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The triple threat of the sporting races, the Triathlon is a relatively new phenomenon, only appearing for the first time in the 1970s. Yes, the decade that brought us Abba, lava lamps and flower power also brought us sporting power in the form of the Triathlon. The original race, held at the San Diego Track Club, consisted of a 10km run, an 8km cycle and a 500 metre swim, but today the event can be made up of varying lengths. This means that the Triathlon is an ideal race goal for anyone, as they can choose a competition standard to suit their age and fitness levels.
The AJ Bell London Triathlon
This is the world’s biggest triathlon and London’s only major triathlon of 2016 and comprises of all 33 London boroughs. The event attracts over 13,000 entrants and 30,000 spectators each year. The event incorporates a variety of distances and releases competitors in wave categories, so both Olympians and first timers can participate. All swimmers dive in at the Royal Victoria Dock and run around the Docklands, whilst the cycle route can be selected from 4 Westminster routes.
This will be the first LAC indoor Triathlon, featuring a 200m swim in the Competition Pool, a 5km cycle on static bikes and a 3km run outdoors in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is the ideal event for new triathletes or less fit people as the distances are short and extremely manageable. GoTRI also host similar length events at St. Albans, Woking and Horsham.
Starting with a 400m swim in a 25 metre pool (16 lengths), the racers continue onto the 20km cycle, pedalling across the country roads of Berkhamsted. The race culminates with an 8km run across an uneven out and back trail. This race is a fantastic choice for anyone hoping to take a breather from the busy city whilst competing.
Entry Fee: £50
April 17th 2016
Thames Turbo Triathlon
This is a sprint race series which has been classified as a BTF Star Mark 2 event. It takes place at Hampton Outdoor Pool in Middlesex and consists of a 426m pool swim, 21.5km bike ride on open roads and a 5km run across mixed terrain including tarmac, pavements, grass and dirt.
Entry fee: £40
May 2nd, May 30th, August 29th 2016
Crystal Palace Triathlon
The race varies depending on the age and experience of the runners, with adapted distances for kids races. The Full sprint (age 17 plus) consists of a 750 metre swim, which is 15 lengths of the 50 metre pool, a 20km bike ride along a closed road circuit in the park and a 5km run totalling 2 laps of the park.
Entry Fee: £42 for adults, £15-£25 for juniors.
May 15th 2016
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