Q: Why do there need to be alterations to the course for the 38th Malibu Triathlon?
A: This year’s heavy rain in Malibu has led to flooding of the Zuma Underpass, which has been a key part of our bike course. We also learned in late-August that an endangered species, the Tidewater Goby, has potentially taken up residence in the water. We were officially informed on August 28 that the water cannot be cleared or bridged as has been done in past years, and this has forced us to redesign the course within the last three weeks.
We have been working closely with the City of Malibu, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Beaches and Harbors to ensure the safety and well-being of the Tidewater Goby, while still hosting a successful race. In light of these efforts and the importance we place on environmental conservation, we have proposed a 2023 Malibu Triathlon course to avoid any disruption to the Tidewater Goby’s habitat and to minimize our impact on the local ecosystem. No objections to this course have been raised by the relevant agencies and public bodies, who have deemed it safe for use.
Q: What are the proposed new Bike distances?
A: Below you will find the proposed adjustments to the 2023 Bike Course:
- The Olympic Distance will be shortened to 4 laps, a total of 14.4 miles. Previously the course was designed to have 1 lap, a total of 25 miles.
- The Classic Distance will be shortened to 3 laps, a total of 10.8 miles. Previously the course was designed to have 1 lap, a total of 17 miles.
Here you can find the 2023 Maps which include the proposed Bike Course Routes.
Q: Why can’t you just adjust the course to keep the distance consistent?
A: City of Malibu’s road race guidelines limit the use of PCH between the Western border of the city and Westward Beach Drive. Athlete safety remains our number one priority, and it is not safe or practical to close an entire side of Pacific Coast Highway. We have reviewed all options with the City of Malibu and California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) and we have agreed that the proposed route is in the best interest of our athletes, and the Malibu community.
Q: I want to do the longer bike, can I switch from Classic to Olympic?
A: Unfortunately, with the race weekend being so close, operationally we are set up to support the current number of racers for each distance. To ensure a safe and enjoyable event for everyone, we cannot allow any transfers at this time.
Q: How will this course change affect road closures?
A: This year’s proposed route greatly reduces road closures along PCH and in Malibu. There only is a lane closure on Southbound PCH between Broad Beach and Westward Beach Road, and Southbound Westward Beach Road. These lane closures will be placed from as early as 3:00am until 1:00pm. All lanes on PCH will open up as soon as the last cyclist clears the street, which is expected to be 11:00am. Please find our official road closure notice here.
Q: Have designated parking areas been impacted or changed?
A: There has been no change to designated parking areas, however due to excessive flooding there are limited access points. Please give yourself ample time to get to and from the parking areas. The parking lots at Zuma Beach and Point Dume will now open at 3:00am.
Q: How will this proposed course change impact Spectators?
A: Although the proposed Bike Course will be shorter than anticipated, the design is very spectator friendly, allowing racers to pass friends and family several times during the bike course.
Q: Due to the change of course, can I get a refund?
A: Consistent with our standard refund policy, we do not allow refunds unless you are requesting a refund within 14 days of your race purchase. We will put on a spectacular, safe and fun event, regardless of any course changes. It is our top priority to remain a good Malibu community partner, as well as provide a top-notch experience for our racers. We encourage everyone to make it out and celebrate a record year of fundraising for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Please refer to our official Terms & Conditions policy here.
Q: Can I defer my entry so I can race the full race in 2024?
A: Unfortunately, we are unable to accept deferrals. Again, we encourage everyone to make it out and celebrate a record year of fundraising for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Please refer to our official Terms & Conditions policy here.