The coaching team at FTP Training are back on board to offer you their excellent 12 week training program for Port to Port. Whether you’re keen to climb onto the podium or will be proud to roll over the finish line, it’s designed to help you conquer the course.
Enter Port to Port before midnight Sunday 3rd of March 2019 to receive a 12 week FTP program worth $79 for free or a sweet $79 discount off their Bronze, Silver & Gold training programs. A link to FTP and your promo code will be included in your registration email - so make sure that bad boy doesn't find its way to your junk mail. If you have not received you link and promo code by Monday 4 March email email@example.com
While Port to Port is achievable for anyone with a decent level of fitness, the better you prepare the more you’ll enjoy the journey. As a rider you want to be able to back it up fresh each day and the FTP Training 12 week programs are designed to help you do just that! Great for newbies, master and elites.
This is the ultimate guide! Outlining everything you need to know for the event and the logistics. The digital Ride Guide will be available online for all riders 3 weeks prior to the event.
Mobile Event App
The Port to Port App has everything you need to know about the event as rider or a spectator and is available for Apple and Android phones! Rider info, results, course maps, schedule and event info. Stay tuned for an update which we're launching soon.
Race Village Services
The Port to Port Race Village is located at the finish line of each stage and will contain everything you need post ride each day within easy reach, so you can relax, soak up the atmosphere, access bike mechanic services, bike wash, refuel and hang out with fellow riders.
Enjoy local flavours of the region, with food stalls, beer and entertainment; whilst cheering on other riders.
Breakaway Cycles Bike Mechanics
Breakaway Cycles are here to keep your wheels rolling as Port to Port’s mechanical support. Dallas & the team will be there to assist at every Start and Finish Line along the way. They’ll also be able to help you out with spares and overnight repairs if the need arises.
After a big day on the bike you’ll be loving the sight of the team at Muscle Tone Massage who will be at the finish line each day to get those weary muscles recovered and ready for the next stage. Sessions are $20 for 20 minutes (cash only). Either rock up on the day or to guarantee a spot email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-book.
On Course Info
Water points will be available at the approximate half way point each way. You can either refill your bottle here or drop your bottle to the water cube truck at the start line and they will take it to the water point for you. (Bottles must be dropped by 7.30am each day)
Stage one will see riders self seed. All Elite riders and those riders who have finished in the top 200 of a Port to Port or Cape to Cape in the last 2 years are permitted entry into the “Black” wave. If you qualify for this please email the race director at email@example.com.
Your finish time on stage 1 will then indicate your wave start time for the remainder of the days. Please see coloured dot system below. If you do not ride stage one you will be allocated a wave start sticker on registration and seeded according to your honesty. But we’ll keep an eye on when you finish, so no porkies or we’ll know!
- Black – Here to race. Includes Pro and Elite riders, male and female.
- Blue – Racing for a Personal Best (PB)
- Gold – The objective is to finish
- Green – Weekend Warrior
- Red – Recreational Rider
Diversions and Time Penalties
The Port to Port has been designed for riders of all abilities that are looking to challenge themselves. As a result our objective is to keep all riders in the event for as long as it is possible but without compromising the safety of other riders or members of the event team.
- Diversions – the Race Manager will monitor the pace of each group with an expectation that all riders can maintain a minimum speed of 10 – 12 km/h so that they can complete the course within the allotted time limit. Failure to do so will mean that riders, at the discretion of the Race Director, can be diverted onto a shorter route to the finish.
- Time Penalties – the Race Director has the ability to apply a time penalty to any rider that is found to have not complied with any of the following rules;
- Failing to dismount at a marked dismount point or comply with the road rules.
- Littering or careless disposal of ties on course.
- Offensive language or antisocial behaviour that negatively impacts the ride experience of another competitor.
The Port to Port uses an advanced electronic timing system that provides all competitors with an accurate race time based on when they cross that Start and Finish lines. The seat post sticker contains a low frequency chip so it is important that this is applied and maintained as per the instructions in your race pack and race guide.
Each rider will be supplied a Race Number Plate and Seatpost Sticker embedded with low frequency transponder chips, which need to stay attached to your bike for the duration of the event.
Chips are tested for integrity at the Stage 1 Start Line. Once your number plate and seatpost sticker are fitted correctly, you can roll your bike over a timing mat to ensure your timing chip is working.
Keep track of your position throughout the event by downloading the Port to Port Mobile App, or by punching your number into the timing computer at the “Timing Results” Tent located next to the Information Tent at the finish line of each stage.