What should I wear for the race?
Some athletes wear a “tri-suit” that they can swim, bike and run in, but many also put on shorts over their bathing suit for the bike and run. Some change between each event! Just remember that there is no covered changing area in transition so our athletes keep some sort of swimming base layer on for the entire event.
Can I wear a wetsuit?
We will be following the USAT guidelines, which states that wetsuits are legal to a water temperature up to 78F. Between 79F & 83F, you may wear a wetsuit but will not be eligible for awards. If the water temperature is greater than 84F, you will not be permitted to wear a wetsuit due to safety reasons.
What’s the difference between a wetsuit and tri-suit?
A tri-suit is a one or two-piece article of clothing that is designed for swimming, biking and running. They are made from quick-dry material designed for triathlons.
A wetsuit is made of neoprene insulated material and is often worn over a tri-suit or other racing garments. It is removed after the swim portion.
Will heats be assigned?
Yes, heats will be assigned based upon your age/gender.
What time should I arrive?
As early as possible. The transition area will open at 6:00am and will be closed by 7:45am for the race. All athletes MUST be set up in the transition area by 7:45am.
Where do I park?
The Bangor YMCA Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan has an on-site parking lot.
What should I bring with me on race day to Transition?
Bike, Bike Helmet, Bike Shoes, Running Shoes, Pre-filled Water bottles, extra clothes to change after the race. Lockers and showers are NOT available, but the lake is.
How do I keep track of my transition spot?
Your transition spot will be where your bike is racked. This will be clearly marked with your number and volunteers will be on hand to help you find your bike and gear. We suggest a small, bright towel next to your bike to organize your gear on. Remember you can always attend one of our transition workshops for suggestions on managing transition! Unfortunately, balloons or other signs are not allowed in Transition.
Will there be professional medical personnel on hand?
Are there any aid stations on the race?
Yes, there will be water handout at Transition and an aid station on the Run Course.
What kind of bike can I ride?
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND TIRE WIDTHS OF GREATER THAN 25MM DUE TO COMPRESSED DIRT/GRAVEL ROAD AND POOR QUALITY PAVEMENT.
YOU SHOULD USE TIRES WITH GROOVED OR STUDDED TRACTION. SLICK-TIRES SHOULD BE AVOIDED.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND AGAINST THE USE OF EXPENSIVE TRIATHLON BIKES DUE TO POOR ROAD CONDITIONS.
WE ADVISE THAT YOU USE A BEATER-ROAD BIKE, OR MOUNTAIN BIKE, OR HYBRID BIKE, OR CYCLOCROSS BIKE OR SPRING-TRAINER BIKE.
USE AERO-BIKES AT YOUR OWN RISK BECAUSE THE ROADS ARE SUCH POOR QUALITY, YOU RISK SELF-INURY IN A CRASH OR DAMAGE TO YOUR LIGHTWEIGHT CARBON FRAME OR CARBON WHEELS.
Do not ride a new or different bike for the first time on the race or arrive at the event with a bike that is not in good operating condition (tires included). Please be aware that there is no bike maintenance or assistance on the course.
How do I change clothes?
In your car or with a towel wrapped around your body. Bathrooms will also be available on-site in our King Dining Hall. Public nudity is not allowed.
If you have any questions, send us an email!