Frequently Asked Questions

Equipment

Q: What sort of Mountain Bike do I need?

Any mountain bike will do, although a bike with front suspension makes for a smoother ride. You can use a hybrid bike, however you may need to walk some rougher sections of the course.

 

Q: Does it have to be a kayak?

As long as it is non motorised and not wind powered.  Canoe, stand up paddle board etc. allowed.

 

Q: Do I need to bring my own Kayak and Mountain Bike?

Yes. If you don't have one maybe you can arrange to borrow one or hire one for the day.

Q: Are there any core competencies that I need to demonstrate before being able to race?

The entry page lists the requirements for this type of event. There is no need to demonstrate these requirements to be able to participate, as part of your entry you declare that you agree to the entry requirements for the event.

Q: What equipment do I need to compete?

You will need a sense of adventure and:

  • Drink - at least two litres per person is recommended

  • Mountain bike

  • Cycle helmet

  • Kayak

  • PFD

Q: How good do my navigation skills need to be?

A basic level of navigation is recommended, if you can read a map, you will be able to complete the course.

Q: Is the mountain biking very technical?

The mountain biking consists mostly of fire trails with single track included where available. There may be some technical sections depending on the layout of the course. If you are not comfortable riding any section of the course we recommend you dismount and walk your bike.

Event Specifics

Q: Do I need to register?

Yes you must register and pre pay online with our booking service. Terms and Conditions are on the website.

There is a compulsory registration and briefing on Saturday 28th March 2020 at Laurieton United Servicemans Club 2 Seymour Street Laurieton between 3pm and 7pm.

You will receive your race bib, maps and any questions will be answered.

Q: Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes. A copy is on the website for you to read. You do not need to print it out and bring it with you as a copy will be available at registration to sign.

YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IF YOU DO NOT SIGN THE WAIVER.

Q: What do I need to do when I get to the event?

Once you arrive at the event you will need to visit the registration tent to let us know you have arrived. Make sure you have your race bib pinned on and your bike is at the Wizard Car Park (transition 4) and your kayak is ready at transition 2 for full course and transition 3 for short course.

Q: Is there car parking close to the start/finish point of an event?

Yes. Car parking is readily available and accessible to all participants in the vicinity of the event area.

Q: Do you provide directions to the event?

Yes. 

Q: Where can I leave my belongings while racing and will they be safe?

Spare gear (towel, change of clothes etc), food and water can be left at the transition and registration area depending on your start position. Volunteers and race officials will be located around the course and at transition areas. Event organisers hold no responsibility for loss of personal items.

Q: Can I enter on the day of the event?

No. Entries close 3 days before the event, so you will need to enter before the closing date. Once you have entered, you can update or change your entry details at registration.

Late entries may be taken at the LUSC on Saturday 28th March 2020 if entries are still available.

General

Q: What is the Laurieton Multisport Challenge?

The Laurieton Multisport Challenge involves a solo entrant or a relay team of two or three sharing the different disciplines to complete the course by foot, bike and kayak. Teams navigate the linear course, timed at each transition areas to show they have completed each leg. Teams change disciplines at transition areas, putting them onto a different leg of the course. For the full course there are multiple legs of each discipline that add up to the distances quoted.

Q: Are there prizes for the winners?

No prize money will be awarded.  There are random draw prizes given away at the presentation. The event is non-competitive (For insurance and National Parks restrictions). There are no podium prizes for the course as we try to encourage beginners to the sport to have a go rather than 'compete' for a position/prize. The event will be timed for personal best times.

Q: How long does the event go for?

The Laurieton Multisport Challenge event takes 3.5 – 6 hours to complete depending on how athletic participants wish to be.

The Course

Q: What sort of training should I do before I participate?

Most people with a basic level of fitness will be able to complete the short course. It is recommended that a fairly high level of fitness is required for the full course.

Q: Where can I find a team mate?

We cannot help you find a team member. Look for someone to form a team from your circle of friends or try one of your local sporting clubs.

Q: Is there a minimum or maximum age to be able to participate?

The minimum age is 16 on the full course; the minimum age is 12 years to enter the short course. There is no maximum age for participating, just your level of fitness and a sense of adventure.

To allow younger members to participate a Duo team can be formed which consist of a junior 8 - 11 years  and an adult over 18 to participate along side each other within 50 metres at all times. The kayaks can be an individual or 2 person kayak.

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