The Wirral Triathlon is organised by Mersey Tri Club and Epic Events and takes place in August 2016, at West Kirby Marina, Wirral. It is a sprint distance triathlon and the open water swim takes place in West Kirby marina which offers a safe and reliable open water venue. The event starts with a 750m open water swim followed by a 21k cycle, finishing with a 5k run. The cycle course is a 2 lap undulating route and the run course is a 2 lap course round the marina. The event is ideal for novices, experienced competitors and elite racers. Come and join us for a great triathlon event which is sure to become a classic on the North West calendar.
West Kirby Marine Lake
Date and Time:
August 2016, 08:00am
0600 Registration Opens
0600 Transition Opens
0715 Registration Closes
0730 Transition Closes
0745 Race Briefing
0800 Race Start
The 750m swim will be conducted in a series of three waves separated by 1-2 minutes. The wave times have been selected using your submitted estimated swim times (fastest first). The event briefing will take place at 8:10am and then wave 1 swimmers will enter the water. As soon as wave 1 have started, wave 2 will enter and start, followed by wave 3. The course is a single lap 750m loop to be completed in an anti-clockwise direction. The course will be marked by large yellow buoys, which will always be on your left hand side. You will start in the water and at the end of the swim will exit onto a slip ramp into transition.
The bikes course is 13.3 miles long and is shaped like a lollipop. The course starts and finishes at the marina lake. There is a small section out to the loop that you will ride twice followed by a small section back to the transition are. Please see the course map. The course is undulating with two climbs that are situated at the start of each loop. What goes up must come down and the second half of the loop is predominately downhill. Due to the time of day, the roads are quiet. Your bike must be roadworthy and you must wear a recognised cycle helmet to take part in the event. The event is non-drafting (you cannot ride directly behind another competitor to shelter from the wind) and you must not ride 2 abreast on the road. The road is not closed to traffic and so you must follow the Highway Code at all times, riding responsibly. The route is adequately signed throughout to guide you and there will be marshals at critical locations. The marshals cannot stop traffic and will not say if it is ‘clear to go’ so you must be responsible for your own safety and check for traffic.
The 5k run is a 2 loop course around the marina. By the time you reach the run course, your legs may be a little weary, so now is the time to 'dig in' deep. Needless to say, irrelevant of your experience or training, you'll be glad to reach the finish.
The transition area is located in the marina car park, directly next to the lake. There is no cycling in the transition area at any time. When you exit from the swim you will turn left and enter the transition at the South end (furthest from road) cross the timing mat and then collect your bike to exit at the North end. On return from the cycle section you enter the transition at the North end and exit at the South end, crossing the timing mat and then turning left to start the run. On return from the run you will again pass transition (will be on your right), then bear RIGHT into FINISH area. Please keep the amount of equipment left in transition to a minimum - kit bags / boxes should be left in your vehicle.
What do I need to enter the event?
1. A Wetsuit
2. A bicycle in roadworthy condition (mountainbike, roadracing bike or hybrid).
3. A cycle helmet of ANSI standard designed specifically for cycling which fits you well.
4. You must be medically fit and healthy.
5. You must be 16 years of age or above on the date of the event to participate.
6. You must be capable of swimming the 750m distance required for the event.
Wetsuits are compulsory for all swimmers. Shortie type wetsuits are allowed, but because of lake temperatures full body cover is recommended. Neoprene hats may be worn, but your event cap must be worn over the top. British triathlon rules state that foot cover may not be worn for triathlon events. For our event, we will make an exception to this rule.
On the day:
On the day you should register AT LEAST an hour before your start time. You will be given an electronic chip which wraps around your ankle (goes under your wetsuit if possible), 2 race numbers for rear of your cycle top and front of your run top (number belts allowed) and a numbered sticker for your bike.
You will need to rack your bike in the enclosed transition area and then lay your equipment next to your bike. All equipment must be in the transition area. You must show your numbers before racking your bike in the transition area, the racking will be numbered and you should place your bike in the correct position. Once you have placed your cycle and run clothing with your bicycle, all other equipment must be removed from transition area to minimise disruption for other competitors.
There will be a briefing 10 minutes before your swim start next to the transition area and you will then be allowed to enter the water to warm up and line up. Please do not be late for this briefing as it may contain important changes to the event which may affect you.
As you cross the finish line, passing under the EPIC gantry, you will be awarded your finisher medal. On the course there will be photographers from ‘Sport Sunday’ so be sure to look as though you are enjoying yourself. The photos will be available on Sunday evening and will be emailed to all competitors with the official results from the day.
What happens after the race?
Following the race you should remove your cycle from the transition area but be careful not to impede any other competitors who may still be competing. You will need to show your number to retrieve your bicycle, friends and family members will not be allowed to retrieve bicycles. Refreshments will be available following the event and the prize giving will take place as soon as results are available. Full results will be available on this website on the same evening of the event.
New for this year is the Strava Challenge. Along the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segment. To be eligible for the Strava Challenge you will need to be a member of our Epic Events Strava Club. You can join the club by CLICKING HERE. Once you are a member, to enter the Strava Challenge you need to upload your bike and run onto Strava following the event, and the winners will be selected randomly. You will have to be quick as the winners will be selected on the Tuesday following the event.
How much to enter?
Entry for the Wirral Triathlon is £40 for non BTF members and £35 for BTF members and is only available online by following the link below. You will be sent a confirmation via email coupled with appearance of your name on the entry list.