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Non-wetsuit at Dorney!

Wetsuits aren't mandatory this weekend

If you’re racing in one of the Human Race events at Dorney Lake this weekend, you may want to consider leaving your wetsuit at home. After the recent hot spell, Human Race Director John Lunt has announced that the water temperature in the lake has reached a balmy 23°C and it’s not expected to drop before Sunday. Under BTF and ITU rules this would mean that wetsuits wouldn’t be allowed. The water temperature will be confirmed on Saturday morning and if still over 22 degrees, the swim will be compulsory non-wetsuit.

This could well be good news for the 350 youngsters taking part in the UK’s only Children’s Open Water Triathlon on Saturday morning and the

1,500 women in the Timex WomenOnly event later in the day. For many it is their first ever experience of open water swimming so the warmer

water will really boost confidence going into the event.

The Steelman Olympic Distance event is on Sunday and another 800 athletes are expected to descend on Dorney to swim, bike and run their

way round the traffic free course.

The water temperature is unlikely to drop much before 11th/12th weekend either and entries are still open for the inaugural

blueseventy Great Big Open Water swim and Bananaman Triathlon on Sunday. Enter online at www.humanrace.co.uk

Profile image of Matt Baird Matt Baird Editor of Cycling Plus magazine


Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.