition area once you have pushed your bike over the Mount / Dismount Line and when instructed by the Race Referee(s),
Once you have gone through the T1 formalities, leave the car park area and turn left onto Marine Drive, cycling on the LEFT-HAND SIDE of the road. Keep going along Marine Drive in the direction of Noordhoek / Schoenmakerskop. After 9km you will reach the TURN-AROUND POINT. Turn around the orange beacon clock-wise and head back towards Hobie Beach, again keeping to the left of the road.
The route is mostly flat and gently undulating. There is the possibility of a wind blowing. Air temperature can vary between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius on the day. This is a draft-legal race : Triathlon bikes are permitted, provided that you are on your tri-bars ONLY if you are leading a bunch.
Dismount BEFORE the Mount / Dismount Line (when instructed by the Race Referee) and push your bike into Transition
• The cycling leg is draft legal, so pack riding is allowed. (Only use your tri-bars when you are leading a pack)
• Cycle in a consistent and predictable way.
• Keep to the left of the bike lane to allow faster cyclists to pass on your right.
• Do NOT litter on the course – littering will result in a DISQUALIFICATION.
T2 refers the change over from bike to run. Easy and calculated does it safely!
• Cyclist must dismount BEFORE the Mount / Dismount Line (as instructed by the Race Referee(s) and push the bike into Transition.
• No cycling inside the Transition area – Never Ever.
• RACK your bike at the same spot that you collected it from.
• NOTE : You may only unclip your helmet once have racked your bike.
• Teams: after racking your bike, the cyclist must run over the timing mat near the run exit : remove and hand the Timing Chip + Belt to your runner in the holding area outside Transition (Blue Water Café side).
• Bike collection is only from 10:15 or once an announcement has been made (until 11:30). Cyclists must wait OUTSIDE Transition until this time. You will require the Timing Chip + Belt back from your runner for this.
Teams: Ensure your race number is securely fastened to the front of your shirt/vest and the Timing Chip + Belt secured to your left ankle BEFORE you leave the holding area. Runners head along the road on Marine Drive in the direction of Humewood / King’s Beach. Remain on the road until after the Happy Valley / Humewood Beach Bridge and then you will be marshalled onto the pedestrian path, keeping to the left of the path. Going out, runners will go past the McArthur Baths Complex (on your right-hand side), keeping to the left and remaining on the pedestrian pathway, parallel to Marine Drive.
At the end of this pathway, turn right into the main entrance at the King’s Beach car park. Runners will hug the perimeter of the car park as marked out by the orange cones, past the Aid Station water table where water and Coke will be available. (Please remember to thank the volunteers.) From the car park, you take the pedestrian path through the park and back onto the walkway near McArthur Baths, turning left onto the pedestrian path to back-track all the way towards Transition. Remain on the path so that this time, runners will pass Barneys and Blue Waters Café on the seafront side and continue on to the finish chute where you will finish under the Corporate Triathlon Challenge Finish arch.
• Race number on your front and Timing Chip + Belt secured to your left ankle.
• Do NOT litter on the course: this could result in disqualification.
• There will be two-way runners between the Humewood Beach Bridge and McArthur Baths – Keep to the left, in both directions.
Once you have crossed the finish line the individual athletes will each receive a medal and the team runner will receive a medal for each team member. The Announcer will make the announcement on when Transition will open for bike check-out.
Top 3 Teams and Top 3 Male and Female Individuals will receive trophies. Go and celebrate with your team members, fans and colleagues. It will be a blast! No trophies will be posted to winning teams/ athletes.