Wensleydale Half Cheese Triathlon
This is the race that started it all. The MyTriEvents founders once raced the Yorkshire Dales Course and were sad to see it last run in 2003.
A triathlon is one of the trickiest and most difficult types of event you can try, but the challenge is what makes it great. It comprises of a swimming section, followed by a large bicycle ride, and finally a long stretch of running.
For anyone who has ever done an event involving one sport, such as a 10K run, and found themselves bored by the end, a triathlon might be the exciting fitness challenge you’ve been looking for! Combining three sports – swimming, cycling and running, a triathlon provides a varied and challenging workout that test your fitness and endurance across multiple disciplines.
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What is a triathlon made up of?
The distance of a triathlon can vary, but the race will always begin with a swim start. Depending on the length of the course this could be in a swimming pool or an open water swim such as a lake or sea.
The swimming section of the triathlon is then followed by a cycling section – beginners don’t need to splash out on an expensive new bike, if you already own a mountain bike you can use that for your first few races! The cycling section is considered by many triathletes to be the most challenging part of the endurance event, with standard triathlon courses incorporating a 40km bike leg.
The final leg of the triathlon is a run. Again, the distance will vary depending on the length of the course, but a 10k run is considered standard for a triathlon.
Between stages there is also a transition, which is often referred to as the fourth discipline. The transition area is where you change your kit between stages, for example switching from your cycling gear to your running shoes. The time it takes you to do this is counted as part of your total triathlon time, so serious triathletes will have got their transitions down to a fine art.
What are the benefits of taking part in a triathlon?
Triathlons are great for those who are looking to improve their fitness, lose weight but don’t like the idea of doing a regular marathon of running event. The varied stages keep training and competing challenging and interesting, providing a total body workout. Those prone to running injuries may also benefit from the swimming and cycling sections, as the movements are lower impact on joints.
Regardless of sprint length, triathlons are typically divided into age groups. This means that you will be competing alongside other triathletes who fall into the same band for age and sex as you, with the exception of triathletes who fall into the separate elite category.
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Ironman UK Wales
This event is well established as having one of the most challenging bike and run courses on the IRONMAN calendar. It also boasts the most spectacular swim location of any IRONMAN event, and the inspiration gained from one of the most vocal and enthusiastically-supported events with tens of thousands of spectators who turn out for race day on all three disciplines.
One of the toughest of all UK triathlons Wensleydale is the re-working of one of the oldest triathlons in the country. The original Yorkshire Dales triathlon started life in the late 80’s. The run course once took competitors up Pen-y-Ghent one of the three famous Yorkshire Peeks, a reworking of the course now takes athletes up the Great Shunner Fell, the third highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales.
Whats the appeal?
For the athletes
A course fully signed and marshaled designed over some amazing challenging scenery, not recommended as your first triathlon but has been known to draw some ambitious first timers!
Race briefing is on the shores of Semer Water with celebrations at the finish line at Hawes Community Field. Sports Massage is provided by University therapists free of charge to help with the recovery. Male and female changing tents. Each finisher gets a unique memento…cheese.
For the spectators
The second transition area at Hawes Community Field is family friendly, complete with a bike course set up and supervised run by Stage1 Cycles. Here you have the opportunity to test demo bike round the circuit. Bouncy Castle is provided by Hardy Soft Play and cake stall run by the local Primary School is well stocked. As well as our picnic area complete with hoops, skipping ropes, sand pits, seating area and crochet lawn!
Camping Saturday evening at Hawes Community Field
The Swim takes place in the beautiful sometimes temperamental glacial lake Semer Water. On one occasion the rain fell so heavy one evening that the transition was underwater the morning of the event! You will be counted into the water over the timing mats via the transition area. You will then have time to acclimatize in the water. Once everyone is settled you shall be started with a hoot from the horn and swim in a clockwise direction, two laps of the course.
A tough start to the bike route as when you exit the swim you are faced with the steep accent 1:4. So ensure you have your bike set in an easy gear when you exit the swim. Take a look at BC tips here.
Travelling over the famous Butter Tubs route which connects Muker and Hawes made even more famous by the Tour in 2014, cyclists will experience the stunning barren land though they may not experience the support seen in the Tour. Expect some long climbs with some steep sections to reach spectacular open moorland.
The Buttertubs themselves are a series of open shafts near the summit into which farmers would lower their butter and cheese to keep them cool.