Croyde Ocean Triathlon in association with the Pickwell Foundation is back, for its fourth year on Sunday 8th July 2018. Entries will go live on the 4th December.
Taking place in and around the stunning area of Croyde, North Devon, the Olympic distance Triathlon is a course to be reckoned with and certainly not for the faint hearted. Third timers will be rewarded with a collectable gold swim hat and invited to the VIP lounge for a glass of bubbly post race.
Online entry is going live on 4th December 2017, 7am, at www.croydeocean.co.uk and we expect the 350 allocated places to sell out fast. Early Entry is £68 for individuals, and £90 for a relay team.
The swim: This Olympic distance triathlon will start on the beautiful, award-winning beach at Putsborough Sands, where competitors will take to the Atlantic ocean for an exhilarating 1.5 km open-water swim. Sea swimming can be something of an unknown, with ever-changing conditions even the most hard-core triathletes can find this a daunting prospect. Water safety is paramount, and marshals will be provided by Croyde Surf Lifesaving Club; all of whom are qualified lifeguards and lifesavers, coastguards, or first responders – and in some instances all four!
The bike: Once out of the ocean, competitors will take to the road for a gruelling 40km bike route. The course, whilst offering some of the South West’s most stunning scenery, is not short of hills, climbs and calf-stretching gradients. The bike course has been designed by professional cyclist, Chris Green, who marked out the London 2012 Olympic bike course and is heavily involved in the Tough Mudder events. This new breathtaking bike route starts above Putsborough beach and is an out and back route showing off the stunning countryside that North Devon has on offer. Starting above Putsborough Beach, the route winds its way towards the historic Pickwell Manor and up onto higher ground heading towards Ilfracombe. Heading through the Fullabrook Wind Farm with rolling hills and beautiful views, there is something to see at every turn and plenty of elevation to challenge all competitors.
The run: The demanding 12km off-road trail run will require competitors to ‘dig deep’ as they embark on this hilly (and possibly muddy, sheep-filled) route. An inspiring run devised by local athletes the route is an additional 2km longer than the usual Olympic tri distance as it allows the competitors to take in the panoramic views of Putsborough, Saunton and Croyde bay. The route will head down into Croyde village via Combas Lane and climb steadily to reach Saunton Down. It then descends back past Saunton Sands hotel, around Down End and across Croyde beach. It climbs once again for a thigh-burning ascent to Baggy Point headland before dropping back to Putsborough.
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