Balaclava Blitz! Winter Triathlon

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Balaclava Blitz! Winter Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to low registrations (and lack of snow).  Be on the lookout for a revamped version of this event in 2019!

Sunday, February 18, 2018
9:00 a.m. at Bayside Park
For the Love of Winter! Test your competitive race skills with this new addition to Colchester’s race series. Brave the cold, snowy conditions in this sprint Winter Triathlon, featuring a 3K running course, 5.6K biking course, and 5K of Nordic skiing around the Bayside Park area.  Don't have a fat tire bike for the triathlon?  Consider a duathlon!  The duathlon will include only the run and Nordic ski courses.

Race order is as follows:

  • Triathlon: Ski > Bike > Run
  • Duathlon: Run > Ski > Run

Racers must be 16 years of age or older. All racers receive overall finish time and refreshments.

DIVISIONS:

  • Individual Men (Ages 16 – 29)
  • Individual Women (Ages 16 – 29)
  • Individual Men (Ages 30+)
  • Individual Women (Ages 30+)

ENTRY FEES:

  • $45/person for Triathlon (Ski/Bike/Run)
  • $35/person for Duathlon (Run/Ski/Run)

Balaclava Blitz Downloadable Registration Form (PDF)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will be for all abilities and will have directional signage throughout.  The course begins with the run leg, which will involve an out and back style course on the Bayside Bike Path, an asphalt surface which may have areas of snow cover. Second is the biking leg, taking place on a groomed single track snow trail through the woods. The final leg is three Nordic ski loops on a groomed track around Bayside’s Athletic Fields and Park. The Transition Zone will be at the Start/Finish Line.

Portable toilets and warming tent will be available on-site.

RACE MAP:

The run course will follow the Bayside Bike Path from Upper Bayside to Julie Drive and back, the bike course extends behind the Bayside Softball Field, and the ski course will loop around the softball field and practice fields.  Racers will need to complete two loops of the bike course and three loops of the ski course to reach the specified distances. [Click for full screen map]

Blitz Map with Key

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • Q: Do I need a fat tire bike for this race?  Will a standard mountain bike be sufficient?
    • A: The tires on your bike must be at least 3.5" wide.  This typically refers to a fat tire bike only.  Mountain bikes are not recommended on the trail due to the snow depth.
  • Q: Will the bike course be groomed?
    • A: A snowmobile will be driven along the bike course a few days prior to create a packed base.  A grooming mat will not be used due to limited access and potential obstacles along the course.
  • Q: Will the ski course be groomed?
    • A: Yes, a one-mile loop will be groomed for the ski course.  Participants will need to complete three loops of this course during the race.
  • Q: Is the Nordic ski a classic style or skate style course?
    • A: The Nordic ski is freestyle.  There will be two side-by-side trails - one for classic Nordic strides and one for skate skiers.
  • Q: Can I wear spikes on my running shoes?
    • A: Yes, spikes are allowed.  While the running course follows a paved path, expect a layer of snow and possibly ice depending on the weather.  Spikes will help your shoes to grip, but are not required.
  • Q: Can I try the course before race day?
    • A: It is not recommended that racers use the course prior to the race.  Race officials will be building and grooming trails in the days leading up to the race, so we ask that the course be left as untouched as possible to allow for optimal race conditions.

RACE SCHEDULE:

  • 7:30am:  Race Check-in Opens
  • 8:45am:  Race Check-in Ends
  • 9:00am:  Race Start

RACE RULES:

Run:

  • Running shoes will be mandatory during the running section
  • Running shoes with spikes are allowed
  • Run course is an 'out-and-back' style route.

Bike:

  • A bike specially designed with tires that are 3.5 inches wide or wider
  • Helmets must be worn and buckled at all times during the biking leg of this event. If they are removed during this section, you will be disqualified.
  • Mountain bikes are not recommended on trails unless the race course is modified due to lack of snow
  • Racers will complete two loops of the bike course to reach a 5.6K distance.

Nordic Ski:

  • As this is a freestyle race, you may use either classic or skate ski
  • Racers will complete three loops of the ski course to reach a 5K distance.

WAIVERS:

All racers must sign a waiver of liability, race waiver and refund policy, prior to completing in the event. These are found on the race registration form.

REFUND POLICY:

No refunds will be issued for any reason after you register for this event. Entries cannot be transferred to another event or year. Entries can be transferred to another person no later than Monday, February 12th, by calling (802) 264-5640.

WEATHER:

The race will run in snow, wind, and rain. In the event of extreme/unsafe winter weather, including lighting, the event may be delayed or cancelled. Should this event be cancelled due to an act of God or other circumstances beyond the Race Director’s control there will be no make-up date, refunds, credits or transfers.