'Well organized race. I raced the first 2 and organization has been perfect. Roads are quiet, road surface good, everything is 2 laps, which makes for easy counting. A beer at the finish was a welcome touch and free photos of the event another nice bonus too'
I've never taken part in a triathlon before, is this event suitable for me?
YES! The team or organisers have been very selective in the course distances and design to ensure it is suitable for all. The 'vibe' for the event is to encourage all abilities to have a go.
I have never competed in an open water swim before, will I be OK?
The swim loop will consist of 2 laps of 500m each. This was a deliberate decision to ensure that all swimmers are always within a reasonable proximity to the safety crew at all times. At the start of the swim you will be able to place yourself wherever you feel comfortable to ensure a stress free swim start, be it starting from the shore line, or in deeper water.
You will be able to swim at the venue prior to all races as it is open to swimmers 4 days a week, so lots of time to practice beforehand if confidence is an issue.
What temperature will the water be?
The lake itself is an old mature gravel pit which means clean, clear water which warms up quickly from late April. Historical data from many years swimming at the lake shows that the temperature will be somewhere between 16-24 degrees for all races. All races will be wetsuit COMPULSORY
How will we know our finishing time and position?
We will be teaming up with Eventrex, a local company that specialises in the electronic chip timing of duathlons and triathlons. We have worked with them for several years on previous events, and we know they always do a fantastic job. Results will be available on the day via a big screen and split to show your finish position via age categories and overall.
Will there be feed stations on course?
Due to the nature of the course design, we will ensure there is a feed station with water at swim exit, bike exit and on the run course. There will be no feed stations on the bike lap as most athletes should be fine for 35km by carrying their own fluids/nutrition. This decision was made to reduce our environmental impact due to waste being left on the bike course.
Will there be first aid cover?
Yes. This is something we take very seriously and as such will be employing the services of an external, professional first aid team to cover the event. First aid response teams will be in place during the swim, bike and run portions of the event.
Can we enter the relay as a team of 2 rather than a team of 3?
Yes! We want people to come and participate so we are quite flexible on this. All we ask is that the relay team, whether that consists of 2 or 3 athletes simply swap over the timing chip in transition. So one person could swim and run, while another bikes...or the first person could swim and bike for example...we don't mind.
Will there be a medal or other rewards for entering?
Yes! We have a custom, unique medal for our races, based on the race logo of the Ox! We will also be offering a limited edition GOLD version for athletes completing all 3 races in the series!
As well as the medal we have been working very hard behind the scenes to get some great sponsors and partners on board. These will be providing all competitors with significant discounts and in some cases even free services! Details of our confirmed partners can be found on this page, with more being added every couple of weeks throughout February and March.