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Take part in the ultimate Welsh triathlon from Abersoch to Snowdon's summit and back. Great for endurance-sports lovers, the route starts from the iconic beach with a 1.5km sea swim before a 50km cycle to Snowdon for a quick scramble up and down, then a 50km cycle back, finishing back on the beach.
The ROC and ROC Mini Trail 4.6
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Sun, 6 Sept 2020
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Abersoch, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Abersoch, Pwllheli LL53 7EF, UK
Start times
Sunday, 6 Sept 2020
The ROC: 8:00 amROC Mini Trail 4.6: 11:30 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for The ROC
£150 - £175
ROC Mini Trail 4.6
Route information
Covering 115KM and climbing a total of 5,825ft, the ROC is a challenge to be contended with for any budding endurance athlete. Find out more about this once-in-a-lifetime race that tracks from sea level to the peak of Wales highest mountain, and back again.
Swim 1500m:
This epic challenge begins at Abersoch Beach where athletes will swim out toward Tudwal's West Island, round a buoy and then swim parallel to the beach to SCYC. From here, you will round two more buoys before heading back to the beach.
The transition will be a 50m run up the beach.
Cycle 50KM (out):
Get ready for your first cycle stage - this 50KM route out toward Snowdon will take you along scenic, quick open road sections as well as formidable technical sections.
Snowdon Run (6KM each way):
The Watkin Path is arguably the most scenic route to climb Snowdon and boasts an immense history. The ascent is nicely progressive and will culminate in a steep scree section close to the summit.
Once at the summit, take in the epic panoramic views before a rapid descent of the course.
**Cycle 50KM (back):
A final 50KM cycle will take you back to Abersoch, with plenty of open roads and epic views along the way.
Beach Run 1KM:
You've made it, this final 1KM run will be the glory lap along Abersoch Beach and you will cross the finish line in style.
THE ROC Mini Trail:
Kicking-off before the return of the ROC competitors, this mini trail will head out along the sand towards Bwlchtocyn, through the sand dunes and onto lots of tracks that wind through the golf course, along bridle paths up steep trails and back down again round to Abersoch beach to the finish.
Runners will experience the same exhilaration as the ROC competitors when they cross the stunning beach finish line.
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What's included
  • Bespoke ROC finisher's medals
  • Water
  • Snacks (chocolate and bananas)
  • Refreshment stations
  • Chip timed
  • £1,000 prize money
  • Heated marquee
How to get there
Abersoch, Pwllheli LL53 7EF, UK
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Address: Abersoch, Pwllheli, LL53 7EF
Car: Abersoch is located at the western edge of North Wales, on the Llyn Peninsula.
The best route from the South or the Midlands is to head toward Birmingham and then take the A458/A470/A487 to the Llyn peninsula and finally the A497 to Abersoch.
From the North, it is best to enter Wales via Chester and then take the A55/A487 to the Llyn Peninsula and then the A499/A497 until Abersoch.
Train: The closest railway station is Pwllheli, which is around a 15 minute drive to Abersoch. Trains run from London and take around 7 hours, however it'll be well worth it as you take in some of Wales' best scenery.
Event day logistics
0740: Safety Briefing
0800: Race start
1130: THE ROC mini trail
1200: Snowdon 4KM cut-off
Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the race start time.
Registration will take place the evening before the event - more information on this will be sent to entrants.
Spectator Info
Spectators are welcome to accompany those competing in the race and the Abersoch Beach finish provides a great vantage point for supporters looking to cheer on their friends or family.
While the athletes are out on the cycle or run, spectators can explore this scenic village for themselves.
What do I receive at registration?
You will receive a bag at registration that your mountain kit goes into. This is taken to T2/T3 at the foot of Snowdon ready for when you arrive there during the race.
Is there a cut-off time?
All competitors must be at least 4KM up Snowdon by 12 noon. If you have not made it to this stage, you will be instructed to turn around and complete the course from here.
Is there an age limit?
All competitors of The ROC must be at least 18 years old on race day.
Are wetsuits mandatory?
Yes, wetsuits must be worn for the swim discipline.
Where can I find results?
Results will be uploaded soon after the race ends. They can be found here:
What does team entry entail?
Teams can be made up of either 2 or 3 competitors. With either all three members completing one section of the the race (swim, cycle or run) or one member completing two. Please ensure you provide sufficient team details at checkout.
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