The following newsletter went out to all Classic V2 competitors tonight
It’s race weekend….
Hey all, I hope everyone’s ready for racing this weekend ?
It’s race weekend starting tomorrow, so I wanted to get one last email out with some advice and guidance on what to expect now the weather forecast appears to be deteriorating 🙁
Depending on which forecast you look at, we’re ether going to get rain Sunday morning to Lunchtime or possible (fingers crossed) only Sunday evening. However, British weather forecasting isn’t exactly known for accuracy, so it’s realistic to prepare for a fully rainy day. Tomorrow looks like it’s almost certainly going to be wet, so the next section is really just advice on how to prepare for that.
Our transition is on Grass. If it rains a lot tomorrow, there’s a good chance that grass could still be very wet on Sunday morning.
The BTF no longer allow plastic boxes in transition, and I can kind of undetstand why as those boxes have gotten ridiculously big over the year’s, and we’ve seen people rock up with boxes with 4 wheels that are pretty much 5foot wide.
Anyway, what’s always popular at our races, and I wanted to offer out as advice, is to bring either a bin bag or something like a Sports Direct / Ikea bag to either put your stuff on top of, or it it looks like it might rain, put your stuff in to keep dry.
Having experienced this mistake myself first hand (foot), I can confirm putting on a set of soaking wet run shoes to run a half marathon is actually not a massive amount of fun.
If you do have a plastic box you wish to bring your stuff to transition in, that’s totally fine and we’ll find you somewhere around the edge of transition that you can leave it, but it won’t be allowed by your bike in your racking slot, and you’re only allowed a small to medium sized Soft bag next to your bike please.
Also, you will get a bike sticker tomorrow when you register, and these stickers stick really well to a dry bike and are water proof once applied. However, if you try and stick it to a wet bike Sunday am, there’s a good chance it could fall off mid ride. As we use these bike stickers to ID a competitor to the correct bike when they come to grab it after the race, if your bike sticker has fallen off, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until the end of the day to get your bike once all the others have been picked up.
In the morning on Sunday, we’ll put a small gazebo near the swim start, so if you wanted to wear and old coat, jumper, Mankini* etc over your wetsuit to keep you warm before you get into the water, you can dump it there and collect it after the race
* The mankini did actually happen once at our race, as the guy was doing the race as part of his stag, so wore a mankini over his speedos for the swim and a ballerinas Tutu for the run.
Anyway, hopefully this is just a warning for nothing, and we’ll be enjoying a perfect 19deg and overcast racing day, but you never know, so I wanted to get an email out early just to prewarn you all
For info, the lake was a nice 21.3deg today and the run course will still be 99% fine on Sunday even if it rains al day Saturday
Right, see you all tomorrow for registration, and the two briefings at 13:00 and 16:00
Graeme, Nicci and the 113 Evens team