The following email went out to all Cotswold226 Tri Competitors on 20/06/16
Cotswold226 Pre race mail
I hope this email finds you all enjoying the first day of British Summertime (i.e. what appears to be heavy rain and wind)
We’re less than 4 weeks out from the race now, so this email will cover a few key points.
If you didn’t, for any reason, get my June newsletter, you can read it here https://www.113events.com/226-june-newsletter/
In this email, I’ll cover the following ;
- Race Number requests
- Race stats and facts
- Race info Pack
- Aid station menu
- Live tracker and results
Race number requests
We’ve now closed entries off, so have the final start list at our disposal
This week, before we have to order race numbers and go to print with various things, you can now request a specific race number, or a group of sequential numbers to be racked with your mates
We have numbers 3-130 (inc) available to select.
Specific numbers tend to be pretty popular, so please can I ask that you select a 2nd and maybe a 3rd option as these are first come first served.
If you want a random group of sequential numbers so that you can be racked with your mates or club (our racking is sequential), can you let me know the name and email of the people you want to be grouped with as you’d be surprised how many seemingly unique names we get duplicates of on the start list, and I’d hate for you to be racked next to the wrong Quentin Zahary 🙂
I have to close this request window off at 13:00 on Friday the 24th June, as that’s the latest I can oder the printed material for it to come in time for the race.
The most commonly requested numbers are still 13 and 69, so if you want those you’ll need to get your email back to me quickly
In the interest of fairness to all, I can only accept requests by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we’ve finalised all the numbers at the end of this week, we’ll publish the start list to the race website
Race Stats and figures
I know many of you will have started, or will be starting your taper now, so are bored stiff at not being able to train as much as you have done previously, so I’ve compiled some stats and figures on the race this year to occupy yourselves with in this boring time
We have 138 registered starters for this year’s 226 tri
It’s made up of 83% Men and 17% Women
The oldest Competitor is 67 and the youngest is 22
The average age is 41
The furthest travelling competitor is coming from Belgium, and the closest lives about 2 miles away
The fastest Iron distance PB time of a competitor (that we know of) is 8hrs 47mins, and the slowest is 16hrs 48mins
We have two relay teams and the remainder are individuals
Race Info Pack
Within this week, you will be able to download the full race info pack here – https://www.113events.com/cotswold-226/downloads/
The info pack contains absolutely everything you need (and many things you probably don’t), but please take the time to print it off and digest it.
Aid Station Menu
We buy in High5 products for our races, as we’ve found the general consensus is that these are the most popular and largely the most palatable of the main Nutrition products on the market.
Our bike Aid stations will carry
High 5 ISO Gels
750ml Bike bottles of Water
750ml Bike Bottles of High5 Citrus Energy Source
Half Cut Bananas
The Run Aid Stations will carry
Cupped Flat Coke
Cupped High5 Citrus Energy Source
Half Cut Bananas
And a selection of things like Jamaican Ginger cake and other sweety type things we can get at the cash and carry.
The aid station locations and distances are available in the full race info pack, which as mentioned above, you’ll be able to download later this week
If you have anything else you would like to see on the course, please let me know and we’ll see what we can come up with – In the past, we’ve had requests for Marmite Sandwiches *with the crusts cut off’ and quarter cut oranges. In these cases, we’ve made them up and left them on the aid station for the competitors.
Let us know if there’s anything you’d like specifically, and we’ll see what we can source at the cash and carry (they stock neither Lobster Thermidore or Buluga Cavier, before you ask, and Beer is outside of the BTF rules)
You may also get us special needs bags at registration, which we can then take out the aid stations for you. You’ll need them in a clearly marked bag, and dropped into Nicci in registration on Saturday
Alternatively, you’ll be passing transition after each lap of both the run and bike courses, so you’re welcome to go back into there during the race if you wanted to leave something by your stuff at the start
Live Tracker and results
Once the race weekend is upon us, we’ll post up the link to the Live tracker and live results pages here; https://www.113events.com/cotswold-226/results/
The tracker works by posting up immediately what your last passed timing point was, and as we have several on the course, it’s a good way for people to work out where you are and roughly what time you’ll be at certain points
The page is pretty Phone friendly, and the signal at the lake is good. However, if you have friends or family at the race site that are unsure, they can pop into the Dbmax timing van at any time and the guys there will try and locate you for them
Anyway, that’s it for my rambling on today
We won’t be emailing out again before race day, but please keep an eye on our Facebook and twitter pages as we’ll make some updates on the race, lake temperatures and anything else which people need to know beforehand
We’re here to help, so if you get any questions or need anything from us, please just ask
Cheers and happy tapering
Graeme, Nicci, James and the 226 team