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Team USA Auckland Athlete Handbook

USA Triathlon has created a Team USA Athlete Handbook for all athletes headed to Auckland. This information is specific for Team USA athletes. Athletes can CLICK HERE for for their 2013 Auckland Athlete Handbook.

Auckland Competitor Guide

Before leaving for Auckland athletes should download the ITU World Championship Competitor Guide designed by ITU and the organizers in Auckland.

CLICK HERE for your copy of the Competitor Guide.

Grandstand Tickets

Grandstand tickets are now on sale, so you can get up close to the world’s best triathletes! Sit in comfort in the heart of the action, with premium views of the transition area, finish line and the nearby big screen display including live international commentary coverage.

Grandstand tickets can be purchased for the Elite racing on Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October. Seats are just $20 for adults and $10 for kids 18 years or under ($50 for family pass for 2 Adults and 2 kids). All prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).

The Grandstand will be free and open to supporters and public for the Age Group racing and Paratriathlon on Monday 22 October, on an unreserved basis.

Click here to purchase your tickets today (link to

Registration/Packet Pick-up

 Aquathlon Packet pick up ONLY will be Tuesday, October 16th from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 17th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

USA Packet pick up for the Sprint and Olympic races will ONLY be on Thursday, October 18th from 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Late Packet pick up for Sprint and Olympic races will ONLY be on Sunday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Registration for the event will take place in the Expo Marquee on Queens Wharf. The Expo marquee will be located at the seaward end of the wharf behind Shed 10 which is parallel to 'The Cloud' on the Wharf.

All athletes need to register in person and they need to bring with them photographic ID such as a passport or similar document. No one can collect a race pack on behalf of an athlete.

For the Olympic and Sprint Distance events athletes must attend their designated National Federation Registration time. The United States Sprint and Olympic packet pick-up designated time is Thursday, October 18th from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Late packet pick-up for Sprint and Olympic for all countries is on Sunday, October 21 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Aquathlon registration will be an open registration so athletes can collect their race packs at any time during the registration desk opening hours, please refer to the Registration Schedule for these hours of operation.

To complete registration, all athletes must have:

  • Paid their entry fee
  • Completed the Athlete Waiver (sent by the local organizing committee)
  • Bring with them photographic ID (passport) for proof of identity
  • Complete the Athlete Survey (this will take place in the registration line)
  • Register at the Registration desk, collect race pack and race numbers

If you are registered for both the Aquathlon and the Sprint or Olympic events, you are only entitled to one ticket to the Opening and Closing Ceremony and the respective meal vouchers and will only receive one event t-shirt.

Due to the timing of registration all athletes will need to go to the Information Desk in 'The Cloud' to collect their Opening and Closing Ceremony tickets and respective meal vouchers. They will also need to collect their unique Training Access ID from the info desk too.

Coverage and Streaming

  Elites Age Group
Juniors U23 Aquathon Paratriathlon
Live TV Broadcast Streaming (pay per view, outside of NZ only)          
Live Video Finish Streaming  
Live Commentary
Live Timing
Text Updates
On Demand Live Replay Stream (available up to 2 hours post race)          
On Demand Finish Video (available following day)      
Magazine Show      
Online Finishers Certificate

  • Elite coverage (full live tv broadcast) on

  • Video is pay per view (NZ is geo blocked).

  • Audio, timing and live interactive text is free and open to all.

  • Coverage is recorded and available on demand 2 hours post race. (pay per view). (NZ is geo blocked)

  • The Magazine Show is available Wednesday on demand (pay per view). (NZ is geo blocked) – no geo blocking

  • Online broadcast of the on-site Presentation for all non-elite races (AG, Para, Aqua, U23, Junior).

  • Audio (onsite commentary), finish camera, live interactive text updates, timing.

Massage and Physio Services

PhysioOne are the official sport massage and physiotherapy services provider for the World Championship in Auckland. They will have a team of therapists onsite at ‘The Cloud’ to treat athletes daily from the 15–22 October, 9am–5pm in their purpose built treatment clinic. Their services range from a 30 minute sports massage for $45 or one hour for $75. They will also offer a range of physiotherapy services. Make your appointment today by emailing

Swim Practice

The Team USA coach, Kris Swarthout, has reserved lanes at the Parnell Baths for athletes to use when in Auckland. The lanes will be reserved from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Athletes can also access the bay area next to the facility for open water swimming during high tides. The tide schedule is listed below for your reference.

Tide Schedule
Monday 07:40 a.m.
Tuesday 08:30 a.m.
Wednesday 09:20 a.m.
Thursday 10:10 a.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.
Saturday 11:50 a.m.
Sunday 12:50 p.m.
Monday 1:45 p.m.

Yoga in Auckland

As part of your 2012 ITU World Championship experience, we'd like to offer yoga classes to Team USA athletes and their traveling companions.  Jodi Petlin of Shanti Yoga will provide group and private yoga instruction for anyone interested in classes geared toward focusing the mind while fine-tuning, adjusting, and opening the body so it is more supple and available on race day.

Group classes will be held nearby (location TBA) for a $10 drop-in fee: private ($95) and semi-private sessions ($95 shared up to 3 people) are also available for scheduling on first-come, first-serve basis. Sign-ups for all classes will be via message boards in the lobbies of both The Heritage Auckland Hotel and The Chifley Suites, or you may email Jodi directly

Mats and straps have been graciously supplied by and shipped to Auckland by Manduka, maker of the world's best mats and eco-friendly yoga products.

Available class times will be determined by interest/feedback, and details will be posted at the hotels and in the Team USA Handbook which will be issued on Oct. 15.

Jodi owns and runs Shanti Yoga in Whitefish, Montana, is trained in a variety of yoga disciplines, has been teaching for over 12 years/10,000 hours, and specializes in retreats and travel yoga experiences worldwide. An avid cyclist, she is adept at tailoring her instruction to athletes and their training cycles, injuries, and special requirements. All ages and ability levels are encouraged to join in, and you need no previous yoga experience to take advantage of this opportunity to hone the mind and body before (and after) your race!

Prepare for Windy Conditions

The forecast calls for windy conditions all week so plan accordingly. If you plan on using a disc wheel please plan on bringing a back up option. ITU rules state that if conditions are deemed unsafe, disc wheels will not be allowed on race day. Please plan accordingly.

Age Group Bike Course Familiarization Rides

These will be hosted daily from Monday, October 15 through Friday, October 19 by local ‘Ride Guides’. Groups will depart with a ‘Ride Guide’ at 6am and 11am each day departing from in front of ‘The Cloud’. Athletes need to register their interest in joining a group by logging onto Facebook and joining the training event on the date and time they want to go. Log in to Facebook and go to the ‘Tri Auckland’ page and check out the Events section or click here. Join the Age Group Course Familiarization time you want to take part in.

Good Bunch Riding

Local Bike Mechanic Services

Mt Eden Cycles are the official bike mechanic services provider for the World Championship in Auckland. They will have expert mechanics onsite at ‘The Cloud’ providing a range of complimentary mechanic services for World Championship athletes from Tuesday, October 16 through Monday, October 22. If you have a special bike related query you can contact the team directly by emailing They will also have a range of products available to purchase. If there’s something cycling related you need they will have it or will know how to source it for you. They will also have a stand at the Expo so make sure you check them out or to see what they can source in advance check out their website:

ITU World Championship Meet and Greet Breakfast

When: Thursday, October 18, from 7:30-9:00

Where: Cafe End in the Cloud/Queens Wharf

Price: Free event to attend, but athletes will need to pay for breakfast

What: Meet and greet with other age group athletes from across the world.

All Day Breakfast

Natural Greek yogurt with berry compote and granola nut crunch
Breakfast Panini with free range egg and smoked bacon

Something Sweet

Selection of muffins
Fresh fruit

Coffee and Tee

Athletes that will be attending the ITU function on Thursday morning please be aware that breakfast will be served but there is a possibility of long lines. We advise you take precautions necessary to avoid any frustrations on this particular morning relative to nutrition plans.

Expo Exhibitors

Spectator Viewing Map

The below map is the spectator’s guide to watching the elite races on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st.

Volunteer Information

Get involved in the biggest thing to happen in triathlon in New Zealand! The Auckland event organizers need hundreds of volunteers to help out at the Grand final which takes place from October 14-22, 2012, and is a week long festival of triathlon and surrounding events. Get your family and friend travel partners involved and join a fun team to deliver an amazing event spectacle in the heart of Auckland City. Event organizers are looking for volunteers to help out during event week and on race weekend in a wide variety of roles to cover things like aid stations, marshals, information desk, athlete check-in, and assembling course and venue. If you have travel companions that are interested in volunteering at the 2012 event, email

Event FAQ

Athlete Information

Q. Are there any toilet facilities at the event?

A. There are toilet facilities on Queens Wharf and in the Cloud.

Q. What fluid and/or nutrition is on the course?

A. For Age Group athletes there will be water and Dextro Energy isotonic drinks at run Aid stations.

Q. Where can I leave my gear while racing?

A. There will be an Age Group bag drop area in Age Group transition area on race day.

Q. When can I check my bike in to transition?

A. There will be a check-in process by National Federation that will be announced closer to the event.

Q. When can I get my bike out of transition?

A. As you enter transition there will be an information board with your collection time advised. There will also be occasional announcements over the general transition PA.

Race Information

Q. What is the contingency if circumstances don’t allow racing at the scheduled time?

A. Once the Technical Delegate and Race Referee have rescheduled start times, this will be communicated to all athletes via the PA system. Athletes should not leave the venue until they know their re-allocated start time.

Q. How will the swim start take place?

A. It will be a deep water start.

Q. Are wetsuits allowed in the competition?

A. Event organizers are expecting the water temperature to be approximately 14-16 C (57-61F), and so it will be a compulsory wetsuit swim.

Q. What is the contingency if the water conditions do not allow swimming?

A. First event organizers will reduce the distance of the swim and then go to a Duathlon. For more information refer to the ITU rules at

Q. How will the swim course be marked?

A. All Swim courses will be marked via large colored swim Buoys, and depending on the event the number of swim turn Buoys will be different.

Q. Are there distance markers on the course, in miles or kilometers?

A. Not for the Age Group competition.

Auckland City

Q. What will the weather be like in Auckland during the event?

A. The event will take place during Spring, with an average daytime high of 18° (64F) and average nigh time low of 11° (51F)

Q. What type of cards can be used in ATM machines?

A. All major international credit cards can be used in New Zealand. If your credit card is encoded with a PIN number you will be able to withdraw cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs) situated at banks and shopping centres throughout the country.

Q. Where are the foreign cash changing facilities?

A. You can exchange foreign currency at Auckland International Airport and at banks located in Auckland’s CBD.

Q. What time does public transport run during the week of the event?

A. Please refer to for bus, train and ferry information

Q. Can I take my bike on the train?

A. A bicycle ticket must be purchased for each trip. Carrying bicycles onboard trains is dependent on space and at the discretion of onboard staff. Avoid travelling with bicycles during peak times (7.30-9.00am and 4.30-6.00pm) as space will be limited.

Q. How much is public transport?

A. Prices are dependent on transport and route taken; please refer to for fare information