Training Program

Get the most out of your Port to Port thanks to the coaching team at FTP Training. 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 Cape to Cape before midnight Sunday 3 March 2019 to receive a 12-week FTP program worth $79 for free or to redeem a $79 discount off their Bronze and Silver training programs. 

Either opt-in during the registration process or see your confirmation email on how to sign up. All riders who opt-in, your training program will begin on Monday 4 March 2019.

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.

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Ride Guide

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 Epic Series Oceania 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. 2019 information will be added 3 weeks prior to the event.

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.

Massage

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 laurie@muscletone.com.au to pre-book.

Start Procedure

Port to Port 2019 welcomes the introduction of teams racing along with our traditional solo categories, however we understand seeding is an important system be able to maximise enjoyment on the course for all riders in all categories.

Stage 1 will see a top 200 grid made up of Elite riders both teams and solos.

This will be made up of riders who have finished in the top 200 at a past Epic Series event (Cape to Cape, Port to Port, Reef to Reef, The Pioneer, Cape Epic) If you feel you qualify for this please email the race director for consideration.

All other riders will then self-seed for the start of the race. On the completion of Stage 1 you will receive a coloured dot that will determine your start time for the remaining 3 stages.

Each wave (stages 2-4) will see 200 riders per wave, a mix of teams and solos, however the grid will prioritise teams at the front of each wave.

Stage 1

Time Details
8.00AM First wave of elite riders teams & solos with teams at the front of the wave
8.05AM All other riders self seeded

On finishing stage 1 riders will be seeded into the following start times via coloured dot system which will determine their start for subsequent stages.

Stage 2, Stage 3 & Stage 4

Time Category Colour Dot
8.00AM TEAMS Black
8.02AM SOLOS Black
8.05AM TEAMS Blue
8.07AM SOLOS Blue
8.10AM TEAMS Red
8.12AM SOLOS Red
8.15AM TEAMS Green
8.17AM SOLOS Green
8.20AM TEAMS Pink
8.22AM SOLOS Pink
8.25AM TEAMS Orange
8.27AM SOLOS Orange
8.28AM TEAMS Purple
8.30AM SOLOS Purple

Stage 4 Shuttle

Option 1 - Overnight Bike Storage & Morning Shuttle from Finish Line to Start Line

Have your car ready for you when you finish Stage 4. Simply drop your bike off on Saturday afternoon at the Stage 4 Start Line, where security will be on patrol overnight. On Sunday morning, drive to the finish line where you will park your car and take a shuttle to the start line. The Bus trip will be approx. 1hr 10mins. 

Cost: $30.00 + 8% Active Fee = $32.40AUD

Overnight Bike Storage

  • Bike drop off time: 3pm – 6pm
  • Bike storage location: Belmont Golf Club, Marks Point

Shuttle Bus

  • Bus departure time: 6am (The bus will depart at 6am and will not wait for any late riders)
  • Bus pick up location: Merewether Beach Car Park, John Parade
  • Bus drop off location: Belmont Golf Club, Marks Point

Option 2 - Afternoon Shuttle from Finish Line to Start Line

Drive to the Start Line with your bike and kick off your Stage 4 ride. After the awards has finished, jump on the shuttle bus from the Finish Line back to the Start Line. Please Note: no bikes are allowed on the bus. You will need to leave your bike with a mate. The Bus trip will be approx. 1hr 10mins. 

Cost: $15.00 +8 % Active Fee = $16.20AUD

Shuttle Bus

  • Bus departure time: 1pm (the bus will not wait for late arrivals, ensure you are on time)
  • Bus pick up Location: Dixon Park, Merewether
  • Bus drop off Location: Belmont Golf Club, Marks Point

HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS:

Simply purchase your ticket during your race entry process. In the case you forgot to purchase your ticket, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your active account at www.active.com (log in via the 'log in', in the top right hand corner)
  2. Head to 'my events' and locate your Port to Port entry
  3. Select 'purchase additional' and follow the steps

On Course Info

Water Stations

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)

Wave Starts

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 sally.hill@ironman.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

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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.

Timing

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.

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