Olympic distance triathlons: 9 of the UK's fastest
Want a PB this season? We check out 9 of the UK's fastest standard-distance triathlon courses that will give you every chance of gaining your fastest ever time
ShockAbsorber Women Only Triathlon
It doesn’t get any flatter than whizzing round the tarmac of the purpose-built rowing venue of Dorney Lake, the setting for four gold medals from Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games. Not only is it the perfect beginner tri venue, but it’s tailor-made for fast times - provided the wind doesn't blow.
This female only event is “perfect event to try for a personal best,” says Nick Rusling, chief executive of organisers Human Race. “The venue is set around the beautiful Eton Dorney Lake and the fast, tarmac closed-road bike and run course make it a great environment at an iconic venue.” Eight laps on the bike make it a touch over distance at 42.4km but also mean that should you run into mechanical strife help is never far away. Just pray those gusts stay away.
The AJ Bell London Triathlon
The world’s largest triathlon with over 13,000 competitors provides a whirligig of human exertion over a frenetic weekend. After a wetsuit swim in the Royal Victoria Dock (try not to focus on the Thames’ water you might be swallowing), any time lost in the gigantic transition area in the Excel exhibition centre can be made up on the course... provided you do not completely lose your bike first!
There are many different race options but the most favoured bike course takes you from Docklands alongside the Thames on a closed-roads out and back to Westminster where you can grab a quick time check from Big Ben. It provides a good road surface, decent views of the capital and a couple of fast-paced underpasses. The four-lap run is a generous/short “10km” with plenty of crowd support, and given the number of bodies looping the course, there are plenty of targets to catch. Many people take part as their introduction to triathlon, but maybe it’s time to consider a return and a PB?