Bowood House Triathlon - Tri Stars Saturday
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Event InformationLast Years Information (2019 Event) as a guide
Overview of the rules
Entries will be open between 1st November 2019 (midnight) - 22nd June 2019 (12noon), unless full prior to this.
This event sold out since 2017 with many disappointed triathletes not getting a space.
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Winner of the South West Commercial Event of the year in 2018 by Triathlon England.
Voted South West Commercial Event of the year in 2017 by Triathlon England.
Shortlisted for National Commecial Event of the year in 2017 Triathlon England.
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Please note the following; if you do not have a traditional racing bike you will not be able to take part in the drafting event. In 2020 we have added additional non drafting waves for all tri star ages to participate without the pressure of drafting. If you do not have the correct gear ratios and are not able to rectify the ratios then you will not be able to race in the drafting waves or qualify for prizes or IRC placings [you will be moved into the non drafting waves].
Why have the tri star 2 & 3 distances changed?
Over the past decade with the introduction of different racing formats, the sport has become shorter and faster at senior level. Moreover, swim standards domestically are falling across both genders and putting an overt focus on swimming, with a proportionally longer swim sends a clear message. Reflecting this further down the Pathway ensures we stay relevant and maintain our future focus in the sport.
Tri Star 1 (Age 9, 10) - Non Drafting 10:30am
200m Swim (lake, wetsuit compulsory)
3km Cycle (closed road, non drafting)
Tri Star 2 (Age 11, 12) - Drafting, South West Series Race - Boys 10:50, Girls 11:05
300m Swim (lake, wetsuit compulsory)
3km Cycle (closed road, full drafting) drafting restrictions apply to bike set up (shorter bike than previous years)
Tri Star 2 (Age 11, 12) - Non Drafting,
300m Swim (lake, wetsuit compulsory)
6km Cycle (closed road, full drafting) drafting restrictions apply to bike set up
*This event exceeds the maximum permissible distance on running (1.8km), by entering you agree to the slightly longer distance.
Tri Star 3 (Age 13, 14) - Drafting, South West Series Race - Boys 11:20, Girls 11:35
500m Swim (lake, wetsuit compulsory)
6km* Cycle (closed road, full drafting) drafting restrictions apply to bike set up (shorter bike than previous years)
Tri Star 3 (Age 13, 14) - Non Drafting,
400m Swim (lake, wetsuit compulsory)
9km* Cycle (closed road, full drafting) drafting restrictions apply to bike set up
*This event exceeds the maximum permissible distance on cycles (8km) and on running (2.4km), by entering you agree to the slightly longer distance.
Youth (Age 15, 16 & 17) - Drafting, South West Series Race - Boys 11:55, Girls 12:15
400m Swim (lake, wetsuit optional)
12km Cycle (closed road, full drafting) drafting restrictions apply to bike set up
Junior (Age 18 & 19) - Non Drafting, South West Series Race - 12:45 click here
400m Swim (lake, wetsuit optional)
12km Cycle (closed road, non drafting)
Please note for 2020 the junior race will be non drafting and will be incorporated within the super sprint race, this will still be part of the south west championships. This is due to some rule changes which prevent the youths and juniors racing together. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
Equipment & Gear Restrictions
Competitors in all drafting events MUST adhere to the strict equipment and gearing ratios. For full information, please visit this link before you enter. Checks will be conducted on the day of the event and If you do not have the correct gear ratios and are not able to rectify the ratios then you will not be able to race in the drafting waves or qualify for prizes or IRC placings [you will be moved into the non drafting waves].
In addition we have created this document for the drafting regulations. In addition, you can find all the relevant details on pages 12-18 of the competition rules. Information regarding the rules can be found here.
If your bike does not confirm to the traditional racing bike then you will be required to take part in the non drafting wave.
Sponsorship & Fundraising
If you wish to fundraise for this event, we are encouraging support to The Forever Friends Appeal.
The Forever Friends Appeal is the fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH). Our hospital touches the lives of over half a million people across Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire and their surrounding towns and villages. It’s where our babies are born, our broken limbs are repaired, we are treated and cared for, we learn to manage long-term conditions and so much more. This year, we are celebrating 20 years of fundraising - since 1999, more than £20 million has been raised for patient care at the RUH thanks to the support of the public, major donors, trusts, foundations and legacies.
Because the hospital means many different things to many different people, you can fundraise for any ward, department or campaign that is close to your heart. By taking part in the Bowood House Triathlon and collecting sponsorship, you will help to fund extra special projects and state of the art equipment (beyond the remit of the NHS) that will transform care for our patients, at a time when it matters most.
For more information on The Forever Friends Appeal visit their website here.
The swim will take place in the fresh water private lake set in the lower part of Bowood Estate. You will enter the water on the pontoon and start between the marked buoys, and swim around the still waters of the lake. The exit will be on the pontoon, which leads into a sloping climb towards transition. Transition will be located on the finely manicured lawns and under the shadows of Bowood House. Racking will be numbered according to waves. The cycle route will take you into the 'wilder' parts of Bowood Estate, looping around the grounds past Bowood Golf Course, Osprey Farm, and including Lord Lansdowne’s' private driveway, which is inhabited with game fowl. Once completing the cycle stage, you will head out onto a scenic run around the gardens passing the secret waterfal and Doric temple. On completion of the lap, the finish line will be near transition.
Race Number & Timing Chip Collection
You will be able to register for the event and pick up any race numbers before your start time. You will be required to show photographic identification or your confirmation email to verify whom you are when you register on the day. These times will be published within the race information pack prior to the event. All cycle racking is to take place on the day of the event. Only competitors will be allowed in transition. Upon registration you will be required to wear a wristband for grounds entry. Each entrant into one of these race categories will receive 1 parent entry free of charge.
Ample parking is available at Bowood House, main visitors entrance.
Upon entry into the grounds, there may be other races going on, you will be directed by traffic control to cross the cycle route.
Please arrive in good time before your race.
Travel times by car vary, however as a guide you can get here from the following cities by google maps. The nearest motorway junction is J15-J17 on the M4.
Salisbury - 0hr 55
Cardiff - 1hr 10
Exeter - 1hr 45
Birmingham - 1hr 55
London - 2hr 00
South West Sports Massage will be in attendance for this event. They will be on site for pre and post race massage for anyone who needs a little loosening up. There is a small fee of £5 for 10 minutes or £10 for 20 minutes.
The Tree House Cafe will be serving refreshments throughout the day, this is accessible from the entrance to Bowood House.
Charles Whitton Photography will be providing race coverage for this event. Visit his page for more information.
Presentations will take place towards the end of the event once all the waves have started.
Winners trophies will be awarded to the following; 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female overall in each race.
Results will be available shortly after the event and uploaded onto LPS Events website under the results page. There will be a link to the event photographs from the results page also.
You can enter through our partner RaceNation where you can update your entry if anything changes closer to the event. If you require a postal entry, please contact us. Entries on the day for this event will not be accepted.
A copy of the Triathlon England rulebook can be found here.
We will have a Triathlon England Race Referee present on the day of the event.
Please familiarise yourself with the rules to prevent disappointment on the day.
For your entrance fee, you will receive a bespoke medal, designed especially for this event. You will also receive a finishers memento. Electronic timing is available for the event and you will receive electronic split times for the event. You will have access to a free online training programme and also you will be part of the 2020 Bowood House Triathlon.
As soon as we receive your entry for this event, the money is budgeted towards the successful delivery of this event. For this reason refunds will not be permitted once you have entered. You can view our policies here. By signing up to this event you are agreeing to these policies and understand that refunds are not possible.
Hotel & Accommodation
Situated at the heart of the Bowood Estate, Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is the perfect place to stay whilst preparing to compete in the prestigious Bowood Triathlon.
The Hotel’s elegant interiors were designed by the Marchioness of Lansdowne and reflect a contemporary style influenced by heritage colours and the history of the Estate. Each of the Hotel’s 43 generous bedrooms and suites include a spacious, luxury bathroom and far reaching views
Or, why not stay after the race and take full advantage of The Spa at Bowood, including our state of the art spa facilities, gym, Jacuzzi, infinity swimming pool and spa treatments to rest your aching muscles.
Bowood House & Gardens, home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne. Bowood offers a fantastic day out in Wiltshire for all the family. Famous for one of the UK’s most extensive Adventure Playgrounds, children are guaranteed the time of their lives. Younger children will enjoy meeting friendly farm animals at Tractor Ted’s Little Farm and undercover fun in the Soft Play Area.
All the events hosted at Bowood House are on closed roads and this makes for perfect racing conditions without the traffic. With a suitable spectator friendly layout, this venue provides the perfect location to enhance your very first racing experience.
Training for this event
You should ensure that you train your body for endurance multisport events and build up your stamina. This will enhance your overall fitness. A combination of strengthened joints and also fitness will aid in your successful completion of this event and assist with your recovery after the event. As you will be mixing disciplines, we recommend that you train this way by combining your sessions back to back, especially your bike to run. This will make your triathlon experience much more enjoyable.
Download a free training programme for this event on our coaching page.
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