West Bay is the gateway to the Jurassic coast set amongst the beautiful Dorset countryside.
It offers extensive play areas to keep adventurous families entertained for hours, and for runners and cyclists, acres of wide-open spaces and paths.
With what we hope will be flat sea's, a scenic undulating bike course and testing runs this event is ideal for an open water Olympic, Sprint and Super-sprint triathlon.
(Undulating bike and run courses are route specific, i.e., super sprint bike route is relatively flat)
This event is great for those new to triathlon, it is a very relaxed and welcoming event, if your new to triathlon we suggest the sprint however any route is open to you, just remember the Olympic is a tougher event.
Not just an event West Bay is an excellent place to visit for the weekend, with so much happening locally (see Below) there is plenty of camping around the area and other types of accommodation is plentiful, Westpoint apartments overlooks transition and has its own excellent onsite West beach café.
Images for West Bay – HERE –
Images from the 2021 event – HERE -
THIS IS A COMPULSORY WETSUIT EVENT
AND PLEASE BRING A NICE SWIMHAT (PREFERABLY A NICE FLOWERY 1980 STYLE ONE)
EVENTS AVAILABLE: -
OLYMPIC 1500m, 47 km, 8.9 km
The 1500 m swim will start on West Beach and heads west along the coast towards Eype, looping around the Buoy (Two 750m loops) and back to the swim exit, the run to transition 1 is approx. 300 meters.
The 47 km bike is an up and down ride around some of the stunning Dorset countryside, before returning to West Bay.
The 8.9 km run follows the coastal path back to Bridport, its off road to start and starts flat, there are some tests along the route part tarmac and part of road, but the views, on the downhill sections home are excellent.
SPRINT 400 m, 26 km, 5.5 km
The 400m sea swim will start on West Beach and will head west along the coast towards Eype, exit of the water and onto the beach the run to transition 1 is approx. 300 metres.
The 26km bike is a nice flat fast ride around some beautiful Dorset villages, before returning to West bay.
The 5km (5.5km) run to finish follows the footpath back to Bridport its off road before we hit the tarmac heading for Eype and a small test just before the superb finishing straight.
The team sprint distances are same as above, the only difference is one person competes at each element of the Triathlon, you can have a team of two or three it is up to you.
SUPER SPRINT 200 m, 18 km, 3.5 km
The 200 m sea swim will start on West Beach and head out and around the groyne before exiting on the next beach, it’s a short run/Walk to transition,
The 18 km bike is an almost flat fast tour around some stunning Dorset countryside.
The 3.5 km run is an off road, flat run away from traffic for the most part, you know its nearly over so enjoy the last moments.
SPECIFIC EVENT INFORMATION: -
REGISTRATION WILL BE FROM 0700 – 0855
THE OLYMPIC EVENT WILL START AT 0900
THE SPRINT EVENT WILL START AT 0905 (ish)
THE SUPER SPRINT EVENT WILL START AT 0910 (ish)
THERE WILL BE A SMALL SAFETY BRIEF ON THE START LINE JUST BEFORE THE RACE BEGINS FOR ALL DISTANCES
IF YOU MISS THE BRIEFING YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPETE.
MORE INFORMATION: -
With lots of places for family and friends to cheer you on around West Bay.
The route will be fully marked and marshalled, and something for every type of competitor, even friends and family will have fun spectating.
With plenty of Food and Drink choices from the nearby outlets, and 100's of choices of accommodation, including one overlooking transition make it more than an event and end a holiday in what is a stunning location for a triathlon.
Parking for all is in the various car parks around West Bay, make sure you get a ticket.
You can drive your car near to transition area, rack your bike and equipment but you must then move your car after as this is the Bike Out/In and Run in/Finish area.
(Plus, you will get a ticket as the road is closed to traffic).
THINGS TO DO LOCALLY: -
PADDLE BOARD THE BAY (HIRE A PADDLE BOARD AND EXPLORE THE COASTLINE, hire direct from us at Beyond Events)
SOME ONLINE TRIATHLON RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND HERE: -
If your new to triathlon, there is plenty of information to be found on these links, watching, and reading these will help you understand more about triathlon and the flow of an event day.
TRIATHLON RACEDAY CHECK LIST: -
DETAILED MAPS FOR EACH EVENT: -
From the East follow the M3 and M27, journey times from the M25 are in the region of 2 – 2.5 hours.
From the West follow the M5 and then the A30 onto the A35, Journey times from Exeter are about 1 Hour.
From the North follow the M5 till Taunton and then the A358 to chard, From Taunton is approx an hour.
PARKING IS ALWAYS OPEN
Sat navigation Post Code for Transition DT6 4HE (Various parking is available through out West Bay)
REGISTRATION OPENS AT 0700
Sign your name and collect your numbers.
REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AT 0845
No exceptions, if your late, you will not be able to compete.
Its just the key points and wont take to long
START ALL ROUTES AFTER SAFETY BRIEF
As soon as the brief has finished there will be approx 2/3 minutes and then your off in a Mass start, the Duathlon will start 15 minutes after the Triathlon.