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Thorpe Park Sprint Triathlon Race 2

Triathlon: Swim 0.75km, Bike 21km, Run 5km
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Thorpe Park has proved to be a fantastic triathlon venue this season so far, so we're delighted to be hosting another sprint distance event on the 16 September 2018, with a relay option also available.

The Zone3 swim is a one-lap 750m course which takes place within Fleet Lake. With good visibility in the water and some great vantage points for spectators, it offers a fantastic opening leg to the triathlon.

The bike is a one-lap 21km course for the sprint distance race which heads out of the park onto the surrounding local roads. It is virtually panned flat, so expect some fast times!

The 5km run consists of two laps for the sprint distance race navigating around the lake on a flat, fully tarmaced path. The final section to the finish line takes competitors right through the center of Thorpe Park.

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How to enter the Thorpe Park Sprint Triathlon Race 2

  1. Sprint

    Triathlon: Swim 0.75km, Bike 21km, Run 5km
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Thorpe Park Sprint Triathlon Race 2 route

Swim – Provided By Zone – 3

This a fantastic 750m swim that will start on the other side of the wooden footbridge to the transition area. The first wave will be set off at 8:00 am; subsequent waves will go off at 10-minute intervals. The route will take competitors out around the yellow buoys before exiting up the bank.

If you get into difficulty, turn on your back and raise one arm; a safety vessel will then escort you to the bank.
If you appear to be struggling in the swim the safety vessel will be able to help you out.
Wetsuits are compulsory as they provide buoyancy in the water should you encounter any difficulties. You must
wear the swim cap that you were provided with at registration.

All competitors please note: United Kingdom inland waters are not completely safe for swimming. Although risks of disease are low and risks of serious infection are small, a swimmer may be susceptible to infection through immune suppression, particularly if they are not in good health at the time of swimming. You are advised not to drink the lake water.

Bike – Provided By Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance

The 21km, one loop, the route takes the following course out of transition, along the internal service road and onto the public highway and there is a map of the course below. Click here to view the map on MapMyRIDE
You must take the utmost care at the roundabouts and check that it is clear before continuing.

You must obey the Highway Code, which is also the Law. Don’t take risks to save a few seconds. Please ride on the left and overtake briefly on the right before returning to ride on the left.

Please note, this is a non-drafting race and will follow the BTF rules and regulations as set out in the following link, this also provides an explanation of what drafting is.


Having exited transition competitors will then complete a two lap, a 5km course on the tarmac paths that will take
athletes through the theme Park before finishing next to the marquee. Click here to view the course on MapMyRUN

The Relay

The relay is ideal for first timers looking for an introduction to Triathlon. A team of 3 consists of one swimmer, one cyclist and one runner with each team member handing over their timing chip (the baton) at the end of each leg. This means you only have to tackle one of the three legs to a triathlon.

Although the Relay format is a fantastic introduction to triathlon, there will also be experienced athletes battling it out for the win.  Whether you are taking part for the first time, or a regular athlete looking to participate in this team event our event is sure to be one of the highlights in your 2018 sporting calendar.

Event Details

What’s Included

Registration will be held in the event marquee next to the lake. Registration will open at 6:30 am and shut at 7:30 am. At registration, you will be asked to show your BTF membership card if applicable.
You will receive the following:
* Timing chip (to be worn around the left ankle)
* Event number for front and back (race belts are allowed)
* Event number for the bike
* Colored swim cap

Relay Teams
The timing chip will be used as the baton that is passed between team members. At registration, you will
collect an envelope that will contain a timing chip and swim hat for the swimmer, a number and security tag
for the cyclist (please note that only the cyclist is allowed into the transition area) and a number for the
runner. The swimmer must handover the timing chip to the cyclist before the transition. Once the cyclist
returns to transition they must rack their bike and exit transition before they pass it onto the runner.
*  Swimmer – Hat and timing chip
*  Cyclist – Bike number and race number on the back
*  Runner – race number on the front

Raceday Logistics

1) Venue opens at 6:15 am
2) Registration opens at 6:30 am
3) Transition opens at 6:45 am
4) Transition closes at 7:40 am
5) Mandatory event briefing 7:50 am
6)The first wave starts at 8:00 am, and subsequent waves will go off at 10-minute intervals.
7) Presentation of prizes will be awarded in the marquee after the last competitor has finished and the results verified.


Race Rules And Etiquette

1) Choose your starting point in the water wisely. There will be about 80 to 100 people in each starting wave so place yourself in the crowd according to your goals and ability. If you’re a beginner who’s there just to finish, start at the back so that you don’t get trampled. Likewise, if you’re a strong swimmer and a contender, start at the front of the pack so that you don’t end up trampling those in front of you.

2)  Do not draft on the bike. You can not follow behind another cyclist to gain a drafting advantage,
make sure that you stay at least 10 bike lengths behind the rider in front of you.

3)  Keep your helmet done up whenever you are touching your bike. This means that your helmet must be on a buckled up before you take your bike from the racking. You can be disqualified for breaking this rule so take it very seriously.

4) Treat the volunteers with courtesy and respect. Thank them when you can and follow their instructions.

5) Do not use headphones or a phone in the transition area.

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Born out of our own passion for racing we have organised a number of exciting, competitive and fun events that are all about taking part and enjoying the experience with fellow triathletes and club members. Race to win, or race to finish, either way any level of triathlete, regardless of their fitness, can enjoy these events and we hope to see you racing with us over the years.



Thorpe Park Sprint Triathlon Race 2 reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Sprint in 2018

    The race was a great, flat course throughout the theme park before it opened to the public. It was a really fun atmosphere at the end of the race season so everyone was really relaxed. It was novel being able to race through theme park. The swim course is on one of the lakes right next to the main park, the ride leaves the park and does a short circuit on main roads before they get busy and the run winds through various areas of the park itself through rides and along walkways. The race was a well organised local sprint. My highlights were the setting and the end of season vibe. There were some brilliant end of race snacks too... also you receive eco friendly wooden medals, top marks. The only criticism I would raise is that the bike course is very windy to start with as you leave the park. Whilst this was no issue for me (being an end of season wind down) if looking to fly round the course there's some very tight turns early doors.
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