Aquabike

Sunday 27 August 2023

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  • 1900m

  • 90km

Race information

With this race information we want to inform you to make everything as smooth as possible on race day. Please make sure to check everything. As an organization we focus on security and health for all of our participants, staff members and spectators.

As for the Aquabike you can participate in the following categories:

European Championships: Para - Age groups (ETU per 5 year)

Open race: Para - MU23 - FU23 - M24 - F24 - M40 - F40 - M50 - F50 - M60 - F60

Registration fee

European Championship

From 01/12/2022 until 15/07/2023 = €175
(incl. goodie bag, pasta party, Z3r0D product, Compressport T-shirt + socks + wrist band, Compex product, finisher towel, finisher medal, finish photo)

Open race

From 01/09/2022 until 31/01/2023 = €120
From 01/02/2023 until 31/05/2023 = €135
From 01/06/2023 until 12/08/2023 = €150
(incl. goodie bag, Compressport T-shirt + socks + wrist band, Compex product, finisher towel, finisher medal, Ekoi cap, finish photo)

Start list

Below you'll find the start list for each race:

Address / Secretariat

Address: OC De Steiger - Waalvest 136, 8930 Menen

Transition area

The transition from swimming to cycling will take place on the Vauban artificial turf.

The transition area is only accessible to participants and staff. Cycling is not allowed in the transition area! During the race, the athlete will get on his bike after the mount line (after T1) and before the dismounting line (before T2).

Participants will leave the transition area with their helmet fastened, bib number on their back and chip around their left ankle.

Bicycles will be checked by Technical Officials when entering the transition area. Besides safety, they will also check the specific bicycle regulations.

Showers / Changing rooms

We have changing rooms and showers on the Vauban under the stands! Please don't leave any of your belongings in there. There's a guarded space for this next to the transition area.

Swim

The official water temperature will be measured by the CRO on race day and depending on this (and the weather conditions) the decision will be made if it's allowed to swim and if wetsuits can be used, required or prohibited. The water temperature will be communicated at the race office.

The wetsuit can only be pulled out completely when you reach the bike in the transition area. During the run towards transition the wetsuit can only be put out till hip height.

The bib number can not be worn in the water during the swim portion and stays with the bike in transition area.

Bike

Two loops of 45km without drafting, stayering (riding closer than 10m) is not allowed. We hope on your 'fair play' but we have officials on the course to counteract drafting. 10m is the distance between bikes you have to respect. Because the 90km bike ride can be an important part of the race our officials will have a close look.

No personal assistance or supplies are allowed during the bike part!

Be carefully: passage cyclist tunnel (out and back 2x) under the N58! Moderate your speed, don't stay in the aero bars, heads up and keep distance.

The participants leave the transition area with helmet securely fastened, bib number on the back, number on the bike and chip on the left ankle.

The police and signalmen look for your safety. The knowledge of the course before the race starts, is the athlete his responsability. Please check everything in advance!

Aid stations

Swim

No aid station with supplies

Bike

There will be an aid station after the first bike lap. The aid station will be located just after the first passage at the Vauban site.

Available: Drink bottles with isotonic sports drink (BORN) and water. Next to that BORN gels as well.

Just before and just after every aid station there will be a drop zone. You'll HAVE TO throw your empty bottles and gels here. Outside these zones it's not allowed to drop something, littering is prohibited and means immediately disqualified!

Time limits

Swim: max. 50 minutes
Bike: max. 3 hours and 30 minutes

Prize money & in-kind prizes

European Championship

We provide beautiful in-kind prizes from our partners for every top-3 per age-group men and women: 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45,49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, +70.

Open Race

We provide prize money for every top-3 per age-group: overall men, overall women, MU23, FU23, M24, F24, M40, F40, M50, F50, M60 and F60.

M-overall F-overall MU23 FU23 M24 F24 M40 F40 M50 F50 M60 F60
€500 €500 €100 €100 €100 €100 €100 €100 €100 €100 €100 €100
€250 €250 €75 €75 €75 €75 €75 €75 €75 €75 €75 €75
€100 €100 €50 €50 €50 €50 €50 €50 €50 €50 €50 €50

Prize money is not cumulative. When you win prize money in different categories, only the highest amount will be payed out and the other one will be cancelled.

The prize money for all podia will be transfered to your account. You will receive an email shortly after the race with extra information.

A Belgian tax payer pays taxes through his tax return on eventual income from sport performances.

Parking

We have different parking options for you that are numbered in ascending order.

When you drive to Menen on the motorway, please take exit Menen Oost. Follow the traffic signs "AZ Delta" and you'll end up automaticaly close to the Vauban site.

Regulations

During our race the regulations from the European Triathlon Union apply. The Chief Race official (CRO) and Technical Officials (TO) are there to handle pro actively so that the rules are applied and the race can be held safely.

All regulations about checking in transition, clothing, drafting, code of conduct and possible sanctions are online on the website from World Triathlon: https://www.triathlon.org/uploads/docs/World_Triathlon_Competition_Rules_2022_20220128_xxx.pdf

Of course you can find plenty of information through our briefing and communication to make your day run smoothly. Is it your first participation in a aquabike? Make sure you read everything and check all the details!

Insurance

All participants are insured for physical damage and civil liability. Any accident must be reported the day of the race. After an accident, the affiliated participant must report it through his or her club. The unlicensed participant will report the accident through the organization.

Foreign participants need to be insured through their own national federation. If that's not the case, the athlete will have to pay for a day licence and insurance.

Doping control

Following the WADA (World Anti-doping Agency) doping is not allowed. Every athlete needs to know about the regulations and procedures of the Flemish anti-doping decree. Doping control is possible before and after our race.

Cancellation

European Championship

Unfortunately, we cannot refund registrations fees for the European Championship Aquabike. You can not pass or sell confirmed entries.

Open race

Only cancellations by e-mail to organisatie@decospantriatlonmenen.be will be accepted. Please send us your account number so we know exactly where to refund your registration fee.

When you cancel your participation before 1 August 2023 we'll refund your registration fee except an administration fee (€10) and the potential day licence.

Athletes who cancel between 1 August 2023 and before 27 August 2023, the registration will be transferred once to the 2024 edition.

The refund of all the registration fees by the organization will happen shortly after the race!

You can not pass or sell confirmed entries.