Whether it’s on city centre harbours, rural rivers or remote lakes, the rise in popularity of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has been unavoidable in recent summers. And the 2016 looks to be the biggest yet in terms of triathlon SUP events, with a major new series being hosted across England and Wales.
Kicking-off at Chepstow diving centre on 8 May 2016, the triSUP Series is a five-date affair from Martin Barden, the founder of UK Cycling Events, the largest cycling event organiser in Europe.
Each event will have two triSUP levels of Short and Standard, with Short event starting with a 1.5km paddle board leg before a 15km off-road or 25km road bike leg, and a 3kmrun to finish. Standard will involve a 3km SUP, 25km MTB or 40km road bike and 5km run.
Relay, group options on 4-8 person boards, SUP/bike and SUP/run events will also be offered, with draws including a £10 paddle board hire, a £35-50 race charge and flexible starting times for the staggered-start races. The organisers expect finish times to range from 3-4hrs.
The dates are…
The Dragon, Chepstow Diving Centre, 8 May 2016
The Pioneer, Studland, 18 June 2016
The Saxon, Cotswold Water Park, 2 July 2016
The Phoenix, Bewl Valley, 11 Sept 2016
The Centurion, Grafham Water, 1 Oct 2016
Head to trisupevents.co.uk for more info on the series.