Transition Area FAQ's
1. What do I have to do before I can check my gear into the TA?
You must pick up your race packet so you can access your race numbers. For security reasons, we only allow competitors in the TA. Therefore, you must be body marked with your race number and the bike you're bringing in must have a matching race number attached. If you picked up your packet and got body marked on Friday evening, you can check into the TA with all your gear. If not, stop by packet pickup first, attach your bike number, and then get body marked at the station just outside of the TA before checking in. One other tip:We recommend checking tire pressure on your bike and filling your tires as needed while at your car. That way you won't have to bring a pump into the TA. Note that there will be a Bike Repair Station on site in case you have some last minute issue.
2. Are there assigned spots in the TA for each competitor?
We don't assign individual spots on the racks, but we do assign you to a specific rack. There will be a sign on the end of each rack indicating the race numbers/competitors assigned to the row. TA Marshals working the TA can provide assistance on finding your row. Be respectful of your fellow competitors and confine your gear to a single spot on this assigned row.
3. Does the TA close once the first wave starts? In other words, if I'm in a later wave, do I still have to get everything set up and be out of the TA by 7 am?
Yes. The transition area closes at 7:00 am for all participants, regardless of what wave you are in. All of your gear must be set up in the TA by this time. This helps to ensure the security and safety of all our competitors and their equipment. Thank you for your cooperation.
4. When will I be able to get my bike and other gear out of the TA?
After you've finished the race, you may re-enter the TA to claim your gear. There will be a specific "TA Gate" set up for this purpose so that you don't interfere with other competitors that still might be using the race gates. If you do need to get your gear before all competitors have finished, we ask that you respect your fellow competitors and stay out of their way. Only competitors are allowed in the TA, so a TA Marshal will check your body marked race number before allowing you to enter. Leave the race number attached to your bike as the TA Marshals will also check to make sure that the bike race number matches your body mark before they allow you to leave the TA with the bike. ALSO the KIDS Tri will be using the road in the TA area, so at 9:30am, the TA will close again for the kid's events.
5. Will I be able to change after the swim?
Before the bike and run portions, you will be able to "change" into anything you place in your spot in the TA. However, the TA is in no way protected (i.e. you're in full view of everyone) so you'll want to make sure you exit the swim wearing at least your base layer of clothing. In other words, public nudity is not allowed.
6. What do I do with my bike after the bike leg?
When coming towards the TA at the end of the bike course, you must reduce your speed to a safe level. At the Dismount sign you must stop and dismount your bike, and then you may proceed to push it into the TA. You may run with your bike, but be careful of slippery grass and do not get in the way of other competitors. You must return your bike to your designated spot in the TA and your bike must be in an upright position on the rack.
7. What should I have in the transition area?
- Your bike of course!
- Bike helmet (required)
- Water/sports drink bottles (for your bike)
- Biking shoes, if you have them
- Any change of clothes for the bike and/or run course
- Running shoe
- Any gel/food that you need
- Pants/jacket in case it's cool outside
- Small towel to designate your spot in the TA, and for quick dry off after the swim
Remember, you are not allowed to have outside help at any time during the race, so make sure EVERYTHING you need to race is in the transition area before the start of the race at 7:00 am. We recommend you practice setting up and using your TA spot - with all the gear you plan on bringing - prior to the race. You'll quickly learn how to work in a small area, the best layout for your gear (so you don't try to pull your bike jersey on after your helmet), and how to avoid losing those expensive goggles because you flung them three rows away.