Can beginners take part?
Where ever possible we try to off a GO TRI Beginners race alongside the races for more experienced competitors. We now have a Beginner Triathlon Page that lists all our GO TRI events or other events that are suitable for beginners – sportivaevents.co.uk/beginners-triathlon/
And don’t forget for our pool based events you can swim any stroke and stop every length if you wish. You definitely don’t need to be superfit to take part! See our 10 Tips for First Time Triathletes
We’re based in Devon so not all our GO TRI events are flat. So here are our GO TRI & beginner-friendly races with ratings based on difficulty
Donut Duathlon – Very Easy: flat, fast & traffic free
Torbay Triathlon Spring – Very Easy: flat, fast & traffic free
Exmouth Triathlon – Easy: moderate climb on the bike leg but run is flat
Dartmouth Triathlon (formerly the South Hams Triathlon) – Hard: the 20K bike is hilly although the run is quite flat
Geopark Triathlon – Easy: gentle climb on short bike and a couple of tough little hills on the run
Torbay Triathlon Autumn – Very Easy: flat, fast & traffic free
Dartington Duathlon – Fairly hard: two climbs on the bike & a hilly run
My kid(s) want to try triathlon. How do they get started?
You don’t need to be a member of a club & you just need basic kit: a swimming costume, probably some goggles, a bike, a helmet & some trainers (see separate article on Choosing a Kids Bike). We have also created Guide to Junior Triathlons with lots of advice in one place.
We now have novice kids races at our events for children aged 8-14 in addition to the Tristar categories. See separate FAQ on age groups
If your child enjoys their first Triathlon experience then it’s time to think about joining a group or club. There are some great local clubs for learning & mastering the disciplines individually & a couple of triathlon clubs with junior sections too.
SWIMMING LESSONS & CLUBS
Once they’ve learnt to swim kids can join a local swimming club eg Paignton Swimming Club based at the Leisure Centre in Clennon Valley
If your child is less keen on pool swimming there are some excellent Surf Life Saving clubs in the area such as the Torbay Surf Life Saving Club and the Teignmouth Beach Surf LIfe Saving Club. Both cater for children and also look after the swim safety for the triathlons we organise that have open water swims..
Torbay Athletics Club has an active junior section for young athletes aged 8-18. Click here to find out more
Put all the disciplines together and compete in a triathlon. Keen youngsters may also join one of the local Junior Triathlon Clubs although it may involve some travelling depending on where you live.
Can I buy a Sportiva Events T-shirt?
We now have a T-shirt shop sportivaevents.co.uk/product/sportiva-t-shirt/
Can I get a refund or defer my registration to next year?
Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds. You can now defer your race entry up to 7 days before the race for a charge of £8 (£5 for TriStars) or we offer FREE deferrals to people who volunteer to help marshal at one of our races. You’ll find the instructions for deferring your entry at the link below – support.chronotrack.com/hc/en-us/articles/204834280
Where can I find the Race Manuals for your events?
We’ll be adding a race manual for each race approx 2 weeks before they take place. This will contain all the relevant information about the event you’ve entered and will be on this page sportivaevents.co.uk/downloads/
How do age categories work and what is the minimum age to compete?
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. However for our Pool-based triathlons the minimum age is 8 by 31st Dec in the year of competition. (under British Triathlon rules). And at our Donut Duathlon we have a mini duathlon with a bike or scoot followed by a run for children aged 3-7.
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.
Tristar Start aged 8
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 8-10 (same distances as Tristar Start)
Novice 2 – aged 11-14 (same distances as Tristar 2)
How do I join your mailing list?
Just CLICK HERE if you’d just like to join our mailing list. We won’t pass your name or email address on to anyone else!
Do you have season tickets?
We don’t offer season tickets but do offer discounts of up to 25 percent if you book two or more events at the same time. Check out our Triathlon & Duathlon Series Booking Page.
Do you give money to charity?
We are not a charity but do plan to partner with local charities on our events. We’ve just announced our first partnership with Exeter Deaf Academy and the Exmouth Triathlon. We are offering free fund raising places and also making a donation for every volunteer the Exeter Deaf Academy provides. Click here to find out more.
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 essential but most people use them)
For our Open Water Triathlons
- You will probably need a wetsuit for the Dartmouth Triathlon (formerly the South Hams Triathlon). They will probably be optional for the Geopark 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
Are you 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 (£4 in advance, £5 on the day 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 Duathlons are not British Triathlon affiliated which means you do not need to purchase a day license to take part. However we do run the duathlons under British Triathlon rules.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at all during the summer at Blackpool Sands. Dogs on leads are permitted at Dartington Hall. Dogs are not allowed to run with competitors.
Dog are allowed at Paignton leisure centre and Goodrington Sands but are not allowed into the Velopark at Paignton.
Do the events have cut-off times?
We try and avoid cut-off times to make our events as inclusive as possible. However we do recommend you choose the shorter race option if your estimated times exceed the following
Dartington Duathlon (10K, 40K, 5K)
If you expect to take over 3 1/2 hours we recommend you choose the sprint option
If you expect to take over 4 hours 50 minutes we recommend you choose the sprint option.
Can I alter my registration between races on the same day (eg switch from the Sprint to the Supersprint triathlon)
Yes you can be transferred if space is available. There is no partial refund if you are transferring to a shorter race. You will need to pay the difference if you are transferring to a longer race.
Is there a registration limit?
There is a limit set for each race based on parking capacity and the nature of the routes.
Will the race be timed?
Yes, with the exception of the Donut Duathlon all our races are professionally chip-timed and results are available on the day. The Donut Duathlon, because of its smaller field size is being timed by Maddie & Jay Horton of Fully Sussed who regularly time the Stinger Duathlon they organise.
What happens if the weather is bad on the day?
Organisers reserve the right to change, shorten or even cancel the races in the event of extreme bad weather. However we will do all we can to go ahead and so far we have never cancelled a triathlon or duathlon (despite some challenging conditions)
Are there age group prizes?
As a minimum we have prizes for both men and women for Top 3 overall, Top 3 Vet 40 & Top 3 Vet 50 and 1st Vet 60 in the main race. We also have special medals for all Tristar and GoTri categories. Depending on entry numbers we will also have awards for Juniors, Vet 60 podium and for Top 3 Seniors.
The organisers reserve the right to reduce or exclude prizes if there are insufficient entries in a particular category There is a one prize per person rule so if the first overall finisher is a vet he/she will only receive the overall prize and the 1st vet prize will go to the first eligible vet. We aim to publish a list of prizes before the start of each race.
When can I collect my number on the day and where from?
Make sure you collect your number and timing from registration, no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of your race.
Where can I park?
You will be sent clear instructions on how to get to the races and where to park in the Race Manual emailed and published on our website at least two weeks before before the events
Do I need a wetsuit for your sea triathlons?
Our sea swims for the Dartmouth Triathlon and Geopark Triathlon are under British Triathlon rules. Wetsuits will be compulsory if the temperature is below 14C. If the water temperature is below 11.9C we will shorten the swim(s) to 500 metres. If the temperature is below 11C the swim will be cancelled. In practice at Blackpool Sands wetsuits will normally be compulsory. At the Geopark Triathlon in July they are likely to be optional. For our Goodrington Sea Swim we also apply British Triathlon rules. It is the same day as the Geopark Triathlon so wetsuits are likely to be optional.
Can I wear my mp3 / iPod?
For your safety, music players and headphones may not be worn.
Where can I find race results?
We normally post them first on our Facebook page but you can also find results from all our past races on our Results Page.