London Triathlon

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Soak up the summer sun and take in the London sights during this triathlon festival. Participants will love the support of the 30,000 strong crowds along the course and, for an extra challenge, sign up for triathlons on Sunday.
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Olympic Relay, Sprint, Super Sprint, and 4 more
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Calendar
Sun, 7 Aug 2022
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London, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Location
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London E16 1XL, UK
Start times
Sun, 7 Aug 2022
Olympic Relay:
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Sprint:
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Super Sprint:
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Olympic Plus:
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Olympic:
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Warrior:
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Sprint Team Relay:
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Races summary
Here's what races are available for London Triathlon
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Olympic Relay
RaceTypeSwimming
1500m
RaceTypeCycling
40km
RaceTypeRunning
10km
£53.00 - £79.50
Sprint
RaceTypeSwimming
750m
RaceTypeCycling
20km
RaceTypeRunning
5km
£78.99
Super Sprint
RaceTypeSwimming
400m
RaceTypeCycling
10km
RaceTypeRunning
2.5km
£70.00
Olympic Plus
RaceTypeSwimming
1500m
RaceTypeCycling
80km
RaceTypeRunning
10km
£116.00
Route information
This iconic central London event gives you an incredible opportunity to swim-bike-run on closed-roads through our amazing capital city.
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.
The famous Olympic distance events on the Sunday have a bike route like no other! You can whizz past some of London’s most infamous landmarks including the Tower of London, the London Eye and Big Ben.
Warrior
Race as many triathlons back to back as you can in this fantastic triathlon event.
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What's included
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Free event branded swim hat
  • Event race pack (inc race number, bike number, timing chip)
  • Post-event hydration
  • Stunning closed road course
Train
How to get there
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London E16 1XL, UK
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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 roadworks that may affect these routes.
*Be sure to plan your journey carefully, roads will be closed for racing during the event.*
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 course of the day, we recommend that competitors with bicycles either cycle to the event or travel by car.
Event day logistics
Information on event day logistics including arrival times, kit checklists, start times and race information will be sent to all participants via email approximately 4 weeks before the event.
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.
Crowds
Spectator Info
The London Triathlon is a great day out for both athletes & spectators!
Family and friends are always encouraged 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 and exclusive deals from the event partners. It’s completely free for all spectators to enter the ExCeL on the day.
Swim
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.
The Finish Line
As your athlete starts their final lap, it is suggested you make your way to the finish line– it’s an electrifying atmosphere! Make sure you cheer as loud as you can as your athletes cross that all-important finish line.
Backpack
Kit List
  • Race numbers correctly fixed to bike, helmet, and clothing (race belt recommended)
  • Race packs will be picked up on event day, this will include your race bib, bike stickers, and timing chip
  • Wetsuit (compulsory for the swim)
  • 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
Wetsuit
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. You can hire or purchase a wetsuit for the event via the HUUB website (https://huubdesign.com/ExternalLink)
*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.
Bike
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).
*Any helmet bought in recent years will comply but check for damage which would stop it protecting you properly.
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 the 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
Drafting is not allowed at the triathlon – anyone caught drafting outside of the Elite field will be disqualified from the event.
FAQ's
I have a disability can I still participate in The London Triathlon?
This is an all-inclusive event and Limelight Sports Club will do their utmost to accommodate participants with disabilities. Please contact their Customer Service Team, hello@londontriathlon.com with a description of your disability. It will be assessed and they will establish if it is possible to compete and what is required to make this feasible.
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When will I find out my start time for The London Triathlon?
Start times and wave allocations will be sent out to you via email and and posted on the website around 2 weeks prior to the event.
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When should I receive my race pack for The London Triathlon?
Your race pack will be ready and waiting for you to collect at the event, please check your email leading up to the event for your start time.
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What is contained in my race pack for The London Triathlon?
Your race pack will contain your race number, bike and helmet stickers and transition wristband. When picking up your race pack you will also pick up a timing chip. If any of the items listed above are missing, please come to the Help Desk on the day of the event and our friendly event staff can assist you. All swim caps will be collected at the Swim Assembly on the day of your race.
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Do I need a wetsuit for The London Triathlon?
A wetsuit is compulsory and it is your responsibility to ensure you have one on race day. The wetsuit will not only keep you warm, but will also help you swim faster as it provides you with extra buoyancy. Wetsuits must be worn up to 25°C. Should the water temperature exceed 25°C wetsuits are not permitted and changes to the event may be made at the organisers discretion. 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.
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Can I listen to a personal music player whilst racing in The London Triathlon?
No, you will be unable to hear other competitors or the marshals when you are wearing one and consequently pose a threat to others.
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How can I find out my finish time from The London Triathlon?
Provisional results will be texted to participants within 1.5 hours of completing the event. All results will then be reviewed and put onto our website within the week.
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Who do I contact for lost property at The London Triathlon?
All lost property should be handed into the Help Desk, therefore if you are on site and notice you have lost something please head here. For all other lost property queries, please contact hello@londontriathlon.com.
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Is water available during The London Triathlon?
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.
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Reviews
4.3
310 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
graeme
Star
4.7
Did the Olympic in 2022
Excellent event, well organised considering the number of people.The run course could be made slightly more interesting!
paul
Star
3.3
Did the Sprint in 2022
Signage and organization on the course should have been better, in particular, there should be signage in place at the end of the bike loop to remind you of how many laps you need to do depending on the event you are doing. I heard from a lot of people that they got a bit confused and couldn't remember if a second lap was needed. In terms of course facilities, the racking rows were simply too crowded. People were taking up too much space, and because everyone was so bunched up, bags ended up getting mixed up/lost. An option is to add tape lines to designate space per athlete.The bathroom facilities were absolutely horrid and I hope they improve this as a priority for next year --> providing enough clean and accessible toilets should not be hard in this day and age.
rees
Star
4.3
Did the Olympic in 2022
Another good London triathlon but the organisation wasn’t as good as normal, lots of places spectators could go even though there as more this year because of it being on one day and also lots of people on the course at once because the wave times were so close together
tudor
Star
1.7
Did the Olympic Plus in 2022
Garmin stolen in transition from my bike… absolutely no support from London Tri to recover it… Appalling
stephen
Star
3.0
Did the Sprint in 2022
Good experience overall, wouldn't recommend for first ever event
kate
Star
5.0
Did the Sprint in 2022
Really good event and well organised. Would have liked more music on the run course but apart from that it was great.
luke
Star
2.7
Did the Sprint in 2022
I’d never do the London triathlon again after not being able to defer, cancel or let a friend/family member take part. Profit over people.
zhuobin
Star
5.0
Did the Olympic in 2022
It's my first triathlon so i was a bit nervous. But the organizer made everything easy. Great event, lovely people, nice course. Recommend!!
raymond
Star
4.3
Did the Olympic in 2022
Great but there are certainly rooms for improvement... :pTo be honest bike course direction not really clear and I am not sure I've completed enough laps. Also there was only one water station at Excel while nothing was available (yes there was a little shower somewhere) out there under the sun. It was scorching hot that day and I was not surprised when I saw the ambulance taking someone away.
jade
Star
3.7
Did the Super Sprint in 2022
I enjoyed myself however I feel organisation was poor. When I finished they had no 2XL T-shirts left. I left with a small that I can never wear. Maybe something should be implemented to reserve a tshirt. The shops were also rinsed of stock and there were no freebies left by the time I got there which is the time I was told to get there. There was also only 2 water stations on the run. As it was a hot day (34 degrees max) there needed to be a lot more.
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Recent Questions
kerry Wilkins
11/3/2019
Considering my first ever tri. Have the tickets for the Sprint Saturday- standard entry already sold out? Sorry to be dim
Stephy Dennis
11/7/2019
Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. Just to let you know that you can still enter the Sprint Standard entry :-)
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