Rules and Safety



Equipment list

The compulsory items listed below form part of the rules. Failure to carry any listed item will result in a 30 minute penalty per item found to be missing.

Compulsory items for all legs

  • Numbered race bib
  • Timing band

Compulsory Swimming Equipment

  • Swim cap (must be the one provided at registration)

Recommended Swimming Equipment

  • Swim goggles
  • Wetsuit - expected water temp 16-18 degrees

Compulsory Paddling Equipment

  • 1 x marine rated orange smoke flare carried on your person – NOT stowed in the boat
  • Helmet - bike helmet is acceptable
  • PFD (Personal Flotation Device) must be Type 1, Type 2 or Type 3
  • Splash cover/spray skirt for people using a sit-in kayak
  • Pump or baler must be carried in all sea-kayaks or enclosed craft
  • Whistle (attached to PFD)

Recommended Paddling Equipment

  • Wetsuit - A combination of wetsuit shorts, thermals and Cag, or a ‘Farmer John’ style wetsuit are most appropriate.
  • A variety of paddle clothing depending on the conditions eg a Cag (kayak dry jacket with neoprene cuffs, collars and waist that can be fastened), neoprene or similar, booties.
  • Paddle leash (to prevent paddle being lost) and boat leash.
  • Water or hydration drink and food.

Rapid Ascent recommends all paddlers to be prepared for ocean paddling conditions that potentially include wind, waves and choppy water. Do not just train on a river or lake but get into the ocean on numerous occasions before the race, and ideally do a paddling course to build your skills and confidence. Course details here.

Compulsory Run Equipment

  • First aid kit comprising 2 x crepe bandages, 6 x wound closure strips, 1 x triangular bandage, 2 x non stick wound dressing pads and a pair of surgical gloves (available to purchase during registration for $15)

Recommended Run Equipment

  • Water / hydration drink and food
  • Full fingered cycle gloves for coasteering and rock scrambling

Compulsory Mountain Bike Equipment

  • First aid kit comprising 2 x crepe bandages, 6 x wound closure strips, 1 x triangular bandage, 2 x non stick wound dressing pads and a pair of surgical gloves (available to purchase during registration for $15)
  • Certified Bike Helmet to Aust/NZ/US standard
  • Bike number plate fixed to handle bars of the bike (provided at registration)

Recommended Mountain Bike Equipment

  • Tools, pump, tube etc to effect own repairs


We will conduct the following equipment transfers for competitors in either the Lorne Adventure Fest and / or the Lorne Mini to make logistics a bit easier for those without support crews.

Lorne Mini
T1: We will transfer your wetsuit and other swimming gear from the beach at T1 to the Race Administration marquee if you complete the following steps:

  • Collect a large orange bag during race registration and write your name and race number on it. Put this bag with your paddling gear on the beach at T1
  • In T1 once you have got changed, put your wetsuit and other swim gear from T1 in the orange bag and give it to a marshal before you launch your kayak. DO not just leave your bag on the beach.
  • We will take your bag to the race administration marquee for you to collect after the race

T4 transfers for Lorne Mini and Lorne Adventure Fest
For competitors without support crews we offer to transfer equipment from the Race Administration marquee to the T4 (North Lorne). Please place your beach running gear (if any – the final run is OK to complete in bare feet) to go to T4 in a plastic bag, write your team number on the outside and then give it to the marshals in the Race Administration marquee before 7:00am on Sunday morning.


Race Rules

The rules of the event are as follows:

  • (all participants) must read and sign the Participant Indemnity.
  • (juniors only - i.e. under 18 on race day)
    • Have their parent or guardian advise the organisers, Rapid Ascent, of their intention to enter
    • parent or guardian must read and sign an authorisation and indemnity
  • (paddlers only) must be competent in:
    • paddling craft in ocean conditions including entry and exit through surf
    • recognising areas of danger in the ocean such as reefs and rips
    • ability to self rescue in the event of capsize
  • (swimmers& paddlers) must be able to swim 2km unassisted in open water.
  • Participants must wear race bib provided by race organisers on the outside of their clothing at all times. These bibs are stretchy enough to be tight when over only a wetsuit while also being able to be stretched over the top of PFDs and hydration devices. Not wearing your race bib as your outermost garment or not wearing it at all will incur a 15 minutes time penalty.
  • Competitors must use the same bike frame and wheels for the entire bike leg. You may receive assistance from other competitors to repair your bike. Penalty for using someone else’s bike frame or wheels and for lending your own bike frame or wheels To another competitor is 60 minutes for the borrower and 60 minutes for the lender.
  • Competitors must use the same boat for the entire paddle leg and may only receive assistance from other competitors to repair their own boat. Penalty for using someone else’s boat and for lending your boat to another competitor is 60 minutes for the borrower and 60 minutes for the lender.
  • Competitors who are participating in the paddling leg MUST paddle a single individual craft. except for those entered in the "Pairs" category who may paddle a doulbe craft if desired
  • Any competitor who withdraws from the race MUST notify an official. This is an essential requirement to avoid unnecessary searches being conducted and emergency services being engaged.
  • All competitors must carry the listed compulsory equipment for each leg – failure to carry any listed item will result in a 30 minute penalty per item found to be missing.
  • No riding in the TA and helmets must be fastened before leaving the TA for the mountain bike and paddle legs.
  • Failure to abide by rules may result in time penalty or disqualification.
  • The two team mates entered into the Pairs category must remain within 50m of each other at all times, during all legs. Any pairs caught more than 50m apart will be given a 15 minute time penalty.
  • All teams are permitted to lodge protests against results or decisions enforced during the event. A judging panel of three Rapid Ascent Directors will adjudicate on all protests and other contentious matters, and their decision will be final.
  • Rapid Ascent has sole discretion to alter or amend the race format or the rules in order to increase the safety of participants or for any other reason deemed appropriate.

Cut off times

Cut-off times at each transition point will be strictly enforced.

  • End Swim by 9:15am (i.e. 1 hour 15 min for 1.9km)
  • End Ocean Paddle by 11:30am (i.e. 2 hours and 15 min for 13km)
  • End Run by 1:45pm (i.e. 2 hours & 15 min for 14km)

Cut Off procedures:

  • For teams who do not make the published cut off times, the next team member will be allowed to continue at the published cut off time. This team member will not have the race bib (as it will be with your team mate) and this will signify to officials that this team is still competing but is unranked.
  • All team members are still required to gather at the end of the second paddle leg for the team run. e.g. if an athlete finishes their leg 10 minutes AFTER the cut-off, their next team member will have already been sent off at the cut-off. The person who missed the cut-off will still be required to get him/herself to the final transition area for the team run.
  • Individuals who miss a cut off may elect to miss the next leg and continue the race unranked. If they decide to do this the competitor will have to turn their bib inside out to signify their unranked status.
  • If you cannot complete a leg or are forced to stop or withdraw from a leg the following procedures will be followed:
  • Your bib will be turned inside out and you will now be an ‘unranked’ competitor. You will not be permitted to return to that discipline but you can recommence the event with the next leg.
  • If you have been rescued on the water, you will be taken to the nearest beach or transition area. If you withdraw from the leg by landing on the beach please ensure you advise a race official of your location and condition as soon as possible. This will save us looking for you unnecessarily.
  • When you get to the next transition area, advise an official that you did not complete the leg and hand over to your team mate who can continue the rest of the course.
  • Your team will not be ranked but you can still continue the event.