//Lake Eacham Race Guide – Freshwater Series Triathlon II – 20th May 2018

Lake Eacham Race Guide – Freshwater Series Triathlon II – 20th May 2018

The Cairns Crocs Committee 2018 is excited to hold the second event of this year’s Fresh Water Series!

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On the morning of the race the Race Director and Race Referee will do an inspection of the course and manage any risks accordingly. We sincerely hope you all have a great race, lots of fun, support your fellow competitors, respect and thank all the volunteers who have given up their time to allow you to race and we hope you achieve every single one of your racing goals!

The Cairns Crocs Committee

Schedule of Events

Event Time Venue
Sign In / Numbering Sp/E/Junior 6.00 – 7.00 Registration Hut
Transition Open/Bike Racking Sp/E/J 6.00 – 7.00 Sprint/Enticer Transition
Transition closes Sp/E/Junior 7.00 (SHARP)
Race Briefing Juniors 7.10 In Front of Registration
Race Start Juniors 7.15 At the Start line near registration
Race Briefing Sp/E 7.20 In front of Registration
Race Start Enticer 7.40 In-water start
Race Start Sprint 7.45 In-water start
First Finishers (approx.) 9.00
Last Finishers (approx.) 10.00
Presentation 10.15

** Race time may be adjusted on the day depending on numbers and race conditions. Please arrive early and listen out for announcements. Make sure you plan your nutrition and hydration around these race times. Remember, the Adults race won’t start until the Juniors are finished.

Road Closures

From Cairns, turn left off the Gillies Hwy at the Gillies Roadhouse, continue for about 3k until Lake Drive, turn left again. Follow Lake drive until you see the Event Parking signs. There are about 20-30 spots on McLeish Rd opposite the Ranger building and heaps at the Tourist Park. Either ride your bike to the Event Site or catch the free shuttle bus. No Parking at Lake Eacham, or on the access road to Lake Eacham!


Registration (to confirm you are racing and get your race number) opens at 6.00am.

Please confirm your registration before racking your bike. Proceed to the registration desk and confirm your registration even if you booked online.

On registration you will be provided with a timing chip and a race number, which will need to be placed on your leg and arm. Make sure the race chip and number are applied immediately.

Transition set up and Key Times

Transition opens at 6.00am and closes at 7.00am for Sprint/Enticer/Junior. Technical officials will be on hand to do a helmet and a visual bike check. Please refer to the schedule of events above for all other times.

Equipment and Racing Gear

Leg Compulsory Optional
Swim Cap – provided at registration

Swim suit, tri suit, skins or similar

Goggles, drinking water for start/finish of swim, sunscreen
Bike Bike, Helmet

Torso must be covered (bikini or one-piece swimsuit acceptable for female athletes)

Water bottle, (sun)glasses, towel in transition, bike or running shoes, sunscreen, spare parts/pump
Run Running shoes – all runners must wear shoes

Torso must be covered (bikini or one-piece swimsuit acceptable for female athletes)

Cap / hat / visor, socks, sunscreen, spare singlet / t-shirt, water bottle

Bike Check-in

Bike check-in is compulsory for all individuals and at least one team member. Please wear your helmet for the check-in. Immediately prior to bike check-in Triathlon Queensland (TQ) officials will carry out a visual inspection of your helmet. Your helmet therefore must be correctly fastened on your head when you present your bike for check-in. This visual inspection is not a certification of function or safety effectiveness.

TQ officials will visually inspect your bike and no bike will be accepted unless it passes the inspection. The officials will be checking for: handlebar plugs, tyres in reasonable condition, stripped cables etc. The ends of the handlebars must be plugged – please ensure no bare metal. The bike must have two functional brakes.

Please note that the bike check-in is a safety precaution to monitor basic soundness of your bike and is essentially a visual check on obvious defects. It is not a certification of roadworthiness by TQ or that your bike meets any specific minimum criteria or a guarantee it will not break down during the race.

It is your sole responsibility to ensure the mechanical and safe operation of your bike prior to and during the race.

Race Briefing

A short briefing will be held before each race. However, competitors should be familiar with the course and the rules of Triathlon. Please check out our course maps on the homepage. The use of unauthorised equipment such as cell phones, MP3 players, Oakley Thumps, cameras, video cameras, iPods or other audio listening or communication devices is an infringement and will cause a penalty by TQ official.

Swim Courses

Junior – 200m – 1 Lap       

Enticer – 400m – 1 lap

Sprint – 750m – 1 lap

In-water swim start, competitors will be called in categories.

Swim caps are compulsory and will be provided with the number at the registration. You must follow the swim buoys precisely – any short cuts will lead to disqualification.

Competitors will be advised of wetsuit ruling at check-in – it will be most likely an optional wetsuit swim. Follow all directions of water safety officials.

Cycle Course

Entire course in rainforest (very well shaded), we recommend clear eye-protection as tinted sunnies might obstruct the vision. Watch the speed bumps! There are several on the course.

Enticer – 10k – 2 laps @ 5k (turnaround @ 2.5k see yellow dots on map below)

Sprint – 20k – 4 laps @ 5k (turnaround @ 2.5k see yellow dots on map below)

Enticer/Sprint Bike Course

You must put on your helmet before you touch your bike. No drafting, no illegal passing and no littering on the course. All road rules must be obeyed at all times. Follow police and traffic control directions at all times.

Run Course

Entire course in rainforest (very well shaded), we recommend clear eye-protection as tinted sunnies might obstruct the vision. Use aid-stations as required to keep hydrated. Warning: it can be dangerous to your health if you continue racing whilst dehydrated and/or overheated.

Junior – Run 1 – 500m – Out and Back – 1 Lap

Run 2 – 1.5Km Out and Back – 3 Laps

Enticer – 3k – 1 lap around lake

Sprint – 6k – 2 laps around lake


Please ask for medical help if you have the slightest hint you may need it. In the swim leg pleas put up your hand to attract attention. There will be first aid near the finish line and on stand-by at all times. Any aid given by race medical personnel on the course is permissible and will NOT lead to disqualification. If, however, you have any other form of outside assistance you will be disqualified. You will be withdrawn from the race only if you require transportation or if medical personnel consider your continued participation presents a danger to the health or welfare of you or others.

Feel free to refer to the full race rules

Withdrawals during the Race

 If you have to withdraw at any stage of the race you (or someone representing you, such as a relative or friend) MUST report to the recorders at the Finish Line and hand back your chip so we can ensure you are accounted for and not lost.


A recovery station will be set up near the finish with fruit, snacks and water. Please help yourself and make sure you get some sugar back into your system to aid recovery. Please make sure you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully. We have to make a booking with National Parks to use the area and we need to leave it as we found it.

 Presentations, Coffee

 Please hang around for presentations. Have a coffee while we tally the scores.