Bike Course Summary:
The bike starts at Darwin Wright park and will take you out to rural Anderson County along rolling hills and farm country, with a few climbs and some “big ring” action for you too. Technical areas include Timm’s Mill – watch the descent, there is a hairpin turn at the bottom, and beautiful, historic downtown Pendleton – lots of quick turns.
You will pass Darwin Wright Park on your way back and then head towards T2 which is located at the Anderson Civic Center.
Bike Course Markings:
The Olympic Bike course will be marked with GREEN signs and GREEN duct tape arrows on the ground. There will be a progression of duct tape arrows on the ground before every turn and then a progression of duct tape arrows on the ground after every turn.
The Half Bike course will be marked with PINK signs and PINK duct tape arrows on the ground. There will be a progression of duct tape arrows on the ground before every turn and then a progression of duct tape arrows on the ground after every turn.
Bike Course Rules and Regulations:
Welcome to this USA Triathlon sanctioned event. You are racing under the USAT Competitive Rules. In order to minimize misunderstandings on race day, please take the time to read the following summary of the Position Violations, which you know as the drafting rules.
Position Rules can be summarized to the following:
- Ride on the right side of your lane.
- Keep three bike lengths between yourself and the cyclist in front of you.
- Pass on the left of the cyclist in front, never on the right.
- Complete your pass within 15 seconds.
- If passed, you must drop completely out of the zone, to the rear, before attempting to re-pass.
Remember you are racing in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event and there are USAT certified referees on the course to ensure fairness in the competition. There will be NO WARNINGS if you commit a foul during competition. Triathlon is an individual event and you must take personal responsibility to understand the rules and avoid penalties. At the end of the race all citations by the marshals are reviewed by the Head Referee who then decides if a penalty should be assessed. The Head Referee’s ruling is final in the case of Position Violations and there are no protests or appeals of Position penalties.
Marshals commonly cite the following violations:
- Position– riding on the left side of the lane without passing.
- Blocking – left side riding and impeding the forward progress of another competitor
- Illegal Pass – passing on the right.
- Overtaken – failing to drop back three bike lengths before re-passing
- Drafting – following a leading cyclist closer than three bike lengths and failing to pass within 15 seconds.
Though Position Violations carry a time penalty for first offense, two citations will result in an additional penalty and if you are cited for three violations, you will be disqualified. Be sure to check the penalty sheet before you leave the race site and have a chat with the Head Referee if you have any questions.
Make sure your helmet is a CPSC approved model. All helmets legally sold in the US are CPSC approved but if you purchased your helmet in a different country it might be illegal for use in sanctioned events.
While on your bike, always have your chinstrap securely fastened – before, during and after the event! The chin strap rule is easy to follow, so don’t forget – that’s a DQ!
Wear your race numbers, don’t leave your trash on the course, and don’t carry or use any portable audio devices.
Remember to treat other athletes, volunteers, and officials with courtesy and consideration. Failure to do so is called Unsportsmanlike Conduct and you will be disqualified.
The bike starts at Darwin Wright park and will take you out to rural Anderson County along rolling hills and farm country, with a few climbs and some “big ring” action for you too. Technical areas include Timm’s Mill – watch the descent, there is a hairpin turn at the bottom. You will pass Darwin Wright Park on your way back to T2 located at the Anderson Civic Center.
Anderson, SC is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the shores of beautiful Lake Hartwell in an area commonly known as “The Upstate”. Anderson is within a two hour drive of two major metropolitan areas – Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC.
|.2||Right onto Manse Jolly|
|2.2||Right onto Liberty Hwy|
|3.1||Right at 5 Forks Rd|
|5.2||Slight right onto State Rd S-4-97|
|6.7||Slight left onto Scotts Bridge Rd|
|7.5||Turn left onto Shackleburg Rd/State Rd S-4-276|
|9.2||Turn left onto Walker Rd|
|11.6||Turn right onto 5 Forks Rd/State Rd S-4-58|
|12.2||Slight left onto McAlister Rd|
|12.6||Slight left onto Olden Porter Rd|
|14.9||Turn right onto State Rd S-4-495|
|15.8||Turn left onto US-178 E/Liberty Hwy|
|19||Turn left onto Manse Jolly Rd|
|21.1||Turn left onto US-178 E|
|22||Slight right onto S Carolina 28 Truck E|
|22.7||Turn left onto Deleware Rd|
|22.9||Turn left onto Salem Church Rd|
|22.9||Turn right onto Camson Rd|
|24.2||Turn left onto Freedom Way|
|24.4||Turn right onto William Floyd Blvd|
|0.3||Turn right onto Manse Jolly Rd|
|2.3||Turn right onto US-178 W/Liberty Hwy|
|3.2||Turn right onto 5 Forks Rd|
|5.3||Slight right onto State Rd S-4-97|
|6.8||Slight left onto Scotts Bridge Rd|
|7.6||Turn left onto Shackleburg Rd/State Rd S-4-276|
|9.3||Turn left onto Walker Rd|
|11.7||Turn right onto 5 Forks Rd/State Rd S-4-58|
|13.3||Turn right onto Timms Mill Rd|
|15.4||Turn left onto Smith Rd/State Rd S-4-276|
|15.7||Turn left onto Martin Rd|
|16.6||Turn left onto six and twenty road|
|21||Turn left onto Liberty Hwy|
|26.2||Turn left onto Five Forks Rd (begin 2nd loop)|
|28.2||Merge onto State Rd S 4-97|
|29.8||Straight onto Scotts Bridge Rd|
|30.6||Turn left onto Shackleburg Rd/State Rd S-4-276|
|32.3||Turn left onto Walker Rd|
|34.7||Turn right onto 5 Forks Rd/State Rd S-4-58|
|36.3||Turn right onto Timms Mill Rd|
|38.4||Turn left onto Smith Rd/State Rd S-4-276|
|38.8||Turn left onto Martin Rd|
|39.7||Turn left onto six and twenty road|
|44.1||Turn left onto Liberty Hwy|
|50.2||Turn left onto Manse Jolly Rd|
|52.3||Turn left onto Liberty Hwy|
|53.9||Turn left onto Deleware Rd|
|54.1||Turn left onto Salem Church Rd|
|54.1||Turn right onto Camson Rd|
|55.4||Turn left onto Freedom Way|
|55.5||Turn right onto William Floyd Blvd|