Nissan Triathlon Festival 2015
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46 people have rated this event.
“I like to start and finish triathlons at Atlantis but I hate to ride and run around it!that's personal.I have pretty good experience with MTB and offroad riding and I had to use all of it, but for riders that are not accustomed to turns, holes and bumps are challenging...Was the swim longer?was the bike longer?there were spots where we were literarily running close to the cars.I can accept to run on the sidewalk but on the road like that it was also challenging.Anyway I'll do it again!It was fun”
“Good and very well organised event considering it had to be re-scheduled from originally planned date. Very impressive work on the re-scheduling. The bike course was rough though. Lots of bumps but i guess that's the nature of racing on the palm.”
“The Sprint competitors had to wait for quite a while until the start ... while the sun got hotter. I realize that the course can accommodate only a limited number of athletes at one time, hence the delay. Impressive location with plenty of marshals on the course.”
“I found the bike course a little rough and the speed bumps were annoying. Run could be slightly more adventurous regarding the route but limited space to go anywhere. Overall a fun event and will be there next year.”
“Fantastic organisation, easy course to follow, water stations well placed, good instructions from organisers, good medal and shirt. Maybe put the shirt in the goody bag or a different location as this caused congestion at the finish line. See you next year!”
“Very good marshals, volunteers & support stations, great job to all!
Great pack delivery idea on day of event on bike rack. Bike surface was bit bumpy and hilly (given it's the Palm) but could be due to new course by RTA & police. Nice medal and shirt as giveaway. Great support all the way! Great timing service and accurate. Recommended for all as a first tri for all! Keep up the good job RaceME, see you in Nov!”
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“Bike racking 2hr 45m before race start meant a long time waiting around. Not too difficult to split transition so early starters are not obstructed by later arrivals. Even a cup of coffee would have helped, no refreshments at all. Otherwise a really enjoyable event, great support over all the course.”
“With the cycle, we had to do two laps, but after the last tunnel there was no signage, or marshals directing cyclists to go over the bridge. I was told to go right, which I did, and went into the parking lot before I realised I had been directed wrong. A few people had this this issue.
The time for the sprint was very late in the day - people were running in 35 degree heat. The gap between olympic and sprint should have been shorter”
“The time gap between bike transition closure and Sprint triathlon start time was too long (2 hours). It should be 30 mins to 1 hour max
Having 3 consecutive tunnels in the bike part was too hard, as we were doing the tunnel both directions.
there were no signs for distance each 1 or 2 km for bike and run parts. Only for the run at 4km. This is very important as for athletes who don't have watches and need to watch their pace and distance.”
“Despite the enforced change of date the event was very well delivered
Only comment being I was not impressed by the very extended period between bike racking and briefing before the start of the sprint race meaning a 5am arrival but still having to run as the heat of the day kicked in.
I understand the reasoning but 2hrs 15mins between race brief and race start seem excessive.
“The event needed better parking provision on arrival. Staggered transition areas/registration/early racking could also be arranged. It was a very early start in Dubai to be racked followed by 2 hours wait for the Sprint.
No support station/water was made available prior to race start meaning Sprint distance athletes were left dehydrated prior the race.
Although roads were not closed I was pleasantly surprised with the arrangements and apart from the speed bumps this went well.”
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“The swim is world class with perfect conditions. The bike is really dangerous and not enjoyable with lots of bumps, bad terrain and the bike course marshals "especially at the 2nd lap exit just before the bridge" was not great. The run course was fantastic with great aid stations.
Overall it is a fantastic event, good organization but something needs to be done with bike course. Tricky one of course with no alternative bike route! ”
“Team did a great job to reorganise the event following the bad weather at the start of the month. Thanks to all the volunteers for their kind words and support during the race!”
“The swim was supposed to be 1500m but was more like 2000m! ”
“Very well organized and marshalled. It clearly takes a lot of effort and headaches putting this together, so thank you very much. The swim did seem longer than 750m but it was a great setting. The run was fine but I wasn't keen on the bike section mainly because of the poor quality road surface and numerous speed bumps. Not the organizer's fault but quite unpleasant in parts. Overall, very enjoyable though. Thanks again for putting it together.”
“Well organised overall. Bike course technical yes, and different, but 8 times through the tunnel and cobles/speed bumps is Paris-Roubaix indoors. Run far from iconic, was like running in a car park. Thanks for all the cold water on the course, appreciated. Understand all the RTA etc constraints, but to make this event a classic the course needs improvement. ”
“Many thanks for all the effort to make this event possible and with such success! Congrats!”
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“All was very good. Great to see the bike aid station moved to after the tunnel this year”
“RACE ME did a great job communicating the changes as a result of postponement of the event and changes in the bike course. Terrific job.”
“Too many humps and obstacles in the bike course make it unpleasant.
The run is not soo good too since we were breathing the cars in column emissions.
The organization was great.”
“Signage should be improved and sprint should have started a bit earlier as it was quite hot by the running time”
“Swim seemed longer than 1.5 kms. Perhaps it was uphill! And I measured 44 kms on the bike. So longer yes, but everyone is doing the same distance. In summary, well done and thanks to the volunteers”
“The swim & bike course distances were much further than Olympic length which is unfair on the people that had trained for a specific distance. Some competitors dropped out after the bike leg as they were too exhausted. The results service was immensely poor & many competitors did not receive any results. The bike course was dire with four laps being incredibly repetitive and involving too many inclines, speed bumps and cobbled surfaces. It was the least enjoyable bike leg of this season's tris.”
“I took part in the Men's Sprint.
I had to get to the venue by 5:15. This was two and a half hours in advance of my start time. That, quite frankly is ridiculous.
There is no reason why sprint contenders can't start 5-10 minutes after the Olympic contenders.
Making us wait until 7:45 was a poor understanding of the participants preparation.
The course was not accurately measured, with each of the events longer than billed.
The swim was c. 900m. That is sloppy.
I won't attend again.”
“A great race, the swim was perfect and the best compared to other Tri comps, although I think it measured in at 1k instead of 750 but that’s fine. The cycle course is good although the double backs and speed bumps are a little tough to maneuver, I would say because of this TriYas and ITU are the better bike courses. The run is nice and flat but not all that visually stimulating and it is baking hot ! a better run that TriYas but not as good as ITU. The 2 hour gap between setup and the start of t”
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“I enjoyed this race, however be warned those bumpy cobbles have cost me lost water bottles both times I have raced here! The only negative I have is that the start times for the sprint race were quite late and as a result we were both sat around for two hours between racking our bikes and racing in quite hot weather. The lack of any refreshment stand or catering was also very disappointing given the wait between racking and our wave start.”
“This event was extremely well organized- thanks for a great race! Fun swim course. I was nervous about the bike but the army of volunteers along the course made it safe. The run was hot but ice cold water was available at the water breaks and that made all the difference. The only suggestion I have is to put the race shirts in the goody bag instead of having people wait in line at the end. Thank you for a fantastic event!”
“It was my first time in this event and its a great one.
I came early so i didnt have parking issues. Great to have very cold water in water station. Nice and helpful marshalls.
Only negative point for me was the bike course. Some parts were paved and other parts had bumpers. Also, my watch showed a total of 43kms ; dont know if that was correct or not.”
“Everything was great except one thing: the bike course. Too many bumpers, too many loops, paved road on the crescent... i know it's not easy to find and get access to better courses on the roads in Dubai, but i am unlikely to participate again if the course means going up and down the palm crescent and trunk. Thanks for the organisation and all the rest though, it was top notch.”
“This is the second time I'm participating in this event and I can tell that things are getting better and better year after year. Very well organized, lots of signs showing the course, loads of helpful & friendly volunteers and of course the amazing location. A must do event!”
“Tri without proper timing system is like a coffee shop without coffee, I would rather pay a bit more but have that aspect covered.”
“Well done RaceME. Very slick operation given the difficulty of holding the race on the palm, which is not easy to get around on the roads. OK, the parking was a little bit of a pain and if you didn't arrive early the further away you would have had to park, but that was the only issue. The whole event was super and organised like a Swiss watch. The bike course was very tough but not enjoyable, but that is a personal point. Swim was very nice even though it was 1850m. All in all a "great" race.”
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“Well organised, safe and thoroughly enjoyable. ”
“Would have been nice to know when the water stations on the run were coming also to know distance a little better. And the roads for the bike ride take a bit getting used to for a newby like me.”
“A great race, well done to all those who organized.
The best Triathlon I have done in Dubai in terms of organization, marshaling, water stops and race pack pick up. Very detailed race briefing.
Looking forward to completing in next years events with Race ME! :-)))”
“All is well organised and clear, there are a lot of helpful volunteers and the route is nice (on the palm islands). I would recommend this event to others.”
“Well organised event as always from the Race.Me team. Big thanks to the run Marshall..really encouraging on a hot run! Swim seemed a tad long... Be back next year!”
“Really enjoyable race, well controlled and great atmosphere. But please sack the DJ. I'm old, but Neil Diamond and Genesis when trying to get motivated. Come on ”
“Long morning! Probably longer if you are working mind!!! :)
Thanks to all the organizers and marshalls/support crew out there - great job, good atmosphere out there today.”
“Really impressed with the organization, support, and the number of marshalls, police, and volunteers who really did an impressive job with the coordination - very very good: THANK YOU.
The difficult bit for me was the wait between racking area being closed and my wave start, which for us in the sprint distance meant having to wait 2 hours, without the flexibility to go back in to drop phones, earphones, or other things one could do during the wait...but hey, more time to cheer the others! ;)”
“All problems there were were unavoidable like road surface and the stony water at the beach. It was a fantastic event and I loved having hills on the bike as part of the race, makes it more fun! Race.ME bottles were a nice touch and why on earth were there teabags in my race pack?”
“I hope you put sensors in the swming corse at the turns!”