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Paddy Pallin Cradle to Coast Ultra Challenge

Freycinet Lodge Challenge

    Competitor Information Kit 2002

    October 5 and 6, 2002

    Welcome to the 2002 Freycinet Lodge Challenge. Enclosed in the following pages is vital information which should ensure that you have a safe and memorable Freycinet Lodge Challenge experience. If you have any further enquires please don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember that entries are due on September 12th 2002.

    The majority of this challenge is held within the confines of the Freycinet National Park and all entrants to the park must respect the rules and regulations that apply to the Park. Basically, park users should not dispose of rubbish other than in the appropriate manner and under no circumstances bring domestic animals into the park. Entry to future events will be denied if these rules are not complied with.

Contents

    Introduction 2

    Detailed Course Description, Support Crew

    Notes & Equipment Recommendations 2

    Event Conditions 9

    Equipment Requirements 9

    Event Categories and Entry Fees 10

    Competitor Sponsorship 11

    Pre-event Time Table 11

    Accommodation 11

    Competitor Contact Information 11

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Introduction

As was noted on the previous page, this competitor guide contains important information for participants in

    the 2002 Freycinet Lodge Challenge. As a result of this, it is vital that you are familiar with its contents. It

    is also very important that team contacts ensure that all members of teams are given an opportunity to

    familiarise themselves with this guide.

The Freycinet Lodge Challenge is an experience that you won’t forget. This event comprises of some of

    the best known features of the East Coast, enabling competitors to experience the rugged grandeur of the

    Hazards and Wineglass Bay as it has never been experienced before. It must be stressed that it is the

    competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they are adequately prepared in terms of fitness, skills and

    equipment for this unique journey.

Course description, equipment recommendations & support crew information

    Day 1

Leg #1 Hazards Beach Run

    Approximate distance: 15 Km. Estimated Time: 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours.

    Map: Coles Bay 6033 walk map, 1: 250,000.

    Briefing time: Previous evening. Race Registration : All: 7.00 AM

    Race Start: 8.00 AM

Course Description

    The Freycinet Lodge Challenge start will be at the Freycinet Lodge carpark. Competitors will run from the

    carpark along the road to the Wineglass Bay Track/Hazards Beach Track carpark. From here competitors

    take the Wineglass Bay Track/Hazards Beach Track to the junction and then proceed along the Hazards

    Beach Track to Hazards Beach. The track undulates and comprises of some rough terrain. The track

    follows the coastline affording good views of Oyster Bay. Once on the beach, runners proceed to the

    Isthmus Track (left of the beach) which takes them to the northern head of Wineglass Bay. Runners then

    take the Wineglass Bay Track back to the carpark and then back along the road to the transition at the

    Freycinet Lodge.

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Leg #1 Hazards Beach Run

Overall, the track is well marked, nevertheless, it is the responsibility of each runner to be familiar with the

    route. Considerable track work has been undertaken so there is no scrub and little mud. Some sections,

    however, are rocky, slippery, and uneven underfoot and care must be taken.

    Water is NOT available and should be carried by all runners.

Runners will pass bushwalkers, many of whom are very supportive. Your courtesy is appreciated.

Equipment Recommendations

    ? Running Pack This should be fairly small, hang low on your back, and have a waist strap

    and a sternum strap. A water bottle holster on the waste band is a very good idea. A bumbag

    is not recommended.

    ? A water carrying/drinking system. This can be as simple as the one mentioned above, or

    utilise a bladder and tube.

    ? Shoes. The run can been done in everything from walking boots to racing flats without socks.

    However, please ensure that your footwear is going to be durable enough for the run over

    rocks, tree roots and mud and will be comfortable if wet for the duration of the run. While the

    choice of shoes is very personal, the modern generation of specific trail running shoes are

    very popular and seem to perform well. Gaiters are not generally worn, however, watch out

    for snakes.

Support Crew Information

Support crews for this section should prepare for the transition or provide moral support for competitors at

    the Wineglass track carpark.

Leg #2 Road Cycle, Freycinet Lodge to Swan River Road.

    Approximate distance: 66km. Estimated time: 11/2 hr 2 1/4 hours.

Course Description

    The cycle leg starts at the Lodge transition, turning left and following the road through Coles Bay to the

    Tasman Highway. From the intersection, competitors turn left toward Swansea until they reach the Swan

    River Road approximately 20km from the Coles Bay road. Competitors then turn left and follow the road to

    the transition at Greasy Pole Reach where the kayak section starts.

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Leg #2 Road Cycle, Freycinet Lodge to Swan River Road.

Course Description

The roads are sealed, but there may be short sections of gravel due to road works. Occasionally,

    competitors may have to negotiate potholes. NOTE: please be aware that there is a planked bridge and

    cattle grid crossing in the last 2k which require caution.

Riders must be self sufficient in terms of minor repairs. Repairs requiring outside assistance will incur a

    time penalty. Riders who use glue on tyres (singles) and puncture and opt for a replacement wheel will

    incur a time penalty. All road rules must be obeyed. No drafting is allowed and in the interest of safety

    and traffic flow, support crews are not to follow behind riders for extended periods.

Equipment Recommendations

    ? Approved bike helmets must be worn

    ? Two drink bottle cages

    ? Clothing for a variety of weather conditions (e.g. arm warmers, leg warmers).

    ? Gearing should allow tired legs to get up the one steep hill. 23*39 or similar is recommended,

    particularly for individuals.

    ? Use sensible wheel and tyre combinations, noting that there are sections of the course that

    may be subject to road works and potholes. Replacement wheels will incur a time penalty.

    ? Aero bars and aero wheels are allowed and would be an advantageous.

Leg #3 Moulting Lagoon Kayak

Distance: 13 km

    Estimated time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

    Course Description Competitors enter the water and turn right , proceeding down Greasy Pole Reach and through the Swan Cut

    between the islands to the Channel Junction. After rounding the buoy and leaving it to your right hand side

    competitors then follow the channel to Swanick Bay boat launching ramp.

Equipment Recommendations

    ? If a rudder is fitted to the kayak, it really needs to be of the kick-up variety rather than the

    fixed sort. There could be low water levels.

    ? Comfortable seat.

    ? Spray decks should be worn if you don’t like stopping to empty water.

    ? A tube and bladder system is recommended for drinking.

    ? Repair tape and sponge just in case.

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Leg #3 Moulting Lagoon Kayak

Support Crew Information

    If you are supporting an individual you will need to be organised for this transition. Competitor may wear

    the same helmet cycling and paddling.

Don’t forget to collect your cyclist/cycle equipment on the way out.

Leg #4 Cape Tourville Mountain Bike Ride.

    Approximate distance: 15 km. Estimated time: 45 minutes up to 1 hour. Map: Coles Bay 6033 and 6034 walk maps, 1: 250,000.

Course Description

    The transition area is at the Swanick boat ramp. After the transition, competitors turn right along the

    bitumen road and then left on the bitumen road to the main road junction. After the junction, competitors

    enter the bush and proceed along the marked track to Cape Tourville. At the Cape Tourville carpark, the

    competitors turn around the marker, keeping it to the right hand side, and proceed back to the Lodge

    carpark on the marked track.

    Note: Coles Bay is noted for its granite gravel and this can be a slippery surface to MTB on.

Support Crew Information

    Support crew will be able to see competitors on the Cape Tourville Road but support crew should be aware

    of other vehicles and competitors using the same road. Also, support crews should be prepared for the next

    transition at the Lodge.

Equipment Recommendations

    ? Approved bike helmets must be worn.

    ? Two drink bottle cages.

    ? Clothing for a variety of weather conditions (e.g. arm warmers, leg warmers).

    ? Gearing should allow tired legs to get up the one steep hill, particularly for individuals.

    ? Use sensible wheel and tyre combinations, noting that there are sections of the course that

    may be subject to road works and potholes. Replacement wheels will incur a time penalty.

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    Day 2

Note: This day’s course is subject to weather and it may be necessary to change it on

    the morning.

Leg #1 Coles Bay Kayak.

    Approximate distance: 13 km Estimated time: 60min to 90min

    Map: Coles Bay 6033 walk map, 1: 250,000.

    Briefing time: All at 7.00AM. Race Registration : All: 7.15 AM

    Race Start: 8.00 AM

Course Description

    The second day of the Freycinet Lodge Classic commences with a kayak from a start point below the

    Lodge and proceeds around a marked course in the Bay. This will be a looped course around the points

    indicated at the race brief. Competitors will proceed from the start to a marker at the Fisheries and then

    back through the start line to a marker set off the jetty on the northern side of Coles Bay. Competitors will

    exit their Kayaks on the beach below the Lodge and then run to the road bike transition in the Lodge

    carpark.

Equipment Recommendations

    ? Spray decks are essential.

    ? A tube and bladder system is recommended for drinking.

    ? Your boat should be able to handle sea-like conditions.

Support Crew Information

    Ensure that you arrive at the start in sufficient time for the race brief and registration (from 7:00am) and

    then make sure that your paddler is on the water by 7:45am. After the start, support crew will be advised of

    competitors positions within the transition area, but in the interim, they are to ensure that road bikes and

    MTB’s are ready for the return of their competitor.

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Leg #2 Road Bike.

    Approximate distance: 35 kilometres. Approximate time: 1 hour - 1 hr 10 mins.

Course Description

    The road bike is a simple out and back course. Competitors on leaving the Lodge carpark follow the main

    road to the turn around point which is approximately 2km south of the Friendly Beach road. Competitors

    then return to the Lodge carpark for the transition to the MTB.

Support Crew Information

    Due to the nature of the course and the number of competitors on the final day, Under no circumstances

    are support crews to follow their riders this would create a major traffic hazard.

Leg #3 Friendly Beach Mountain Bike Ride.

    Approximate distance: 25 km. Estimated time: 1.hr to 1.1/2 hours.

    Map: Coles Bay 6033 and 6034 walk map, 1: 250,000.

Course Description

    The transition area is at the Lodge Carpark. After the transition, competitors proceed along the bitumen

    road past the park entry hut and up the hill to the marked turnoff at the new subdivision. The course is then

    indicated by coloured surveyors tape and proceeds to the top of the Telecom Tower hill before connecting

    to the Weir Road. Competitors turn right onto the Weir road at the marked junction and follow the track to

    the Freshwater Lagoon at the southern end of the Friendly Beaches. It should be noted that there is one

    junction approximately 2.4km from the end of the weir and competitors must turn to the left on the most

    used road. At the southern end of the Lagoon competitors turn LEFT through the gate and follow the track

    as it proceeds along the side of the Lagoon and after approximately 1km it turns inland and then south

    again. There is one steep downhill and rutted section of track where competitors must exercise caution. The

    course continues south to a junction north of the sewage treatment pond. At this point it turns LEFT and

    competitors follow the marked course back to the Coles Bay township, past the Telecom tower and down

    the hill that they first encountered (after the park entry hut) and back to the Lodge carpark.

Note: Coles Bay is noted for its granite gravel and this can be a slippery surface to MTB on.

Equipment Recommendations

    ? Approved bike helmets must be worn.

    ? Two drink bottle cages.

    ? Clothing for a variety of weather conditions (e.g. arm warmers, leg warmers).

    ? Gearing should allow tired legs to get up the one steep hill. 23*39 or similar is recommended,

    particularly for individuals.

    ? Use sensible wheel and tyre combinations, noting that there are sections of the course that

    may be subject to road works and potholes. Replacement wheels will incur a time penalty.

    ? Aero bars and aero wheels are allowed and would be an advantageous.

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Support Crew Information

    Support crew will not be able to follow competitors on this section of the course but will be advised of

    positions whilst in the transition area.

Leg #4 Wineglass Bay Run.

    Approximate distance. 15km Estimated time. 1.1/4 to 2 hours.

    Map: Coles Bay 6033 walk map, 1: 250,000.

Course Description

    Competitors proceed from the transition at the Lodge carpark along the marked course to the Wineglass

    Bay Track carpark and then onto the track itself and over the saddle to the beach. Competitors then run to

    the turnaround at the southern end of the beach and return to the finish at the Lodge carpark.

Overall, the track is well marked, nevertheless, it is the responsibility of each runner to be familiar with the

    route. Considerable track work has been undertaken so there is no scrub and little mud. Some sections,

    however, are rocky, slippery, and uneven underfoot and care must be taken.

Water is NOT available and should be carried by all runners.

Runners will pass bushwalkers, many of whom are very supportive. Your courtesy is appreciated.

Equipment Recommendations

    ? Running Pack This should be fairly small, hang low on your back, and have a waist strap

    and a sternum strap. A water bottle holster on the waste band is a very good idea. A bumbag

    is not recommended..

    ? A water carrying/drinking system. This can be as simple as the one mentioned above, or

    utilise a bladder and tube.

Support Crew Information

    Apart from reviving competitors at the end of the course and packing up equipment you can knock off!

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Event Conditions

In keeping with the spirit of the event, the number of formal rules which govern the race has been kept to a

    minimum. It is hoped that participants will continue to compete in a sporting manner so this can remain the

    case in the future. It is hoped that participants will respect fellow competitors, race officials, and, most

    importantly, the environment through which they will travel.

General Conditions

    1. Competitors must register in one of the race categories mentioned below. 2. Entries will only be accepted if all team members have signed the entry form and it has been returned thwith the appropriate entry fee prior to September 12 2002. Late entries may be accepted with the

    discretion of the Race Committee.

    3. A $50 administration fee shall be retained if any team withdraws from the race having entered.

    4. The Race Committee reserves the right to reject or withdraw any team or entry.

    5. Participants under 18 years of age must have written parental consent. 6. Each competitor/team must have a support crew. 7. All team members/competitors and support crew should be familiar with the contents of the competitor

    information kit.

    8. It is the responsibility of competitors to know the course.

    9. All mandatory equipment, as described below must be carried. 10. Race numbers are to be worn on the outside of all clothing at all times. 11. Competitors must assist fellow competitors in need of help. Your time will be adjusted accordingly.

Conditions Relating to Specific Legs

Kayaking

    1. Single kayaks/surf skis only.

    2. All craft must have end loops and fitted buoyancy.

    3. Life jackets must be worn or a buoyancy device (such as those used in Surf Life Saving) be carried.

    4. Spray decks must be fitted on all kayaks.

    5. Different craft may be used on different legs, however changing mid leg is not permitted.

    6. So as to be consistent with cycling drafting regulations wash hanging is to be avoided while kayaking.

    7. Helmets are not required.

Cycling

    1. Single bikes only.

    2. Hard shell helmets must be worn.

    3. Obey all road rules.

    4. There is to be no drafting of other competitors or vehicles.

    5. All repairs are to be made by the cyclist. Penalties apply for outside assistance.

    6. As repairs must be carried out by the cyclist, spare tyres/tubes, a pump and basic repair kit should be

    carried. (See rules section for more details).

    7. Support crew are not to follow behind competitors and should follow the directions provided in this

    guide.

    8. Food and water as required.

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Running

    1. First Aid pack is recommended.

    2. Backpack/bumbag.

    3. Long sleeve Thermal top and bottom are recommended. 4. Head covering are recommended.

    5. Waterproof jackets are recommended.

Event Categories and Entry Fees

    There are a number of different ways in which to participate in the Freycinet Lodge Challenge.

Individuals

    Competing as an individual is one of the most demanding and perhaps one of the most rewarding ways to attempt the challenge. The individual completes the entire course. There are categories for the open female and open male individuals with an entry fee of $150 per competitor applying in 2002.

Two Person Teams

    This category provides more variety than the conventional three or four person format. The requirement is that one team member completes each leg of the course, which they are required to specify in advance, but there is an expectation that each member will complete at least one leg per day. The entry fee is $260 per team for 2002.

Three or Four Person Teams

    This race format involves teams of three or four completing the course as a traditional relay, with team mates passing the race number at each transition. While competitors in these categories tend to specialise in one discipline for the duration of the race, this is not essential. There are categories for male teams, female teams and mixed teams. The cost of entry in 2002 is $380 per team.

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