One of Nottingham's key sporting events, the Outlaw has become (almost) even more legendary than Robin Hood, the Major Oak and Brian Clough!
Those who have conquered the Outlaw Triathlon are remembered in local folklore for having outwitted the Sheriff to complete a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. As long as you can cover the distance in 17 hours or less, you will become an Outlaw. Six men have completed it every year since the Outlaw was launched in 2010; can they come back and finish it for a ninth time this year? And will you be joining them as a competitor or spectator?
The event begins with a mass swim start in the Regatta Lake at Nottingham's National Water Sports Centre. Its an out and back swim course which is easy to navigate. With transition right next to the swim exit you'll have every opportunity to set a super-quick time and even faster escape onto your bike.
The roads around Nottinghamshire are ideal for fast riding (time trial bike friendly) and there is only the odd short climb to challenge you, but dont underestimate the wind!
On returning to the National Water Sports Centre our merry men will rack your bike and see you out on to the flat run course around the lake and on to the River Trent path. You'll pass Trent Bridge, the City Ground, Wilford Suspension Bridge and the Victoria Embankment. The multi-lap course, which has been measured by UK Athletics, offers a feed station every mile or so, and is lined with supporters willing you all the way to the finish line.
On arrival at the finish you will receive a hero's welcome and be crowned a modern day Outlaw. Then you can enjoy the festival atmosphere with thousands of spectators cheering the athletes home until the sun finally sets on a spectacular day of racing.
Outlaw has been recognised as 220 Triathlon Magazine's Event of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017 and British Triathlon's Event of the Year in 2011.
How to enter the Outlaw Triathlon
- Triathlon: Swim 2.4mi, Bike 112mi, Run 26.2mi
Outlaw Triathlon route
Can I swim the course in advance?
The lake is not open for general swimming. There are events in the lead up, such as the Nottingham Triathlon and the Outlaw Half Nottingham, and OSB run a free Outlaw swim practice session on Saturday 28 July.
Is the bike course hilly?
No, not at all. There is only one short climb and the rest is relatively flat. However, beware of the wind! The winds can make it a tougher day in the saddle than you might expect. This course is perfect for TT bikes if you have one.
Are the roads closed?
Most roads are open but there are closed lanes on busy roads, managed diversions for cars and managed junctions for cyclists.
What is the run surface like?
Mostly tarmac and hard packed stones along the river path.
Do you get people who don’t make the cut off?
Yes, but not too many usually. A few will miss the swim cut off and those that miss it on the bike usually have had multiple punctures or exhaustion. It’s worth getting new tyres a few weeks out and get your bike serviced. TFN do bike checks over the weekend but don’t leave it until the day before if your bike hasn’t been serviced in months.
What are the event cut off times?
You have 17 hours to complete the Outlaw. You need to be out of the swim and on the bike course within 2hrs 15 of the start, which is 8:15am, and you need to be back into T2 by 4pm – this is due to us need to re open parts of the course which have closed roads, so there is no margin for error on this.
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Outlaw Triathlon weather forecast
Rain throughout the day.
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