The 2021 Race Season – Your Questions Answered

 

July 19th onwards.

With the news that Covid restrictions have now been relaxed, we thought we would give you an update on what DB Max are doing to keep you safe. We are now in a position where are events could return to normal with mass starts, result print outs and also race presenations, but, we want to make sure that everyone feels safe coming to an event. So from 19th July onwards we will:

  • Use rolling starts for our running events. We successfully trialled these at Castle Combe Midweek 10k recently and they worked fantastically. This type of start is almost like a mass start, but it allows us to make sure that everyone is well spread out. We will have a long start chute and sort people into it based on estimated finish times. This will be done using our awesome #dbmaxpaceteam and we will call runners forward as per their expected finish times. Those running sub 40 will be called to the start line first, then 40 to 44 minutes, 45 to 49 minutes and so on. This theme will continue down to our final 75 minute runners, all being called forward alongside the relevant DB Max pacer. For those who are uncomfortable starting in any sort of group, we will provide a start slot at the very end in your own space.
  • At triathlons we will continue to use staggered starts.
  • At our TT events we will offer people the opportunity to have a proper TT start, but this is not compulsory.
  • We will continue to ensure that there is hand sanitiser available at certain areas around the event village, including registration, any water stations, outside toilets as well as inside and at the race finish.
  • We will ask all competitors to respect those that wish to continue to socially distance and wear a mask.
  • We will continue to offer our #cashsafecovidpromise which means if you develop symptoms of Covid before a race or are pinged by the NHS test and trace app we will defer your race or credit your entry fee paid so you can use against any other race. If you are affected by this, all you need to do is send your request to enquiries@dbmax.co.uk along with a screenshot of your ‘ping’.
  • Where we provide facilities such as bag drops, we will ask that you only use these if absolutely necessary. At events where parking is close by and in private grounds we ask you keep bags in cars (hidden from view).
  • We are committed to making sure everyone feels safe and welcome to every one of our events.

We really do look forward to seeing you all back on the start line, and fingers crossed we will be back to running events completely as normal in the very near future.

 

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So with the news that restrictions are being lifted from 29th March, racing with DB Max is set to resume. All of our events from this date forward will be going ahead, subject to any further restrictions imposed by the Government.

So what does this mean for your race..?

Well, check out our roadmap on events up to the end of June 2021. This document will be updated as and when there are changes from governing bodies and the DCMS (Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport).

April:

Escape Lockdown – Sunday 4th April
Chilly 10k and Chilly Duathlon – Sunday 11th April
Hair of the Dog Trail Run – Sunday 18th April

Everyone who has entered previously has been automatically transferred to the new event and we’ve given entrants time to transfer to an alternative event if the new date does not suit.

How will the events run?

  • Participants will be emailed your start time in advance of race day.
  • Participants will start in groups of no more than 6. You will start with people of a similar ability or people from your own household.
  • Participants will be expected to wear a mask when in certain areas, e.g. the start area, when queueing to collect your chip.
  • All necessary race briefings where will be done via video and will be emailed to participants in advance of race day.
  • No spectators will be permitted.
  • Participants will not be able to to watch others race/finish after they’ve raced. There will be time to recover, but everyone is expected to have left the venue no more than 40 minutes after finishing their race.
  • There will be no bag drop available at any events.

May

#51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon – Sunday 16th May
Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon – Monday 31st May

Everyone who has entered previously has been automatically transferred to the new event and we’ve given entrants time to transfer to an alternative event if the new date does not suit.

How will the events run?

  • Race bibs and bike/helmet numbers will be posted out in advance of race day. Timing chips will be collected in transition. There will be no registration at the event.
  • #51fiver starts will be in a time trial fashion with 1 or 2 people starting every 10 seconds.
  • #51fiver will give the option of doing a shorter swim of approximately 400 metres. This does not have to be chosen in advance of race day and there will be different start pens for this on race day. There will also be an option of competing in a bike/run event only if any participant does not feel confident with the swim.
  • Westonbirt starts will be done via drop ins, you will queue outside the pool and be called in when it is your turn to start.
  • Start times will be emailed for both events in advance of race day.
  • All briefings will be done via video and will be emailed in advance of race day.
  • #51fiver and Westonbirt will have a neutralised (dead-zone) transition.
  • #51fiver participants will not be able to to watch others finish after racing. Everyone will be expected to recover, collect their bike from transition and leave the venue within approximately 40 to 50 minutes of finishing. If rules have been relaxed before Westonbirt Tri we may be able to permit a little more leniency with this rule but this will be reviewed closer to race day.
  • Spectators: We will take guidance from governing bodies and make an announcement on this before race day. It is anticipated spectators will not be permitted at #51fiver.

June

Titan Brecon Middle Distance, 19th June 2021
Chippenham Longest Day 10k, 23rd June 2021

Everyone who has entered previously has been automatically transferred to the new event and we’ve given entrants time to transfer to an alternative event if the new date does not suit.

How the events will run:

  • Titan Brecon. The roadmap set out by the Welsh Assembly is somewhat different to the English Government and we are taking advice from the relevant authorities. It is expected that the event will have a maximum limit of 500.
  • From 17th May onwards there could be a relaxation in the number of people who are allowed to mix freely outside, though this number is capped at 30. With this in mind, there will still be time trial starts at events but this could be with groups of 30 starting together.
  • Titan Brecon will potentially have a time-trial Start of 30 competitors at one time.
  • Chippenham Longest Day 10k starts are likely to be in a time-trial fashion of no more than 30 people every 1 minute. Even though the event is after the forecasted date of restrictions being lifted entirely, with it being so close to this date, we have to plan as if they will still be in place.
  • Titan Brecon will have an alternative swim distance option available of approximately 400 metres. This does not have to be chosen in advance of race day and there will be different start pens for this on race day. There will also be an option of competing in a bike/run event only if any participant does not feel confident with the swim.
  • All briefings will be done via video and will be emailed to you in advance of race day.
  • It is likely there will be no bag drop at Chippenham Longest Day 10k.
  • Both events in June will have race packs posted to participants. Timing chips will be collected on race day from transition at Titan Brecon. A decision on whether timing chips will be posted out for Chippenham Longest Day 10k will be made on or around 17th May and will depend on whether the government road map is being followed or has been pushed back.

That’s it for now DB Maxers.  We hope that answers a few questions. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Also, please note that in terms of the relaxation of restrictions, we only know as much as you do and adjust our plans as and when public announcements are made. All dates set out by the Government are subject to change and are currently the earliest dates possible. You can view the government road map in full HERE.