Im doing the full vineman in august, and I was wondering if anybody else will be there?
Best of luck! I won't be there this year, but it was a great race last year :)
Im tempted, tempted…but Im going to wait and do a HI this year and do Vineman in 2008. I live about 2 hours from Santa Rosa and would be up to a ride or swim in the course if you are interested. Good Luck
I also have elevation profiles for the loops of the race (here is the [URL=http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/1203853]bike[/URL] and here is the [URL=http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/1203854]run[/URL]) if you are interested :) The bike course will have one different road this year -- an adjustment was made last year as a result of flooding. But it should be pretty close to that profile still.
I'm a map geek, so I like that kind of info going in. Then if I can't make it to pre-ride the course, at least I can find similar terrain and loops nearby.
hey thanks alot. im looking foreward to the race, sounds like it should be fun
Hey there -
A bunch of us from Colorado are coming out for the full Vineman in August, and I am looking for any tips, tricks, advice, etc. that you can give us. I have done the 70.3 before, so I am familiar with the layout, 2 transition areas, etc. What I am concerned with is how the special needs works, are the aid stations adequate enough to not carry nutrition, are there changing areas to completely get out of the sweaty bike shorts, are your special needs bags even readily accessible, and in general any little tips from those who have done this race before! I saw the one about walking the bike out from T1 to the top of the little hill - that's a good one, and I would have forgotten that. Just leave the shoes clipped in and hoof it up there!
Anything you have helps, so thanks in advance!
Hi Denny! Welcome to Trifuel :)
I carry my nutrition with me, so I'm not sure how often you'd want bike aid stations to be. They were often enough for water (which is all I think I took from them).
For the bike special needs they have a table set up right by T2 and you can slow or stop and grab your bag there after the first loop. I had a bag there, but didn't end up trying to get it.
I don't believe there were changing tents in T2. It is, as you know, right at a school so you could probably run to a real bathroom there and change, but there is nothing super convenient or provided for you in the TA. I just did the whole thing in tri shorts, which I've done even when there was a changing tent.
For the run I believe all they did for special needs was say you could leave a bottle/bag/etc at the exit of T2, which you run by at the end of each loop. They didn't have an official table or stop for them.
Actually I ended up just riding up that little hill. I passed a few walkers, and it was easier on me.
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