General Triathlon Info
This is a very short guide to your first triathlon and we would suggest that you make further searches on the British Triathlon Federation website and that of your local triathlon club.
What is a Triathlon?
A triathlon involves a various distance of swim, biking and running section depending upon the classification of the race. Shropshire Triathlon at Cremorne Gardens, Ellesmere has a sprint distance triathlon (750m swim/20Km bike/5km run) called the "Ellesmere Sprint Triathlon" and a Standard (also known as Olympic) distance triathlon (1500m swim/40km bike/10km run) called the Shropshire Triathlon". There are other race distances and these have such names as super sprint, long distance, middle distance and Ironman but we don't have these at Ellesmere.
Can anyone enter?
Anyone can enter but you really need to train. The sport of triathlon is known as a lifestyle sport as you can fit your training around family and other commitments. The very best preparation is probably by joining your local triathlon club and getting advice from an experience club member. To find your nearest club visit http://www.britishtriathlon.org/take-part/clubs
Which race distance should I enter?
Unless you have a good sport background or put in some serious training the most appropriate distance for a novice triathlete would be the Sprint distance. Some of our regular Standard competitors started by doing Sprint distance events.
What finish time should I expect for my first sprint triathlon?
For your first time sprint triathlon, a male should be expecting to finish somewhere between 1hour 30mins and 1hr 50mins, depending on your fitness level. Average splits for each section would be swim 20mins, bike 50mins and run 30mins. A female would expect to take a few minutes longer for each section.
What is a transition?
Participants enter a dedicated area for the changeover from one part of the race to another and this is called transition. Sometimes the transition from swim to bike (known as Transition 1 or T1) and bike to run (known as Transition 2 or T2) is one and the same and this is the case for the Shropshire Standard and Ellesmere Sprint Triathlons. Transition areas are usually fenced off with a single entrance and a single exit for each discipline designed so as no competitor can have a shorter route than another. Inside transition there will be a space for you to rack your bike and place your running shoes. As you finish each section you will leave unwanted equipment in this area, wet-suits in your personally designated space & bikes neatly racked . Full details on transitions will be given in the pre-race pack by e-mail (or post for those without email accounts).
What is drafting?
The Shropshire Triathlon and Ellesmere Sprint Triathlon are known as a non-drafting races, which means you cannot ride directly behind another cyclist or ride in a pack. You must keep a 10m gap between you and the cyclist in front but if you wish to overtake you have 30 seconds in the 10m draft zone to complete the overtaking. If you complete the manoeuvre the cyclist you have overtaken must fall back 10m, but if you fail to overtake within 30 seconds you must fall back 10m. This rule is in place because following in a cyclist's or cycling pack's slipstream reduces the effort needed to ride your bike. A drafting rule ensures that the race is equal and the rule will be enforced by motorcycle referees who may issue time penalties.
What is registration?
Before you can race you have visit race registration to confirm your attendance and to collect race numbers given to you. We have registration on the afternoon before the race to make it more relaxed, or alternatively on the morning of the race for those who travel on the day. If registering on the day, please allow plenty of time before your race start for registration. On the day you will only be allowed to place your equipment in transition after showing the race number you received at registration. Full details of times will be in the pre-race pack.
What is the British Triathlon Federation?
The British Triathlon Federation (BTF) is the governing body for triathlon and they provide you with the race insurance for the day which is included in your race entry fee (unless you are a BTF member with automatic insurance). The Shropshire Triathlon and Ellesmere Sprint Triathlon are run under BTF rules.