- Directions to Blenheim Palace -further down the page.
- Ground Access Ticket for any spectators
- Security wristband (required for entry into Grounds free of charge)
- Race numbers correctly fixed to bike, helmet and clothing/race belt.
- Fill out medical details on the back of your race number
- Photo identification (e.g. driver’s license, passport)
- Collect timing chip upon arrival
- Safety Pins
- Bike helmet
- Bike insurance (recommended but not compulsory)
- Bike water bottle
- Cycle shoes (if you have them)
- Running shoes
- Warm clothing for afterward
- Energy bar/snacks
The triathlon-specific wetsuits will not only keep you warm but will also help you swim faster as it provides you with extra buoyancy. Surf and shorty wetsuits are allowed, but these are very different to a triathlon specific wetsuit, which is designed for open water swimming and fits like a second skin. For more information on wetsuits, visit our official swim partner Zone3 at www.zone3.com
If you have not already done so, the easiest way to hire a wetsuit for the day is to visit the Zone3 website where you can get an award-winning Zone3 wetsuit for the day. We strongly advise you to swim in your wetsuit before the event. Practicing getting out of the wetsuit will help with your transition on the day too.
*Top tip: a nonpetroleum lubricant (e.g. Zone3 Wetsuit Glide) on the wrists and ankles will help.*
Find out how to correctly put on a wetsuit with these tips from Zone3 and avoid cosmetic damage from nails and jewellery. If you haven’t tried on or swum in a triathlon wetsuit before there are a few things you need to consider – from fit, to actually getting the thing on! The Zone3 product development team work hard to ensure their wetsuits are super flexible, ultra-buoyant, made using the world most technically advanced materials so you can benefit and ultimately #ReachNewLimits this year. For more information, see our wetsuit buying guide:
For bike hire and tri, packages to suit all levels and budgets go to www.mytriathlon.co.uk. Fixed wheel bikes (bikes that use the pedals as a brake) are not permitted in the race. Your handlebars must not have bare open metal ends. Please obtain stoppers to plug them before coming to the race. BTF Referee bike checks can potentially stop you competing.
*A bike helmet is compulsory.*
Approved cycling safety helmets of ANSI Z90.4, SNELL B90, EN 1078 or an equivalent national standard must be worn by competitors. (NOTE: a CE mark is NOT an approval mark).
NB: any helmet bought in recent years will comply but check for damage, which would stop it protecting you properly.
Be prepared with PedalSure our Triathlon Insurance Partner who will provide you with a 10% discount to cover you and your bike. Don’t let an accident or theft create an obstacle to your training or event day. Visit www.pedalsure.com/blenheim for more information.
Not sure if you need insurance? Find your answer with our guide.
DRINKS AND NUTRITION
Drinks on the course
Leading sports nutrition company Science in Sport (SiS) will be providing some of their award winning nutrition products to fuel your performance at the water station on the Run Course and at the finish. Please get used to re-hydrating as part of your training. Remember it is vital to drink regularly during and after exercise.