Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never done a Winter Triathlon before, what should I expect?
You will experience this triathlon on marked trails, instead of on roads. Rather than swim, road bike, road run like a traditional triathlon, you will cross country ski (skate or classic) on groomed trails, fat tire bike, and snowshoe.
Combining three winter sports enables everyone to be challenge, from the beginning to top multi-sport athletes. Estimated completion time for each leg is approximately 30-60 minutes depending on your ability.
Be sure to pack warm clothes, including dry clothes to change into after the event. You may want to put your footwear for the bike and snowshoe in a cooler with hot items to keep them warm, especially if it is a cold day. If you need something to sit on during transition, bring your own small folding chair or bucket.
what type of bike should I use?
A fat tire bike is required. This is a bike having at least 3.8” wide tires. Mountain bikes are not allowed since the narrower tires damage the trails. The tire pressure should be adjusted for snow conditions to ensure the trails are not damaged. Studded tires are allowed.
Can I practice the race course?
You may cross country ski and snowshoe; however, biking of any kind is not allowed from Oct 15-May 15 at Nine Mile County Forest due to a User Agreement that has been in place for many years, however an exception was made for this event based on the Nine Mile County Forest Event and Use Regulations. Please see it as a great opportunity and come ride in the event, as team or individual.
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I’M new to skiing, can I still participate?
You can also learn to ski at the Wausau Nordic Ski Club's free adult lessons held each Tuesday evening in January at Nine Mile Forest. More information at Wausau Nordic Ski Club website. These lessons are open to first timers and beginners if you are looking to improve your technique. Ski equipment is also provided for free at the lessons. If you don’t have ski equipment for the race, you may rent equipment on the day of the race at on site.
I’M new to Fat Tire biking, can I still participate?
You can also give it a try - it’s not all that different than riding a regular bike, except the falls are a bit softer! Doesn’t the saying go, “It’s just like riding a bike”!
If you don’t have a fat tire bike (tires at least 3.8” are required) for the race, you may rent a bike on the day of the race (and prior if you want to practice) at either Rib Mountain Cycles or Trek Bicycle Store of Wausau.
I Don’t have snowshoes, can I still participate?
If you don’t have snowshoes for the race, you may rent snowshoes on the day of the race (and prior if you want to practice) on site.
How do I pass (and get passed) on Trails?
Here’s proper trail etiquette: The faster racer will yell “On your left!” or “Track!”. The racer being passed will provide room on the left side of the trail for the overtaking racer to pass quickly. Depending on the trail width, the slower racer may have to get off the trail completely. For this reason, no personal listening devices are allowed during the race.
Is there a Waxing area?
Yes, you may use the wax building prior to the event. There are 4 wax benches available on a first come, first served basis, so we recommend prepping your skis prior to the morning of the event; however, we know snow conditions may require wax changes! Bring your own iron, wax, brushes, scrapers, and corks. You may also bring your own bench to wax outside.
You may use the warm-up loop located immediately outside of the chalet to test skis.
What IF there is no snow?
Event modifications will be made for low/no snow conditions so the event will not be cancelled. These could include cancelling the ski portion or replacing it with a shorter run. Also, the snow shoe run may be changed to a trail run. Any changes will be announced by Jan 20, 2020. However, if the conditions are considered hazardous for racers (i.e. extremely icy or bitter cold) the race director may have to cancel the event.