2020 ITU Standard Distance Triathlon Qualifier (Non-Drafting)
“Simply stunning” were the words used to describe the venue at which this 2020 ITU Standard Distance Qualifier is being hosted. Located in the heart of Cambridgeshire, near the ancient Village of Buckden & St.Neots.
The start, the swim, much of the run and the finish are all conveniently located together, making excellent spectator viewing at Grafham Water Reservoir. The swim takes place in the lake consisting of a one lap course that is easy to navigate. Once you are out the water you’re straight out on your bike. The roads around the villages offer great surfaces for fast riding and only the odd short climb to challenge you. The bike course is fast but open, so if it’s windy make sure you’ve got your bike legs on!On returning to Grafham Water, you will conquer the one lap run course which takes you across the dam to a turn around point and back past transition. Then you take a few hard compound tracks on your way into the village Grafham. Before you know it you’ll be at the 2nd turn around point on and your way back where you will come face to face with the finish straight, located a stone’s throw from transition.
Standard: £65 + Booking fee
Standard Aquabike: £55 + Booking fee
Standard: 1500m Swim / 37km Bike / 10km Run
Standard Aquabike: 1500m Swim / 37km Bike
Races/Waves will start from 08:00 am and will be confirmed at a later date.
The minimum age to take part in this event is 17 years old as of 31/12/2019.
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Arrival and Registration
Parking will be at the venue “Marlow car park” (weather permitting, if wet follow marshals and signs to local car parks) PLEASE NOTE you will collect your race pack at registration on the day of the event. Nothing will be posted prior to the event. If for any reason you don’t receive this email, full race information will be available at least two days prior to the event, HERE. Registration will be open from 16.00 – 18.00 on Saturday evening prior to the event and from 06.30 – 07.45 am on race day. Please ensure you arrive early to avoid that last minute rush.
Parking will be at the Marlow Car Park.
You will be issued with a race number which must be clearly visible either on your front or back at all times. You will also be number marked on your hand with a pen. Number belts are allowed, all we ask it that we can see your number at the timing points as a backup to the electronic system.
Security will always be present in the transition area. Only competitors wearing their I.D. will be allowed in or out of this area. Your race pack will include a race number and 2 smaller labels which are to be attached to your bike and helmet, this must be done prior to entering transition. You must rack your bike in the numbered position. No riding is allowed in the transition area. Your helmet must be fastened on your head at all times whilst you are on your bike or running with your bike through transition.
Aquabike racers will start with the Triathlon and race alongside them. However, your finish time will be taken when you run over the mat on your way into Transition 2. Please do not hang around in Transition as there will still be competitors racing in and out and you may accidentally get in their way.
British Triathlon Federation Rules
BTF rules All competitors must comply with BTF rules (it is recommended that you read the BTF rules and regulations which will be applied to all races) All competitors must be licensed to race, those non BTF members will be required to pay a £5 levy for a day licence, this is payable on the day at registration. (This is not included in your entry fee) BTF members must produce their licence at registration or a £5 levy will be charged prior to racing.
Chip Timing Solutions will provide computerised chip timing via an electronic chip system that you attach to your ankle. Please attach the chip to your LEFT ankle and make sure your run over the mats at the various timing points. Your finish time and splits will be available shortly after completing the event.
Race start time will be announced nearer the time (see race brief). Race Briefing will take place at 07.45 am .
Prizes are both for men and women. One prize per competitor. A full breakdown of prizes and trophies will be given before the event in the race brief.
Spectators – Where to go and watch
Grafham Water offers a lot for the children and family to do, while fellow family/friends are competing – there is an onsite cafe open all day that has food/drinks and those all important ice creams for the kids. Grafham cycles has an onsite shop and have hire bikes so you can cycle round the venue. For more information on things to do click HERE
The venue offers fantastic viewing of the Swim & Run route – you can view the swim as they navigate their way around the Australian exit and into transition. Once they have come off the bike and started the run section you will see them pass through the venue 4 times before they cross the finish line, where you will be watching and cheering them on (a great competitor/spectator feeling).
Camping is available within the grounds of grafham (Limited facilities) Toilets will be available on site from Saturday noon.
For more details, Email: Keith@nicetri.co.uk .
For local Hotels, B&B’s and Campsites, see www.st-neots.co.uk