Race Info

RACE INFORMATION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Thank you for taking the challenge and entering Spanish City Triathlon, we had a great event last year and this one is set to be another cracker. Please read this page carefully as it contains some key information regarding your race. If you have any questions you may wish to read our FAQ’s section.

RACE VENUE & PARKING

The race will take place on the Promenade, next to the Spanish City in Whitley Bay, NE26 1BQ. There is a large car park opposite the venue, which is metered parking 60p/hour.

ARRIVING ON SITE

When you arrive on site follow the signs to REGISTRATION that will be located near to the Dome. Registration will be open from 6.15am -7.30am on the morning of the race.

Please ensure that you find a safe place to rest your bike while you register.

If you registered for the race as a Triathlon England member, you will be required to show your licence at registration. If you do not have your licence with you, you will be required to purchase a day licence for £5. If you registered as a non-member then your day licence will be included in your registration pack as you have pre-paid for this.

Please check you have received the following items before leaving registration:

  • Your Race Timing Chip and strap – please ensure that this is attached to your LEFT ankle prior to the race start. No chip, no time!
  • 2 Race numbers – displayed on your back for the bike phase and on your front for the run. If you are using a number belt, you will only need one number.
  • 2 Bike Numbers. Stick one to the front of your helmet and the other onto your bike so that it is clearly visible.

FACILITIES ON SITE

There are public toilets located near Registration on the ramp to the beach. Please note there are no other changing facilities on site. If you are arriving by car you can also keep your belongings in your car after you have changed, or there will be a designated BAG DROP area within the transition area. This area is manned by event staff, but please be aware that bags will be left at your own risk, and that the event organisers will not take responsibility for your belongings that you leave here. There is a cafe located on the beach next to where the swim exits the water. Food & refreshments will be available for purchase.

TRANSITION

Access to Transition will only be given to competitors. Before you enter, please ensure that you have your bike numbers attached and also your helmet. We’d also recommend you wear your race timing chip straight away, this saves routing through you kit bag trying to find it 5 minutes before race start!

Once in Transition, head to your racking position according to your race number and place your bike, helmet and equipment including your running shoes in your allocated area. If you are depositing your bag at the BAG DROP area, follow the signs to this area before exiting the Transition area. Please note that for safety reasons the Transition area must be kept clear of bags and loose clothing.

Please be aware that only equipment needed for the race is to be left with your bike. All bags and boxes must be left in the bag drop area.

Transition will close at 7.45am. Please ensure that your bike & equipment are setup before Transition closes.

RACE BRIEFING (COMPULSORY) – 7.40am

The compulsory race briefing will take place at 7.40am at the area in front of transition. Please attend the briefing as all safety notices will be issued here together with any course amendments. The Race Director and Race Referee will talk you through the course and the race rules. It is also your chance to ask any questions you may have regarding the event.

If at any time after you have registered you decide to withdraw from the race, please notify a marshal or advise the Race Director.

RACE START – 8.00am

The race will commence at 8.00am with a mass start from the beach. We ask that all competitors are ready to race prior to the race brief at 7.40am as all competitors will need to make their way to the swim start.

SWIM – 750m

The course follows a simple 750m triangular swim pattern, you will exit the swim at the same location as you started, and will make your way up to Transition.

TRANSITION TO BIKE (T1)

On exiting the swim there is a short run to T1. Once in transition, you must secure your helmet strap before removing your bike from the rack and it must not be undone until your bike is replaced on the rack after finishing the bike section.

Relay Teams – Your timing chip acts like a relay baton. Your swimmer must remove the race-timing chip and pass it to your bike competitor who must securely fasten it around their ankle before removing the bike from the racking. Bike competitors will be allowed to have their helmets fastened in Transition 1 prior their swimmer arriving.

Before exiting T1 onto the bike course, make sure that your race number is displayed on your back. After you exit T1, walk/run your bike as directed to the bike MOUNT LINE which will be marshalled and clearly marked. You must cross the Mount Line before attempting to mount your bike.

BIKE – 20km

After joining the bike course you are required to complete 2 laps of the bike route as shown as the RED course on the course maps here. Once you have completed 2 laps you should exit the course by heading straight over the roundabout returning towards the bike dismount point (shown as the PURPLE route on the course map). The route will be clearly signed and marshalled. Please note, there are no water stations on the bike course.

Make sure you know the route. It is your responsibility to navigate the course successfully and safely. The race is held on open roads so it is essential that you obey the highway code at all times.

CYCLE RULES – Please make sure you are familiar with the rules British Triathlon. Download a copy here. This is a NON-DRAFTING race. Drafting will be penalised accordingly. You must maintain a gap of 10 metres between yourself and the cyclist in front. On deciding to make a pass you have 30 seconds to complete the manoeuvre. Once your front wheel has passed the other riders front wheel it is the overtaken riders responsibility to drop back out of the draft zone 10 metres behind. If you are not overtaking please keep to the left hand side of the road to allow faster competitors to pass. Do not cross the centre white lines. Side by side riding is forbidden.

TRANSITION TO RUN (T2)

Dismount from your bike BEFORE the DISMOUNT LINE and run/walk your bike into T2 to your numbered racking spot – do not unfasten your helmet until your bike is securely racked or you will be penalised.

Relay Teams – Your bike competitor must first rack their bike, then remove the race timing chip and and pass it to your run competitor who must securely fasten it to their ankle before they exit Transition 2.

Before exiting T2 onto the run course, make sure that your race number is displayed on your front.

RUN

The run is 5km consisting of a 2 laps of the RED route as shown on the course maps here. Once you have completed your second lap, you should exit the run route (designated as the PURPLE route on the course maps) to head towards the finish which is located directly in front of the Spanish City Dome. Please be aware of any pedestrians, as the run is on public footpaths. Please note, there are no water stations on the run course.

FINISH

Immediately after crossing the finish line please remove your timing chip for collection at the finish line. There will be water available at the finish.

Once the entire race has concluded you will be able to collect your bike and equipment from Transition. Please note that we cannot give access into Transition while the race is still in progress. For security reasons, to retrieve your bike and equipment you will need to present your race number and body marked number to the marshal at the exit to Transition.

POST RACE

The race presentations will take place as soon as possible after the end of the race. We’ll be playing some groovy tunes & there’ll be hot food and coffee available for purchase form the Beach Cafe.

KEY RULES

The race is governed by Triathlon England Race Officials. Visit www.britishtriathlon.org/ for all rules and regulations.

We’ve already mentioned a few rules, but here’s one or two more we feel you should know about:

  • The use of MP3 players and mobile phones during the race is dangerous and will not be allowed. You will be disqualified if it is reported that you are using either.
  • All our marshals and race officials are volunteers. Any competitor abusing the marshals or officials will be disqualified. Please be kind to them, they’ve probably been standing there a long time!
  • It is the responsibility of competitors to do their own continuous Risk Assessment of the course and to be responsible for their own safety.

We hope you enjoy the event!

Spanish City Triathlon by Total Racing
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