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Bicester Triathlon

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This is a family, pool-based triathlon with a rural bike around surrounding villages and a traffic-free run. A great intro for novices or a chance for more experienced athletes to lay down a marker!

This particularly spectator-friendly triathlon has the swim section at Bicester and Ploughley Leisure Centre with ample spectator viewing and the run section completely enclosed in Bicester Community College sports ground. The 20km bike route leaves transition at the sports field for a 2 lap circuit of Bicester and surrounding villages including Bucknell and Middleton Stoney.

Review summary

10 Reviews
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Mark B
"Distances were a bit all over the place - run was 4km, and bike seemed over..."


Charlie M
"Cheap and cheerful entry level triathlon. Nice and basic. The transition zone..."


"Very well organised swim, and directions to transition. Bike course was clearly..."
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How to enter the Bicester Triathlon

  1. Adult Sprint

    Triathlon: Swim 0.4km, Bike 20km, Run 5km
    Event passed
  2. Adult Novice

    Triathlon: Swim 0.2km, Bike 11.5km, Run 3km
    Event passed
  3. Aquabike - Sprint

    Swimming: Swim 0.4km, Bike 20km
  4. Youth (15-16 Years)

    Triathlon: Swim 0.4km, Bike 8km, Run 3km
  5. Tristar 3 (13-14 Years)

    Triathlon: Swim 0.3km, Bike 6km, Run 2.4km
  6. Tristar 2 (11-12 Years)

    Triathlon: Swim 0.2km, Bike 4km, Run 1.8km
  7. Tristar 1 (9-10 Years)

    Triathlon: Swim 0.15km, Bike 2km, Run 1.2km
  8. Tristart ( Age 8 Years)

    Triathlon: Swim 0.05km, Bike 1km, Run 0.6km

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Bicester Triathlon routes

The swim section is at Bicester and Ploughley Leisure Centre with ample spectator viewing

The run section is completely enclosed in Bicester Community College sports ground.

The 20km bike route leaves transition at the sports field for a 2 lap circuit of Bicester and surrounding villages including Bucknell and Middleton Stoney.

Event Details

What’s Included

There will be official race timing

There will be photography provided by David Hawtin Photography

Sporting Print are providing an Event T Shirt for each competitor

Raceday Logistics

Registration opens on the morning of event from 7:30am and remains open until the beginning of the final wave

Children start from 8:30am

Adults start from 10:00am

Junior triathlon with bike and run section fully enclosed within the grounds of The Bicester School and traffic free

Sprint distance Aquabike. Swim and bike only option for the sprint distance. Those opting for the aquabike complete the course as normal but head straight for the finish after the bike section

Kit List

There are no specific kit requirements and the event is run under british triathlon competition rules


The event is VERY spectator friendly and you can watch the whole of the swim from the gallery, almost all of the run is in view from a single spot and there are multiple places to go and watch the bike


On Your Marks are an awesome organiser set up in memory of a budding 14 year old triathlete who died of meningitis - they're always very keen for volunteers and you can reach them at [email protected]


Please Note:

Students and over 60s -20%

Adult Relay Teams +£10

Child Relay Teams +£5

If weather conditions are considered not suitable for biking on the field on the day the childrens event may be reduced to an aquathlon (swim and run only).

Late Entries: Entries taken from 2 weeks prior to the event will incur an additional £3 late entry charge. Last online entry 6am 2 days prior to the event

Age restriction: From 8 years on 31st December 2019

Questions & answers

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    Sophie W
    Hi this is my son's first triathlon they are competing in the 9-10 event.Please can you let me know if regular swim shorts and t-shirt for bike and run will suffice. Also do we bring our own bikes? Many thanks


    Steph E
    Hi there. There are no specific kit requirements, regular swim shorts and t-shirt should be fine for the 9-10years distance, and please bring your own bike. Hope you enjoy the first triathlon!
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    Andy B
    Hi, how do I apply the over 60 discount when entering, it does not seem to be automatic.


    Steph E
    Hi there. Just to let you know that unfortunately we don't have a discount for over 60's. Let us know if there is anything else we can help with and good luck in the race!
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    Tim R
    When can you confirm my some entry to Bicester triathlon from cancelled bracket event. He is 11 and name is Samuel richards


    Steph E
    Hi there. Could you possibly get in touch with our customer support team - [email protected] They will be able to help you further with your booking. Thank you :-)
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    Chris S
    How do I book my 12 year old son for this event?


    Steph E
    Hi there, if you would like to get in touch at [email protected] then you can let us know what the issue is :)
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    Kate B
    Does the entry include a finishers medal or just a t shirt?


    Steph E
    Hi there. Just to let you know that you will receive a medal on completion of this event.
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    Jonathan F
    I have signed up to undertaken the novice triathlon on the 31st however had managed to break my bike. Is it possible to hire a bike on the day?


    Steph E
    Hi there, unfortunately the race organiser doesn't have a bike hire facility. Best of luck with the event!
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    Andrew H
    When will my race pack be sent?


    Steph E
    Hi there, just to let you know the race organiser won't be sending out race packs - the information needed for the event and final race information will be available on their site (link here: good luck and enjoy the event!

Bicester Triathlon weather forecast

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Bicester Triathlon reviews (10)

3.3 out of 5 stars

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    Did the Adult Sprint in 2019

    Very well organised swim, and directions to transition. Bike course was clearly marked out. Run marking could have been better.
    It would have been nice if the bike course didn't include traffic lights as stopping was frustrating.
    The run course was pretty boring, and also only 3.8km long. Surely it would have been possible to make a better/proper length course?
    Overall, a good race, but not one to write home about.
  • Did the Adult Novice in 2019

    First triathlon, well organised and tremendous fun! Make sure you leave trainers/towel by swimming pool.
  • Did the Adult Sprint in 2019

    My first of the year and first for many years, great one to start with, ready for number 2, need to focus on transition
  • Did the Adult Sprint in 2019

    The course was ok, only real criticism is the run was too short.My real issues are with the organisation. Transition was not secure, I have also never had a race where they don't let you in without wearing your helmet. I also noticed you could walk in and out of the transition in different areas. There was not enough marshalls on the course. I saw runners going the wrong way because there was no one to direct themThere was no lane counting at the swim, some people were doing incorrect lengths. No one checked if you were a BTF member.The worse though is my sister never got her time, they said the chip did not sync but it would get resolved, she has contacted them 3 times and no one has replied, this is really demotivating and almost makes the race pointless.
  • Did the Adult Sprint in 2019

    My first Tri and loved it! Although the organisation of everything took some getting your head around, just spending 20 minutes sussing everything out was enough so the race went pretty smoothly (apart from swimming an extra 2 lengths grrrr!).
  • Did the Adult Sprint in 2019

    Cheap and cheerful entry level triathlon. Nice and basic. The transition zone wasn't overly clear and saw a lot of people not sure where to go even though it was explained in the race briefing. Good medal and post race snack. Good as a first triathlon with a friendly and non-aggressive atmosphere.
  • Did the Adult Sprint in 2019

    I think I might make an official complaint to British Triathlon about this event, because it was honestly terrible and not at all as advertised and at times quite dangerous. The swim was fine although no one was counting the laps, the cycle route was completely open road and included a number of fast and big roundabouts and junctions. The cycle route was badly signposted aside from a few orange spray paint arrows on the road and yellow arrows at irregular intervals. There were no cycle marshals to prevent drafting and lots of people were taking advantage of this. I didn't see any "Event in Progress" signs either, which caused tension with drivers, a number close passed me on the cycle. The marshals for the entire event seemed to be non triathletes but a security company who were incredibly unhelpful and mostly looking at their phones or chatting to each other. The run was an out and back through the housing estate behind the leisure centre in a run down area of the town, and I experienced children on the estate shouting aggressively at me. The transition area was a mess, no one organising it at all and the run between the bike mount area and the transition area was too long if you were wearing cleats. At the finish it was completely anticlimactic and I had to ask to be given a medal because the volunteers didn't seem to care. Oh and there was also no free t shirt as advertised. Overall a terribly planned race for the amount paid, I don't think this company should be allowed to organise future triathlons because they are highly overpriced and poorly organised. I won't be competing in any further triathlons organised by this company and will be encouraging my triathlon friends to avoid if possible. I would appreciate a response to why the day was so different to what was advertised.
  • Did the Adult Sprint in 2019

    Distances were a bit all over the place - run was 4km, and bike seemed over 20km. Advertised above on this site as closed roads but its not, and actually some quite unpleasant junctions (and some traffic lights where you have to fully stop). Nice people running it but wouldnt do this again.
  • Did the Adult Sprint in 2019

    A lot of people did this. Plenty of parking. No queues. Swim didnt include swim hats and nobody counting laps. Long transition to bike was ok. Bike is 2 laps, could be better signposted at the roundabout where you go different ways depending on the lap. There was no sign just a guy shouting. The run was only 4km - cant see why as it could easily have added a couple of laps of the field to make it 5km. The run weaves in and out of a housing estate through ginnels etc.. No timing matt half way on the run or bike so open to cheating. No Marshalls on some bad corners. Also the a very nasty junction for the left turn at the start of the bike with a roundabout, zebra crossing and junction with 2 lanes of stationary traffic. Organisers cant help that.
  • Did the Adult Sprint in 2019

    My first sprint triathlon. Thanks to the organisers and volunteers. Probably best doing some training beforehand!