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General
Spectator Information
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GO TRI Disability Aquathlon
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General

What is Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea?

Britain’s first-ever standalone World Triathlon Para Series event will be hosted by the city of Swansea on 6 August 2022.

Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea will see Paralympic, World and European champions descend on Swansea for the next three years, representing the pinnacle of paratriathlon competition.

The elites will be joined by up-and-coming athletes for a leg of the British Triathlon Paratri Super Series and participants in the GO TRI Disability Aquathlon - all at the Prince of Wales Dock and SA1 Waterfront

Where is it?

The start, finish and event village are all based at the SA1 Waterfront, next to the Prince of Wales Dock and South Quay

When is it?

Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea takes place on Saturday 6 August 2022

Where can I sign up to volunteer?

Help to make Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea happen by signing-up to be a volunteer for the 2022 event. Click here to register to be a Tri Maker in Swansea this year!

How can I get involved?

You can get involved by taking part in one of the morning events, volunteering, spectating or even providing entertainment.

Entries are open for the British Triathlon Paratri Super Series and GO TRI Disability Aquathlon events at the Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea.

  • British Triathlon Paratri Super Series - entries are open to anyone with a physical or mental impairment or is neurodivergent. The race is open to both paratriathlon classified and non-classified athletes - non-classified athletes will be included in the wave racing against other athletes with a comparable impairment. You can find out more and register here
  • GO TRI - Anyone with an impairment is invited to take part to swim and run in the GO TRI Disability Aquathlon- whilst the swim course will be set at a maximum of 100m, don't feel like you need to complete the full distance. Similarly, we have a 500m run lap, which you can do once or twice, or even less if you want! You can find out more and register here

Help to make Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea happen by signing-up to be a volunteer for the 2022 event. Click here to register to be a Tri Maker in Swansea this year

We are offering free general admission areas around the waterfront to spectate during the morning and the elite races, with the event village part of this.

With plenty to do, lots to explore and even more to keep you entertained no matter your age, it is the perfect destination for those looking to make the most of their day in Swansea whilst supporting our athletes.

What else is happening that week?

Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea is headlining Disability Sport Wales’ Para Sport Festival which will include taster sessions in a variety of para sports from 1-5 August. There will also be an IRONMAN 70.3 race on Sunday 7 August.

Spectator Information

Will there be road closures?

For more information on the areas affected by the road closures, please click here.

Are tickets required for the event village?

No, currently we are looking to offer free general admission areas around the waterfront to spectate during the morning and the elite races, with the event village part of this.

With plenty to do, lots to explore and even more to keep you entertained no matter your age, it is the perfect destination for those looking to make the most of their day in Swansea. Over the weekend you will find:

  • Food and drink
  • Big screen showing all the action
  • Entertainment for all the family

I would like to spectate at the event, is the site accessible for those with a disability?

The event is accessible for all. There will be a dedicated accessible viewing area located near the finish line on a first come first serve basis.

What time will Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series elite races start?

The elite races on Saturday 6 August will start at the following times:

  • 13:00 PTVI categories
  • 14:20 PTWC categories
  • 15:45 PTS2-5 categories

There will also be a leg of the British Triathlon Paratri Super Series starting at 08:30 and a GO TRI Disability Aquathlon starting at 10:30.

Click here for the full event day schedule.

Where is the best place to see all the action?

The start, finish and event village are all based in SA1 Waterfront. You can also see the cycle and run course through the city centre.

  • Cycle route – Museum Park is a good spot to see laps of the cycle route
  • Run route – Kings Road roundabout is a good spot to see laps of the run route

Venue Map coming soon

Click here for the route maps.

 

Will there be food and drink available?

Yes, a full range of food is available in the event village located on the dockside of the finish line. The food range will include hot and cold food and ice cream. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol will be available for purchase.

What happens if my child gets lost?

Lost children and their parents can report to the information point located near the swim start or any steward / police officer. There will also be stewards along the site to help you.

Where can I go to get information when I'm here?

There will be an information point located near the swim start on the dockside of SA1 Waterfront.

Travel and Parking

I'm driving to the event, where can I park my car?

There is no dedicated car park for spectators, please use city centre car parks on this link: city centre car parks - Swansea.

Please note that due to road closures for the event, some car parks will not be accessible until the road closures have been removed. Spectators travelling by car are advised to use the Fabian Way Park & Ride which has buses every 20 minutes to the Quay Parade (Sainsbury’s) stop, from where the event venue is a 10 minute walk over the Sail Bridge.

Is there any accessible parking available?

Blue badge parking will be accommodated in a dedicated car park to be confirmed soon.

Can I cycle to the event?

Yes. There will be a bike park located near the swim start and information tent. Bikes will be left at your own risk.

Local Road Closure Information

Where can I find information about the road closures?

All local road closure information can be found here.

I live in the Maritime Quarter, can I exit during the event?

All cars need to be parked in Paxton Street Car Park by 10am on Saturday 6 August if access from the Maritime Quarter is required.

Vehicles will then be able to leave Paxton Street Car Park at set times within the race: 14:00 – 14:20 and 15:30 – 15:45.

Will I need to pay for parking in Paxton Street Car Park?

No parking fees will be charged on Saturday 6 August.

Can I access the Maritime Quarter during the event?

The Maritime Quarter cannot be accessed during the road closures. Residents are requested to park in one of the city centre car parks until the roads reopen.

Where can I access information about the road closures on Sunday 7 August?

Please visit enjoyswansea.bay.com or https://www.ironman.com/im703-swansea for further information on the weekend road closures.

Why are you closing roads on the Friday?

As Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea features an elite race, the road closures are in place on Friday 5 August to facilitate a course familiarisation for our elite athletes.

I'm a carer, how do I access patients on the route?

Please contact swansea@britishtriathlon.org to discuss access.

What if there is an emergency and I dial 999, how do the emergency services gain access?

There will be no restricted access for emergency services.

GO TRI Entries and Registration

What is the minimum age for the event?

Ages 14 and over as of 31/12/2022

What do I get in my race pack?

Your race pack, which includes your race number, will be available to pick up from the registration tent near the swim start.

Within your race pack you will receive the following items:

  • Race number
  • Swim cap
  • Transition zone wristband

What do I need to bring with me to register?

Please make sure you remember to bring the following items to registration:

  • A form of photo identification

Is the route on closed roads?

The route is on footpaths around the UWTSD SA1 campus.

Are there any particular rules that must be followed for this event?

The GO TRI event is run under British Triathlon competition rules which can be found here.

British Triathlon Paratri Super Series Entries and Registration

Do I need to be classified to take part?

No – Entries for the British Triathlon Paratri Super Series are open to anyone with a physical or mental impairment or who is neurodivergent. The race is open to both paratriathlon classified and non-classified athletes - non-classified athletes will be included in the wave racing against other athletes with a comparable impairment. Only classified paratriathletes are eligible for British Triathlon Paratri Super Series points.

What is the minimum age for the event?

Ages 15 and over as of 31/12/2022

What do I get in my race pack?

Your race pack, which includes your race number, will be available to pick up from the registration tent near the swim start.

Within your race pack you will receive the following items

  • Race number
  • Swim cap
  • Transition zone wristband
  • Bike stickers
  • Helmet stickers
  • Timing chip
  • Timing chip ankle strap

What do I need to bring with me to register?

Please make sure you remember to bring the following items to registration:

  • A form of photo identification
  • British Triathlon Home Nation membership card or day license confirmation

Is the route on closed roads?

All the roads on the cycle and run will be fully closed to public.

Are there any particular rules that must be followed for this event?

The British Triathlon Paratri Super Series event is run under World Triathlon competition rules which can be found here, alongside British Triathlon Paratri Super Series technical guidance which can be found here

Merchandise

Is merchandise on sale in the event village on event day?

Yes, it is. A merchandise pop up shop featuring British Triathlon merchandise will be open on Saturday 6th August, so make sure you head over there to pick up some merchandise.

Alternatively, if you would like to order merchandise before the event, then please head over to the British Triathlon Shop where you will be able to purchase British Triathlon merchandise. Shop now here

Merchandise Returns Policy

All refund and exchanges are to be processed directly by our merchandise supplier Scimitar Sports. For more information on their delivery and returns policies please visit their website here.

Swim

Is the water in the Princes of Wales Dock safe to swim in?

Yes. We carry out many scientific water quality tests throughout the year to monitor the water quality of the dock. Swimming will only be allowed if the water passes the water quality tests.

What safety measures are in place during the swim?

We use a very experienced swim safety team who provide a number of safety kayaks and rescue powerboats throughout the swim course.

Should you get into difficulty in the swim, lie on your back and raise one arm, a kayak will then escort you to safety. As you will be wearing a wetsuit, the buoyancy will help too, so please don’t panic.

There will be a water handling team who will be at swim entrance and exit to support those athletes with an impairment that means that they need support entering and exiting the water.

What is the likely water temperature in the Prince of Wales Dock?

The water temperature is likely to be somewhere between 13 ˚C and 18˚C.

An official water temperature will be available one hour before the race start at the Information Point.

Do I have to wear a wetsuit?

In accordance with British Triathlon and World Triathlon Competition Rules, wetsuits are compulsory for all competitors if the water temperature is below 18°C when recorded.

If the water temperature is between 18°C and 24.6°C, wetsuits will be optional for competitors, but recommended for non-elite competitors. Those athletes in the PTWC class may always wear wetsuit trousers.

If the water temperature is above 26.4°C, wetsuits will be banned for elite competitors. In such circumstances, British Triathlon may permit non-elite competitors to opt to still wear a wetsuit, depending on the nature of the event and ambient conditions on the day. Competitors will be notified of this at registration and in advance of the event where possible.

In all instances where swimmers have the option to swim without a wetsuit, British Triathlon will put into place a system to account for those non-wetsuited swimmers via a check-in and check-out system at the swim entry & exit points. British Triathlon will inform the water safety manager of any discrepancies in the details of the non-wetsuited swimmers (i.e. if a non-wetsuited swimmer is recorded entering the water but not exiting). In such instances, the Unaccounted for Swimmer procedure in the Emergency Action Plan will be followed.

What should I wear under my wetsuit?

We recommend wearing a tri suit underneath your wetsuit as it will make your transition quicker and removes the need for extra clothes in transition. However, participants are allowed to wear a swimming costume or swim shorts instead.

Can I wear gloves and socks for the swim?

In line with British Triathlon’s Competition Rules, gloves are considered illegal equipment and cannot be worn while racing (Rule 4.11.e). The use of wetsuit socks/boots is permitted when the use of wetsuits is mandatory.

There are scenarios where exceptions can be made, including for those who suffer from Raynaud’s Disease. If medically advised to wear socks, gloves or any other item considered illegal during the race, a medical exemption request must be applied
for by emailing events@britishtriathlon.org

A medical note stating the reason must be submitted to the Event Organiser and Technical Official on the day of the event.

If you need help or advice when applying for a medical exemption or are unsure on any of the illegal items stated in British Triathlon’s Competition Rules, then please email swansea@britishtriathlon.org

Do I need to wear a swim cap?

Yes. You will be issued with a coloured swim cap in your race pack at registration, based upon whether you need assistance out of the water at swim exit. Everyone must wear a swim cap for safety reasons. A swimmer is easier to see in the water if they’re wearing a swim cap.

Do I need goggles in the swim?

Any open water swim really does require goggles. We recommend using goggles which have lenses suitable for outdoors, as these are a slightly different colour to those you would typically use in a swimming pool where the water is clear, and the lights are bright.

Most open water swimmers would use a lightly tinted or persimmon coloured lens, which will make everything look clearer and crisper, especially if the weather is not too bright.

Prescription goggles are also acceptable.

Can I use any stroke during the swim?

Backstroke is not allowed as this can easily be confused with the distress signal and you cannot easily see where you are going. We recommend that you try to swim front crawl, but breaststroke is also permitted.

Can I hire a wetsuit for the event?

We have a limited number of wetsuits that can be borrowed by GO TRI participants on the day of the event. If you need borrow a wetsuit please email swansea@britishtriathlon.org

I’d like to get my own wetsuit, what thickness should I aim for?

Wetsuits are made of neoprene which insulates your body against cold temperatures, helps your muscles and joints work efficiently, and improves buoyancy to keep your body position high in the water. Not only does this help you swim faster, but it also means you can take rests without using energy trying to stay at the surface.

On race day, the water temperature in Price of Wales Dock at SA1 Waterfront will be somewhere between 13˚C and 18˚C, so we recommend getting a wetsuit that is either 3mm, 4mm or 5mm thick (max).

Any thicker than 5mm and the wetsuit will lack flexibility and be hard to take off, and contravenes the British Triathlon Competition Rules. Any thinner than 3mm and the wetsuit will offer less protection against the cold, so find one which is right for you.

Bike (British Triathlon Paratri Super Series only)

Can I hire a bike for the event?

There is no bike hire facility for this event

I have at time-trial (TT) bike, can I use it for the race?

TT bikes are permitted in all races at Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea. The event is run under World Triathlon Competition Rules, and the permitted cycling equipment is explained in Section 5 of the rule book available from this link

I have a mountain or hybrid bike, can I use it for the race?

Yes you can. Any bike, including road or mountain bikes, can be used during the race providing that it is roadworthy.

I have a trike, can I use it for the race?

No. Competition rules state that all bikes must be 2 wheels, unless it is a hand cycle..

Do I need cleats/clipless pedals for the cycle?

No, you do not have to use cleats/clipless pedals

Can I use tri bars?

Yes, you can as the open races are draft-illegal. All bar ends must be plugged, and safety checks will be carried out at the entrance to transition.

What happens to my bike after the race?

Once you have re-racked your bike in transition after completing the bike course, it will stay in the same place as you left it until you collect it after the race.

What are bike and helmet stickers, and how do I apply them?

Bike and helmet stickers are there for your safety, security and identification throughout the event. Included in your race pack is:

  • One bike sticker – wrap this around the seat stem of your bike.
  • Three helmet stickers – place one sticker on the front and one on each side of your helmet

When do I need to put the stickers on my bike and helmet?

Once you have registered, all stickers need to be applied almost straight away.

You CANNOT go into the cycle transition area without your bike or helmet stickers being applied for security reasons.

What is drafting? Can I draft on the bike?

Drafting is cycling close to the bike in front of you and thereby gaining an advantage. All the open races are draft-illegal for the bike section. This means you cannot cycle closer than 10m from the bike in front of you.

A competitor may enter the draft zone of another person to overtake them. You have up to 20 seconds to successfully carry out the overtake, otherwise you must drop back to 10m behind.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Yes. You must wear a cycle helmet for the whole of the cycle section of the event. Your cycle helmet must be on your head and fastened whenever you are in contact with your bike. Do not take the bike off the rack until your helmet is on and done up, and don’t unfasten your helmet until your bike is back on the rack after your cycle section.

Where do I wear my race number on the bike section?

Your race number should be worn on your back during the bike section. The easiest way to achieve this is by wearing the race number on a tribelt and ensuring the number is displayed on your back during the bike section. You will need to provide your own tribelt. However safety pins will also be provided at registration.

Will there be medical support and aid stations on the course?

Medical support will be available at strategic points around the course. There will be no drinks stations.

Make sure your bike is in a roadworthy condition for the event. If you do have a flat tire during the race, you will have to fix it yourself. Carry your own fluids on the bike.

Am I allowed to wear a GPS tracking watch to monitor my own pace?

Yes. GPS tracking watches are allowed to be worn during the race

Run

Am I allowed to wear a GPS tracking watch to monitor my own pace?

Yes. GPS tracking watches are allowed to be worn during the race

Will there be medical support and aid stations on the course?

Medical support will be available at strategic points around the course. There will be no drinks stations.

Should I wear specific running trainers?

Specific running trainers may make your race experience more enjoyable. Your trainers should be appropriately fitted and should be comfortable for running. If you want to speed up your transition, elastic laces can be used rather than normal laces.

However, whatever you do, do not wear brand new trainers on race day.

Where do I wear my race number on the bike section?

Your race number should be worn on your front during the run section. The easiest way to achieve this is by wearing the race number on a tribelt and ensuring the number is displayed on your front during the run section. You will need to provide your own tribelt. However safety pins will also be provided at registration.

Transition

Where do the transitions take place?

Both transition 1 (swim to bike) and 2 (bike to run) will take place in SA1 Waterfront.

What will I need to gain access to the transition area?

Your race pack will contain a wristband which will allow you access to transition. When you enter transition at your designated check-in time, you will need to show your security wristband. Without your wristband you will not be allowed to access transition.

When in transition how will I know which way to go, where to exit transition on my bike and run?

Allow plenty of time when you first rack your bike to check out the ‘swim in’ area, the ‘bike out’ area and the ‘run out’ area in transition. Make sure you understand the way the flows work in transition.

Can you give me any tips to speed up my transition?

Planning and practice is key to a speedy transition. When racking your bike and setting out your transition area, make sure all the equipment you need for the bike and run course are laid out neatly and make a mental note of where your bike is.

When your bike is in amongst other bikes of your fellow participants, it can be disorientating. Try to figure out a way of knowing where your bike is, whether that be by row number or a landmark that is close by. Also, make sure you check out the swim exit, bike exit and run exit area’s so you know which way to go.

Equally important in a speedy transition is keeping calm. If you start to rush too much then that is when things start to go wrong, but if transition doesn’t go to plan, don’t worry, you can make the time up elsewhere.

What am I allowed and not allowed to put in transition?

In transition, you are allowed to have the following items:

  • Bike and helmet (British Triathlon Paratri Super Series only)
  • Bike shoes, glasses and any other bike equipment or clothing required for the cycle section of the race. (British Triathlon Paratri Super Series only)
  • A small soft-sided bag such as a rucksack which should remain in transition and not impede the progress of another competitor
  • Trainers for the run section and any other equipment or clothing required for the run section of the race
  • Mobile phone*

*Please note that you are allowed to bring a mobile phone into transition but it must not be used while the transition area is live

Items not permitted in transition include:

  • Helpers, friends or family members
  • Pets

Post-Event

What do we do with our timing chip after completing the race?

Once you have crossed the finish line, we ask that you remove your own timing chip from your ankle. Please then take the chip off the Velcro strap and drop them in the allocated buckets.

Please remember to hand in your timing chip otherwise you will be charged for the chip as it will be considered lost.

I accidentally kept my timing chip after the race, where can I send it back to?

If you accidentally kept your timing chip after the race, please make sure you email swansea@britishtriathlon.org.

Please do so as soon as possible after realising that you still have it, otherwise you will be charged for the chip as it will be considered lost.

I lost my timing chip during the race, how do I make sure I don’t get fined?

The timing chip you receive as part of your race pack is critical to your race as it will electronically record your race time splits as well as your overall time.

If you lose your timing chip during the race, please inform a Technical Official as soon as possible. They will be able to manually record your time so that you receive an overall time, but also make a note that you have lost it.

After you have finished your race, please also email swansea@britishtriathlon.org to make us aware of your situation to ensure that you don’t receive a penalty charge for not returning your timing chip.

How can I get warm clothes or a towel to the finish line to dry myself if the weather is bad?

All participants are able to bring a SMALL bag into transition to hold all personal belongings and equipment. We recommend that when packing this bag you include warm clothes and a towel for after the event.

If your question has not been answered above, please email swansea@britishtriathlon.org.

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