What is the Triathlon World Series?
The ITU World Triathlon Series is an innovative series that allows the world’s top athletes to compete head-to-head on an ongoing basis. The WTS format features ten world-class events and finishes with an exciting Grand Final. The 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series heads to Auckland on 28 & 29 March, featuring Super Sprint, Sprint and Standard distance races, Swim Run, 5km Fun Run, ParaTriathlon, along with Elite Men and Women Triathlon races. Sprint and Standard tri races cater to both individuals and teams, with the Super Sprint distance just for Individuals.
Just like last previous Auckland ITU World Series events, all races will take place right in the heart of Auckland City.
How long will this event run?
The Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon is a 2 day festival that runs from Saturday 28 March until Sunday 29 March. The key race days are:
- Saturday 28 March - Swim Run
- Sunday 29 March - Age Group, Teams and Corporate Tri, Swim Run, 5km Fun Run, ParaTriathlon, Elite Men and Elite Women's Tri - all using Auckland CBD courses.
How many spectators are expected to attend?
On the key race day (Sunday 29 March) we will be expecting 20-30,000 spectators into the central city.
Where is the best place to view the Elite races on Sunday 29 March
You can locate yourself anywhere on the multi-lap Elite Triathlon course.
What is happening at Queens Wharf during event week?
All the action during event week will take place right on Auckland’s doorstep, with The Cloud on Queens Wharf being the event hub for the Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon. There is a variety of activity on Queens Wharf all week, including the Sports & Lifestyle Expo and Café in The Cloud. There is also an Open Day with the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.
Bring your family and friends down to Queens Wharf over the course of the weekend to experience the intensity and excitement of the ITU World Triathlon Series.
Can I watch the race on TV?
On Sunday 29 March the Elite Women's Triathlon race is live from 12.30pm and the Elite Men's Triathlon race live from 4:30pm on SKY Sport.
Will the race be broadcast on big screens at the venue?
Yes. There will be a big screen on Queens Wharf.
Will there be an expo this year?
Yes. There is a Sports & Lifestyle Expo in The Cloud on Queens Wharf with many exhibitors all under one roof, new products to test, advice and expertise on all things sports related. There will be plenty of food outlets and a cafe in the Sports & Lifestyle Expo.
ACCESS, PARKING & TRANSPORT
Are there any road closures?
Yes. There are a number of road closures and on-street parking restrictions that will be in place in Auckland’s CBD and the Tamaki Dr area on key race days, including Saturday 28 March and Sunday 29 March. Click here for more information on road closures and parking restrictions.
Is there any impact on public transport on race days Saturday 28 March and Sunday 29 March?
Normal bus services will be diverted to temporary bus stops. Train and Ferry Services will continue to operate as normal. For up to date information on bus, train and ferry services including diversions please visit www.at.co.nz.
When you say a road will have ‘controlled access’ what does that mean exactly?
During designated times Action Traffic personnel will manage vehicle access for businesses requiring access. For a list of roads with controlled access, click here.
When you say ‘road closure’ what does that mean?
There will be no vehicle access permitted during designated times. If you need to get your vehicle in or out, then this is best done during the ‘controlled access’ times. Controlled access times can be found by clicking here
I usually park in a carpark building in Auckland CBD that’s within the closed zone; will I be able to get my car in or out?
If your carpark building is on a closed road, you will not be able to remove your vehicle until the roads reopen.
If your carpark building is on a road within the closed zone of the course, you will be able to access your vehicle via the managed access point.
There are a number of alternative carparks outside the closed zone. These include off street carparks located at Aotea Square, Atrium Carpark, Britomart, Vector Arena, Fanshawe Street, Wellesley Street, Lower Hobson Street, Hobson Street and Sky City.
Will on street parking be restricted?
Yes there are a number of on-street parking restrictions that will be in place around key race days. Click here to view Auckland CBD Parking restrictions and click here to view Tamaki Drive.
Which CBD carparks will be open on race days?
During road closures times there are a number of carparks which will be open and are outside the closed zone. These include off street carparks located at Aotea Square, Atrium Carpark, Britomart, Vector Arena, Fanshawe Street, Wellesley Street, Lower Hobson Street, Hobson Street and Sky City.
We are staying in a hotel that is located within the ‘road closure’ zone. How do we get to our hotel?
We recommend that on Sunday 29 March you get dropped off at the closest drop off/pick-up point outside the event course.
Guests who are checking in on Sunday 29 March will not be able to bring in or take out their vehicles into the streets that are closed. Taxis and shuttles will be able to collect/drop off guests from the closest point outside of the event course.
Will retailers in Auckland CBD be open for business on Sunday 29 March?
Yes, it will be business as usual for businesses. When coming in to the city, please be aware there may be some delays and you may need to take a different route and park in a different location.
For information on how to access the city and where to park visit : www.at.co.nz
Is the Harbour Bridge going to be closed?
No, the course does not go over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
How can you get across the race course to access Queens Wharf?
The Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Organising Committee would like to thank you in advance for your support of this exciting sporting event.
For the latest course and event information, traffic and roading plans - Please visit our website www.triauckland.co.nz for further information.
If you have any other queries, please contact:
· Event queries call the Event Organisers on 022 1311 843
· Road Closure queries on event day call our Traffic Manager on 09 630 7200
· Auckland Council queries on 09 301 0101, 7 days a week
· Public Transport queries call 09 366 6400 or go to www.AT.co.nz