New Wiggle Tri Relays to feature three relay options including team time trial

Wiggle Tri Relays

Relay triathlon is becoming increasingly popular and the Wiggle Tri Relays’ team time trial is a rare option at events

The first annual Wiggle Tri Relays are to take place on Sunday 25 May 2014, transforming Eton Dorney Rowing Lake into a fun-filled festival of triathlon for this new event dedicated entirely relay-format triathlon.

Traditionally a solo sport, competitors of all natures, from club athletes through to groups of friends, families and colleagues, will get together in teams of three to a take on a combination of swimming, cycling and running.

The Wiggle Tri Relays offers three formats for competitors to choose from:

The Team Relay comprises a 500m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. This format will see each team member take on one element of the triathlon, one person swims, one cycles and one runs.  This is perfect for anyone who wants to join in the camaraderie of triathlon but perhaps isn’t as strong in one or two of the other disciplines involved.

The Team Time Trial includes a 500m swim, 30km bike and 5km run and will see all three team members swim together, cycle together and run together as a unit. This is ideal for three triathlon lovers and also for a more nervous triathlete looking for some support around the course.  The team can work together and drafting will be allowed on the bike course with the final team time taken when all 3 triathletes cross the line. Tactics could be all important here, with stronger team members on a particular leg needing to decide whether to move ahead, or work together as a trio throughout.

The Triple Relay will feature a 500m swim, 15km bike and 5km run. Once again teams will be made up of three members but this time all three will take on the swim leg in a relay format – they swim, pass the metaphorical baton to the next team member who swims, before the final team member then swims. They will then all move on to the cycle leg in the same order as they did the swim, before all finishing up with the run in the same order.  An area will be provided for the first 2 team members to join the final member at the end of the run to cross the line together. Spectators can expect the change-overs to be exciting; this should be a real spectacle for the supporters watching on.

Ultimately teams will be competing for prizes, which will be split into a Club Championship, Corporate Championship and Overall Competition for both males and females, but many on the day will simply be aiming to have a good time, with the relay formats lending themselves to the more socially motivated triathlete as well as the competitive types.

The official charity for the event will be Marie Curie and all entrants will be encouraged to join their Daffodil Team to raise money for the brilliant work they do in caring for those with terminal illnesses.

A kids Scootathlon event, alongside a BBQ and a buzzing event village will support the day’s fun and spectators are expected to turn out in large number, with the varied relay formats offering an exciting spectacle.

Andrew Whillas, Wiggle’s Sponsorship Manager, said: “We’re really excited about the Wiggle Tri Relays because it encompasses everything that Wiggle aims to inspire; a range of abilities, team work, sporting performance all alongside enjoyment and some real good fun. It should be a really great day that we are proud to be supporting.”

Human Race CEO, Nick Rusling, said: “Triathlon has always had a reputation as being an individual sport which manages to harness an incredible amount of camaraderie. The Wiggle Tri Relays will take this a step further and the beauty is that we expect to see some fierce competition from club and experienced triathletes, enjoying themselves alongside groups of mates who perhaps have challenged each other over a beer one evening to take this on and give it a go. It will all serve to continue to build this great sport and we expect this event to be really popular.”

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