The 18th Byron bay Triathlon will be taking place this weekend on May 11 and 12.
The Triathlon has the wonderful support of the NSW Police Service, Byron Bay Councillors and Council staff who have approved a road closure from the Hyundai Transition all the way to Ross Lane near Lennox Head with conditions. Firstly local residents must have access and an escort service into the estates, hotels and resorts and the bus line south cannot be cut. This means that you will encounter some vehicles and must remain vigilant at all times. 102,000 people could be indirectly affected by the triathlon this year so your support is necessary to both protect cyclists and also maintain the community harmony. The rules are simple: don’t draft as this increases risks and is cheating; stay in the left lane; keep your eyes up and look ahead; and give way to vehicles.
The distance has been increased to 40km resulting in immense pressure from the community regarding the extension and this may have to be cut on the day. Some of the competitors will comment this should have been sorted earlier, and the reply is ‘it has been sorted’, but we are the only remaining midday triathlon on the calendar in a major town with only one road access… and we must work with the community or the historic Byron Bay Triathlon format will be changed.
Competitors and friends should allow an extra hour travel time when turning into Byron Bay as there are extensive delays on the roads due to the triathlon. Do not park illegally or you will be towed. Do not be late for racking in the Hyundai Transition and come prepared for rain showers and a cool breeze.
It is expected that wetsuits may be approved. The wave starts are faster this year and reordered to reduce times on the cycle leg. Please be at marshalling thirty minutes prior.
The introduction of the Cooper’s Party and Presentation Night at the Surf Club will take place where you are invited to join the Triathlon team for post event celebratory beverage or meal. There will be catering only for four hundred meals but have heaps of Coopers.
Friday 10th May
- Registration Open 4.00pm – 7.00pm
- Carb loading dinner available at Byron Bay Services Club (Johnson St) – crew will be there at 7.00pm
Saturday 11th May
- Registration Open 8.00am – 11.00am
- Transition Open 9.00am – 11.00am
- Junior Aquathon 10.00am
- Athlete Briefing 11.20am
- Byron Triathlon 12.00pm
Sunday 12th May
- Run for Mum/Family Walk 9.00am (registration open from 8.00am)
Race Day Parking will be available in Butler Street Reserve (Byron Bay Sunday Markets Site).
The majority of public streets in Byron Bay are subject to parking restrictions (2-4 hours maximum). This year we have once again secured athlete parking at the Butler Street reserve. Thank you to Byron Shire Council.
Gates open 7.30am, parking entry is off Sommerset Street. If entering Byron Bay from the North turn right into Butler Street at the roundabout intersection of Shirley Street and Lawson Street (near the Police Station & Caltex service station – before crossing the railway lines).
If travelling from the south turn left at the bottom of Johnson Street at the roundabout into Lawson Street, then left into Butler Street at the roundabout intersection of Shirley and Lawson Streets (just after crossing the railway lines).
The registration/transition is located about 500m from the parking area.
Parking will cost just a gold coin donation – volunteer parking attendants from Byron Youth Service will be in attendance collecting money for their programs. Please support this great local service. All cars MUST leave the car park by 6pm when we will be locking the gates.
Maps are available on the website at: http://www.byronbaytri.com.au/
Athlete Program & Start Lists:
Need to know where to go? Where to park? What time to be here? Who else is racing in your category? All the answers are in the Athlete Program & Start Lists which are now available the website: http://www.byronbaytri.com.au/
Don’t forget about the presentation night at the Byron Bay SLSC from 5.00pm. Presentations start at 6.30pm – music, food & of course some Coopers will be available. Lots of prizes to be won in the random draw so don’t miss out.
Triathlon Australia One Day Licence:
Please be aware that if you DO NOT have a TA membership/licence number you are required to purchase their one-day licence with your entry. If you have not already done so – please log back into the registration site & purchase the licence – $20 for individuals & $25 for teams.
Mummy’s Wish Fun Run & Family Walk:
There is still time to enter the Mothers Day 5km Run for Mum or Family Walk in aid of “Mummy’s Wish”. Don’t miss out – register now & support this wonderful charity.
For further details visit www.byronbaytri.com.au