Weymouth Classic and Sprint Triathlon 2019

This September, the annual Weymouth Classic & Sprint Triathlon,  is to be held at the picturesque Bowleaze Cove in Dorset. It’s one of BustinSkin’s premier events of the season and entries are now open so why not give it a try?

Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth is one of the most beautiful seaside areas on the south coast, and the race begins with a mass start 1.5km swim in the English Channel. Wetsuits are compulsory and the choppy waters will provide your swimming technique with a thorough late-season examination. The 40km bike leg through the surrounding Dorset countryside is relatively undulating, and offers some stunning views.

A particular highlight is the steady descent back into Weymouth, down White Horse Hill – on a clear day you can see for miles. When you get through T2 and embark on the 10km run your body will know it’s been tested, but you’ll need to leave plenty in the tank for the on/off-road sections that culminate in a bit of a climb to the finish. There’s a café on site at race base, plenty of off-road parking, and good facilities.

The start and finish of the event is always well attended and you’ll receive loads of encouragement from the local spectators. But don’t let the stunning backdrop and top facilities fool you – this race is a real test.

Triathletes taking part in the Weymouth Classic and Sprint Triathlon 2019 triathlons
Cost:£39 - £75
Event Time:08:00 am
Event Date:01 September 2019
Event Distance: Various
Event Location: Weymouth, Bowleaze Coveway, DT3 6PW

Triathlons

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.

Triathlons

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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.


Top Triathlon Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2019. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Triathlons' tab at the top of this page to find them.

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.

Find out more about the Ironman Wales event here

Ironman Wales - Triathlon Event