Iron/Tin Instructions 2016-11-03T15:30:16+00:00

Iron and Tin (2 person) Team Instructions 2016

*2 Timing chips are embedded in your numbers: one goes on the bike frame, the run bib number contains the 2nd chip*

Write your name and contact information on the back of your numbers

Ironpeople and Tin Teams may have one Helper to:

  • Take your bike at the bike/boat transition area and return it to your car
  • Take your canoe/kayak at the boat/run transition area and return it to your car

If you have a Helper follow this plan:

  • Leave your boat and transition supplies at Stockbridge Bowl boat ramp EARLY in the morning-there is an area set aside for ‘iron’ boats and leave your transition supplies in the designated pen area for iron people
  • Run transition supplies go to Camp Mah-Kee-Nac (look for transition area by the beach)
  • Then the helper drives you to the start of the bike race
  • Helper returns to Tanglewood and parks your car at the Tanglewood Lion’s Gate parking lot on Hawthorne St, go all the way down to the last lot
  • Helper walks (20 minutes) to the Stockbridge Bowl boat ramp (look for shortcut through woods on your left as you walk back up the road-it’s marked with signs and colored ribbons) and waits for you to finish the bike leg
  • Once you have made the bike/boat transition, the helper takes the bike back to the car and then goes to Camp Mah-Kee-Nac for the paddle/run transition (look for signs to shortcut)
  • When you finish paddling, helper takes the boat and paddles to the Tanglewood beach where they take the boat out and bring it to the car (Race Staff will help carry boats)
  • Helper then goes up to Tanglewood to cheer you on as you finish your run!

You only need 1 helper at each transition (one person can do this-trust us, it works!)

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A HELPER, follow this plan:

  • Leave your boat and transition supplies at Stockbridge Bowl boat ramp EARLY in the morning–there is an area set aside for ‘iron’ boats and leave your transition supplies in the designated pen area (including bike lock on the bike rack).  You can lock up your bike when you make the transition to paddle.
  • Run transition supplies go to Camp Mah-Kee-Nac (look for transition area by the beach)
  • Drive to the bike start at the Price Chopper in Great Barrington
  • Bike, Paddle, Run—Race Staff will help you at transition areas
  • Race Staff will take your boat at the paddle finish and bring it to a designated place at the camp where it can be picked up later.
  • After you finish and recover, pick up your bike at the lake transition area. Bring your number to the bike transition area-we will have a volunteer checking your number until 3pm. Bike racks will be disassembled after 3pm.
  • Pick up your boat from Camp Mah-Kee-Nac
  • You will be given clear plastic bags at packet pickup for your transition areas.  Put your name and number on the bags and use them for any clothing you don’t need for the next leg of the race.  The bags can be tossed in your boat or left with your bike for pick up later.
  • If your car is at the airport, Abbott Limo will make several trips from the Josh ‘Bash’ at Tanglewood back to the Great Barrington Airport to pick up your car. Meet them behind the band tent. The first trip will be at 1:30, then 2:45 and 4:00.

 

BIKE LEG

Roads are NOT closed to cars, use caution when racing. Stay to the right of the yellow/white line in the road—this is the Yellow Line Rule.

NO iPods, MP3 players, Earphones, Earbuds or Aero Bars

The ‘sticky’ frame number has the timing chip–it goes on the bike frame (see timing chip instructions), the bib number goes on the middle of your upper back (and on top of any camelbacks) so we can see it.

BIKE START

Bike line-up 
Bikers will line up at the start according to their realistic estimated finish time. There will be an ‘elite’ pen in front for bikers with Category 1-4 licenses, or, who have finished in the top 25 of bikers last year in the Josh. Signs will designate different finish times so please line up accordingly. This is for YOUR safety.

Look at the Race Map, be familiar with the course

Bike Transition Area at boat ramp:

  • Route 183 will be closed to traffic from the corner with Hawthorne St down to the boat ramp.
  • At the finish line, STAY LEFT–bike with caution down the left side of the dirt access road to the transition area which is about 30 yards down on the left. Tin team bikers who are also paddling stay left to access Transition Area (see map).

CANOE/KAYAK/SUP LEG

  • Sticky number goes on both sides of the middle of the canoe or on a visible area of the kayak or paddleboard.
  • Bib number goes on the front of the bow paddlers life jacket (life jacket MUST be worn at all times when in the boat).
  • Race Staff are at the boat ramp and will help you bring your boat to the water if needed.
  • Leashes are required for paddleboards.
  • Attach the whistle to your lifejacket, to be used in case of emergency.
  • Paddle/Run transition area is located at the end of the paddle leg on the right side of the camp beach. You can hand off your boat to your helper or Race Staff at the transition area. Helper must wear a life jacket while paddling over to the Tanglewood Beach take-out area.

RUN LEG

The number contains the timing chip. The number must be visible from the front, do not fold the number, it will damage the chip.

There is a ‘Runner Only’ porta-pottie located on Oak St as you leave the camp area.

The Josh is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged boats, paddles, bikes or other items.