The London Triathlon

Sat 27th Jul 2019
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London E16 1XL, UK

Secure your place

Tickets £82.50–£154, charity places available

  • Closed roads
  • Road run
  • Finisher’s medal
  • 10000 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

Attracting over 13,000 participants and 30,000 spectators each year, this iconic event has become a must do event in the sporting calendar. With a variety of distances, routes and wave categories to choose from it doesnt matter whether youve never done a triathlon before or are an Olympic champion everyone is welcome!

The London Triathlon takes place at the Excel Centre, Victoria Docks. From here you will swim, bike & run past the iconic landmarks of our capital.

Distances in this event

  1. Olympic Saturday

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 40km, Run 10km
    Sat 27th Jul 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  2. Sprint Saturday

    Triathlon: Swim 0.75km, Bike 20km, Run 5km
    Sat 27th Jul 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  3. Super Sprint Saturday

    Triathlon: Swim 0.4km, Run 10km, Run 2.5km
    Sat 27th Jul 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  4. Olympic Plus Sunday

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 80km, Run 10km
    Sun 28th Jul 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  5. Olympic Westminster

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 40km, Run 10km
    Sun 28th Jul 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
  6. Sprint Sunday

    Triathlon: Swim 0.75km, Bike 20km, Run 5km
    Sun 28th Jul 2019
    Tickets & charity places available
Course Maps
What’s Included

Your Entry Includes:

  • Free Event Tech-T
  • Free event branded swim hat
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Event race pack (inc race number, bike number, timing chip)
  • On-course nutrition
  • Post-event hydration
  • Training Guides
  • Timing service including tracking, text message, and online lookup
  • Stunning closed road course

You must be 17 years old or over, as of the 31st December of the year you are competing, to compete in the main triathlon.

Course Details

All competitors will swim in the Royal Victoria Dock and run around the London Docklands, cheered on by the 30,000 strong crowd. The bike route varies depending on the distance, day and category you choose.

There are 2 different bike routes for our Olympic distance competitors:

  • Saturday Docklands Route – 4 laps turning at Leamouth Roundabout.
  • Sunday Westminster Route – 1 long lap turning at Big Ben followed by 1 short lap turning at Billingsgate.

Take a look at the map below to find out where the different routes go & also keep scrolling down to have a look at the swim and run course, this is the same course for both routes

Raceday Logistics

Road Closures On The Day

To ensure the safety of large numbers of triathletes taking part in the AJ Bell London Triathlon, road closures will be in place over the weekend of 4th and 5th August 2018. We have worked closely with Transport for London (TfL), the Metropolitan Police and all relevant councils in the planning of these closures to ensure we keep disruption to a minimum.

Upon Arrival You Should:

  • Follow signs to the Race Pack pick up in the South Hall – entrance door S7.
  • Remember you will require your photo ID and BTF membership card (if applicable) to collect your race pack.
  • Go to the race pack desk applicable and show your photo ID.
  • You will receive your race pack and your timing chip, which will become your responsibility until you hand it back at the finish line. Due to the costs of the technology, there will be a £20 charge if you lose your timing chip once in your possession.
  • Once you have collected your race pack, attach the timing chip to your ankle, make your way to the Bike Check at the entrance to transition to rack your bike. Transition is a high-security area. Access will only be given to those competitors wearing security wristbands.
  • Please have your helmet fastened on your head at the Bike Check, as this will help speed up your entry to transition.

By Car

ExCeL is accessed from the A13 but this will be particularly busy on race days because of the road closures in operation.

The A13 can be reached from central London, Blackwall and Rotherhithe Tunnels, the A406 North Circular, M25 and M11. ExCeL Parking is signed from both Gallions Reach roundabout (from the East) and Canning Town (from the West).

Please check for any weekend roadworks that may affect these routes.

*Be sure to plan your journey carefully, roads will be closed for racing during the weekend.*

 Venue Parking

The West entrance to ExCeL has a 1.9m height restriction. Please navigate to the East entrance if you transport your bike on a roof rack or if you have a high or wide vehicle.

All parking at ExCeL is charged at a daily rate of £20 which is payable via Pay and Display tickets which are available for purchase within the car parks.

*Plan to arrive (at least) 90 minutes before your start time to avoid being late for your race.*

 Public Transport

Nearest Stations are:

Canning Town (Jubilee Line) 1.6 miles from ExCeL.

Stratford 3.5 miles from ExCeL.

West Ham 1.8 miles from ExCeL.

Prince Regent DLR 0.1 miles from ExCeL.

 Important Travel Information

Bikes are allowed on the DLR off-peak and at weekends but are limited to a maximum of two bikes per set of doors.

Due to these limitations, and in light of the number of competitors taking part in the triathlon over the weekend, we recommend that competitors with bicycles either cycle to the event or travel by car.

Kit List

Event Day Check List:

  • Security wristband (and Team Meeting Point wristband for relay teams)
  • Photo Identification (e.g. driver’s licence, passport) to collect your timing chip
  • Race numbers correctly fixed to bike, helmet, and clothing (race belt recommended)
  • Wetsuit
  • Goggles (compulsory for the swim)
  • Towel
  • Bike
  • Bike Helmet
  • Bike Insurance (recommended but not compulsory)
  • Cycle shoes (if you have them)
  • Bike water bottle
  • Running shoes
  • Warm clothing for afterward
  • Energy Bar/Gels
  • GPS multi-sport watch


The triathlon-specific wetsuits will not only keep you warm but will also help you swim faster as it provides you with extra buoyancy. Surf and shortie wetsuits are allowed, but these are totally different to a triathlon specific wetsuit, which is designed for open water swimming and fits like a second skin.


If you haven’t already done so, the easiest way to hire a wetsuit for the day is to visit Zone3 where you can get an award-winning Zone3 wetsuit for the day. We strongly advise you to swim in your wetsuit before the event. Practicing getting out of the wetsuit will help with your transition on the day too.

*You will be given a swim cap at Swim Assembly so no need to bring your own, but googles are compulsory and aren’t provided.*


Fixed wheel bikes (bikes that use the pedals as a brake) are not permitted in the race. Your handlebars must not have bare open metal ends. Please obtain stoppers to plug them before coming to the race. BTF referee bike checks can potentially stop you competing.

Bike Helmet

*A bike helmet is compulsory.*

Approved cycling safety helmets of ANSI Z90.4, SNELL B90, EN 1078 or an equivalent national standard must be worn by competitors. (NOTE: a CE mark is NOT an approval mark).

NB: any helmet bought in recent years will comply but check for damage which would stop it protecting you properly.

Triathlon Insurance

Be prepared with PedalSure our Triathlon Insurance Partner who will provide you with a 20% discount to cover you and your bike. Don’t let an accident or theft create an obstacle to your training or event day.

Removal of Equipment

You will be able to remove your bike from Transition immediately after racing and you must remove your bike and equipment from Transition within 1.5 hours of finishing and prior to the venue closing times. The organisers reserve the right to remove any equipment left in transition beyond the above times. The Support Team will check the bike number against the wristband number before it is released.

*One of our biggest issues post-event is caused by people taking the wrong wetsuit from Transition, please take a few seconds to check that you have your own wetsuit, most are black and look very similar.*


Drafting is not allowed at the triathlon – anyone caught drafting outside of the Elite field will be disqualified from the event.

Drinks & Nutritions On Course

Leading sports nutrition company Science in Sport (SiS) will be providing some of their award winning nutrition products to fuel your performance at the water station on the Run Course and at the finish. Please get used to re-hydrating as part of your training. Remember it is vital to drink regularly during and after exercise.


The AJ Bell London Triathlon is a great day out for both athletes & spectators! We always encourage friends and family to come down, cheer on the triathletes & help create the incredible atmosphere London is famous for. Inside the ExCeL, you’ll find a great selection of food & drink, a bar, exclusive deals from our sponsors, and a new Kids Zone to keep the little ones entertained. It’s completely free for all spectators to enter the ExCeL on the day.


Spectators can view the whole of the swim course from the dock edge, next to the start pontoon. You can access the dock edge, via the stairs or lift located on the South side of the main hall (this will be directly in front of you as you enter via Race Pack Pick Up). Look out for the ‘Spectator Viewing’ hanging banner against the back wall.


Either head towards the Aloft Hotel on the East side of the ExCeL, or behind the Fox Pub underneath the walkway to Custom House on the West side of ExCeL, for the best view of the bike course around the building.


The East Car Park is the best place to grab a spot and watch the run from. With the charity cheer marquees, loud music and plenty going on, this area has an all-day party atmosphere. Triathletes need to complete laps of the run course, so this is a great spot to high-5 your loved ones a few times.


As your athlete starts their final lap, we suggest you make your way to the finish line and grab a seat in one of the finish line grandstands – it’s an electrifying atmosphere! Make sure you cheer as loud as you can as your athletes cross that all-important finish line.

I have a disability can I still participate?

We are an all-inclusive event and do our utmost to accommodate participants with disabilities.  Please contact our Customer Service Team, [email protected] with a description of your disability. We will assess this and establish if it is possible to compete and what we require to make this feasible.

When will I find out my start time?

Start times and wave allocations can be found in two specific locations:

  • On our official website two weeks prior to the event
  • In your race pack which is delivered no later than two weeks prior to the event
When should I receive my race pack?

Your race pack will be ready and waiting for you to collect at the event, please check our website for your start time.

What is contained in my race pack?

Your race pack will contain your race information guide, race number, bike and helmet stickers, transition wristband, and your welcome letter with your wave start time.

If any of the items listed above are missing please come to the Help Desk on the day of the event and our friendly customer service team can issue new items. You will receive your swim cap at Swim Assembly on the day of your race.

Do I need a wetsuit?

A wetsuit is compulsory and it is your responsibility to ensure you have one on race day. If you haven’t already done so, the easiest way to hire or buy a wetsuit for the day is to visit www.wetsuithire.co.uk. All wetsuits are made by Zone3, the event’s official swim partner and the world’s leading wetsuit manufacturer. The wetsuit will not only keep you warm, but will also help you swim faster as it provides you with extra buoyancy. Surf and shortie wetsuits are allowed, but these are totally different to a triathlon specific wetsuit, which is designed for swimming and fits like a second skin.

Can I listen to a personal music player whilst racing?

No. You will be unable to hear other competitors or the marshals when you are wearing one and consequently pose a threat to others.

Is water available during the races?

Water will be handed out on the run course and at the finish line. There will be no water stations on the bike course – it is your responsibility to ensure that you have enough fluid to keep yourself hydrated on the bike leg.

How can I find out my finish time?

For instant results you can click on the website and click on the ‘track my runner’. This will enable you to see all of your live results and compare them to other competitors.

All results will be posted on our website at the end of each day of the event. Additionally, if you have provided a correct UK mobile number in your application, you will receive a text message with your result.

How do I buy a photograph of myself crossing the finishing line?

Marathon Photos are our official photographer for the event. Please go directly to their website to retrieve your photos and further information.

Who do I contact for lost property?

Please contact the event organisers via email, [email protected], with a full description of the missing item and we will do our best to reunite you with the item

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Reviews (5)

3.9 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Olympic Westminster in 2018

    Really enjoyed the Olympic Westminster route. Much more exciting than the generic route on the dual carriageway next to the DLR. Very well organised but expensive compared to some other triathlons. Don’t let swimming in the Thames put you off- it was actually one of the cleaner swims I’ve done. Run route can be warm, but is a flat out and back with a bit in the Excel centre- take advantage of the air conditioning before you go back out again. But plenty of places for spectators to cheer you on! Long transitions so worth noting where you’re racked!
  • Did the Sprint Saturday in 2018

    It was ok, initially my A race for the season but soon fell by the wayside. Swim was split into waves just as we were about to go, without grading people (faster in group 1 etc) so as a result we got set off 2 mins behind the first group so had to swim through some of the slower swimmers. Bike course was flat and fast but too narrow for the number of competitors (& certainly not big enough for PR filming motorbikes to be going as well). Run course was similar, too narrow for the number of people, water cups filled 1/3-1/2 which wasn't enough given the 30 deg day. It was also mis-measured, ended up running ~6km for the 5 km sprint section...
  • Did the Olympic Saturday in 2017

    Really enjoyed my first Olympic distance tri! Got a PB on the run course, just dont open your mouth on the swim.
  • Did the Sprint Saturday in 2016

    Good race, well organised and big field. The route isn't the most inspiring but it makes for a quick race and the run is laps with a good crowd round most of it which helped boost morale and motivation.
  • Did the Olympic Westminster in 2017

    It was my first Olympic triathlon and I absolutely loved it. Cycling through redlights in London and having the roads closed off was pretty amazing. The swim was not as bad as I thought it would be in terms of dirty water. The only drawback is that the run was over populated and very crowded. I know some people felt the swim was also overcrowded.

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