Q Why does the bike route require cyclists to race against the flow of traffic?
A This is done for safety reasons. Although there are several downhill sections with tight corners, racing down Hwy 99 from Alice Lake to Depot Road. would be even faster with a very tight corner at Depot Rd. This also satisfies the Transport & Highways requirements as set out in the Traffic Management Plan.
Q Given the direction of travel on the bike route where should I overtake?
A Overtaking (passing) should always take place on the outside with slower riders keeping to the inside. TriBC rules also require riders to stay as close to the inside as possible to prevent blocking.
Q Why do I have to sign a waiver and why can’t I do it online?
A The waiver is required as part of our event insurance. We have legal advice that this should be done with a personal signature.
Q What is the temperature of the water in Alice Lake?
A The temperature of the lake in July averages between 18 and 19 Celsius (65 and 67 degrees F). We have never had to deny the use of wetsuits but several competitors often choose to swim without wetsuits.
Q May spectators ride up to Alice Lake in the bus in order to watch the swim?
A Spectators may ride up on the early bus(es) if they are NOT full with athletes.
Q May I watch the swim and still return to Don Ross Secondary in time to watch the race finish?
A There is a bus mainly for returning the relay swimmers to Don Ross Secondary, but with limited room for the spectators as well. There is no parking at Alice Lake.
Q Can spectators view the run from any vantage point or is it all in the woods?
A The best place for spectators to view the run/bike is from the Don Ross Secondary field. From there they can see all the laps of the bike ride, watch the transition from bike to run and also see the runners going up and over the bridge and into the trails, starting the run and finishing.
Q As a relay runner may I watch the swim and still get back to Don Ross Secondary for the run start?
A There is a bus that leaves Alice Lake at the end of the swim. If you have a fast swimmer and/or cyclist you may not be back in time. It’s a risk.
Q What time should I get to Don Ross Secondary on race day?
A The volunteers are open for business at Don Ross Secondary at 6:30am. If you have not picked up your race package you must do so prior to 7:45am. The last bus leaves for Alice Lake at 8:30am with no exceptions.
Q How do I count the bike laps?
A The Olympic distance course is a 36.7km course of four laps... you will ride the long uphill section four times. The Sprint distance course is a 18.3km course of two laps... you will ride the long uphill section twice.
Q If I misplace my equipment/clothing where should I go to retrieve it?
A All items that are found will be placed at the wetsuit return area at Don Ross Secondary on the day of the event. Following the event items may be claimed by making arrangements via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).