Wednesday Evening Time Trials will begin on Wednesday 16th October, 2019.
We are taking the opportunity to make a number of changes to vary the format for the summer time trial series. Time trials will occur every Wednesday evening, with the first start at 6:15 p.m. and will be integrated with the inaugural BGCC Coaching Program, which will run on Sunday mornings and will be open to ALL BGCC paddlers who want to improve their paddling skills, injury free.
Other key changes which will start immediately are:
· The option to paddle one, two or three laps;
· The slight change in starting time to 6:15 p.m., to better enable paddlers to get to the event start in time; and
· Dividing the summer time trials into a series of blocks rather than one long series for the whole season. Each block will scored and awarded separately. This will allow paddlers to better balance other commitments with the time trial series. The first block (Block 1) will run from Wednesday 16th October until Wednesday 13th November.
Further changes are planned and details of the proposals will be made available for discussion to paddlers participating in the early time trial events.
If you intend to enter in the time trial, early online registration is strongly encouraged using this link: 2019 Time Trial Entry
If you are unable to register prior to the first time trial, assistance will be available on the day, but it would be appreciated if you can arrive early so that registrations do not delay the start of the race.
For Race Rules, Point-score System and the Molonglo River course, see below
SAFETY: The timekeeper is the final arbiter of whether it is safe to conduct time trials. Lifejackets are mandatory for paddlers using club boats.
TIME TRIAL FORMAT: There are three distances to choose from:
3 laps (approx. 14.1 km) Start time 6.15 p.m. ( available for faster paddlers)
2 laps (approx. 9.4 km) Start time 6:20 p.m.
1 lap (approx. 4.7 km) Start time 6:25 p.m.
Depending on the number of paddlers participating, the distances may be started together; so be at the river ready for a 6:15 p.m. start.
Paddlers must provide their details, including boat number and the distance they intend to paddle, to the timekeeper. They should also provide details of the boat type they will paddle (eg, K1, SUP, outrigger etc.), including whether it is the first time in the series they have paddled that boat-type. If you change boat-class/SUP type during the season—e.g., swap from a TK1 to a K1—you must establish a new benchmark PB in the new boat type.
You must display a boat number so we can record your time. Paddlers who can’t display a boat number should call their number to the timekeeper when crossing the finish line.
Your first race over your nominated distance in the time trial series will establish your benchmark PB for that distance/boat-type and earn you six points in the point-score competition.
If you beat your PB in a subsequent race (in the same boat type/over the same distance) you will earn nine points.
If you paddle within 2% of your PB (in the same boat type/over the same distance) you will earn six points.
If you paddle outside your PB by more than 2% in any subsequent race you will earn three points.
If you do not complete your nominated distance, it will be recorded as a DNF and you will be awarded one point.
If you miss the nominated start time the timekeeper will try to keep a time for you. However, unless this can be done accurately you may not receive an official elapsed time.
Double craft will earn points for each crew member. Points earned will be given to both paddlers as individuals. If the boat crew and/or double boat type changes, it is necessary to establish a new benchmark PB.
Your cumulative points earned over the time trial block will be tallied and at season’s end there will be an award for the top point scorer for the one, two and three lap courses. Paddlers who change their their laps during a block will remove themselves from the point score consideration for that block.
MOLONGLO RIVER COURSE
The start is in line with the blue buoy off the beach pontoon. Please warm up in the area east of the start.
Stay to the right of the course. White buoys indicate some known danger and some caution is required in that area. Paddlers must paddle to the right of the red buoys. Turn at the yellow buoys (the first turn is at the Hospice end of the river; the second is at the Monaro Highway Bridge—the last bridge before the water ski area). All turns are anticlockwise.
To have your time recorded you must finish to the right of the blue buoy off the club beach. Please don’t pass between the blue buoy and the beach unless you are finishing. A one minute penalty may be applied to paddlers who do not finish in this way.
Be aware that the time trials attract paddlers of varying abilities and confidence. Please be courteous to others. When passing slower paddlers tell them you are approaching and on which side you are going to pass. Give room to others on the turns and in the areas where there are potential hazards.
Should someone capsize or call for assistance, the accepted protocol is for other competitors to assist if required. If you assist a paddler who has a genuine problem or who is in the water, advise the timekeeper in order to have a time allowance made for your providing assistance.
The results will be published on Webscorer and the cumulative point-score will be published on the BGCC website as soon as possible after each time trial.