Croyde’s first-ever olympic distance triathlon is due to hit North Devon this July…
The first-ever Croyde Ocean Triathlon, in association with Ventia, is heading to North Devon this Summer. Set to take the UK triathlon world by storm, this exciting new event will challenge even the most-seasoned triathlete.
The event takes place on Saturday 11 July with online entry and registration now live at croydeocean.co.uk – there’s 300 places and entry is £55 for individuals, £84 for a relay team, and £55 minimum entry cost for The Ventia Corporate Challenge Team.
Event organiser Mike Morris comments: “The course makes for a tough triathlon but we want to encourage everyone to take part whether you are an experienced triathlete or this is your first one. We want people to see the event as a great way to get fit, set themselves a challenge, and raise money for charity. If you only participate in one triathlon this year, make it the Croyde Ocean Triathlon.”
As the name suggests this ‘destination triathlon’ is centred around Croyde and its neighbouring villages. Renowned for its surf, Croyde, along with Saunton, Putsborough and Woolacombe have always been a favourite holiday hot spot for surfers, families, and sports-mad alike. With miles of coastline and picturesque beaches to take advantage of, the area acts as a playground for sports enthusiasts offering everything from surfing to coasteering, kayaking to cycling, wild swimming to trail running – all on tap, and all set against the stunning backdrop of the North Devon coastline.
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.
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.
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.
Event organisers Lyn Strahan and Mike Morris are asking competitors who are looking to fundraise if they would support one of the four named charities in the hope of raising a healthy £40k – quite the target for the first year!
- Surfers Against Sewage (SAS)
- Surfers Not Street Children
- Croyde Surf Lifesaving Club
- Children’s Hospice South West