We’ve got the confirmed event routes for next year’s first Cardiff Triathlon, revealed at the official launch event which took place today at the Wales Millennium Centre.
The organisers, Always Aim High Events, say that they’ve already sold out of the 450 pre-sale places released to their database of triathletes – with over 200 entries taken on the first day alone – and entries are now open for general sale here.
The route looks to be a good one too. As 220 joined the organisers in Cardiff today it was a cold, wintery day but the view across Cardiff Bay was amazing and looks set to provide a stunning backdrop to next year’s race. Always Aim High already have big events such as the Sandman and the Slateman to their name and the Cardiff Tri has been almost two years in the planning.
This is the first triathlon for the Welsh capital, and will be held on Sunday 28 June 2015, with more than 2,000 athletes expected to take part.
The swim will take place in the sheltered bay, which surprisingly is fresh not salt water, as it is fed by rivers with a barrage separating it from the sea. Transition is in the Roald Dhal Plass outside the iconic Millennium Centre, before the bike leg then takes in the Gwent levels on an out-and-back route promising amazing views across the levels and the sea. Roads won’t be closed for the first year, although there are plans to consider this in future years as the event grows.
Finally, the run is a 5k lap around the bay to the barrage done once or twice, depending on whether you choose the sprint or olympic distance. Either way, great support is expected from supporters around the bay area with a festival atmosphere planned with family entertainment and live music.
The organisers plan for this race to go from ‘strength to strength’ and would like to see it rival other big city triathlons in the future. The first year’s 2,000 competitors is hoped to grow to 3,500 in year two and to over 5,000 in 2017. They are also working with Welsh Triathlon with the hope of hosting a championship in years to come.
GB triathlete Holly Lawrence was at the press launch today and said of the new Cardiff Tri: “I think it’s going to be huge for triathlon in Wales – both for mass-participation and grass roots. I would love to race here, it’s close to home and a great location.”
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