We are excited to announce the date for the 2021 Air New Zealand Rarotonga Triathlon has been set for Saturday, 1st May, 2021. We will open the registration page for online entries as soon as the border with NZ is open for tourists.
1 MAY, 2021
Triathlon Swim Course
The race will commence with an irregular shape one lap 1.5k swim in Tikioki lagoon.
This is described as a 310m leg out toward the reef to marker # 1, a right turn onto the second leg of 300m followed by 3 shorter legs back to marker # 1 and after turning there, straight back to the beach on the final 310m leg.
All the first 4 marker buoys will be on swimmers right shoulder at the turn and the final turn will be on swimmers left shoulder.
While it is not expected to be much current this can at times change and cross current may be experienced. The tide will be in, providing ample water depths.
Triathlon Bike Course
The cycle leg measures 41.3km being an “out and back course” covering much of the west side of Rarotonga.
The cycle will not circumnavigate the island. Competitors will turn left out of the transition area and cycle all the way to Avarua Township, through Pandanus roundabout, and then make a U turn by following the road which loops around at the ANZ intersection. This is on the two lane stretch of road in town.
Marshals and cones will be in place to assist cyclists but please ensure you know the route and use all due caution and follow normal road rules when turning.
Cyclists will then return through the roundabout, past the airport and to Black Rock Store where they will turn left to climb over Hospital Hill and along the back of the golf course, turning left down Harley Street and after a few hundred meters turn left again to re-join the main road. The course then continues back past The Edgewater Resort through Arorangi to the Tikioki transition area.
Triathlon Run Course
The run leg is a flat, T-shaped course, starting from transition at Titikaveka...
Runners will dismount their bikes and run along the grass verge next to the sea (on left) at the Titikaveka transition area, then turn right next to the registration hall. Upon entering the main coastal road runners will turn right onto the left hand side of the road, keeping to the left as cyclists will be arriving down the right hand seaside of the road.
Runners will cross to the right hand seaside of the road at the road closure area and continue, facing traffic to turnaround.
The turnaround is at 2.5km (soon after the bridge at “Pacific Resort”) where runners will cross the road so they can continue to keep right, and run 2.5km in the opposite direction back to the transition area. Runners will then continue a further 2.5k to the second turnaround.
At the second turnaround (at the Queen’s Representative offices), runners will again cross the road so they can run on the right, and run 2.5k back to the transition area. This time they proceed as directed into the nearest end of the transition area on to the sea front area, down the finishing chute and through the arch into the central transition area at Titikaveka.
The roadway has already been marked at all relative points.
Drink stops will have availability 6 times during the run course. The maximum distance between drink stops is 2km with most available at 1.5km.
Competitors are advised to keep well hydrated. Temperatures during the event are expected to be around 30 °C.