Olympic fever is hitting London this summer and we can’t wait to watch our GB Triathletes go for Gold!
Triathlon is now one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and there is no doubt that the event in Hyde Park will bring huge crowds who as the best in the World go head to head. 2000 saw the first appearance of triathlon in the Olympics and the sport has gone from strength to strength. Currently Australia holds the record for the largest haul of medals which will hopefully change this year!
To read all the triathlon news about the Olympics head to triathlon.org/olympics. The dates for Olympics triathlon event are the 4th August (women) and 7th August (men).
If you can’t wait till August and want to get in the Olympic spirit, try the All Nations Triathlon in April! This is the ideal event to not only start the triathlon season, but to get a taste of some Olympic spirit!
The All Nations Triathlon is a chance for you to don your country colours and take part for your nation! Ok you could be just starting out or a seasoned professional, it doesn’t matter. This event is open to all levels and a chance for you to get involved in a great event. Come along with friends, colleagues or family and not only feel the buzz of an Olympic Venue, but enjoy a superb day.
Saturday 21st April 2012
Dorney Lake, Eton, Windsor
Entry fee – £50
The All Nations Triathlon is a supersprint triathlon so a great one for beginners but also a great warm up for the more regular triathlete.
Find out more and register here http://www.thefixevents.com/content/the-all-nations-triathlon-2012/
Challenge Henley & Henley Half Iron
Home to the Olympic Rowing team, these two races take place in an area of outstanding natural beauty and athletes will take race over the Chiltern Hills, Henley Town as well as by the side of the River Thames on completely closed roads on a course only 40 minutes away from London.
Both courses start in the best known stretch of the River Thames outside of London which is best known for its yearly royal regatta and athletes will be set off in waves to avoid congestion and to give more space to those who need it. Swimmers head towards the town of Henley and will pass the focal point of Temple Island before turning back just past Fawley Court to race back towards T1 at Henley Business School. Henley Half athletes will swim 1.9km, with the turn point just past Temple Island
The bike course stretches into the idillic surroundings of the Chiltern Hills, the sight of which may balance the pain of 1800m of ascent over three loops. This scenic course consists of completely closed roads so there is no danger of being run off your bike as you speed over those hills. Henley half cyclists will complete one and a half loops of the same course before dismounting at T2 in Phyllis Court for the start of the run.
After T2 triathletes will run four loops of Henley, totalling 42.2km on private footpaths, roads and the Thames path. Half athletes will run two loops of the same course before finishing back at Phyllis Court. The cutoff time for the full event is 16 hours.
Check out this spectator video of the finish last year for a sense of the electric atmosphere at the Henley Triathlon:
The RankMyTri team were supporting athletes at Henley in 2011 and saw first hand just how well organised the races were. The scenic location and close proximity to London makes this a great spectator race as well as a great race to enter and hopefully we will be there again this year to cheer you on!
For accounts of the Henley half Ironman triathlon from both a spectator and a spectator as well as information about the London Triathlon, see london triathlon website founded by one of London’s newest runners.