- The staging area for your bicycle is called the Transition Area (TA) and
it has metal bike racks that are approximately 10 feet long, 3.5 feet tall
with two sides that have a 10 foot bar running parallel to the ground on each
side. You have about 2.5 feet of space for your area on the rack and ground.
There are generally 4 bikes per side. Bikes are either hooked over the horizontal
bar at the brake levers, the nose of the saddle or the rear of the saddle.
You will see every style when you arrive.
- Race day check-in at transition will consist of: coordinators checking your
bike for bar-end plugs, confirming that the helmet straps are working and
that your helmet meets the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
standard for bicycle helmets or American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
- Rehearse in your head exactly what items you will use for the run to bike
transition (T1) and the bike to run transition (T2). Also, know the precise
order in which you will use everything. Before the race, mentally rehearse
your game plan for a quick and smooth transition. By race day you should no
problems with your transition and you will have the right set-up that works
- On race day, take a walk through the transition area. Find the entrance
where you will come in after the first run, and make sure you can quickly
locate your bike. At every race, there are a handful of racers who frantically
search for their bikes following the first run. A practice walk from the transition
entrance to your bike will help you to avoid this problem. Likewise, you will
want to find the exit you will use to start the bike, the entrance you will
use when you finish the bike, and the exit you will use when you start the
- There is a mount/dismount line just outside each of the entrance/exit points
to the transition area, and you must run or walk your bike out of the transition
zone and past that line before beginning to ride. When you finish the bike
ride, you will dismount at the line and run or walk your bike into transition.
You will rack your bike in exactly the same spot where you racked it before
the race. If you use a brightly or uniquely colored towel to mark your spot,
it will make it easier to find after cycling.
- RACE DAY CHECKLIST:
- Be sure to check your front and back brake pads to prevent rubbing on
your wheel during the race.
- Make sure your bike is in a comfortable gear. Small chain ring, as
opposed to big chain ring, will ensure an effortless pedal stroke after
biking from the mount line.
- Check tires for any cuts or holes.
- Bike techs will be available to help you with any last-minute air pressure/technical
concerns. However, it is recommended that you bring your own bike pump
on race day morning.
- Place your ankle strap (w/ timing chip attached) on your ankle.
- Place your filled sport bottles on your bike.
- Reset your computer to zero miles.
- Use a bath towel (preferably light weight and small) and claim your
territory on the LEFT next to the back wheel of
your bike. This is your area to be used during the race. Remember, you
have space under your bike but others need a space as well. Your towel
should hold only the belongings you plan on using during the race. Keep
all other pre and postrace items (ex. transition bag) outside of the transition
- Socks or no socks...that is the question. The shorter the race, the
more important the transition time (or lack there of) is to your overall
finish and you should either wear socks for the entire race or not at
- Clip-pedals: If you plan on using clip-pedals, place your cycling shoes
on the front of the towel and open the straps/buckles, so that they are
loose enough to easily slide-in your foot. If you choose to wear two sets
of running shoes for your duathlon, place one set of shoes (the pair you
are not wearing for the first run) on your transition towel.
- No clip-pedals: If you do not have clip-pedals, you will be wearing
your running shoes for the entire race. Keep the shoe laces loose enough
to easily slide-in your foot.
- If you choose to use two separate pairs of running shoes, next to your
cycling shoes you will place your running shoes. If you plan on using
lace locks, keep your shoe laces loose enough to easily slide-in your
foot. If you do not have lace locks, tie your shoes and loosen so you
can easily slide-in your foot (practice!)
- Place your helmet on the towel either next to or in front of your cycling
shoes. Be sure the straps are unbuckled and the helmet will easily fit
on your head. Your helmet should be upside down, with the front of the
helmet (helmet number from race bag) closest to your feet.
- Open your sunglasses and place the lenses in the inside of the helmet
with the sides of the glasses pointing up. Be sure your glasses are open,
so that you can grab the outside of the sunglasses and quickly put them
on your face.
- If you plan on wearing a hat/visor, place your visor on the very top
of the towel, in front of your running shoes. Be sure the hat/visor is
already adjusted to fit your head.
- If you did not use sunglasses during the bike but plan on using them
for the run, place your sunglasses on your hat/visor. Open your sunglasses
and place the lenses on the hat/visor with the sides of the glasses pointing
- If you plan on using a race belt, unfasten your race belt (w/ race bib
attached) and place the belt next to your running shoes. If you do not
plan on using a race belt, safety pin your race bib to your running singlet
and wear that singlet/shirt during the entire race.
- If you have any additional nutrition items (gels, water) or miscellaneous
items (Vaseline, sun block) keep those items on the back of the towel
(away from your feet).
- Because you are competing in a duathlon, you will be wearing similar
items in the first run as the second run. Keep in mind that any items
you remove from your body as you are transitioning from the run to the
bike (T1) you will need to place those items neatly on your towel (ex.
visor, running shoes, race belt, etc.).
- Items littering the TA are considered trash and that is a USA Triathlon
Enjoy your Iron Pig Duathlon race day experience by having a
stress-free and safe race.