By Malcolm Bradbrook
A new event will see triathletes complete a course from Eton Dorney Lake near Windsor Castle to the coast at Brighton.
Unlike nearly every other triathlon in the world, they will not race against each other, the clock or anything at all. The Castle to Coast triathlon is a sportive triathlon with no timing chips and no podiums – just a long, beautiful swim, bike and run.
The course is set to be challenge with a 1.2mile swim leading to a 67mile bike through the Surrey Hills. It finishes with a 13.2mile run over the South Downs, which includes Ditchling Beacon and in total there will be more than 4000ft of elevation.
Castle To Coast is the brainchild of Lee Brown, founder and director endurance events company Fullsteam. It follows a pattern of companies offering and ever-increasing variety of events to suit all athletes that we reported on last month.
Challenging and stunning
Lee said: “I know how much people enjoy sportives in the cycling world but in triathlon we always want to add the pressure of a race clock. Castle to Coast will be a completely different experience meaning that clubmates, friends and family will be able complete the course together and transition will be much less of a mad scramble.
“I think that a lot of people will just enjoy themselves. It’s a challenging course but stunning as well.”
Castle to Coast will start at 8am August 10 and participants have the option of having their wetsuit and bike delivered to the finish line in Brighton or returning to the start line near Windsor on the hourly coaches Fullsteam will put on.
Entry is £150 to finish in Brighton or £165 to return to Eton or £190 for a team relay in which all three will finish in Brighton. All prices will increase by £10 on July 1. Numbers are restricted to 500 in the first year.
Lee added: “We have had a great response from the ‘non-triathlon’ market so far but quite a few clubs are interested too. If there are 10 from a club, we can put on a section of transition for them to enable then to regroup.
To enter or find out more, go to www.fullstea.am