Round 2 of the Epic North West Triathlon series for 2016 is the scenic Clitheroe Triathlon. The Triathlon will take you round some of the most beautiful and challenging places in the Ribble Valley. If you have a love of rolling country lanes, sneaky challenging climbs and views to die for then Clitheroe Triathlon is the event for you. Competitors can sign up as a solo entrant or you can enter as a relay team of 3 and choose a discipline each.
Ribblesdale Swimming Pool,
Date & Time:
Sunday 10th April 2016 at 8am
The Triathlon Schedule:
07:00 – Registration & Transition opens
08:00 – Race start (first wave)
12:15 - Registration closes
12:30 - Transition closes (for racking bikes)
15:00 - PRESENTATION
Clitheroe Triathlon will consist of a 400m pool swim, a 30k road cycle and a 8k run.
The swim will take place in Ribblesdale Swimming Pool. Swimmers will start from 8am through to 1pm, based upon ability level. You will complete 16 lengths of a 25m pool. There will be 3 people in each lane at any given time. When you enter, your estimated swim time will be used to calculate your swim start time. Faster swimmers will start later in the morning and slower swimmers will start earlier. You will be provided with a swim cap and there will be lane counting marshals, just in case you lose count.
Due to the large number of competitors and the limited pool time, we have had to introduce a 15 minute cut off for completing the swim. If you are still in the pool at 15 minutes you will be asked to stop swimming and continue on to the bike section. You will NOT be disqualified and you can continue the race however you will not be able to complete all 16 lengths.You will need to arrive on poolside 15 minutes before your start time to be present for the compulsory briefing.
The swim wave start times will be published on Monday 4th April 2016. If you need to edit your swim time, you can do so by clicking the edit entry link at the bottom of this page. The deadline to edit your swim time is 12 noon on Friday 2nd April 2015. If you enter Clitheroe Triathlon after Friday 2nd April then your swim wave details will be added once entries close on Thursday 7th April 2016.
The bike route takes place on rural country lanes, is a scenic 30k in length and is made up of only 1 loop. The loop is a challenging route weaving through the glorious countryside of Bashall Eaves before you return to back to transition. It sounds nice enough but we have hidden a little snare along the route in the guise of Jeffrey Hill. It is a short but sharp little beast and will try to zap any strength you might have out of your legs. If you survive and make it to the top you will be rewarded with a nice downhill ride back to the transition area.
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 8k run is an out and back and is largely on road and very flat. You will start by leaving the field and running along the riverside and across the bridge onto Edisford Road. At the end of Edisford Road you will take a left turn onto Twitter Lane and follow the road until you reach the turnaround point where you will retrace your steps back to the finish line.
The transition area is located in the playing field directly next to the swimming pool. You may leave an old pair of trainers at the exit from the pool but not obstructing the door. All other race equipment must be left within the transition area. There is no cycling in the transition area at any time.
From the start, you will complete your swim, exit the pool and run to transition to collect your bike. You will then walk/run with your bike to the MOUNT LINE. Do not mount your bike until you are over this line and take care whilst out on the road. Upon returning from your bike loop, you must dismount before/at the same MOUNT LINE. Once dismounted you can run/walk your bike back into transition and place it back on the rack. DO NOT REMOVE YOUR HELMET UNTIL YOUR BIKE IS SAFELY RACKED. All that is left is to change into your running gear, exit transition (following marshals’ instructions for safety), run like the wind and cross the finish line in style.
What do I need to enter the event?
- A bike which is in a roadworthy condition (mountain bike, road bike or hybrid is fine). You will be subject to a brief check and if found to be unsafe to ride, you will not be allowed to start. Please check that your headset, wheels, tyres, brakes, bars (including bar ends) are all safe and secure. If in doubt get it serviced by your local dealer.
- A cycle helmet, designed specifically for cycling that fits correctly. You will be asked to fasten your helmet during the safety check and if it is found to be ill fitting you will be asked to adjust it or exchange it.
- Trainers or trail shoes.
- You must be medically fit and healthy. Epic Events advise that all participants consult their GP before completing any of our events.
On the day:
You will need to register 1 hour before your start time whereupon you will be given an electronic timing chip to wrap around your ankle together with race numbers for yourself, your bike and your helmet.
You must show your number before racking your bike in transition (no exceptions). You will match your number with the number on the rack and place your bike in the correct position together with any bike/run clothing. All other equipment must then be removed from transition to minimise disruption for other competitors.
There will be a briefing 15 minutes before your swim start on poolside. Please do not be late as it will contain important information for the event.
The finish line is under the giant red inflatable gantry located by transition on the playing field. Don’t forget to smile for the camera. Results will be posted on our website, usually the same day.
Iron Frank and The Endurance Café will be on site selling his infamous sausage barms and special sauce together with his usual range of hot/cold food and drinks at reasonable prices.
Parking is available in the public pay & display car park across the road from the pool. There is no parking on the event site at the swimming pool.
What is the minimum age?
You must be 16 years of age or over on the day 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 segments. 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 at 12 noon on the Tuesday after race day.
The purchase of an event t-shirt is optional. You can pre order your event t-shirt with your race entry by selecting a t-shirt size. The cost of an event t-shirt is £10.
How much is it to enter?
The cost to enter Clitheroe Triathlon is £40 for a solo entry or £50 for a relay team. You will receive a confirmation email and your name will be listed on the entry list. Once the event is full you will be unable to enter online. There is no waiting list.
Included within your entry fee is:
A bespoke Clitheroe Triathlon medal
A bespoke Clitheroe Triathlon headscarf
A bespoke Clitheroe Triathlon swim cap
Free event photographs
Location and route details:
For a Google map location for the event GO HERE
To view the competitor information pack GO HERE (not yet available)
To view the swim wave start time GO HERE (not yet available)