You should arrive at the Zone 3 Swim Assembly area shown on the route map here a minimum of 20 minutes before your wave start time. It will take approximately 10 minutes to walk from Transition to the Zone 3 Swim Assembly.
*Please note wetsuits are compulsory*
You need to collect a swim cap at the Zone 3 Swim Assembly. You may be in the water for up to 5 minutes before your start. Use this time to assess the conditions, practice your swim technique and prepare mentally for the race. The route will be marked by buoys. Canoeists will be on hand to guide the wave. Once in the water, you should identify tall landmarks that can keep you on course and help avoid weaving and swimming further than you need to!
The swim exit pontoon dips into the water so you can swim onto it before standing up. Lifeguards will be on hand to help you out if required. Once you have exited the water, you will need to cover 400m on foot up the famous ‘Church-hill’ to the bike Transition.
The water is tested against EU bathing standards; however we would still advise you to be in good health and try to avoid swallowing the lake water. Some swimmers may be more susceptible to infection through immune suppression. In open water swims there are no walls to push off every 25m, so practice swimming the race distance accordingly prior to race day.
For many, the swim is the most daunting part of the race, but don’t worry! Our water safety team will be there to guide you and help if required. The team, provided by Swim Safety Ltd, consists of fully qualified lifeguards in kayaks and rescue boats as well as bank-based lifeguards on the pontoons. All lifeguards are members of either the BCU Lifeguards or Surf Lifesaving GB. If this is your first triathlon, or swimming is not your strongest discipline, we recommend that you position yourself towards the back of the wave. It may add a few seconds to your time, but it will enable you to get into your rhythm and enjoy the swim more. If you do get into difficulty, lie on your back and raise your arm in the air, a kayak will come to you and if necessary arrange a safety boat to take you to the water’s edge.
Most people use front crawl or breast stroke. Back stroke is not recommended because it can be confused with someone indicating they are in difficulty.
TRANSITION TO BIKE (T1)
Make sure you know your route through Transition when switching between disciplines as well as where you racked your bike. Getting lost in Transition will add seconds to your finish time that you have been training for months to reduce!
DISQUALIFICATION AND PENALTIES
The race is governed by British Triathlon Federation Referees. Visit www.britishtriathlon.org for all rules and regulations.
Key rules are:
- Cycles and equipment must be placed in the same position at the start and finish of the cycle leg.
- No cycling is allowed in the Transition area at any time. There will be a clearly marked mount and dismount line at ‘Bike Out’ and ‘Bike In’.
- You must secure your helmet strap before removing your bike from the rack and it must not be undone until your bike is replaced on the rack after finishing the bike course. You will be given a time penalty if you do not comply with this rule.
- No headphones may be worn during any phase of the race and will result in either a penalty or disqualification.
- Nudity is not permitted within the Transition area.
- Penalties for elites will be served in a penalty box at the start of the run.
- Time penalties will be issued for non-elites.
- Appropriate racing attire must be worn for the duration of the race.
Make sure you know the route! It is your responsibility to navigate the course successfully and safely and to count your own laps. The bike course can get very slippery when wet – please take extra care and cycle carefully. There will be no drink stations on the bike course – you should prepare a drink that is suitable for you and have it on your bike before the race starts.
Always keep to the left hand side of the course and do not create a blocking incident. Blocking is where a competitor who is behind cannot pass due to the leading competitor being poorly placed on the course.
No drafting is allowed except elites, i.e. taking shelter behind or beside another competitor during the cycling leg of the race.
The ‘bicycle draft zone’ will be 10 metres long measured from the leading edge of the front wheel. The draft zone of one competitor must not overlap the draft zone of another competitor. Competitors may enter the draft zone of another competitor for the purpose of overtaking, but must be seen to be progressing through that zone. A maximum of 20 seconds is allowed to pass through the draft zone of another competitor. If an overtaking manoeuvre is not completed within 20 seconds the overtaking cyclist must drop back. When a competitor is passed by other competitors, it is his/her responsibility to move out of the draft zone of the overtaking competitor within 5 seconds. Failure to do so may result in an official caution or time penalty. A competitor is passed when another competitor’s front wheel is ahead of his/her front wheel. If a competitor is frequently passed by, or seen to be frequently passing the same competitor, this will be seen as working with or drafting off that competitor, and will be subject to the same penalty as drafting.
Motorcycle and static British Triathlon Federation Referees will patrol the course to enforce the no drafting rule.
Return to Transition(T2)
Once you return to Transition after completing the bike course please make sure you return your bike to the same position it was in at the start of the race. Not doing this will result in a penalty.
There will be British Triathlon Federation Referees in Transition and on the course to monitor all competitors.
Make sure you know the route! It is your responsibility to navigate the course successfully and safely and to count your own laps. You should run on the left at all times. Be aware of other competitors trying to pass you and take care when passing other competitors.
- Do not wear new running shoes on race day!
- No headphones are allowed.
- Please take care when running over the footbridge.
- There will be a water station on the run route.
- The race finish is adjacent to the Competitor Village