Bike Pit, Staging, and Transition
Approximately 30 minutes before your heat, you will need to be in the Bike Pit to get your bike and Athlete Tote. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that you pay close attention to the Announcer. The Announcer will advise athletes when it is time for each heat to proceed to the staging area (located next to the pool). Once your heat is announced, you will have 10 minutes to make your way to the staging area.
In the staging area, you should have your bike and Athlete Tote with your swim, bike and run gear in hand.
The Staging Coordinator will assign a color and lane number to each athlete (e.g., Yellow, Lane 4).
Once the heat in front of you starts their bike leg, the Staging Coordinator will release you to the Transition Area (the bike racks behind the swim lanes).
Place your back tire into the bike rack that coordinates with your lane number and color. Your Athlete Tote will sit in the box to the RIGHT of your bike as you face the rack. NOTHING CAN BE LEFT ON THE GROUND ON THE POOL-SIDE OF YOUR RACK EXCEPT YOUR BIKE SHOES AND HELMET (towels, mats, buckets, step stools, etc.). Bike shoes may be left clipped on pedals if you prefer, but your helmet CANNOT be on your bike.
What’s allowed in the Bike Pit?
The bike pit is your place to prepare for your race. Therefore, anything you need to prepare yourself is OK, however, trainers are not allowed and any person not racing will not be permitted to enter (parents, this means you too!). This is an athlete’s only area.
How often can I go into the bike pit?
Feel free to come and go from the bike pit throughout the day. Be aware of the races going on around you and if you are crossing the course, pay attention so as not to get run over by a fellow competitor. Remember, only athletes racing will be allowed in the bike pit area.
What’s allowed in transition?
The transition area is meant to be a “clean” area. Therefore, the only items allowed inside, will be: Bike helmet, bike shoes, run shoes, swim cap, goggles, sun glasses and a visor / hat. Al of these items must fit within the supplied Athlete Tote (20x9x12)
How do I set up transition?
Because the transition area has to be kept clean, the setup is very easy. The rear wheel of your bike will be place in the bike rack immediately behind your swim lane. Place the container provided and all of its contents in the space beside your bike.
Do I have to clean up my transition area?
No. After you leave the transition area to start your run, a volunteer will take your Athlete Tote back to your rack in the bike pit area.