West Bay Triathlon

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These superb events held at the gateway to the Jurassic Coast are for all abilities with the potential for a PB if the weather is favourable. West Bay is such beautiful location and with the stunning cliffs providing that edge-of-the-world feeling, there is no better place to hold a triathlon.
Sprint, Super Sprint, and Olympic
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Sun, 19 Jun 2022
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West Bay, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Esplanade, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4HE, UK
Start times
Sun, 19 Jun 2022
9:00am |
9:00am |
Super Sprint:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for West Bay Triathlon
Super Sprint
Route information
The 1500m swim will start on West Beach and heads west along the coast towards Eype, looping around the Buoy and back to the swim exit, the run to transition 1 is approx 200 meters.
The 47k bike is an undulating course through the stunning Dorset countryside, before returning to West Bay.
The 8.9k run on the coastal path back to Bridport starts flat, but features some tough hill tests along the way. The route is mostly off-road, but will have some sections on tarmac. Luckily the home stretch to the finish line is downhill, and provides some epic coastal views.
Bike Specifics
Ascent 612m
Descent 614m
11.7% steepest uphill
-13% steepest downhill
Run Specifics
Ascent 163m
Descent 163m
11.6% steepest uphill
-11.6% downhill
The 400m sea swim will start on West Beach and will head west along the coast towards Eype, then will exit the water and onto the beach. The run to transition 1 is approx 200 metres before riders will hop on their bike.
The 26k bike is a fast ride around some beautiful Dorset villages, before returning to West Bay.
The 5.5k run to finish follows the footpath back to Bridport. The route is mostly off-road, but hits the tarmac for one last ascent before you'll be zooming down the finishing straight.
Bike Specifics
Ascent 247m
Descent 247m
7.4% steepest uphill
-6.3% steepest downhill
Run Specifics
Ascent 94m
Descent -94m
11.5% steepest uphill
-10.8% steepest downhill
Super Sprint
The 200m super-sprint swim will start on West beach and is a simple swim out and around the groin (and a buoy) that separates the two beaches. After transitioning, participants will hop on the bike.
The 18k bike section of the event will take you from West Bay along quiet country roads out to Puncknowle before heading back to Transition 2 at West Bay. It's a relatively flat ride, however, there are a couple of gentle inclines.
The 3.5k run is an off-road run that will take you from West Bay and back towards Bridport. The route is flat and will be fast for those with energy still left in the legs.
Bike Specifics
Ascent 197m
Descent 197m
9.4% steepest uphill
-7.4% steepest downhill
Run Specifics
Ascent 30m
Descent -30m
6.4 % steepest uphill
-5.4% steepest downhill
What's included
  • Fully marked
  • Marshalled route
  • Plenty of food and drink choices from the nearby outlets
How to get there
Esplanade, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4HE, UK
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By Car
Please use the post code DT6 4HE transition. When travelling from the East follow the M3 and M27 with journey times from the M25 are in the region of 2 – 2.5 hours.
From the West follow the M5 and then the A30 onto the A35, Journey times from Exeter are about 1 Hour.
Finally, from the North follow the M5 till Taunton and then the A358 to chard, From Taunton is approx an hour.
Various parking is available through out West Bay.
Event day logistics
07:00 08:55 Registration opens
09:00 Olympic race starts
09:05ish Sprint race starts
09:10ish Super sprint race starts
*There will be a short safety brief on the start line just before the race begins for all distances. All participants must be present for the briefing or they will not be able to compete.
Kit List
It is recommended that entrants bring the following kit:
  • Tri shorts, swimsuit, or tri suit
  • 2 sets of goggles (i.e., one tinted and one normal)
  • Bright-colored towel
  • Swim hat
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Cycling shoes and socks (if wearing)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Nutrition
  • Tool Kit: tube, CO2, levers, multi-tool
  • Floor pump (pump up your tires before you leave home but leave the pump in your car just in case)
  • Running shoes (2 pairs if you have a late start time. One to leave in transition and one to warm up in)
  • Race belt
  • Hat/visor
  • Training device (Garmin, Timex, etc.) & heart rate strap
  • Body Glide
  • Sunscreen
  • Vaseline, powder, band-aids
  • Blunt nose scissors for sticker origami
  • Post-race, warm change of clothes
  • Post-race recovery drink/snack with a 4:1 ratio of carbs vs. protein
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Spectator Info
With lots of places for family and friends to cheer you on around West Bay, it's the perfect event for spectators. The route will be fully marked and Marshalled, and something for every type of competitor, even friends and family will have fun spectating.
Where will the results be posted?
The results will be posted on the event website as soon as possible.
How many people can you have on a team in the Team Sprint?
Teams can either have 2 or 3 people with individuals completing separate elements of the triathlon.
Are spectators allowed at the West Bay Triathlon?
Yes, there will be plenty of places for spectators to cheer their friends and family from.
13 reviews
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Did the Sprint in 2022
lack of marshalls on run course, old signs should have been taken down from the first run so not to confuse some. Saw people going the wrong way on the run
Did the Olympic in 2022
Swim was cancelled way too early ( Saturday early evening) I put this down to the events company being very under prepared and under staffed to be able to make the call on Sunday morning. The lack of Toilets, water stations a basic in any event just isn't acceptable! The course signage at best was pretty poor you could accept this if the courses had Marshal's but they were very far and few between! And the Transition was shocking you had 2 exits and one transition Marshall so anybody could have easily entered the area where £1000's of equipment is being held and walked away with it without being challenged, we were told that we would need both our bib and bike number to be able to leave the area when I had finnished I had took my bib number off to see if I would be challenged but the 1 and only guy on the exit was to busy chatting to even acknowledge I was leaving for this reason alone I will not be using beyond events again, shame as if the had more marshal's and a few basic commodities this could be a very nice event in a beautiful location.
Did the Olympic in 2022
It's a great tough local event, no pressure, just fun.
Did the Olympic in 2022
Shame we missed out on the swim, but ultimately a good decision from the organisation
Did the Olympic in 2022
A fantastic course but not for the fainthearted! Some of West Dorset's finest hills on the bike course and then on to the run!!!
Did the Sprint in 2022
Helpful if it was clearly communicated that the coastal path from Eype to West Bay is not the finishing straight and there is a further run section!! Bike route was great. Run route was brutal.
Did the Olympic in 2017
You get what you pay for. A low entry fee so don't expect much. It's a good job a brought a swim cap with me! Did get a medal and some water at the end to be fair and would go back as I know what to expect now. Weather was rough that year (2017). Swell was massive with one small buoy to aim for. There was a boat and a few kayaks though to follow and was definitely an experience. Plenty of people not spotting signage and lack of enthusiastic marshalling (possibly because of the poor weather).
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