Race information

With this race information we want to inform you to make evrything as smooth as possible on race day. Please have a good look at the briefing! There are a couple of changes compared to last year and for those who didn’t participated yet in Menen, please make sure to check everything.

As an organization we focus on security and health for all of our participants, staff members and spectators.

Underneath you’ll find all practical information about our race.
Questions? Contact us: organisatie@decospantriatlonmenen.be

We will do our very best to make it a fantastic and unforgettable day together with you!

Schedule

Date: Sunday August 21nd, 2022

Race office:
saturday from 4 PM to 6 PM
sunday from 7 AM to 9 AM

Transition area:
Open from 7.30 AM - 09.15 AM
Bike pick up until 7.15 PM > all bikes out of transition area

Start race:
9.30 AM Pro Men (start together)
9.35 AM Pro women (start together)
9.40 AM Rolling start (age-group men en women)
10.00 AM relay teams

End of the race:
estimated arrival time of the last participant around 4.45 PM

Address / Secretariat

Address: OC De Steiger - Waalvest 136, 8930 Menen

Opening hours secretariat:

  1. Saturday from 4 PM to 6 PM
  2. Sunday from 7 AM to 9 AM

The license must be shown. There is the possibility of purchasing a day license.

Warning: the list of participants is posted at the entrance of the secretariat. Please find your name and corresponding bib number in the list. With this bib number you can register by showing your license and/or identity card.

You’ll receive a goodie bag and enveloppe with some important stuff:

  • Swim cap
  • Bib number + safety pins
  • Timing chip
  • Wrist bands with bib number (one obligated around your wrist verplicht + one to put around seatpost of your bike)
  • Other cool stuff

You’ll have to put on the time registration chip around your left ankle. The relay teams will only receive one timing chip. After one of the disciplines they’ll have to pass it to the next team member in the transition area.

You will only receive one bib number. Wear it on your back for the bike portion and on the front for the run. The best way to do so is to use a race belt or elastic (to provide yourself). For the swim you’re not allowed to wear your bib number.

Situation plan

Transition area

There’s one transition area on the artificial grass at the Vauban stadion. Transition from swim to bike and from bike to run will take place there.

There’s a numbered spot and box for every participant. Every athlete will only use this spot and makes sure his own equipment doesn’t hinder the other participants. Please take only the strictly necessary with you in the transition area.

A backpack and possibly some other equipment can be left at the guarded area next to the transition area. When you show your bib number you can pick up your equipment after the race.

The transition area is only accessible for participants and team members from the organization. Riding your bike in the transition area is strictly forbidden! During the race the athlete mounts his bike after the mount line (just after T1) and dismounts his bike just before the dismount line (before T2).

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

The bikes will be checked by the Technical officials when you enter the transition area befor the race. Next to safety the officials will also look at the specific bike regulations.

The bike will have a race number delivered by the organization (wrist band to put around the seat post of the bike). With this number (likewise for the bib number).

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.

Our swim course goes out (keep left) direction Lauwe (900m) and back (keep left) direction Menen (1000m). The athletes will go in the water on the concrete stairs, out of the water on our new metal construction made by Box Constructors.

It’s not possible to warm up in the water!

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

A detailed plan and interactive map of the swim course is available under "Parcours" in the menu at the top of our website.

Bike

Three loops of 30km without drafting, stayering (riding closer than 10m) is not allowed. We hope on your ‘fair play’ but we have referees 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 3x) 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 bike helmet must be pinned before you take the bike and can only be unpinned when the bike is back on his place in T2.

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!

A detailled plan and interactive map of the bike course is available under "Parcours" in the menu at the top of our website.

Run

Two loops of 10,5km each with a passage through the buildings of our main partner DECOSPAN.

When you leave transition for the run you’ll have to wear your bib number in the front.

No personal assistance or supplies are allowed during the run part! There will be enough aid stations provided by the organization.

A detailled plan and interactive map of the run course is available under "Parcours" in the menu at the top of our website.

Relay teams

One of the 3 atletes per relay team is suffcient to sign up at the secretariat / race office.

The responsable of the team, who signed up at the race office, makes sure that all the team members wear their wrist band to have access to the transition area.

The cyclist will wait for the swimmer in the transition area close to his bike wearing his bib number on his back. He can leave as soon as the swimmer passed him the timing chip. Same here, the timing chip needs to be worn around the left ankle otherwise there will be no time registration.

The transition between cyclist and runner is the same, you pass the timing chip in the transition area close to your spot and at the same time you pass the bib number as well. The bib number most be worn in the front by the runner.

Aid stations

Swim

No aid station with supplies

Bike

There will be aid stations from the 2nd bike lap on. The aid station will be located just after the first passage at the Vauban site. That means that the athletes can pick drinks and gels after 31km and 61km.

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!

Run

Every loop there will be 3 aid stations: That means after 100m - 3,5km - 7km - 10,5km - 14km and 17,5km in the race.

Available: water in little bottles (0,5l), coca cola bottles (0,33cl) and BORN gels.

Post finish we offer: water, cola, RedBull, gingerbread and more.

Time limits

Swim: max. 50 minutes
Bike: max. 3 hours and 30 minutes
Run: max. 2 hours and 30 minutes

Prize giving ceremony / Prize pool / Prizes in kind

We have beautiful money and in-kind prizes for every top-3 per age group: overall men, overall women, MU23, FU23, M24, F24, M40, F40, M50, F50, M60 and F60.

The prizes for the age-group categories were increased over the previous two years.
The total prize pool is now 13,000€!

We provide a podium ceremony for every top-3 in every categorie (age group). These will happen from the moment the top-3 in one of the categories has passed the finish line and the responsable referee has signed the official results.

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.

M-overall F-overall MU23 FU23 M24 F24 M40 F40 M50 F50 M60 F60
€1500 €1500 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250 €250
€750 €750 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200 €200
€500 €500 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150 €150
€400 €400                    
€300 €300                    

During and after the race splits and final results will be available here VTDL - Resultcenter.

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 Belgian Triathlon & Duathlon Federation (BTDF) 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 VTDL: http://vtdl.triathlon.be/over-ons/reglementen/

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 triathlon? 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 non-member 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.

More info: www.dopinglijn.be

Cancellation

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 August 1st, 2022 we'll refund your registration fee except an administration fee (€10) and the potential day licence.

Athletes who cancel between August 1, 2022 and before August 21, 2022, the registration will be transferred once to the 2023 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.

Results

We work with an electronic registration system, every participant wears an ankle chip provided by the organization. The results are immediately available after and during the race in the VTDL - Resultcenter.

During the race friends, fans and family can check the split times from their favorite triathlete(s) on the same platform.