Location: Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre
Nidderdale is a beautiful setting for a tri, for some strange reason it didn’t occur to me that I may have to deal with some hills. Two days before, I had a slight panic that it may be pretty hilly! Actually on the day it was manageable and undulating! The route is in the valley so great views, without too much climbing.
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Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre Low Wath Road Pateley Bridge Harrogate HG3 5HL
Annually in September
To enter click here: http://www.nidderdale-triathlon.co.uk/enter.html
A 400m swim in the modern, 20m pool at Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre, boasting UV filtration system for superb water quality. Competitors start in waves, having been organised in to groups of similar swimming ability. Each lane will have a maximum of 4 swimmers. When you enter we will ask for an estimated swim time for 400m.
The bike course is a 20km out and back route. The gently undulating course winds its way up the stunning dale to the village of Lofthouse, passing the nature reserve of Gouthwaite reservoir.
For a map of the bike route and gradient click here:-https://gb.mapometer.com/cycling/route_3768548
The run course is a 2 lap route on tarmac and gravel footpaths around the pretty market town of Pateley Bridge and alongside the River Nidd
For a map of the run route click here:-
If time matters treat the transition area as fourth discipline. No faffing and remember where your bike is!
· Swim costume/tri suit. I bought a tri suit for this year and its much easier than a soaking swim costume with shorts/tshirt over. Tri suits are sleeveless or with sleeves, mine is short sleeved DHB from wiggle. · Swimming goggles. Swim hats provided by the event. · A bike: sprint distance is best to have a road bike, although I did see the odd mountain bike along the way. · Helmet · Cycling gloves/cycling glasses optional. · Cycling shoes:Most people were wearing cycling shoes, although this means you change your footwear again in the second transition, its much easier in cleats/spds to cycle. · Running trainers and socks · Towel · Energy gels…. This is always a must for me, but many manage without. · Bottle for bike · Don’t forget ID
Swim : 400 m ( indoors) 24k cycle (open roads) Run 4.72k
Requires some prior training or generally good level of fitness for best results. Very inclusive and friendly.
Three disciplines mainly cardio based, although strength training will be of benefit as well.
The Sprint distances offer more of a challenge and absolute beginners may be better off starting with the Try a Tri unless you have a good level of fitness already
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The swim is 400m in an indoor swimming pool . Swimmers set off at timed intervals in lanes depending on estimates with fastest starting last
The cycle and run are 2 loops of circular course.
The cycle route is on open roads. It is well marshalled and there is only one right turn. There is a hill which can be challenging. The route as a whole is undulating with a steady incline back to the transition area and fininsh .
Run- All on paths- slight ascent as leaving transition and return to start.
The Try and a Tri and Sprint are organised annually by Harrogate Tri Club who meet and practice at Ashville school where the event is held
The start , finish , transition area and swimming pool are within the school grounds. The school has good facilities , showers and toilets available and outside refreshments are available.
Members of the Tri club volunteer to marshal and time event and are very helpful and encouraging.
For more information on the club and how to enter follow the link below
If time matters treat the transition area as fourth discipline. Consider investing in a Tri suit and look at the different techniques used for slipping in and out of spd's as quickly as possible.