FAQ

Q: Where and when exactly is the race taking place?

A: Start and finish will be at Alice Lake, at the far end of the lake (South Beach). Both, swim/ bike and bike/ run transitions will be located there. The race takes place on Sunday, July 16th.

Q: What are the exact start times and swim waves?

A: Race start is scheduled for 8AM (to be confirmed). There will be 2 swim waves: first wave for Championship distance and relays and the second wave (15-20 minutes after the first wave) for Sport distance competitors.

Q: What is the access and parking situation on race day morning?

A: We encourage all athletes and spectators to carpool. There will be limited parking at Alice Lake main parking lot. Access to the South Beach (start & finish area) will be restricted as there will be no parking! For local athletes and those familiar with the area, we suggest riding their bikes to the start area.

Q: Where do I get my race package and bib?

A: There will be pre-race package pickup in Squamish on Friday, July 14 bewteen 4PM and 7PM at Nesters/ Valhalla Pure (Squamish Station Mall) and Saturday, July 15th between 10AM and 3PM at Sound Runners in Squamish. For out of town athletes and those who arrive on race day, there will be package pickup at Alice Lake. We strongly encourage everyone to take advantage for pre-race pickup.

Q: Where do I find course maps?

A: We are in the process of finalizing course measurement and maps. Due to weather and trail conditions it has not been safe to either ride or run the course. The majority of trails are still covered in snow and ice (status March 12). We hope to have all maps available by mid April. Bike and run course descriptions are alreay available on the website.

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 every year many competitors choose to swim without wetsuits.

Q: What does the swim course look like?

A: The Sport course features a 750m triangular, single lap swim course in clockwise direction with start at the South Beach. Championship competitors complete two laps with short exit on the beach between lap 1 and lap 2.

Q: Are there any swim cutoff times?

A: We would like every competitor complete the swim safely and able to complete the rest of the course. Although there is no hard cutoff time, swimmers should be able to complete the 750m course in 30 minutes and the 1500m course in max. 1 hour.

Q: How difficult is the bike course?

A: The bike course is a mix of double and single track trails. The most difficult and technical trails include Rollercoaster and Lumberjacks both of which are rated BLUE in Squamish. If you are not familiar with those trails we strongly suggest you pre-ride the course in order to be familiar and comfortable with the technical level. The course features a mix of up an downhill section with ample opportunity to pass. Sport and Championship competitors will ride the same course. The Sport course features one lap, the Championship course includes two almost identical laps.

Q: What kind of bikes are allowed?

A: Only mountain bikes with wheel sizes 26, 27.5 or 29 are allowed. No cyclocross, road or any other bikes.

Q: Do you offer any refunds in case I cannot race?

A: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any refunds, rollovers or transfers.

 

If you have any other questions, please email info@squamishtriathlon.org

 

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