Nepean Triathlon – Race day instructions

The Penrith Nepean Triathlon commences at 7am, Sunday 28 October 2012 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Castlereagh Road, Penrith.

Venue access:

Please note that the entry road into the race course, Castlereagh Road, is shut by police to all traffic from 6:30am and all cars have to be in the Regatta Centre by this time. Entry is available after 6.45am from Cranebrook Road for spectators although these spectators will need to park inside the Whitewater Stadium and walk into to the race site, with safety having regard that there may be competitors on the cycle and running tracks.


Registration is held behind the main grandstand, opens at 5:30am until 6:45am. In your race pack you will receive:

– An envelope with your name, category etc.
– A chest number that is compulsory to be worn during the cycle and run legs, optional in the swim.
– A computer timing chip to be worn on your left ankle.
– A bike security tag to place on your bike.
– A cooldry race shirt.
– A printed swim cap with you race start determined by the cap colour:

Early registration:

Please note that if are at the Nepean Enticer races on Saturday afternoon, you can also pick your Nepean race pack up from Registration from 4:15pm until 5:30pm. Please note your packs will not be available until 4:15pm on the Saturday afternoon.

Once you receive your registration envelope on the Sunday morning, please take your envelope to the marking officials also in the registration area who will put your race number on your right arm and the first age in your age category on your calf – if you are aged 43 and are in the 40-44 age group, you will have the number 40 on your calf. Please have your registration envelope to assist the numbering team.

Please check that your race number is identical to the number on your address label and that you have the correct colour swim cap for your wave start. Please inform registration of any discrepancies immediately.


WAVE No. 1: All ladies; Swim cap colour: PURPLE
WAVE No. 2: Men 29 and Under, Pro Male; Swim cap colour: MID GREEN
WAVE No. 3: Men 50 and Over; Swim cap colour: WHITE
WAVE No. 4: Men 40 – 44; Swim cap colour: YELLOW
WAVE No. 5: Men 30 – 34; Swim cap colour: SKY BLUE
WAVE No. 6: Men 35 – 39; Swim cap colour: PASTEL GREEN
WAVE No. 7: Men 45 – 49 (and TEAMS); Swim cap colour: ORANGE

Bike Racks:

When preparing to enter the bike compound, please have you helmet on and fastened, your computer chip on your left ankle, your bike security tag on your bike for inspection by the Technical Officials. Competitors are to keep their same position in the bike racks throughout the race. Please note your bike can not be removed from the bike compound until Triathlon NSW officials open the bike racks following the last competitor finishing the cycle leg – No Exceptions.

Ladies Wave:

Please note that there will be a separate area in the bike compound for the female competitors. This female section of the bike compound will be cleared at 6:45am to ensure all the ladies are at the swim start and ready for the race briefing prior to the 7am start.

Male Wave:

The Male competitor section of the bike compound will be closed and cleared at 7am. The first two male waves, Men 29 and under (including all Pro men) and Men 50 and over Male are to be at the swim start by 7:05am to await their briefing and race start and the other male waves will follow these waves.

Compulsory Race Briefing:

All race briefings will be held at each race start. The 1km swim start will start 780 metres up the lake from the grandstand. It is the responsibility of all competitors to be at the swim start in time for their race start with the first wave commencing at 7am. Once the race has started, all competitors awaiting their swim start and spectators are to keep the road clear as the bike leg comes through this area.

Course Maps:

Please see revised course maps on race website Please ensure that you are fully aware of the race course.

Swim leg:

All swimmers must be behind the start line or the start will be delayed and a shrill whistle blast will start each leg. Should you get into difficulty during the swim move to the shore or raise your arm for attention. The swim course is straight down the lake around the large orange buoy (keep it on your right) and exit at the boat ramp.

Bike leg:

On the bike, normal road rules apply and keep to the left unless overtaking. Note: this is a 2 lap cycle course. The course is closed to traffic, however, a vehicle could inadvertently enter the bike course at any time. As such, all normal road rules apply at all times.

Please see the diagram on the race website that sets out the course for the end of the first cycle lap and also the finish of the cycle leg. The first time you enter the Regatta Centre on the bike, you must keep to the left lane. When entering the Regatta Centre for the second time you will be directed to the right side of the roadway (just before the bridge) which directs you to the dismount area at transition. Extreme caution is required and should you enter the incorrect lane, DO NOT attempt to move to the correct lane without the aid of a marshal. If you find yourself in the incorrect lane continue to the transition area and pull to the side of the course ( if in dismount lane dismount and keep to one side if in continuing lane pull onto grass off roadway) and inform a marshal of your mistake. They will guide you when it is safe to proceed.

Run leg:

The run course is two laps of the main Olympic lake with the finish in front of the grandstand. Please note that there is one change to the previous Nepean run course – at the end of the first lap of the run you will be directed to turn right towards the bike compound to complete a loop before joining those competitors starting their first lap. Just before this merge you will be handed an arm band which you must have on to finish the run. There will be a three drink stops on each lap of the run course (making six stops in total) including Endura on stations 1 and 4 and water stations and Endura in the recovery area.

Your safety:

There will be first aid officials in place. Should you have been ill or have developed a medical issue leading up to the race, it is strongly advised that you do not participate. You have entered having regard for risks of competing and you are reminded of your acceptance of entry conditions, waiver release and indemnification of all officials, marshals and first aid officials in place at the event. Please note this acceptance is a legal part of the form and affects your rights.

Presentation ceremony:

The presentation ceremony in the main grandstand will be held shortly after the last person finishes and there will be many lucky draw awards including a bike from Panther Cycles and the Tour de France trip from Tour de France Travel.


Chip timing bands will be used for timing. On race morning you will be issued with a computer timing band in your registration envelope which is to be put on your left ankle. The chip timing band is your responsibility until it is taken off you at the finish. If you withdraw from the race after receiving the band please ensure the band is handed in to the timing staff on the finish line. Please ensure the band is not lost as you will be charged a $30 replacement cost if lost as detailed on the race entry form.

Bike sticker:

Please have your bike sticker on your bike handlebar stem before you enter bike compound. To get your bike out of the compound after race you must have your race number so officials can check that it matches your bike sticker number.


Event sponsors BROOKS, PANTHER CYCLES, FASHION FISH SWIMWEAR AND EPIC PERFORMANCE SPORTSWEAR will have sale outlets on the day with some huge Christmas specials.


Ample parking on the day will be provided within the Regatta Centre. Parking will be free of charge and parking officials will be in attendance. Hot food, coffee and refreshment will be available from.


Security will control bike compounds. Do not attempt to enter compounds without race number as you will be refused admittance.

Officials and drafting regulations:

Triathlon NSW Technical Officials will be present on the day – Drafting on the cycle is not permitted and this rule will be enforced. A Penalty Box will be situated just after you re-enter the Regatta Centre on the bike leg where you must go if you receive a yellow card from a Technical Official on the cycle course.


At the end of the first lap of the two lap run you will be handed an armband which you must have with you when you finish the second lap. Your number will also be taken at the far end of the run course.


There will be a Teams Section in the bike compound where the cyclist and runner will be for each changeover. The race number and timing chip band are the team batons and must be handed to the next team member at the end of each section of the race. Each team member will receive a Cooldry finishers shirt at registration.

Mechanical Service:

Mechanics and spare parts will be provided on race day in the Panthers Cycles tent.

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