Frequently asked questions

We do our best to organize a great race and as much service for the athletes as possible! Here you find an overview of frequently asked questions. If other questions occur, please do not hesitate to write an e-mail to info@ultratriathlon.ch oder visit us on Facebook.

 

How do I get from Zurich airport to Buchs? Do you provide a shuttle service?

There is very good public transportation available from the airport of Zurich (ZRH) to Buchs SG. But we do know that traveling by train with a lot of luggage is not very funny ... So we are currently planning a shuttle service. Please contact us if you are interested in a shuttle service from the airport and tell us your arrival date and time.

 

 

Do you provide a shuttle service from accommodation to race site and vice versa?

There will be a shuttle bus or a similar kind of transfer possibility for every athlete in the ONE PER DAY competitions and his supporters. We will pick you up in the morning and also bring you back after your finish if needed. Please inform us in advance if you want to benefit from the shuttle service.

 

As the CONTINUOUS athletes do not have regular rest times, we can support you with transport options according to demand and available resources. Please contact us in advance if you need assistance. 

 

What kind of food is included in the starter fee? 

We will provide a variety of different food and drinks for every athlete, so you don't need to cook or buy your own food. For example, we will serve different kinds of pasta or rice dishes, meat and vegetables as well as water, tea and cola. 

 

To give you an idea about what food is served, here the menus we served during the first half of the swissultra competitions 2016 (three of these warm dishes per day per athlete):

 

  • Hamburger. Rice. Carrots. Salad. 1 x apple pie.
  • Sliced chicken meat. Gnocchi. Zucchini. Salad. 1 x dessert.
  • pork meat. spaghetti. Kohlrabi. Salad. 1 x Brownies.
  • Red beef curry. Rice. Broccoli. Carrot salad. 1 x Doughnut.
  • Minced meat. Penne all’ arrabiatta. Salad. 1 x dessert.
  • Sausage. potatoe. vergetables. salad. 1 x lemon cake.
  • Chicken chest. Pasta. carrots. Salad. 1 x  Muffin.
  • Veal. Mashed potatoes. beans. Salad. 1 x dessert.
  • Meatloaf. Pasta. Mixed vegetables. Salad. 1 x Cookie.
  • Vegetable lasagna. Roast cauliflower. Salad. 1 x Carrot cake.

 

For supporters food is CHF 20 per day, if they’d like to order it (could be decided one day ahead, day by day). The food for athletes and supporters are the same once per day (during lunch time). In the morning and evening we serve supporters a Sandwich. 

 

 

What else is included in the starting fee? 

The entry fee includes the following (amongst food, drinks and other things): 

  • Free entry to the swimming pool area, including (warm) showers and toilets
  • start package, finisher prize, IUTA medal, finisher shirt and other gifts
  • briefing / pasta party / athlete introduction ceremony on the eve before the race 
  • awards ceremony and aperitif 

 

Are there grocery shops in walking distance?

Yes, this and much more, see site map.

 

On which dates do pre and post race events take place?

The detailed schedule can be found here

 

Can the campervan be parked at the race site? Or can I use my tent to sleep nearby the race site?

The only confirmed possibility for camping and sleeping in tents or campers is the official campsite Werdenberg. It is not allowed to put up sleeping tents or to park cars or caravans directly at the race area. There is a parking lot nearby that can be used to park your car or caravan during the race time. 

 

We are currently evaluating sleeping possibilities for the participants of the CONTINUOUS competitions (if possible a room with heating and sleeping mats).

 

Is the run course fully-lighted? Do I need to bring sufficient lighting when running?

The run course will be sufficiently lighted, so you don’t need to wear any lamp.

 

Do you provide bike service during the race?

 

We have good connections to a local bike shop and hope they will support us again in 2017. It is important to us that all athletes feel safe if any technical problems occur. If you need spare parts or a bike service, please inform a member of the organizing team. We are happy to help. 

 

What is the water temperature?

The water temperature is to be expected between 21 and 24°C on 7.00 am. 

 

How many swimmers are expected on each lane?  

There are five lanes available. There will be a maximum of eight swimmers per lane. The number of swimmers per lane depends on the number of participants of a competition. 

 

Is the bike track hilly, bumpy, smooth, flat, etc? Is it open to public?

The bike track is almost flat. It’s not bumpy but smooth. It’s open to public but mainly used by cyclists and rollerbladers. Pedestrians have a separate walkway parallel to the bike track.

 

What is the composition of the ground during running?

Mainly asphalt (85%). A short portion is on forest soil.

 

Will there be a massage therapist at the race site?

We hope that the great massage therapists that supported us in 2016 will also be part of the swissultra in 2017. 

 

What is the expected weather in Switzerland in August and September?

The weather could be anything, from heavy rain and 10° celsius at night to pure sunshine and 35°C during daytime. It could also be very windy sometimes, depending on the general weather situation. It’s quite unpredictable.

 

At what time does the sun rise and set during the period of the race?

See http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/switzerland/buchs?month=8&year=2017