SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR ISLXTRI
DO ATHLETES NEED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN SUPPORT ON THE SWIM?
No. However, your bike support (which is mandatory) should have setup your gear in T1 after they dropped you at the swim start and should help you out of the water, through T2, and onto your bike.
DO ATHLETES NEED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN SUPPORT ON THE BIKE?
Yes. Each athlete that takes place in this event must have their own support team (of at least one person), along with a dedicated support vehicle for the entire bike course. This vehicle and support member(s) are responsible for leap frogging (not following) their athlete and stopping at predetermined mileage/spots along the course to aid their athlete with hydration/nutrtion and whatever else they may need. They are also there to answer any emergency or mechanical calls for help the athlete may have communicating with each other via cell phone.
DO ATHLETES NEED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN SUPPORT ON THE RUN?
No. However, support runners are allowed and we highly recommend having one, but they are not mandatory. After athletes change in T2 they may choose to do the entire run course on their own if they would like. If they choose to have a go at it alone they must carry something with them capable of storing enough hydration/nutrition to make it between our refueling stations which should be located approximately every 10k. Also know that the mountain road is cold, very windy, and steep so having a support runner with you will be a good thing if possible.
If you do have a support runner you have a couple different options we allow. Here is an overview of support (or lack of) on the run.
Option #1 (No Support) - Athlete runs the entire run course by themselves, without any support runner.
Option #2 (Full Support) - Athlete and one support runner run the entire run course together.
Option #3 (Full Support - Different Support Each Way) - Athlete runs the first half of the run course with one support runner and switches support runners for the second half. If you choose this option there is absolutely no parking at the turn around point so support runners would have to use the same car to get out and then return.
Option #4 (Half Support) - The athlete runs with a support runner the first half and drops the runner for the return half or runs alone to the turnaround and picks up their support runner on for the trip back. Either way there’s no parking of any vehicles at the turnaround point so anyone being dropped or picked up out there would need a driver and vehicle that is not a support runner.
CAN WE SIGNUP IF WE DON’T HAVE BIKE SUPPORT YET?
At Iceland remember bike support is mandatory and run support is not (although highly recommended). If you know this and are certain you can at least find bike support before the start of the event, you can signup without having it secured yet, and add it to your registration later. We ask that you be absolutely sure you’ve read the entire website and understand all that is expected of you and your future support before making this commitment.
WHY WE REQUIRE SUPPORT ON THE BIKE
NO HYDRATION/NUTRITION STATIONS ON THE BIKE AND LIMITED ON THE RUN (ABOUT EVERY 10K OR MORE / VARIES PER EVENT) - Given the remote nature of XTri events it’s near impossible to put the amount of hydration/nutrition stations out that would be required as well as fully staff them. There just aren’t enough resources and manpower in most of these areas.
HELP TRACKING, MONITORING AND CARING FOR ATHLETES ON THE BIKE AND RUN - Given the remote nature of these events and the limited medical assets requiring each person to have a support team for the bike and run enables us to have an extra set of capable eyes on them at a higher frequency than the race alone is capable of.
SUPPORT MAKE GOOD MULES - On the bike the support car does the muling and your support team does the driving but on the run having your mandatory support runner by your side the entire time adds more fuel to your tank. Of course both the athlete and the support memeber(s) are required to have their own set of mandatory gear and hydration/nutrtion, but having that support also means you can load them up with extra liquids and solids so that if yours run out before the next station, you are covered! They can be life savers, literally.
THE MORE THE MARIER - The more support both physically and mentally that an athlete has during an event like this, the better. The course can be a lonely place and although that solitude is part of what makes XTri amazing, so is the comradely you feel sharing the experience with your support.
FUTURE ÍSLAND FINISHERS - By requiring support on both the bike and the run we give that support person a look into the world of XTri. More often than not those support members either come back as support for others, join our XTri Staff, or better yet, become athletes themselves in the future. With such limited resources in these areas and XTri being a niche market, we need all the support and new athletes entering the ranks as possible to survive.
Support Team Captain job duties will include but are not limited to:
driving the athlete
carrying athlete bags
getting stuff for the athlete
going to packet pickup with the athlete
going to the pre race briefing with the athlete
helping the athlete in transition before the race starts
helping the athlete out of the water
helping the athlete through T1 - Swim-to-Bike Transition (changing, getting warm, prepping for the bike and getting out to the mount line)
identifying pull off areas along the bike course to be prepared to support the athlete with whatever they may need.
helping the athlete through T2 - Bike-to-Run Transition (changing, getting warm, prepping for the run and getting the athlete out onto that run)
putting all the athlete's gear into the car and clearing T2 quickly (not a storage area)
possibly running with the athlete (although optional for this event)
celebrating with the athlete at the end of this monumental day
getting the athlete whatever they want and need afterwards
making sure they get up in enough time to make it to the awards brunch the next day
trying to have fun out there while doing all this work