Event Day Checklist
- Security wristband (and Team Meeting Point wristband for relay teams)
- Photo Identification (e.g. driver’s licence, passport) to collect your timing chip
- Race numbers correctly fixed to bike, helmet, and clothing (race belt recommended)
- Goggles (compulsory for the swim)
- Bike Helmet
- Bike Insurance (recommended but not compulsory)
- Cycle shoes (if you have them)
- Bike water bottle
- Running shoes
- Warm clothing for afterwards
- Energy Bar/Gels
Directions to ExCeL
*Arrive at ExCeL at least 90 minutes before your start time*
The event is conducted in and around ExCeL Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL, www.excel-london.co.uk.
ExCeL is accessed from the A13 but this will be particularly busy on race days because of the road closures in operation.
The A13 can be reached from central London, Blackwall and Rotherhithe Tunnels, the A406 North Circular, M25 and M11. ExCeL Parking is signed from both Gallions Reach roundabout (from the East) and Canning Town (from the West).
Please check for any weekend road works that may affect these routes.
*Be sure to plan your journey carefully, roads will be closed for racing during the weekend.*
The west entrance to ExCeL has a 1.9m height restriction. Please navigate to the east entrance if you transport your bike on a roof rack or if you have a high or wide vehicle.
All parking at ExCeL is charged at a daily rate of £20 which is payable via Pay and Display tickets which are available for purchase within the car parks. Alternatively, you can purchase your tickets in advance via the following link: https://www.excel.london/visitor/getting-here/driving-and-parking
*Plan to arrive (at least) 90 minutes before your start time to avoid being late for your race.*
Nearest Stations are:
Canning Town (Jubilee Line) 1.6 miles from ExCeL.
Stratford 3.5 miles from ExCeL.
West Ham 1.8 miles from ExCeL.
Prince Regent DLR 0.1 miles from ExCeL.
Important Travel Information
Bikes are allowed on the DLR off-peak and at weekends but are limited to a maximum of two bikes per set of doors. For more information please see:
Due to these limitations, and in light of the number of competitors taking part in the triathlon over the weekend, we recommend that competitors with bicycles either cycle to the event or travel by car.
*Essential engineering works are unavoidable so please be sure to check the Transport for London website: www.tfl.gov.uk for any travel information before the day to avoid delays.*
Upon arrival you should:
- Follow signs to the Chip Collection in the South Hall – entrance door S7.
- Remember you will require your photo ID and BTF membership card (if applicable) to collect your timing chip.
- Go to the chip desk applicable to your race number and show your photo ID.
- You will receive your timing chip which will become your responsibility until you hand it back at the finish line. Due to the costs of the technology there will be a £20 charge if you lose your timing chip once in your possession.
- Once you have collected your timing chip and attached it to your ankle, make your way to the Bike Check at the entrance to Transition to rack your bike. Transition is a high security area. Access will only be given to those competitors wearing security wristbands.
- Please have your helmet fastened on your head at the Bike Check as this will help speed up your entry to transition.
Chip collection: complete and bring the enclosed team registration form to Chip Collection when you collect your timing chip on race day. The timing chip acts like a relay baton and must be transferred to the next person after each leg.
The swimmer must wear the timing chip on their ankle. When they exit the water (having removed their wetsuit) they make their way to where the bike is racked in Transition, where they pass their timing chip on to the cyclist in the team.
The cyclist must wear the big race number on the back of their vest and have the stickers correctly attached to their bike and helmet. The cyclist must wait at their bike, which must remain racked until they have been tagged by the swimmer and secured the chip to their ankle. Once tagged they must securely fasten their helmet and only then should they remove their bike from the rack. Upon returning to transition cyclists must first rack their bike, then remove their helmet and only then tag their team mate and hand over the chip.
The runner must wear their race number on the front of their vest and must attach the chip to their ankle and only then begin the run section.
Team Meeting Point
If you want your finish photo with your relay team mates, make sure you work out a rough time for your runner and arrange to catch your runner for the last 100m dash to the finish together. You can see where the team meeting point is on the map of the ExCeL. You will need your ‘Team Meeting Point’ wristbands in order to gain access to this area.