A short and sweet tri can be all you need to achieve that PB, so we’ve thrown together a list of our top time-saving super sprint races.


Swimmers making a splash at the Cotswold Super Sprint Tri


Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: 6 October, 2013
More Info: www.garminbarcelonatriathlon.com

Fancy seeing the sights of cosmopolitan Barcelona? Now you’ve got the perfect excuse, all in the name of sport. Rock up for Spain’s largest tri in the morning and by evening you’ll be tucking into seafood, taking in Gaudi’s architecture and kicking back with some sangria by the 4.2km beach. Now in its fifth year, the Barcelona Triathlon offers races for beginners through to elites and attracts thousands of athletes – including the odd superstar, like previous winner Javier Gomez. In the super sprint you’ll start on the beach of Nova Mar Bella for a one-lap swim in waters that can be choppy. The bike course (on closed roads) is pancake-flat and runs along the beachfront before a series of twists and turns into the city. The run is beautiful and has awe-inspiring views of the beach for most of the way.


Where: Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester
When: 12 May, 2013
More Info: www.triferris.com

Idyllic lake swim? Check. Beach? Check. BBQ area? Check. This mini tri is more like a holiday camp than a race, and is a great place to bring the family for a day out. The sprint race, held on the same day as the super-sprint, is the one of the largest British Triathlon Federation events in the southwest and the water park setting is ideal for those looking to make the move to open water from the pool. Set in the Cotswold Beach and Park, part of Britain’s largest water park, you’ll start the day with a one-lap lake swim in brilliantly clear water. Take in the peaceful country lanes surrounding Cirencester on the mostly flat bike course, while you’ll fight the urge to lie down and relax to the sound of water lapping against the banks of the lake on the two-lap run.


Where: Great Yarmouth
When: 15 June, 2013
More Info: www.fritton-lake-triathlon.co.uk

East Anglia’s Fritton Lake provides an awesome setting for this race on the impressive Somerleyton Hall Estate, an English oasis complete with croquet, woodland lodges and a nine-hole golf course. What’s more, it’s relatively undiscovered – great if you’re not a fan of the swim scrum! The short, triangular-shaped open-water lake swim will refresh you – just don’t veer off course; the lake spans a whopping 150 acres. Head out and explore on the 14km bike leg, held on public roads around the estate, while the one-lap run trails around the country park through the forest and adjacent to the lake. When it’s all over, sit back at the Adnams Fritton House Hotel and enjoy a free beer. And if that doesn’t persuade you, nothing will.


Where: London Docklands
When: 27/28 July, 2013
More Info: www.thelondontriathlon.co.uk

Forget the open-top bus tour; you can see the sights of the Capital in a unique way throughout this tri, which attracts athletes of all abilities and even the odd celeb – Jenson Button has competed in the past. If you’re a first-timer you’re in good company: around a third of all competitors in this race are, which is the largest triathlon in the world. And you get the roads all to yourself for the bike leg – every Londoner’s dream. Based in East London’s Excel centre in the Docklands, you can choose from Olympic, super-sprint or sprint distances. Or if you’re looking to bridge the gap between sprint and Olympic, try out the Olympic relay (where you only need to complete one discipline).


Where: Co Kildare, Ireland
When: 1 June, 2013
More Info: www.my.triathy.ie

Whether you’re new to tri or looking to push for a PB, the perfect race is just a 40-minute flight away. Located in Athy, Co Kildare, just 70km south-west of Dublin, this race calls itself Ireland’s fastest. Packed with plenty of good old Irish charm and stunning views over the River Barrow and Grand Canal, this flat and fast super-sprint is bound to please. The marching band – complete with bagpipes, drums and kilts – will have you jigging as they lead you to the start line in style before the wetsuit-compulsory swim that is downstream all the way. The cycle course is on 10km of flat road running parallel to the river where you’ll pass the 19th-century Levitstown Mill. Starting off in the town centre, the run switches to rolling fields along the river before finishing at the imposing 15th-century White Castle, where you’ll enjoy a traditional knees-up as the race stories unfold.

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