Sprint, Go Tri, Tristars & mini Tri

Torbay Triathlon Spring

April 24, 2022
from 9:30 am

Which race? See below..


This totally traffic-free venue is the perfect way for anyone to start in the sport of triathlon, with a pool based swim, followed by a Velopark ride on smooth, flat tarmac and a flat parkland run. There is also a category for relay teams.

The swim, in the recently refurbished 25m pool is followed by between one and 10 laps on the super-smooth tarmac of the Velopark. The race finishes with a one or two lap run (depending on your category) on a fast parkland course.

And on Saturday afternoon we have our NEW Team Relay in the Olympic format you saw at the Tokyo Olympics.

What you get

Professional chip timing
Traffic Free course
Finishers medals for all + podium medals
Free silicone Swim hats
Personalised race number (entries 2 weeks before the race)
Secure transition
Numbered racking
Professional First Aid
Fully insured
Full Covid-19 measures
British Triathlon permit



16 lengths 400m swim
10 laps 15km bike
2 lap 5km run
Age 15+ on 31 Dec 2022
Start Time: 2:00 pm
Registration: 12.00 pm

Go Tri / Novice

12 lengths 300m swim
5 laps bike 7.5km
1 lap run 2.5km
Age 15+ years on on 31 Dec 2022
Start Time: 9:30 am
Registration: 8:00 am

Tristar 3

12 length 300m swim
5 laps 7.5km
1 lap 2.5km
Age 13-14 years  on 31 Dec 2022
Start Time: 10.10 am
Registration: 8.30 am

Tristar 2

8 length 200m swim
4 lap 6km bike
1 lap 1.8km run
Age 11-12 years  on 31 Dec 2021
Start Time: 10.30 am
Registration: 8.30 am

Novice 11-14

8 length 200m swim
4 lap 6km bike
1 lap 1.9km run
Age 11-14 years on 31 Dec 2022
Start Time: 10.30 am
Registration: from 9.00 am

Tristar 1

6 lengths 150m swim
2 laps 3000m bike
2 lap 1.3km run
Age 9-10 years on 31st Dec 2022
Start Time: 11:20 am
Registration: 9.50 am

Tristar Start

2 length 50m swim
1 lap 1500m bike
1 lap 650m run
Age 8 years on on 31st Dec 2022
Start Time: 11.50 am
Registration: 9:30 am

Mini Tri

1 length 25m swim
1 laps 1500m bike
1 lap 650m run
Age 5-7 years on 31 Dec 2022
Start Time: 12.15 pm
Registration: 10:45 am

Novice 9-10

2 length 50m swim
1 lap 1500m bike
1 lap 650m run
Age 9-10 years on on 31st Dec 2022
Start Time: 11.50 am
Registration: 9:30 am

Team Relay

Sat 23 APRIL
12 length swim (300m)
4 lap bike (6k)
1 lap run (2k)
Age 13+ on 31 Dec 2022
Start Times: Sat 23 April 3pm



There is plenty of parking in the Leisure Centre car park but you do need to pay for it! See


There is some free parking available starting a few hundred metres from the Leisure Centre.

Medals & awards

There is a medal for all finishers.

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

Sprint Awards: Top 3 overall, Top 3 Vet 40 male & female, Top 3 Vet 50 male & female, Top 60 Top 3 male & female.
Tristar categories: Top 3 boys & girls in each category. We also award special medals to Top 3 novices in the 8-10 age group & in the 11-14 age group.


Torbay Triathlon courses



Torbay Velopark, Penwill Way, Paignton, TQ4 5JR

Event Gallery


Thanks for providing such a well organised and marshalled event. It was our first and we will most definitely be back ?
Joanne Griffiths


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 except to people who volunteer to help marshal at one of our events. However we now offer free name changes with our new booking software Eventrac. 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. We are also happy to transfer your entry to a different event for a charge of £8 (£5 for under 16s) provided you contact us a minimum of 7 days before the date of the event.

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 junior 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)

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
  • 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 £4.50 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 £6 . 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 Triathon affiliated and listed on britishtriathlon.org/. If you do not have annual membership you will need to buy a day membership to take part when you register (£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 is not British Triathlon affiliated which means you do not need to purchase a day license to take part. However it is run under British Triathlon rules.

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