HORWICH TRIATHLON IS NOW FULL FOR 2015. THERE IS NO WAITING LIST.
Round 3 of the Epic North West Triathlon Series for 2015 is the hilly Horwich Triathlon, organised in conjunction with Bolton Tri Club. Taking place from Horwich Leisure Centre, the event will take you up and over some of Bolton’s best hills. If you have a love of long, fast roads, challenging climbs and tough trails, Horwich Triathlon is the event for you. Horwich Triathlon is one of the North West’s longest established races in the triathlon calendar and its tough course will put even the best to the test.
Competitors can sign up as a solo entrant or you can enter as a relay team of 3 and choose a discipline each.
Horwich Leisure Centre,
Date & Time
Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 8am
The Triathlon Schedule:
06:30 – Registration & Transition opens
07:00 – Race start (first wave)
12:00 - Registration closes
12:30 - Transition closes
Horwich Triathlon will consist of a 500m pool swim, a 40k road cycle and an 8.6k off road run.
The swim will take place in Horwich Leisure Centre’s pool. Swimmers will start from 7am through to 1pm, based upon ability level. You will complete 20 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 an 18 minute cut off for completing the swim. If you are still in the pool at 18 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 20 lengths.
You will need to arrive on poolside 15 minutes before your start time to be present for the compulsory briefing.
The bike route is a tough 40k cycle ride and is made up of only 1 loop. The loop is an undulating route which means that it is ‘hilly’. It climbs right from the start and then continues to roll relentlessly for the remainder of the route (try saying that fast 3 times!). The route heads out of transition, northwards up the hill towards Belmont. You then hit the long but undulating Belmont Road where you will eventually get a bit of respite as you drop through Abbey Village to the M65 roundabout. From here you climb back to Horwich via Chorley, skirting around towards Rivington and eventually arriving back at the Leisure Centre.
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 8.6k run is roughly an ‘out and back’ run that follows the bike route up the road for a few minutes, before you turn left and head towards Rivington Country Park. The route climbs upwards right from the beginning, it is a little bit on the steep side and continues upwards for quite some time until you eventually summit at Rivington Pike. Only then can you drop down the other side of the pike, turn round and retrace your steps all the way back down to the finish line. The route follows tarmac roads and bridle paths all the way to the base of Rivington Pike when the route leaves the cobbled road and you test your leg strength up the grassy slopes of the Pike. The Pike can get a little muddy if we have had our typical British Spring of rain, rain and more rain so trail shoes can be a good choice. Not only that, but as the Pike is very exposed to the infamous British weather so you may need a trusty windproof/waterproof jacket if the forecast is poor!
The transition area is located on the opposite side of the road to the Leisure Centre, in Bridge Street. It is within the car park of Mach-Aire Ltd. 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.
You will start by completing your swim, whereupon you will exit the pool and run around the outside of the leisure centre, over the zebra crossing and down to transition to collect your bike. It is about 100m from the pool to transition. Shoes are recommended as you will need to cross the pubic highway. Once you have 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?
All you need is: -
- 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 helmet of ANSI standard, designed specifically for cycling and 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.
- You MUST be 16 years of age or over on the day of the event.
On the day:
You will need to register at least 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 10 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. Don’t forget to smile for the camera. Results will be posted on our website, usually the same day.
The Leisure Centre has a cafe where you can purchase both hot and cold beverages and snacks. Please support the Leisure Centre Cafe where possible as they support the triathlon by letting us use their facilities.
Parking is available in the leisure centre car park next to the pool. There is no parking across the road by the transition area. Once the leisure centre car park is full then there is road side parking along the main road where road markings do not indicate otherwise.
New for this year is the Strava Challenge. A long 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 on Tuesday at 12 noon on 5th May 2015.
How much to enter:
The cost to enter Horwich Triathlon is £35. CLICK HERE to enter (THE EVENT IS NOW FULL FOR 2015). 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 so please do not ring or email to ask.
Click here to enter the Horwich Triathlon - THE EVENT IS NOW FULL FOR 2015
Location and route details:
To view a googlemap link of Horwich Leisure Centre 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)