RACE DATE: SUNDAY MAY 14, 2023
Sprint & Standard
Canada’s most HONEST bike course!
The Westwood Lake Triathlon will be taking place at Westwood Lake Park in Nanaimo on Sunday May 14th, 2023. Dynamic Race Events in partnership with the City of Nanaimo is excited to be bringing the event to the mid-Island.
Westwood Lake Park is one of Nanaimo’s best loved parks and is located just 4 km from downtown Nanaimo. Nestled in the foothills of Mt. Benson it is a year round destination. There is a 5.51 km trail around the lake, and is a popular favorite spot of local walkers and runners. Westwood Lake is a large lake with a maximum depth about 20 feet. Local triathletes begin swimming in the lake in mid-April.
The transition for the event will be the main beach parking lot just meters from the water’s edge.
The race offers Sprint and Standard courses in this epic venue.
The swim will start off the main beach at Westwood Lake.
The bike courses for each distance share the first initial 10 km section leaving the lake. The bike course travels through roads west of Hwy 19 through the rural neighborhoods of Jingle Pot Rd., Brannen Lake and Dumont Rd.
The Sprint and Standard bike courses consist of single loop out-and-back courses before returning to Westwood Lake Park.
The run will be through the beautiful trails of Westwood Lake Park with the finish near second beach.
Located at the Main parking lot at Westwood Lake Park. Transition will be secured by fencing and security race weekend. Bikes will be racked according to race number, race distance and age groups.
SPRINT – 750 m STANDARD – 1,500 m (Two Loops) Expected Water Temp is 16-17 degrees
The swim course is a loop counter- clockwise swim. The swim start cut-off time is 1 hour 10 minutes after each wave start. All participants that are still in the water after 1:10 has passed, will be pulled from the course and not allowed to continue.
The course will be marked out with large orange buoys with the corners of the course marked with large yellow buoys. Buoys are placed 125 – 150m apart along the course.
**NOTE** If at any point during the swim, race personnel deem that an athlete should not continue or are not going to make a time cut-off, the athlete will be removed from the water and will not be allowed to continue the race.
All athletes will ride the same initial 10 km section.
Athletes need to keep to the right and not block traffic or other riders.
Athletes must have their bike frame number on their bike. DO NOT alter or cut your race number.
Athletes must know the course.
BIKE COURSE – SPRINT COURSE MAP
Turnaround point is Jingle Pot Rd and West Rd
BIKE COURSE STANDARD COURSE MAP
Make the far turnaround at Doumont Rd/Brannen Lake Rd and return the same route along the course to Jingle Pot Rd and return along Jingle Pot Rd turning right on to Ashlee Rd and follow the course back to transition as per the course map.
The exit from transition to start the bike as well as the return route to return to Westwood Lake at the end of the Bike Course.
You will be stopped due to cutoff times if:
Race staff deems you in no condition to continue,
You are far behind the next to last athlete,
Note: There are traffic controlled intersections on the bike course. Minimal traffic is anticipated and it is imperative that the race does everything possible to harmonize with the local community.
We will be opening up these intersections to normal traffic flow in advance of a rider pushing the edge of the cutoff time. A race vehicle will proceed at cutoff time pace to inform you of your position and open the intersections.
BELOW: Biggs Rd – 17 km mark on the Standard course heading out to the far turnaround.
BELOW: Biggs Rd just before Dumont Rd- 19 km on the Standard course, a great climb and the and descent. Brannen Lake in the background
The course will be on the Westwood Lake Trail with each loop 5.2 Km in distance.
SPRINT COURSE – One Loop
STANDARD COURSE – Two Loops
Please ensure that all garbage is dropped at the aid stations and nothing is left out on the course
Race Weekend Schedule will be posted closer to the event date
Age groups awards will go three deep in each age group for each race.
Sprint and Standard is in 5 year Age Groups.
Course Cut-Off Times
Sprint swim cut-off time is 30 minutes and the Standard swim course cut-off is 1 hour 10 minutes.
The bike cut-off is 11am. Riders arriving into transition after 11 am will not be allowed to continue.
Where is Westwood Lake?
Westwood is Nanaimo’s most popular lake for swimming, running and walking. The landscape here creates an illusion of being farther from the city, even though Westwood Lake is only 4 km west of downtown (a 7-8 minute drive).
Westwood Lake Park is one of Nanaimo’s best loved parks. Nestled in the foothills of Mt. Benson it is a year round destination. There is a 5.51km trail around the lake, popular with walkers and runners. The trail is well groomed and apart from a steep knoll towards the west end of the lake trail is considered an easy walking trail.
RESIDENCES AT V.I.U (Vancouver Island University)
We have been given a great rate for the Residences on Campus located close to the race venue.
Call (250) 740-6640 for further information.CITY OF NANAIMO
Driving Directions to Westwood Lake
To get here, you will turn west onto Jinglepot Road from the Nanaimo Parkway.
To get to Vancouver Island, two handy routes serve Nanaimo:
Flying to Nanaimo
Regularly scheduled flights to downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport South Terminal are available through Harbour Air Seaplanes and Sunshine Coast Air. Flight time is approximately 20 minutes. Charter services and flights to Vancouver International Airport South Terminal is also available through Seair Seaplanes.
For quick and easy international connections from anywhere in the world, Nanaimo Airport (YCD) is located just 18 kilometers south of downtown Nanaimo and is a gateway to Vancouver Island. This busy modern airport is home to three air carriers – Air Canada, WestJet & Island Express and offers 7 daily flights to Vancouver, 3 daily non-stop flights to Calgary and twice daily service to Abbotsford, Vancouver South Terminal, Boundary Bay and Victoria.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.