2022 Winter Triathlon National Championships, a Team USA World Championship Qualifier
January 22, 2022
We are excited to announce that the Tri-Flake Winter Triathlon will serve as the USA Triathlon 2022 Winter Triathlon National Championships, a Team USA World Championship Qualifier.
This will be the 6th year of this great event and the second year as the National Championship. Kincaid Park will once again serve as the world class facility to hold this event, with snowmaking capabilities that will ensure great trails even in adverse winter conditions. Relay options will also be available but will not be part of the national championship).
About the Race
The race will be the true winter triathlon format of run/bike/ski. The run will utilize the scenic Coastal Trail from the Kincaid Chalet for a 6k out and back course. The bike will take advantage of the multi-use trails along Raspberry and the STA singletrack trails throughout Kincaid for a course of around 8 miles. The ski will be freestyle format and utilize the world class nordic ski trails in Kincaid Park for 2 laps of a 3k loop. Stay tuned here and to the club Facebook page ( ATC Facebook Page) for more details.
2022 Winter Triathlon National Championships, a Team USA World Championship Qualifier
Covid-19 mitigation measures will be based off of Local, State, and National requirements at the time of the event. We hope to operate without any significant event modifications for 2022, but will update with any information as we know more. As always, the health and safety of the racers, volunteers, and officials will be of utmost priority in any considerations.
About the Race
The race will be the true winter triathlon format of run/bike/ski. The run will utilize the scenic Coastal Trail from the Kincaid Chalet for a 6k out and back course. The bike will take advantage of the multi-use trails along Raspberry and the STA singletrack trails throughout Kincaid for a course of around 8 miles. The ski will be freestyle format and utilize the world class Nordic ski trails in Kincaid Park for 2 laps of a 3k loop.
Stay tuned here and to the club Facebook page ( ATC Facebook Page) for more details.
- Bib Pickup at Chain Reaction Cycles (1148 Huffman Rd. Anchorage, AK 99515) – MASKS REQUIRED
- Added gear rental information to the FAQ page (see FAQ tab)
- Racer Information Sheet – Updated 01-19-22 – Updated for 2022 – Everything you ever wanted to know about race day! –
- 2022 Registration is now OPEN! – See Registration tab for details.
- Fatbikes are no longer required for the bike leg of this event; however, they are STRONGLY encouraged. Depending on course conditions, trail may be too soft to effectively ride a mountain bike. You can rent fatbikes at Chain Reaction Cycles.
Tri-Flake Winter Triathlon – The 2022 Winter Triathlon National Championships, a Team USA World Championship Qualifier!
- This race is open to everyone (USAT membership required). It will serve as the 2022 Winter Triathlon National Championships, a Team USA World Championship Qualifier.
- Fatbikes are not required, but are STRONGLY encouraged for the bike leg. We do not guarantee the bike course will be firm enough to fully support a regular mountain bike; therefore, any racer choosing to use a regular mountain bike is assuming some risk. Fatbikes can be rented at Chain Reaction Cycles.
- Only solo racers 17 years old and older are eligible for a national championship and qualification to the world championships. Racers under 16 and relays will still be able to race, they will just be separated in the results from the national championship results. There will be a Clydesdale and Athena division for the solo event.
- This event will be sanctioned by USA Triathlon, and participants must either be a member of USAT or purchase a one-day race license. All USAT licensing will be handled through the registration process, including one-day licenses if necessary.
- In order to obtain event insurance and official USAT sanctioning, the following policies must be posted:
- To maintain the integrity of the event timing, the combining of any leg from a solo participant with that of any team is not allowed.
- Official race bib transfer policy: Due to increased litigation and higher insurance costs, no participant may transfer his/her entry slot/bib number to another individual. Sorry, but this one is a biggie. If an individual is found to have raced under someone else’s name or bib number, that person will be disqualified.
- Refund/Deferral Policy: As always, putting on a multi-sport event takes a lot of planning, forethought and investment. The registration numbers are the key to our organizing the best event we are capable of and the most fun for you. Once you register, there are no refunds offered. If the event must be cancelled due to COVID-19 related issues, we will offer all registered participants a deferral to a future Alaska Triathlon Club event (2022 Hammerman Triathlon, 2022 Moose Nugget Triathlon, or 2023 Tri-Flake Winter Triathlon).
Memberships purchased or renewed after October 01, 2021, will be current through December 31, 2022.Membership benefits include race entry discounts, free or reduced price entry for club clinics and events, and priority entry into limited space activities among other things.
The start and finish will be in the Main Stadium. Below is an overall course map. Scroll down for maps of the individual legs. Also below are links to Strava routes that you can use to follow the course for previewing as well as see the course profiles.
The run will start in the stadium and run down the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail for 3 Kilometers, turn around and finish back at the stadium where racers will transition to the bike leg or tag off to their relay teammate.
Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2768549929315051264
Bike (8.2 Miles)
The bike will utilize the multi-use trail along Raspberry from the Stadium to the entrance to the park and then follow STA singletrack trails looping through the park and back to the stadium where racers will transition to the ski leg or tag off to their relay teammate. This is a 2-lap course. Racers will complete two full laps before returning to the stadium through the tunnel.
NOTE: The stadium is closed to bikes until race day. Please do no pre-ride the tunnel and stadium until race day.
Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2768542896006096538
The ski will utilize the world-class nordic trails at Kincaid Park. Racers will complete two full laps.
Transition (note: transition layout may change)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there something you are dying to know about the race? If so, check the FAQ list below. If you don’t see your question answered here, drop us a note and we will try to answer it.
- Where can I rent skis or a bike for the race? – Anchorage has a number of great outdoor sports shops to help you with your gear needs. For bikes, Chain Reaction Cycles ( Chain Reaction Cycles, Alaska (chainreactionalaska.com)) and the Trek Store ( Trek Bicycle Store | Anchorage, AK (trekstorealaska.com)) both rent fat bikes. Make sure to reserve yours early as supplies are very limited with the worldwide bike shortage. For skis, check out our friends at Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking ( Alaska Mountaineering & Hiking – Alaska Mountaineering & Hiking) or REI ( REI Anchorage Store – Anchorage, AK – Sporting Goods, Camping Gear).
- When/Where is bib pickup? – Bib pickup will be at Chain Reaction Cycles (1148 Huffman Road, Anchorage, AK 99515) on Thursday, January 20th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Make sure to bring your USAT card (if you have one) and photo ID. All racers must pick up their own packets.
- How do the bibs/numbers work? – Each racer/team will get two (2) numbers. One will be a run/ski bib and the other will be a number plate for the bike. For the relay teams, the runner will need to transfer the bib to the skier. For the run and ski, the bibs need to be visible on the front of the racer. We are not using timing chips, so the timers need to be able to see your number when you come through. Do not put it under a jacket or other clothing.
- What is the race format? – The race will be the traditional winter triathlon format of Run-Bike-Ski.
- How long are the legs? – Run = 6km, Bike = 8 miles, Ski = 6km (Course maps can be found under the “course” tab above)
- Is the ski skating or classic? – The ski is “freestyle”, so the racer can choose whichever technique they prefer. Assuming sufficient snow depth, a classic track will be set on one side of the course for most of the loop.
- What type of bike should I use? – While fat/snow bikes are not required, they are strongly recommended. A majority of the course is on singletrack trails. The trail surface can range from rock hard to sugar snow. Regular mountain bikes may not be able to “float” enough if the trails are soft, both requiring the racer to push their bikes a long distance and damaging the trail surface for other racers behind them.
- How do we pass people on the singltrack trail? – The singletrack portions of the bike course are narrow. Passing is difficult and requires the participation of both people to be safe and quick. The overriding theme of the process is “don’t be a jerk!” which applies to both the passer and the passee. If you are the person gaining on a racer ahead, announce it EARLY! Don’t wait until you are right on their wheel. Give them time to find a safe spot to let you by. Call out with “trail” or “on your left”. If you are the one being passed, once you know someone is gaining or if you hear them call out to pass, please try to quickly find a safe spot to let them by. It doesn’t do anyone any good to hold up someone else longer than necessary.
- What should we wear? – Everything! This is a winter event. We do not have a low cutoff temperature, so barring extreme weather, the race will go on. It can also be windy in the stadium, so be prepared for that. We hope to have an indoor warming space available this year; however, we will be subject to any current Covid-19 restrictions at the time, so racers and volunteers should plan be self sufficient as far as warmth is concerned. We recommend having a vehicle nearby in the parking lot that can be used to warm up in. Racers should make sure to have dry, warm clothes to change into after the race.
- What will the start format be? – TBA based on any existing COVID-19 considerations. Ideally, we will use a mass-start format for everyone.
- Will there be aid stations on the course? – TBA based on any existing COVID-19 considerations. Be prepared to handle your own nutrition during the event just in case.
- What type of awards will there be? – Everyone will get an award, either a top 3 overall/age group or finisher medal. We plan to do awards at 6:00pm in the “wax bunker” up near the main chalet building at 6:00pm after the race. The top three overall men and women will get overall medals. The top three in each 5-year age group will get age group awards (top overall will be included in the age groups per USAT requirements, so they will get two medals). The top three male and female finishers in the Clydesdale and Athena divisions will get medals (these are separate and in addition to any awards you would get for overall or age group divisions). Finishers outside of the top-3 in their respective age groups will get a finisher medal. The top relay teams in each division (women/men/coed) will get 1st place medals, all other teams will get finisher medals.
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Memberships purchased or renewed after October 01, 2020, will be current through December 31, 2021.Membership benefits include race entry discounts, free or reduced price entry for club clinics and events, and priority entry into limited space activities among other things.