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Dartmouth Triathlon

June 11, 2023
from 7:00 am

Which race? See below..

Overview

The Dartmouth Triathlon returns for the 8th Year. You start with a stunning swim in the clear waters of Blackpool Sands. Then it’s onto the bike for the stunning out and back ride via Slapton, which features Devon’s flattest road. You finish with an out & back run up the picturesque Blackpool Valley Road (used in our first ever running of the event in 2014) following a stream gently rising up to the turn. By creating a second ‘bike drop’ transition on the other side of the A379 we are able to eliminate the road crossing from the race.

New for 2022 is our Standard Triathlon option which is two laps of the swim course, two laps of the bike course & two laps of the run course.

Numbers are strictly limited to 150 for the Standard & 150 for the Sprint so early registration is advised!

We also have our increasingly popular 750m & 1500m sea swims on Saturday evening. And there’s the chance to camp on the beach for a small additional charge

Kit Requirements
This swim normally requires a wetsuit as the water temperature is likely to be below 14C. See our FAQs

What you get

  • Finishers medals for all + podium medals
  • Free event photographs by professional photographer
  • Free silicone Swim hats
  • Personalised race number (entries 2 weeks before the race)
  • Camping on the beach available
  • Secure transition
  • Numbered racking
  • Toilets
  • Public liability insurance
  • Professional chip timing
  • British Triathlon permit

RACE STATS

Standard Triathlon

SUN 11 JUNE
1500m swim (2 laps)
Bike 40K (2 laps)
Run 10K (2 laps)
Start Time: 7:00am
15+ on 31st Dec 2022

Sprint Triathlon

SUN 11 JUNE
750m swim
Bike 20K
Run 5K
Start Time: 7:00am
15+ on 31st Dec 2022

Super Sprint

SUN 11 JUNE
400m swim
Bike 20K
Run 2.5K
Start Time: 8:00am
15+ on 31st Dec 2022

Aquabike

SUN 11 JUNE
750m swim
Bike 20K
Start Time: 7:00am
15+ on 31st Dec 2022

DARTMOUTH SEA SWIM
On Sat 10th June
1500M Sea Swim
750M Sea Swim
Start Time: 5pm
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EVENT INFORMATION

Parking

Free parking at Blackpool Sands Beach, which normally costs £6, is included with your race entry.

Awards & Medals

There is a medal for all finishers.

In addition we have podium medals for the Top 3 overall in each of the following categories.

Sprint: Top 3 overall, Top 3 Vet 40 male & female, Top 3 Vet 50 male & female, Top Vet 60 male & female.
Supersprint: Tope 3 overall male & female

Please note we operate a one prize per person policy. So if a vet is the overall winner they will get that medal & prize & the other Vet 40s will move up one place.

Camping on Saturday Night

There is the rare opportunity to camp at Blackpool Sands on Saturday Night. You can add camping places to your event booking. Or book later via our shop

FAQs

How environmentally friendly are you?

We're doing our best to minimise our environmental impact. Here are a few of our initiatives. Trees Not Tees For all the events where we include a t-shirt, we're now offering the option to plant a tree instead. We've partnered with Treesnottees.com to make this happen. Avoiding Single Use Plastics For 2022 we have sourced new paper cups designed to be fully recycled back into high grade paper. They look and feel exactly the same as conventional plastic coated, or PLA coated cups - The key difference is that these cups are actually optimised to be recycled back into high grade paper using conventional paper recycling equipment [Paper mills do not need to change or invest in new machinery]. This supports a circular economy where the valuable cup paper fibre can be recycled many times. We are also looking at going fully cup less on some of our longer events - watch this space.. Our cycling events are already largely cup less. Zip Ties & waste We use reusable zip ties where ever possible. We minimise our use of disposable plastic and sort rubbish from our events into the relevant categories for recycling. Reducing Car use In Devon where most of our events take place this is easier said than done. However at our Burrator 10K running race we offer a £5 discount to anyone who commits to walking or cycling to the event. We'll be looking to add this to other events in the future where feasible.    

Will there be timing chips at your triathlons?

Yes, these are provided and should be attached with the velcro strap to your left ankle. Please ensure it is not covered up by a wetsuit or tracksuit or we may not be able to read your chip. Please return your chip at the end of the event.

Do I need to be a member of a club to enter?

No, all our events are open to all whether you're a member of a club or not.

My kid(s) want to try triathlon. How do they get started?

What Triathlon is all about?  Click here for our Guide to Junior Triathlons Or to find a local junior triathlon club use the Club Find on the British Triathlon website - www.britishtriathlon.org/clubs If you can't find a local triathlon club with a junior section the next best thing is to get your child involved with the local swimming club, running club or cycling club. For example Mid Devon Cycling Club offers excellent junior bike coaching at Torbay Velopark for children aged 7 and above.

Can I get a refund or defer my registration to next year?

Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds as we start to incur costs as soon as we announce an event. However we now offer free name changes up to 7 days before an event with our booking software Eventrac and the chance to transfer yourself to a different event. Just scroll to the bottom of your email receipt and click the link which says  'online receipt'. You will then see options to transfer your entry to another event or another competitor. For all deferrals you must contact us a minimum of 7 days before the event and transfers are subject to an admin fee of £8 plus any difference in price.  

Can I alter my registration between races on the same day (eg switch from the Sprint to the Supersprint triathlon)

Yes you can. If you are transferring to a more expensive option (eg moving from GO TRI to Sprint you will need to pay the difference. There is no partial refund if you are transferring to a shorter race.  Just scroll to the bottom of your email receipt from Eventrac and click the link which says  'online receipt'. You will then see options to transfer your entry. We are also happy to transfer your entry to a different event for a charge of £8 provided you contact us a minimum of 7 days before the date of the event.

How do age categories work and what is the minimum age to compete?

For triathlons & duathlons your age group or your child's age group is calculated from your age on 31st December in the year of the competition. If, for example, you are 39 but turn 40 on 30th December you will compete as a Vet 40 for the whole of that year. Similarly if your child is 7 but turns 8 in December they are eligible to enter any Tristar Start event.
For events on open roads the minimum age is 15 or 17 for the longer Standard/Olympic distance events. However for our Pool-based triathlons the minimum age is 8 by 31st Dec in the year of competition or 5 for the Torbay Triathlons. And at our Donut Duathlon we have a mini duathlon with a bike or scoot followed by a run for children aged 3-7.
Just to confuse matters England Athletics (under whose rules we run most of our running events) use age on the day of the race instead of age at the end of the year.
Here is a summary of all the age groups (all ages are on 31st Dec of year of competition). Distances increase as children progress through TriStar. On our registration form just choose Tristar or Novice & you'll be automatically allocated to the correct category. The Novice events are aimed at children who are less  confident swimmers or trying triathlon for the first time.
Mini Duathlon ages 3-7 (only at our Donut Duathlon)
Mini Tri age 5, 6 & 7 (only at our Tavistock & Torbay Triathlons)
Tristar Start aged 8 (includes 8 year old novices)
Tristar 1 - aged 9-10
Tristar 2 - aged 11-12
Tristar 3 - aged 13-14
Youth - aged 15-16
Junior - aged 17-19
Novice 1 - aged 9-10 (same distances as Tristar Start)
Novice 2 - aged 11-14 (same distances as Tristar 2)
Senior - aged 20-39
Vet 40 - aged 40-49
Vet 50 - aged 50-59
Vet 60 - aged 60-69
Vet 70 - aged 70+

What special kit do I need?

The special kit you need is minimal. There really is no need to buy expensive equipment before your first duathlon or triathlon For Duathlons you need
  • A road worthy bike (hybrids, mountain bikes & gravel bikes are all fine)
  • A helmet
  • A pair of trainers to run and cycle in
  • A waterproof jacket and some gloves in case the weather is bad
For our pool based triathlons you need
  • The equipment listed above for a duathlon
  • A swimming costume
  • Swimming goggles (not 100 percent essential but almost everybody uses them)
For our Open Water Triathlons
  • You will probably need a wetsuit for the Dartmouth Triathlon.  They are usually optional for the English Riviera Triathlon and for the Dawlish Triathlon.  Under British Triathlon rules are compulsory if the water is below 14C. However they can be hired if you're trying an open water triathlon for the first time
Other recommended kit
  • A race belt. These can save you time in transition as you can just clip on your number instead of having to put on a t-shirt with your race number on. Display your number at the back for the bike leg, then turn it to the front for the run. Sportiva Race Belts cost just £6 from our Shop
  • Elastic laces . These cost from about £5. They replace the normal laces in your trainers and can really speed up the switch from biking to running!
  • Trisuit. This is a one piece suit suitable for a complete triathlon. See our Triathlon Tips article for further details.
  • Bottle cage & bottle for your bike. These cost from about £10 . The bike is the easiest place to take on fluid in a triathlon or duathlon so definitely a good idea to get one.

Are your events British Triathlon affiliated & do I need a day membership?

All our triathlons are British Triathlon affiliated and listed on britishtriathlon.org/. If you do not have annual membership you will automatically have bought a day membership when you registered (£6 or £1 if you are aged under 20 on 31st December of the year of competition. The exception is our GO TRI /Beginners events which do not require a day membership. To keep entry costs down our Donut Duathlon and our Open Water Swims are not British Triathlon affiliated which means you do not need to purchase a day membership to take part. The Donut Duathlon is run under British Triathlon rules however.

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LOCATION

Blackpool Sands Beach, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0RG

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Can't say a big enough THANK YOU to all who made this event such a great day. A great course and the weather just made it spectacular. Definitely coming back next year!
Kerry Parker

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