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St.Neots Triathlon Series


 Pre Race Brief

Dear Competitor

Online Entries are now closed. There will be some limited entries available on the day. Please email Keith at: [email protected] to confirm a place.

Welcome to St.Neots Triathlon Race Brief. Please take the time to read and understand the following Pre race Brief. I know you have probably read hundreds of these, but it is important that you understand our requirements and that which are required by our governing bodies.



St.Neots Triathlon Series Race 1
Date: 07th July 2019
Distances: Super Sprint Distance | Sprint Distance | Standard Distance 
Venue: Riverside Park, Regatta Meadow, St.Neots , Cambridgeshire, PE19 7LH 


  • 06:00 Car park Opens
  • 06:00 Race Day Registration Opens
  • 06:15 Transition Opens
  • 07:30 Registration Closes
  • 07:45 Super Sprint Race Brief 
  • 07:50 Sprint & Standard Race Brief
  • 07:50 Transition Closes


Wave Race  Swim Hat Colours Start Time *Approx*
Wave 1 Super Sprint PINK 07:50
Wave 2 Sprint  Men (PINK) Ladies (Orange) 08:00
Wave 3 Standard  Men (Red) Ladies (Purple) 08:05

*Wave start times may differ slighty for saftey reasons*


The weather seems as though it could be kind to you with a dry start with light winds but as with all British weather this is subject to change….
See the predicted forecast HERE


This will be at the venue, PE19 7LH within 50m of  transition. Parking will be tight so we ask that you try and buddy up for travelling to the race. HELP US… On arrive please leave your equipment in your vehicle and register first, this will relieve the congestion of bikes in the registration area.

Please note this car park will be locked at 14:00. Please do not leave your car in the car park if you intend to stay in St.Neots for the afternoon.

(Please be nice to our parking attendants they are volunteers. Anyone found being abusive to these guy’s will not be allowed to compete)


Will be open on Saturday evening from 16:00 – 17:00. at Regatta  meadow (venue) PE19 7LH and on the morning of the event from 06:00 – 07:30. Don’t be late! Parking is onsite and open from 6am, follow the signs. Its free and just 50 metres  from transition.

Please note: NOTHING WILL BE POSTED TO YOU;  Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to register and prepare yourselves (the races will start with or without you).

At registration you will receive a race pack, which should contain the following items:

  • 2 x Stickers: one to be attached to your helmet, other to you bike handle bars or seat post, NO stickers attached means you will NOT be allowed in to transition.
  • 1 x Race Number: to be attached to your back when biking and to be attached to your front when running- race belts are advisable. If you are not displaying a number you will not be allowed to continue from transition.
  • 1 x Timing Chip and Strap: This must be attached to your LEFT ankle, No chip, no time. If you are unsure of how to attach the chip please refer to the instructions at registration.(Please do not lose your chip it will cost you £10 for a replacement)
  • Important: BTF Day race licences will need to be purchased at £5 on the day for those who are not members of the BTF.  Remember, no licence, no race (this is your insurance).

You will only be allowed into transition if you are wearing your race number as well as your bike and helmet having a corresponding number (all found in your registration pack). Your helmet must be on your head and fastened at the entrance to transition. Officials WILL BE checking that your helmet is correctly fitted, i.e. when fastened you should only be able to get two fingers under the strap. Please ensure it is adjusted correctly before trying to get in, you will be turned away if it’s not correct. Checks will be carried out. CHECK RULE BOOK 

SWIM  (Super sprint 400m, sprint 750m, Standard 1500m)

The swim course will start with a downstream swim. Minimal flow at the moment ! Throughout the Swim keep the large Red & Yellow buoys to your Right. You return up stream still with the large Red & Yellow buoys to your Right.  The last  buoy should be passed on your right and immediately turn Right back to the river bank where you will exit the water to transition. So its easy, keep all buoys to the right and you can’t go wrong! 


This is a natural river so as you enter and exit the water take your time and be aware of slips, trips and falls. Upon exiting the water marshals will be in the water to give assistance if you require it. Water Saftey Ltd will be on the water for your safety.  Please abide by their directions. There will also be motorised rescue launches for your safety, again abide by any directions given. If during the swim you find yourself getting into difficulty, simply turn on your back and raise one arm into the air and raise a vocal alarm. Canoeists and bank rescue staff will come to your aid. If you appear to be struggling in the swim or have been in the water for a long time you may be pulled out at the discretion of the safety crews.


You will be disqualified if found doing so.
*Note that water safety is only provided during the race itself. Do not swim 
in the river outside the swim race and allocated warm up times.*

TRANSITION AND MOUNT (Racks will be numbered)

Bring only essential equipment into transition, bags will not be allowed next to your bikes and will be removed to the edge of transition. Obvious position marking will be dealt with by the “Transition Official” resulting in time penalties. You have been warned ! Run into transition, find your bike, do not touch your bike until you have put you cycle helmet on and fastened it. Run with your bike out of transition via the exit marked with “bike out” signs. Do not get on your bike until you reach the marked mount line. Remember at this point your race number should be displayed on your back.

BIKE (Super Sprint: 2 x Laps  | Sprint  1 x Lap: Standard 2 x Laps)

Once on your bike leave the park with a left hand turn taking extreme care  as you join the carriage way. The bike course is on open roads with no road  closures so ensure you follow the Highway Code at all times. This event is a non-drafting race i.e. you cannot take shelter behind or beside another competitor or motor vehicle and will be penalized if reported to be drafting.  Please read the new NON drafting rules HERE

Look out for the signs and marshals to keep you on the right course! Pay particular attention on the country lanes and at the junctions. It’s YOUR responsibility to know the course, do not rely on signs and marshals. Although it is very well signed and marshalled. There are speed bumps and traffic calming areas.

Extreme caution is needed upon entering the town as you go down Bushmead hill; it has a sharp and blind left roundabout turn at the bottom. On the approach to this junction you will be required to enter a filter lane which will help you negotiate the turn safely, the filter lane is MANDATORY and only wide enough for 1 bike at a time. There will be marshals to help and warn you of the filter lane, BUT  anyone not using the filter will be reported to the race official and a time penalty maybe awarded. So its worth getting it right. You have been warned! Ride safely it’s not worth dying for.


Please make sure you undestand the requirements / format of  NON draft legal racing CLICK HERE FOR RULES. “I did not know” is not an acceptable excuse.


Once back into the pit lane you will dismount your bike before the marked dismount line and run with your bike to the entrance marked bike in, rack it the same place you removed it from, you may then remove you helmet. Then run out will be at the opposite end of transition marked with “RUN OUT” signs. Ensure your race number is now facing forwards.

RUN  Laps of 2.5k (Super Sprint 1 lap, Sprint 2 laps, Standard 4 laps)

Exit the transition and turn immediately right and follow the marked course (flags/ arrows/ and 
tapes) you may run on either the path or grass next to the path, your choice. Marshals will be on all turns, Please remember the paths are open to the public, please be courteous. There will be a water station as you lap past transition. As you near the final stages of the run please ensure you go down the finish straight and not on for more laps than needed ! 


Awards to:

  • 1st -3rd Male & Female in each race 
  • First V40, V50, V60, V70+ Male & Female in the Sprint & Standard Distances races only
  • 1-3rd Aquabike
  • 1st Team 


This will take place as soon as results are ready after each race.


At the finish you will find refreshments and a results tent for you instant print outs.

Finish Photos will be available for free to download from our facebook page, Click HERE. All we ask is that you like our page and share as much as you like. Please leave us reviews as it helps us improve the events we bring to you.


All race results will be live to the internet as you cross the finish line so spectators/family can see your results instantly on their mobile devices. They can be found HERE



Nicetri & Water & safety Medical will be providing first aid cover for the event. If you are injured or witness a fellow competitor getting injured please alert your nearest marshal, who will call for assistance, there are also marshals out on the course that are first aid trained..



Available at registration and after the race.

The race referee’s/directors decision is final. Please refresh yourself with our T&C’s before racing Click HERE


Given the time of year and the unpredictable weather please ensure you check our web site www.nicetri.co.uk and your emails prior to the race, We hope nothing changes but we reserve the right to delay, change or even cancel the event at short notice if safety deems it nessasary.

We at Nicetri Events hope you all have a great day and achieve your goals


[email protected]

Company Number:08584032
VAT ID: 199240575
Director: Keith Ritchie

Nicetri Events Ltd
1 Enterprise Court Ambuscade Road
Colmworth Business Park;
Eaton Socon;
PE19 8YU


We “Nicetri Events “accept no responsibility for any loss or injury however so caused by entering this race, as agreed in your T&C’s you race knowing of the dangers and except full responsibility for your action/s / yourself and that of those around you. You standing on the start line means you have read and understood / accepted the risks as your own and that no liability will be placed on Nicetri Events Ltd.

Regatta meadow, St.Neots is the perfect venue for testing yourself on a fast undulating course where the tempo is high and the competition is fierce (and friendly!)

Whether you are an experienced athlete looking for a very fast time over the one of the two distances, or you are a novice competitor looking for a safe and friendly venue for your first open water triathlon, then St.Neots triathlons are ideal. St.Neots is a great venue, the blaring PA, and supporters from the local town will push you beyond what you think you’re capable of. Whether it’s your first triathlon or you’re trying to qualify for the British Age-Group Team, we guarantee you’ll enjoy this fantastic venue.

The swim takes place in the beautiful clean waters of the River Ouse, with a simple out and back course followed by a one or two lap bike course that takes you through some of the most scenic villages in the area. Although undulating this course with its smooth roads and downhill last 5 miles will see some fast times. The run is a two or four lap course around the Riverside Park that loops past the finish area on your  laps so your friends and family can support and cheer you on. The venue offers camping and ample free car-parking, so it’s an ideal event to bring the family to as they’ll get to see you swim, bike and run as well as have the opportunity to enjoy the park environment. The venue has very easy access to the local town that is a two minute walk away.

Entry Costs

Individual Super Sprint: £35 + Booking fee
Individual Sprint: £45 + Booking fee
Sprint Relay: £90 per team of 2 or 3 + Booking fee
Individual Standard: £59 + Booking fee
Standard Relay: £90 per team of 2 or 3 + Booking fee
Aquabike Sprint: £40 + Booking fee
Aquabike Standard: £54 + Booking fee


  • Super Sprint: 400m swim / 8km bike / 2.5km run
  • Sprint: 750m swim / 23.9km bike / 5km run
  • Standard: 1500m swim / 45km bike / 10km run
  • Aquabike Sprint: 750m swim / 23.9km bike
  • Aquabike Standard: 1500m swim / 45km bike

Races will start from 07:50 – 08:15 am

Race start times will be announced nearer the time. Race Briefing will take place at 07:45 am.



Super Sprint Swim (1 x Lap)
Super Sprint Bike (2 x Laps)
Super Sprint Run (1 x Laps)
Sprint Swim (1 x Lap)
Sprint Bike (1 x Lap)
Sprint Run (2 x Laps)
Standard Swim (1 x Lap)
Standard Bike (2 x Laps)
Standard Run (4 x Laps)

Arrival and Registration

Parking will be at the venue (Riverside Park) *weather permitting, if wet follow marshals and signs to local car parks*

NOTE you will collect your race pack at registration on the day of the event. Nothing will be posted prior to the event.

Full race brief / information will be sent by email pre-event once online entries close. (Normally Wednesday prior to the race, Please note we only send to the email address you registered with) The full race brief will be posted HERE by Wednesday as well.

Registration will be open from 17.00 – 18.00 on Saturday evening prior to the event and from 06.00 – 07.30 am on race day. Please ensure you arrive early to avoid that last minute rush.

Minimum age of competitors

The minimum age to take part in the Super & Sprint Distance Event is 15 as of age on 31st December 2019
The minimum age to take part in the Standard Distance Event is 17 as of age on 31st December 2019


You will be issued with a race number which must be clearly visible 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.

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.


If circumstances deem the course or travel conditions to be unsafe or it falls outside of the BTF guidelines, Nicetri have the right to change/move, or cancel the event at short notice.


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.

Chip Timing

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.

Transition Rules

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.


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.

Camping / Accommodation

Camping is available within the grounds of the Riverside Park (Limited facilities) Toilets will be available on site from Saturday noon. For more details, Call Keith 07539 213097. For local Hotels, B&B’s and Camp sites, see www.st-neots.co.uk   

We Have Deal Here – Great Place to stay

Accommodation is available at Wyboston Lakes. http://www.wybostonlakes.co.uk/  Set in 365 acres of countryside, midway between Cambridge and Milton Keynes, Wyboston Lakes will offer you the perfect stay. Quote “NiceTri Events” discounted rates available at £89.00 for a Twin or Double room Bed & Breakfast, subject to availability. Contact the Hotel directly on 0333 7007 667 or [email protected]