Rochdale Triathlon Club Grand Prix 2018
This years triathlon club races have been announced and are open to all club members to participate. It is a fun event with prizes and trophies to be won. To be eligible you are required to be a Rochdale Triathlon Club member.
To qualify to be in the running for the Grand Prix, you need to finish at least 3 of the races. It can be any combination of distances, triathlons and duathlons, as long as you do 3. Don’t worry if you don’t think you stand a chance against some of the speedy ones in the club, as results are all worked out using very complex mathematical trickery based on your age group (it’s not complex really…).
One final thing to add, is if there are other races you really feel will attract a good showing from the club and could be part of the Grand Prix, then enter and get promoting it to other club members. Any triathlon or duathlon that gets 10 or more RTC members will be added to the series…
Oulton Park Duathlons (sprint and standard)
18th March –
A thrilling duathlon around the famous Oulton Park race track. There will be both a sprint race and a standard distance race. **Sprint distance is a qualifying event for the 2018 ITU World Championships, Drafting is permitted in the sprint distance race only. No drafting in the standard distance.
Novice entries are very welcome.
Sprint – run 1 lap, cycle 5 laps, run 1 lap
Standard – run 2 laps, cycle 9 laps, run 1 lap
We shall have lap counting technology in place to ensure that all competitors complete the correct number of laps.
The race will start on the starting grid and transition will be in the pits for both races. All finishers receive a fantastic medal and free event photos available for downloading and printing up to A4 size.
Address: Oulton Park Little Budworth, Tarporley CW6 9BW
Milltown to Moors Sprint Tri
22nd April –
After last year’s roaring success, the Sprint Triathlon is returning for more swimming, cycling, and running action!
Milltown’s most diverse challenge yet is back by popular demand for a fourth year on Sunday 22nd April 2018 in the form of our Sprint Triathlon.
The event, hosted in the Saddleworth area will see participants carry out a 400 metre swim, a 20k bike ride and a 5k run.
Following an intense swim event hosted at Saddleworth Pool & Leisure Centre, entrants will be covering 20k of Saddleworth’s most challenging inclines on bike, traveling the scenic route from Uppermill to Diggle, Delph, Scouthead, Austerlands, Lees, Grotton, Lydgate, and Grasscroft before returning to Uppermill.
Address: Saddleworth Pool & Leisure Centre Station Rd, Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6HQ
Rochdale Triathlon Club Early Season Duathlon
7th May (BH Mon) –
Fancy a sharpener? On Bank Holiday Monday there is a chip-timed 3k/10k/2k duathlon open to all at Ashton Cycle Circuit. £10 entry. Inbox for booking details – all abilities welcome!
Address: Tameside Cycle Track Stadium, Arena & sports venue · Ashton
Southport Triathlons (sprint and standard)
20th May –
The Southport sprint and standard distance triathlon attracts triathletes of all ability levels, from complete novices to elite competitors. Based at Waterside Lodge a modern, purpose built two-storey Activity Centre on Southport Marine Lake, it has become one of the biggest local events, reaching maximum capacity every year. The sprint distance event is a 750m swim / 20k cycle / 5k run, the standard distance is 1500m swim / 40k cycle / 10k run. The cycle course takes place on closed roads and the run course is based around the marina on tarmac paths.
In 2018 the Southport Triathlon will host:
1. 2019 ETU Sprint Distance Qualifier (draft Illegal)
2. 2018 ITU Standard Distance Qualifier (draft Illegal)
3. Triathlon England National Standard Distance Championships
4. BUCS Standard Distance Championships
Address: Waterside Lodge Marine Drive Southport PR8 1RY
First of the Summer Tri/Rossendale Tri
27th May –
Now coming into its 12th year the Rossendale Triathlon has established itself as an “Athlete’s Race”. A race that is organised for and by triathletes.
This year, the entry fee is just £45.00 (Non BTF members) or £40.00 for BTF members, making it one of the best value races anywhere.
For your hard earned cash you will experience a 400m swim in the beautiful setting of Marl Pits Leisure Centre, Rawtenstall in the heart of the East Lancashire Pennines, followed by a lumpy 21k bike ride which includes the “Crown Point Roller Coaster” and 5 miles of descent back into Rossendale. The run is a crowd-pleasing undulating 5k comprising of 3 laps mixture of road, trail and track.
We will also be using chip timing again after it’s successful implementation last year. And be sure not to leave before the presentation where there will be lots of great spot prizes.
We look forward to seeing you on race day!
Address: Marl Pits Leisure Centre, Newchurch Road, Rossendale BB4 7SN
EpicMan (Lancashire) Middle Distance
10th June –
EpicMan is the ultimate middle distance triathlon, based at Halton Training Camp in Lancaster. The 1.9km Swim takes place in the river Lune and is a single lap. The 90km cycle is one of the most challenging middle distance routes in the UK and this is where you earn the title EpicMan. On the plus side, once the cycle route is completed, the 21k half marathon route is along the river Lune cycle path, which is technically ‘flat’. The event will incorporate the 2018 North West Triathlon England Middle Distance Triathlon Championships, which means you can battle it out for regional age group glory! It’s a fantastic day out for any triathlete, everyone needs a little bit of EpicMan in their lives.
Address: Halton Training Camp Halton Lancaster LA2 6LW
15th July –
Dubbed one of the UK’s friendliest towns, Bolton has something for everyone in the IRONMAN family. Athletes can take a nature walk with the kids, go shopping, and dine in cozy pubs and restaurants as they prepare for race day
The beautiful lake swim takes place in Pennington Flash. There are numerous viewing opportunities for spectators at the start and T1.
Cyclists will embark on a 112-mile, two-loop journey from Pennington Flash and onto the breathtaking Lancashire countryside. The bike course includes the famous Sheep House Lane climb twice where spectators can get up close and personal with the athletes in true Tour de France style. The run begins at T2 at Queens Park and athletes will head into Bolton town centre, out and back through Queens Park completing four loops before finishing in Victoria Square.
IRONMAN UK offers 40 qualifying slots for the 2018 edition of the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Address: Bolton, England
BOUNDARY BREEZE SPRINT TRIATHLON
22nd July 2018
The Manchester Boundary Breeze Sprint Triathlon is a well established event, great for first timers and an annual favourite with more experienced triathletes. The race is really well organised and friendly and competitors love the lake swim and the flat bike course on good roads. Set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside just outside Holmes Chapel and Knutsford, there is easy access from motorways. The race takes place mid season which tends to mean good weather and one of the warmest open water swims on the circuit! With the first wave at 10am there is even a civilised start time!
Swim: The swim is one lap clockwise of the lake and is very clearly marked with buoys. Most years the water has been comfortably warm and some competitors even choose not to wear wetsuits. The swim exit is sandy and soft underfoot then a short run on grass leads to T1.
Bike: The bike course consists of two slightly different laps on roads in the Cheshire countryside, with no major climbs to contend with. The bike leg finishes back at Allostock Village Hall where you will find T2.
Run: The run starts with a short section on a minor road before two out-and-back laps on closed roads. This is shaded by trees and there is a drinks station at the start and end of each lap. All that remains is a sprint finish back to the Water Park & the finish line overlooking the lake.
Address: Allostock Village Hall which is minutes away from the motorway network. Knutsford, Holmes Chapel and the City of Manchester are all nearby.
Cleveland Steelman Middle Distance
4th August –
Steelman individual entries now full! Unfortunately we have no reserve list, however there are still places remaining in the Relay and Aquabike.
Middle distance triathlon with a lake swim in a scenic venue. The bike course is undulating on quiet roads. The run route is mainly flat on country trials.
Please note this event starts at 10 am and finishes at 5 pm with a 3pm cut off time for the run.
Please do not enter if you cannot make these times. If you do not make the cut off time for the Steelman, you will be automatically transferred to the aquabike race
Address: Ellerton Water Park
Rochdale Triathlon Club Late Season Duathlon, Last of the Summer Tri
Dates TBC –
A chip-timed 3k/10k/2k duathlon open to all at Ashton Cycle Circuit. £10 entry. Inbox for booking details – all abilities welcome!
Address: Tameside Cycle Track Stadium, Arena & sports venue · Ashton
To be eligible for the Grand Prix, athletes must complete 3 or more races in the series, with at least 1 being a triathlon. Standings will be worked out on an Age Group based scoring system to provide a fair way of comparing performances from across the club.