Rubicon Middle Distance Triathlon - Race Pack Information
RUBICON MIDDLE DIST TRIATHLON – 1 SEPT 2024
The event is being held under the rules of the British Triathlon Federation and you should familiarise yourself with them. For further information on the rules visit www.britishtriathlon.org or phone BTF HQ on 01509 226161.
The event will take place within the private grounds of Newby Hall, Ripon North Yorkshire HG4 5AE (Satnav use HG4 5AJ).
SATURDAY 31 JULY 2024
1100hrs Venue and campsite open.
1400-2000hrs Registration opens.
RACKING - IS ONLY AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY UNLESS ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN AGREED IN ADVANCE
SUNDAY 1 Sept 2024
0500 -0630hrs Registration opens for Middle race entrants. 0500hrs Transition opens - access race number required. Mandatory race briefing (0630hrs) will take place just outside the transition area. Please note that the athletes must attend the briefing, failure to do so will result in the athlete being disqualified. PLEASE ALLOW YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME.
The car park and camping are all within the estate. Please respect the privacy of the owners and do not stray from the designated footpaths as this may jeopardise the future of the event.
MIDDLE DISTANCE INDIVIDUAL AND RELAY ROAD TRIATHLON
0700 Race Start. Directly after the race brief athletes will be guided to the swim start, which is a short walk up stream. Athletes are to walk to the swim start with wetsuits on (at least around the waist) and wearing suitable footwear. Each athlete will be issued a plastic bag at Registration; you are to place your shoes (not race shoes) in the bags provided. Your footwear will them be placed just outside registration for you to collect after the race. DO NOT USE YOUR RUNNING SHOES FOR THE WALK TO THE SWIM START.
There will only be 1 Wave for the Rubicon – the river is very wide with plenty of room at the start. However, less confident swimmers are encouraged to stay at the rear at the start of the race.
Spectators will be shown the best place to watch the swim within the grounds of Newby Hall.
You will need to show your BTF License. If not you will need to purchase a Day License for £4. There are no exceptions.
Collect your race number, bike number, helmet number, swim cap, HUUB Towel, timing chip and strap. Course maps and notices will be displayed at registration - please familiarise yourself with the course. The race WILL start on time, so if you intend to register on Sunday, please make sure you have registered and have your bike racked and kit all ready for the race with plenty of time.
The River Ure water quality is excellent. Wetsuits are compulsory unless stated otherwise at the race brief. Athletes will swim 1700m down stream with the final 200m back upstream to the most iconic swim exit in the country.
There will be opportunity to acclimatise to the water before the start. There will be plenty of safety kayaks in the water for your safety. The kayaks are also there to guide you. If you get into difficulty, turn on your back and raise one arm and a kayak will assist you. If you appear to be struggling in the swim or have been in the water for a long time, you may be pulled out at the discretion of the safety crews. You will however be allowed to finish the race if you wish to.
Those competing in the Relay Triathlon will run into the transition, remove the timing chip from their ankle and hand it to their cyclist who will be waiting by their bike. Please do not get in the way of other triathletes as you leave transition, as other swimmers will be arriving.
T-1 SWIM TRANSITION
ONLY COMPETITORS WEARING RACE NUMBERS ARE ALLOWED IN THE TRANSITION AREA. Collect your bike, BUT DO NOT remove it from the racking until your helmet is fastened. (2 MINUTE PENALTY). Mount in the ‘designated area’ on the road. Helmets must conform to BSI, ANSI or SNELL standards.
PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST WEAR A RACE TOP AND NO PHONES/IPODS ETC FOR ANY PART OF THE RACE
As you leave the transition mount your bike as directed by the marshals. Please be careful on the main roads although the early start should mean traffic is quiet. You must obey the Highway Code at all times, failure to do so will result in disqualification.
Maps and a virtual fly by of the course can be found online. Please note that the bike route is 2 laps of a 25 mile loop followed by a small 5 mile loop. Each loop will take you through the small village of Skelton On Ure. This village is only 1 mile from race registration and it is strongly recommended you fully familiarise yourself with the directional signs through the village. In the village you will see a set of conflicting directional signs; on the first 2 laps you are asked to turn left (25 mile loop), on the 3rd lap you are asked to ride straight on to the smaller lap. Each lap will take you back through the grounds of Newby Hall. Although clearly marked and marshaled some athletes have still got this wrong and in doing so other athletes have followed. This has resulted in some disappointed athletes who did not take the time to go and recce the aforementioned location (Skelton On Ure, only 1 mile from race registration).
THIS IS A NON DRAFTING RACE AND THERE WILL BE MOTORCYCLISTS AND REFEREES ON THE COURSE.
T2 - BIKE TRANSITION
Enter the transition, rack your bike and ONLY THEN remove your helmet. Exit the transition as indicated by the signs.
Relay cyclists rack your bike first then tag your runner at the exit of the transition and hand over your timing chip.
The run is a flat 5.2km loop that takes you through the stunning grounds of Newby Hall and the very quiet village of Skelton on Ure. Maps and a virtual fly by can be found online. Maps will also be displayed at registration.
Athletes will complete 4 full laps of the run route. It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure he/she does the correct amount of laps (this will be recorded via timing mat). Failure to do so will result in the athlete being DQ’d.
PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST WEAR A RACE TOP AND NO PHONES/IPODS ETC FOR ANY PART OF THE RACE.
Finish is in front of the Marquees where water, coke and snacks will be available.
There will be one aid station at the 25mile point – 750ml bottles with Gatorade energy drink or water and Maxi-fuel energy gels. The aid station will be situated in the grounds of Newby Hall directly in front of the registration area, only 400m away from transition. Athletes are encouraged to recce the aid station areas noting were all the refreshments are located at different points. You must enter the aid station area at a speed that is safe allowing you to collect refreshments; volunteers will not run after you if you fail to slow down appropriately. It is your responsibility. Any swearing or unsuitable behavior directed at the volunteers/marshals will result in instant DQ.
Refreshments for the run will be located at the 5km point, again very close to registration and the transition area. The refreshments available will be as per the bike with the addition of coke. In addition to the 5km aid station there will also be a WATER ONLY aid station at 2.5km.
POST-RACE PHYSIOTHERAPY AND MASSAGE
Massage will be available (more details can be found online)
PRESENTATION AND PRIZES
This will take place by the finish area.
Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
1st Open Male/Female - £250 cash. 2nd Open Male £175 Cash. 3rd Open Male £75 cash.
Vet Male (over 45)/Female(over 40). 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are to be confirmed but will include HUUB products, Specialized Products and lots more.
There will also be Cash Prizes awarded to the fastest T1 and T2.
Middle distance race approx 1400hrs. It is strongly recommended to stay for the prize giving.
If you are not there to collect your prize and you would like us to post it to you it will cost £15 to a UK mainland address. Other addresses may cost more.
If you have any known medical conditions please inform us before the race and write your condition on the back of your race number. If there is any medication you need during the race please make sure it is clearly marked with your race number and hand it over to the First Aiders or Race Officials.
Mobile toilets will be provided next to the Transition Area. There will be no showers at the race venue. However there will be a paddling pool for athletes to cool off after the race.
There is plenty of free parking within the estate close to the camping and event area. Please follow the car park marshals’ instructions. If you are camping you may park your car next to your tent.
The camp site is 100m from the finish line. FREE Camping pitches are available. Please check in before you pitch your tent or you may be asked to re-pitch it. You will find more information about camping on our website.
Please do not leave any possessions or valuables in your tent or vehicle, unless this is unavoidable.
If you need to leave any belongings in your vehicle, then keep them out of sight as much as possible, for example in the boot or glove compartment. Your vehicle is more likely to be targeted by thieves if they are aware that there are valuable goods within it.
The organisers cannot accept any responsibility for any theft, loss or damage to any property and by taking part in the event you confirm you accept that.
Please put your litter in the bins provided or take it home with you. Please do not throw gels and other packaging on the bike route, please wait until you enter the aid station area in Newby Hall.
Please respect the privacy of the estate owners and do not stray from the designated footpaths as this may jeopardise the future of the event.
We still need volunteers for various roles. We offer volunteers a free race entry (transferable to next year’s event). Please contact us as below.
We hope you enjoy the race and we would like to thank Newby Hall for allowing us to hold the event at their home.