XTERRA TOWNSVILLE STANDARD, SPRINT & XTICER

Saturday, 1 September, 2018

Standard Distance: 1.5km swim (2 x 750m), 30km mountain bike, 10km trail run
Sprint Distance: 750m ocean swim, 14km mountain bike and 5km trail run
Xticer: 200m ocean swim, 7km mountain bike, 2km trail run

Start Times: will be available closer to the event

Standard Divisions: Pro/elite, Age Group men and women – 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+, Challenged.
Sprint Divisions: 14-15, 16-19, 20-24 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+, Challenged.
Xticer Divisions: 12-13, 14-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+, Challenged.

Race as part of a team: 2-3 persons – men, women and coed – can race as a team in either the standard full-distance race or the sprint distance.

*T-shirts are not guaranteed for entries received on the day or after TBA.

Race Headquarters: TBA

Event Parking: Please park on the streets in the area.  Be considerate of local residents and do not block driveways.

*Please note our revised refund policy.

SWIM

The swim starts at the beach access at Race HQ at the old Cape Pallarenda Quarantine Station. Water temperatures usually sit around 24 degrees Celsius in September.

Standard – 1.5km – 2 laps of a 750-metre course.
Sprint – 1 lap of a 750-metre course.
Xticer – 1 lap of a 200-metre course.

Official XTERRA swim caps are color-coded for each race distance and will be provided in your race bag and we require that you wear them to assist water safety personnel.

WETSUIT RULES

XTERRA follows ITU wetsuit rules:

Age Group Athletes:

  • Wetsuits are mandatory if the water temperature is BELOW 14 degrees Celsius / 57 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wetsuits are permitted if the water temperature is AT or BELOW 22 degrees Celsius / 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wetsuits are forbidden if the water temperature is ABOVE 22 degrees Celsius / 72 degrees Fahrenheit

Professional Athletes:

  • Wetsuits are mandatory if the water temperature is BELOW 14 degrees Celsius / 57 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wetsuits are permitted if the water temperature is AT or BELOW 20 degrees Celsius / 68 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wetsuits are forbidden if the water temperature is ABOVE 20 degrees Celsius / 68 degrees Fahrenheit
BIKE

Standard Distance: 26km
The course starts at the Quarantine Station and follows the Shelly Cove Trail for 700m until turning onto the Under the Radar trail. The UTR is a cross country mountain biking trail with rough surface and some steep sections, crossing the northern and western slopes of the Many Peak Range. It provides excellent views of the islands to the north and the Coral Sea beyond. There is a link 6.6 km along UTR that leads to Smedley’s trail. This trail is more technical with rock gardens and rocky terrain. After Smedley’s the course links back onto UTR and then leads onto the Lagoon Trail, which overlooks the Town Common Freshwater Lagoon. The last 5km are on wider trails before looping back around to Race HQ. Difficulty rating of UTR and Smedleys is blue. Lagoon Trail is white.

Sprint Distance: 18km
The course starts at the Quarantine Station and follows the Shelly Cove Trail for 700m until turning onto the Under the Radar trail. The UTR is a cross country mountain biking trail with rough surface and some steep sections, crossing the northern and western slopes of the Many Peak Range. It provides excellent views of the islands to the north and the Coral Sea beyond. UTR then leads onto the Lagoon Trail, which overlooks the Town Common Freshwater Lagoon. The last 5km are on wider trails before looping back around to Race HQ. Difficulty rating of UTR is blue and Lagoon Trail is white.

Xticer Distance: 9.5km
The mountain bike course starts at the Quarantine Station and follows the road towards the Lagoon Trail. This is a mostly wider track with some singletrack sections and follows the bottom along Mount Marlow. It then turns onto the Freshwater Trail, which brings you back around to the start of the Lagoon trail. The trails are beginner friendly on predominantly flat terrain and some loose ground. No technical features.

Trail Elevation Profiles:

 

RUN

Standard Distance: 10km
The course starts at the Quarantine Station and follows the trails towards Many Peaks Track. The terrain is a combination of wide tracks and single tracks on mostly rocky terrain.

Sprint Distance: 5km
The course starts at the Quarantine Station and loops around the Graveyard Circuit, passing the World War II gun emplacements and taking in great views onto Magnetic Island. Finishing off with a beach run before looping back to Race HQ.

Xticer Distance: 2km
The Graveyard Circuit winds through woodland and vine thicket behind the Quarantine Station before returning along the Forts walk. Terrain ranges from rocky to loose ground. No technical sections.

Course maps will be provided closer to the event.