A. BEFORE THE RACE
A.1. Information Package
Before the race each athlete will receive an email with basic race information, start number, and time they need to sign up at the race office.
A.2. Registration at the Race Office
You find the race office in the school Spermalie (Oliebaan nr 5), close to the transition area.
Athletes with an uneven start number can enlist between 13h15 and 15h00, athletes with an even start number between 14h30 and 16h15.
Only one team member needs to register.
A.2. Race Bag & Chip
You can obtain your race bag and chip in the race office. Your identity will be checked via passport or competition license.
Personal Championchips are not allowed, only the one provided by the organisation.
An envelope containing: (please check)
3 personalised start numbers
- 1 bag for the swim/bike transition (for the wetsuit)
- 3 bags to store your street wear
- 4 numbered stickers: one for each bag
- 1 swim cap
- 1 blue tyvek for the swimmer
- 2 orange tyveks: 1 for the bike and 1 for the wrist of the biker
- 1 green tyvek for the runner
- 1 timing chip + ankle strap
Make sure you wear the right wrist band! Once removed it cannot be re-used!
- Blue swimmer
- Orange biker and bike (frame or seat post)
- Green runner
In case a team counts only two team members the athlete who will do multiple disciplines needs to wear both Tyveks.
A.3. Check-in Transition Area
The transition area opens at 14h30 and closes at 16h45 sharp. You cannot enter the race if you show up after 16h45. By 16h50 all athletes should have either left the transistion area or taken place in the relay zone.
Check-in via Potterierei (next to Snaggaardbrug)
Will be checked: helmed and bike condition
Bike needs to comply with non-drafting race: only race bikes and time trial bikes (in good condition) allowed, no city bikes or mountainbikes. In the transition area your bike needs to be stored on the frame marked with your start number.
Prior to entering the transition area, please fix the orange Tyvek wristband to your wrist and bike. Only the cycle athlete with orange wristband can do the bike check in, no one else.
Swimmer and runner don’t get access to the transition area, only to the relay zone.
Biker and runner can’t leave bags in the transition area, they have to deposit their street wear bag at the street wear drop off next to the race office.
B. DURING THE RACE
B.1. The Transition Area
Explore the transition area and the relay zone, this way there will be no surprises during transition in the race. Check how to access and how to leave these zones.
In relay zone you hand over the chip to your team member, the normal transition area is the bike park.
Swap 1 (swim -> bike)
The cyclist will be waiting (without bike) in the relay zone (Potterierei next to the Snaggaardbrug) on his swimmer. The swimmer gives the chip to the biker, who can then run to his bike in the transition area. The swimmer should leave the relay zone as fast as possible after the exchange. The cyclist can start the bike course.
Music (ipod) is forbidden during the race!
Swap 2 (bike -> run)
After cycling: All athletes enter the transition area via the Potterierei. At the entrance of the transition area, get of the bike and run to your numbered place, store your bike on the frame carrying your number.
While running in the transition area keep your helmet on you can remove your helmet when your bike is on the frame.
Next the cyclist runs to the relay area and hands over the chip to his runner. The runner runs to the exit of the transition area in the E. Zorghestraat and starts the run course.
The biker leaves the transition area as fast as possible (bike check-out).
If the cyclist has obtained a yellow card (see explanation about blocking & drafting below) he needs to tell his runner. It’s the runner which needs to sit out the penalty in the penalty box.
The runner has to make sure he’s on time in the relay zone, when this should be he has to make out for himself.
Warming up can be done in the Snaggaardstraat not in the relay zone.
Teams run over the finish together. When the runner starts his second Lap, swimmer and biker should go to the Oude Burg (behind the Belfry), there they wait for their runner. When the runner arrives, they run in team the last 250m towards the finish. All team members wear their number in front.
Only by running over the finish line together each team member will be able to receive his medal and surprise.
B.3. Time Limits
Swim: 35 minutes. From 19h05 all cyclists have to be on their way. If the swimmer is too late, the cyclist can already start but will receive a time penalty of 10 minutes. The swimmer hands over the timing chip to his runner instead of his biker.
If the swimmer is unable to complete the swim course, then the cyclist of the team can still start once the last swimmer has completed the swim course. The team will be disqualified, but biker and runner can still complete their course and experience the race.
Cycling and running: The time limit to finish is 22h. If your still in the race at that time and you have crossed the Kruispoort, you can still complete the run course at your own risk. Athletes who didn’t cross the Kruispoort yet have to leave the race.
B.4. Non Drafting Race
DRAFTING and BLOCKING are prohibited!!!
- Be disciplined: sometimes the bike course goes over narrow roads, don’t draft!
- Drafting zone: keep distance from other athletes 3m side ways and 10m in front or back
- Blocking: cycling next to another athlete is also prohibited. Overtaking should be done within 30 seconds.
Penalties for drafting and blocking:
- Yellow card: For each card you will spend 2 minutes in the penalty box. If you receive 3 yellow cards you will be disqualified
- Red card: Means disqualified. For drafting or other serious faults.
At the exit of the transition area, before the run part (E. Zorghestraat), you’ll find the penalty box.
Athletes who received one or more yellow cards need to register at the penalty box. Skipping the penalty box means disqualification.
The full regulation can be found on the website of the VTDL:
C. AFTER THE RACE
C.1. Athlete Zone (Recovery)
Only for athletes
Free drinks and food (mainly fruit, candies, …) in the recovery zone.
Possibility to view your result on TV.
C.2. First Aid Station
The Red Cross is on site (Grote Markt)
Next to the Race Office (Oliebaan nr 5)
C.4. Chip Return
The chip needs to be returned directly at the finish, you will receive a gift in return.
C.5. Bike Check Out
Don’t remove your Tyvek wristband before you check out your bike. Only the cyclist can pick up his bike.
Please check out your bike as soon as possible after the swim – bike swap.