Rhyl Sprint Triathlon Festival to debut next June

New event features closed roads and fast seafront bike

Rhyl Marine Lake

A new sprint-distance triathlon will be taking place in the Welsh seaside town of Rhyl next June, featuring a fast criterium-style cycle leg along the seafront.

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The open water swim will be held in Rhyl Marine Lake with transition on the quayside, followed by multiple cycle laps up and down the closed road circuit on West Parade along the seafront. Competitors will finish with a run along the new promenade past the new Pont Y Ddraig Bridge. 

Race Director Simon Hill said: “The Rhyl Sprint Triathlon Festival is a new approach to triathlons, making it inclusive and giving athletes of all levels the opportunity to give it a go and take the plunge.

“The criterium-style cycle leg will give spectators the chance to closely witness the excitement of the cycle, and we will be expecting large crowds and quality racing in Rhyl next June.”

Criterium bike races are characterised by being held on a short course, often a closed city centre, with riders needing strong technical skills and sprinting abilities to succeed. 

The event will take place on 1 June 2014, and is limited to 500 entrants. It will include a women-only wave, and places cost £50 for individual entries or £60 for team entries. 

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For more info head to www.xtramileevents.com.