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2017 Torpedo 7 Peak to Peak Race News

2017 Torpedo 7 Peak to Peak Race News

2017 Torpedo7 Peak to Peak - here we come

Weather forecast
Weather forecast is not so great but remember to check out the Remarkables forecast on Saturday morning.

If the field is open - the race is on (bring your wind and rain coat) Snow forecast down to 1000meters on Met Service (the base area Remarkables is 1622m) So remember to bring chains and give your self enough time

It is easiest is to register at the Torpedo7 shop on Friday night between 6pm and 7.30pm. Then it's done and dusted. Otherwise register (or enter) at Remarkables on the day.

Where are the women - out voting for Jacinda
It seems that this year we have a lack of women racing in the teams division. Last year was extraordinary with 11 teams racing in this division - this year we have just two teams registered at the moment.

Calyspo Ski trail - here it is.
Starts from top of the lookout and run down to the equipment etc then down the trail ………..

NOTE: changeover to bikes is at base area. Bring the bikes up onto the snow and put them by the Shadow Chair drive - inside the corral

ONLINE ENTRIES are now closed.
Enter at Torpedo7 Friday night or Remarkables on the day

The Race Part One

On the Mountain
We recommend you come up early as it avoids any last minute hiccups.

Please park as directed by parking crew.

If you haven't registered at the Torpedo7 shop the night before, then head straight upstairs in the main building then right: we will be there waiting for you in the back corner, strictly from 10am to 11am.

Come up early to pick up your bib, listen to the briefing (11.15am), and get ready to get on the lift to head to the start line (11.30am). The lift is open for us from 11.30 to 11.40 only. One ride with bib.
It takes a while to have all of you at the top for a 12 o'clock start - do not underestimate the time needed, or you'll miss out.

Our slope of choice is Calyspo

Start Time: 12:00 - on foot / run to the skis
At our gathering spot on top of the world, we can normally look across to the finish line on Coronet Peak while we wait on final road clearance from the nzski crew.
As per our tradition we will allow the 'over 50's' and under 16’s a hundred meters head start in the run to the skis / boards.

At the bottom of the ski run, it is usually very chaotic. We will try to get your time, but this year we will only be trying to get the order as you will all be close together.

Getting off the Mountain
We have 10kms of tar although the top 6kms is well covered by gravel, and the bottom 4kms has some grit on it in places, but have a good look at it on the way up the hill.

The Main Road, State Hwy 6 -- you have 'no rights' the traffic has right of way. Enter the highway with care. !!!!!!!
The ski field road is officially closed to uphill traffic, but always be aware of a ‘rogue car’ that somehow escapes. NORMAL ROAD RULES APPLY.
Cross the bridge using the footpath, up and then down immediately onto the waterfront.

The Race Part 2
Frankton Beach

It is also quite chaotic at the bike / kayak transition, remember to slow down and get off your bike at the transition itself. You'll need to get into your kayak (individual) or pass your bib (team, as you would have at the previous transition too).

The kayak to Queenstown Beach can be as pleasant as it can be brutal, depending on the wind factor. We have contingency plans in place when it is too rough, refer to the Q&A below.

The Paddle
The lake may be rough - stay close to the shore if you are uncertain.
Safety boats on the lake include the harbour master and two other boats, including Kawarau Jet.
If you need help, raise your paddle for assistance.

Queenstown Beach
Once on the beach, the mayhem joyously continues with plenty of competitors disembarking at the same time, sometimes frantically trying to find their team mate or assistants on the beach. So why don't you have a plan, and decide beforehand that you would land dead centre, to the right or to the left of where the "landing zone" is. There is bunting, flags and officials showing the way through the timing tent, don't miss it or you won't have a time.
Assistants are encouraged to pick up kayaks and paddles straight away as it gets congested very quickly.
Best to park in the Gardens and don't come downtown.

Run Leg
On the next leg (and indeed all legs), we are asking support crews and followers in their cars NOT TO stop on the road as it is very busy and becomes a hazard for all participants and motorists. Runners, this leg is deceptively not as flat as it would seem when you drive in your car.

Swiss Bel-Hotel Coronet Peak
Last transition in front of the Swiss BelHotel Coronet Peak and you are on your way to the top. Most years road bikes can be used, alternatively the mountain bike does a good job. The choice is yours but once you have chosen your bike, you have to stick with it. Support crews and followers, if you want to stop and watch on that leg use the chain bays only. Remember to drive with care and safety at all times.

Up the hill on the bike.
Enjoy the ride. The steepest part is of course at the bottom - get into your rhyme and just pretend you are chasing Froome or Quintana in the Tour de France (the gradients are generally steeper on Coronet)

The finish line is situated on the ski field, meaning as you reached the Coronet Peak drop off area, you will stick to the lane marked for you and follow directions to the finish line.

Questions & Answers
Q. Just wondering about the rules for the ski leg? Is it necessary to use skis or a snowboard or are other modes of transport acceptable, eg a sled etc?
A. any sliding equipment is accepted but a sled must be tied to the racer

Q. For the kayak, is it ok to use a surf ski? or are there any restrictions on the type of kayak used?
A. No restrictions on kayaks

Q: Will there be time for someone to ski the first section and then drive down to the kayak section before their partner (doing the first bike section) arrives, or is the road closed or the biking too fast?
A: The connection is extremely tight and not recommended. Find another kayaker or use the 'virtual kayaker' ie throw your bib over the next departing kayak and pick it up again in Queenstown Beach.

Q.Just wondering if there are any rules on using iPods or Mp3 players in any of the P2P legs?
A. The answer is No ipods or MP3 players allowed

Q. Do you have to buy a ski pass for the day to get to the start line or do you have an agreement that allows competitors access to the start line.
A. The bib allows competitors one lift on the chair to get to the start line

Q: What is the kayak course if the lake is too rough?
A: If the conditions on the lake are too rough, we shorten the kayak leg from Frankton beach to just before the Gardens area so we stay on the Frankton arm rather than around the gardens to Qtn Beach. We advise paddlers to stay close to the shore.
If the winds are too strong and it is borderline dangerous, we would change the leg into a run along the Frankton track.

Q.: Do I have to wear the bib on the outside for the lake section.
A: Yes please. I know some don’t like the xtra time it takes but it is much easier identifying you in photos for the press or when the rescue boat pulls you aboard.

Q: Can you please confirm how many of us need to be there for the registration at
Torpedo7 on Friday from 6pm to 7.30pm, and how many for the briefing up the Remarks on Saturday morning (at 11.15am sharp).
A: One person needs to register at Torpedo7 and then just the skier and downhill mtn biker need to be at the briefing at the Remarks. The members not attending the briefing must read the written Waiver and briefing sheets one available on the web site.

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