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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.
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How to enter the West Bay Triathlon

  1. Olympic

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 47km, Run 8km
    £35
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  2. Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 8km, Bike 26km, Run 5.5km
    £30
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  3. Sprint

    Triathlon: Swim 0.4km, Bike 26km, Run 5.5km
    £35
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  4. Super Sprint

    Triathlon: Swim 0.2km, Bike 19km, Run 2.5km
    £25
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  5. Team Sprint

    Triathlon: Swim 0.4km, Bike 26km, Run 5.5km
    £60
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West Bay Triathlon routes

COURSE

Olympic:

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 47km bike is an undulating course through the stunning Dorset countryside, before returning to West Bay.

The 8km 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 612 m, Descent 614m, 11.7% steepest uphill, -13% steepest downhill

Run specifics: Ascent 163m, Descent 163m, 11.6% steepest uphill, -11.6% downhill

Duathlon:

The first 8km run follows the same path outlined above for the Olympic triathlon.

The 26km (26.3km) bike is a nice fast ride around Dorset, and returns to the Bay for the final 5.5km run.

The 5km (5.5km) 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.

Run 1 specifics: Ascent 163m, Descent -163m, 11.6% steepest uphill, -11.6% steepest downhill

Bike specifics: Ascent 247m, Descent -247m, 7.4% steepest uphill, -6.3% steepest downhill

Run 2 specifics:Ascent 94m, Descent - 94m, 11.5% steepest uphill, -10.8% steepest downhill.

Sprint:

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 26km bike is a fast ride around some beautiful Dorset villages, before returning to West Bay.

The 5km (5.5km) 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 15km 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 3.5km 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.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Fully marked
  • Marshalled route
  • Plenty of food and drink choices from the nearby outlets
Raceday Logistics

REGISTRATION & RACE SCHEDULE

Registration will be open 07:00 - 08:55. No exceptions, if you're late, you will not be able to compete.

All events start at 09:00.

*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

THINGS TO BRING

Swim

  • Tri shorts, swimsuit, or tri suit
  • 2 sets of goggles (i.e., one tinted and one normal)
  • Bright-colored towel
  • WETSUIT - COMPULSORY
  • swim hat

Bike

  • 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)

Run

  • 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

Other

  • 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
Spectators

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.

Volunteers

No volunteer's needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

West Bay Triathlon weather forecast

18°C
Predicted highs
14°C
Predicted lows
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 11mph

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We are inspired by every location that we find to try to create an event of some sort. We want them to have a relaxed atmosphere and a welcoming environment, no matter what level of competitor you are our events will challenge and test you. We are extremely lucky and passionate to do what we do, and want to share that passion with as many people as possible, no matter what level of fitness you have.

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West Bay Triathlon reviews

3 out of 5 stars

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  • 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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