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THE COTSWOLD TRIATHLON

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2016 FROM 7.55AM

Important Race Information!

750m swim - 20km bike - 5km run also 400m - 20km - 2.5km

Saturday 3 - Registration, Trade Expo, Free Talks and Triathlon Tips

Sunday 4 - Limited Registration, Trade Expo, Races

2016 Start List as at 25.8.16 is available here

WELCOME

For the eighteenth year we return to Cotswold Country Park and Beach which is part of Britain's largest water park; Cotswold Water Park. The Park's lake is usually used for swimming, canoeing, wind surfing and fishing and is set in a beautifully landscaped area which has a children's beach and play areas, a beach front cafe, volley ball courts, climbing area and BBQ areas; a brilliant venue to bring all the family. We hope you enjoy the weekend!

LOCATION

Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Nr Cirencester, Glos, GL7 6DF. We are very grateful to The Park and Waterland Outdoor for the hire of this venue and with this in mind, please treat all the facilities and the surrounding countryside with respect and leave them as you find them.

HOW TO GET THERE

From London, the South East and The South West - M4 Junction 15. Take dual carriageway A419 towards Swindon, then follow A417/419 towards Cirencester. After approx 10 miles take B4696 Spine Road, sign-posted Cotswold Water Park. Carry on along Spine Road for about two miles, straight over at the cross-roads and then take the first turning on your right into Spratsgate Lane; Cotswold Country Park and Beach in on the right.

From Gloucester area take A417/A419 passing Cirencester and head towards Swindon. Approx four miles from Cirencester turn off at Junction for B4696 Spine Road, sign-posted Cotswold Water Park. Carry on along Spine Road for about two miles, straight over at the cross-roads and then take the first turning on your right into Spratsgate Lane; Cotswold Country Park and Beach in on the right.

PARKING

There will be free parking for athletes. On Saturday please park at Waterland Outdoor Pursuits for FREE parking. From Spine Road Follow orange Tri Ferris Promotions Parking signs to gate 200m on right. Please enter and exit with care and follow signs for HQ. If you park in the main Park entrance Saturday you will be charged 5 per person. Sunday, parking at Waterland and Cotswold Country Park show your race number at exit (from 11am usual fees apply). All spectators will pay 2 (1 children) until 11am on Sunday then usual fees apply. Dogs allowed at Cotswold Country Park on leads please.

Map Of Area please click here

ACCOMMODATION

For other accommodation visit http://cotswolds.info/hotels-logings-pubs-inns-cottages.shtml, or call Cotswold Tourism on 01285 654180.

CAMPING

This year camping will be 300m from swim start at Go-By-Cycle,GL7 6DS This is a registered campsite with toilet and shower facilities within the site and some electrical hook-ups. Book at: http://www.go-by-cycle.co.uk/camping.htm. From Spine Road, turn right into Spratsgate Lane and take first turning on left camping, first gate on left; please do NOT use main entrance to the park please go to Campsite first and take short walk to registration. Sorry No Dogs Allowed.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be held in the marquee adjacent to transition. All competitors should register between 2.00pm and 6pm on Saturday. If you can't get there perhaps a friend could register for you, that person must bring your BTF licence or copy of photo ID and a letter of authorisation. If it is impossible for you to register on Saturday there is limited registration between 6.15am and 7.25am on Sunday morning, but expect a queue (get there early). No registration after 7.25am, if you are late sorry you don't race!!

At registration you will be required to show your BTF Race Licence (excluding those non- BTF members, who must show some form of photographic identification). You will be issued with a performance T-shirt, a race number, a timing chip and ankle band, a swim hat and a bike sticker which must be attached to your cycle before entering transition. Race number to be on front (if you have race belt then rear for bike). For Relay event only one person from the team need register.

NON-BTF MEMBERS

All non-BTF members will be sent a day licence via email before the event (day licence fee already included in entry fee).

TRI ENGLAND SOUTH WEST AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS

All Triathlon England South West Members who live in South West will automatically go into championships, could you please email:triferris@btinternet.com as soon as possible it you live outside South West but hold a South West Licence.

FREE TRIATHLON MINI SEMINAR/TRADE STANDS

Saturday 3.30pm Meet next to Registration Marquee - Open Water Swim Tips, route explained, Transition Tips and be inspired by Shirley Yarde, Hawaii Ironman, World and European medallist. Free of charge to all but those not competing will have to pay to park. Runners Retreat will be on hand for those last minute purchases from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday and throughout the morning on Sunday. Also Smedley Wellness/Herbal Life who can help with health, nutrition and fitness advice.

WITHDRAWALS/LATE ENTRIES

Event Full No Refunds or Transfers after 30.8.16 Sorry

LEG/ARM MARKING

Upon entering the transition area to rack cycles, your right leg and arm will be marked with your race number.

BIKE RACKING

All bikes must be racked between 6.20am and 7.50am on Sunday, transition clear by 7.55am. Entrance can only be gained to the transition area with your race number. Your bike must have a sticker with your number on and you must show your cycle helmet upon entry. Only competitors with race numbers will be allowed back into transition to collect cycles after the event, which must be shown when leaving the transition area. Please rack according to your race number. Only a small kit bag is allowed in transition, lock valuables in your vehicle; large bags and boxes can prove to be obstructive to other athletes. When collecting your bike after the event, you can do so from a special entrance near Registration Marquee.

TIMING

Your timing chip, which must be worn at all times, must be fastened securely with the Velcro strap around your left ankle. Please do not leave near electrical equipment over night. Please do not lose your chip or you will be asked to pay for it which could cost you up to 40. Also no chip no time. You must hand in your chip before leaving the finish area at the end of the event.

RELAY

The swimmer must wear the timing chip and ankle band. The swimmer will then run into transition and hand the band to the cyclist. The cyclist will then collect their bike from transition and run with their bike to the mount line. When the cyclist returns they should rack their bike then pass the chip/ankle band to the runner who must put it on their ankle. The runner completes two run laps, crosses the finish line and hands in the chip and ankle band. Only the cyclist will be able to retrieve their bike from transition after the event.

DROP OUTS

If you drop out of the race for any reason after you have registered could you please inform a member of the registration team and hand in your timing chip and band. For those who drop out during the race please inform the Transition Directors Phil Yarde or Andy East who will be situated at the transition bike exit and hand in your chip and band as soon as possible.

MEDICAL ADVICE

If you feel unwell on race day please don't race. If you have any medical condition including asthma or any allergies please write the details on the back of your race number and put a small X on front in waterproof pen.

START TIMES - remember category is age at 31/12/16

7.55am Female Veterans aged 40+ (40-79 H to N)
8.00am Female Seniors aged 17-39 (C-G)
8.07am Veteran Men 50+ (50-79)
8.12am Veteran Men I (45-49)
8.20am Age Group Men C and D (17-24) Veteran Men H (40-44)
8.25am Age Group Men G (35-39) and ALL RELAY
8.30am Age Group Men E and F (25-34)
8.40amShort/Youth Event Male and Female (short distance 400m-20k-2.5k)

Be at the start line 5 minutes before your start time for a final briefing.

15 - 16 = Youth17 - 19 = C20 - 24 = D25 - 29 = E30 - 34 = F
35 - 39 = G40 - 44 = H45 - 49 = I50 - 54 = J55 - 59 = K
60 - 64 = L65 - 69 = M70 - 74 = N75 - 79 = P80+ = Q
Relay = RElite Men = EliteMElite Women = EliteF

Please note: Age Category is age At 31/12/16.

THE COURSE

The Start

This is located at Waterland Watersports Beach - go right from transition as you look towards the lake.

Swim 750m/400m

A one lap course in a clear lake - 750m blue line on map below. wetsuits are compulsory for the 750m swim and are strongly recommended for 400m swim. If you get into trouble in the water roll onto your back, put you hand in the air and a canoeist will help you. Don't panic or try to climb onto the canoe, hold onto the tail of the canoe and listen for instructions. Take care on short run to transition, if wet the grass can be slippery. Check out on-line deals for wetsuit hire at:www.hireawetsuit.co.uk Use discount code: TFP2016, no hire on-site.

Bike

Fast and flat, cyclist will go left from the lake, then second left (watch out for sharp left hand bend just before junction 250m from start) onto Spine Road towards Ashton Keynes cross roads, then straight over onto the Spine Road (Please take care at this junction, slow down, be prepared to stop and follow police/marshal instructions). Note deep drainage near kerb on Spine Road. At next roundabout take first turn onto the old A419 road to Cirencester (hardly used since the opening of the A417), and at the Tesco roundabout take the second left (take care remember any traffic on roundabout have priority) before turning left into the Cirencester Business Park. Cyclists will then negotiate a couple of mini roundabouts before taking the road towards Somerford Keynes, do not cut the corner when turning right at final roundabout (you will be disqualified). You will pass The Park main entrance on the left and the dismount will be 150 meters up the road on the left. Remember you must follow the rules of the road and the roads are open. Please note the run from transition to bike mount will be on carpet laid over gravel.

To download a printable course map (Adobe Acrobat format) please click this link.

Run

Again flat and fairly fast as it is on grass and hard packed paths around the lake. Just over two lap traffic free course - apart from vehicle crossing near entrance and Waterland. Care should be taken when running near childrens' play area and information centre as other park users may be crossing to use the facilities. You will leave transition and then pass transition twice before turning into the finish - see red line on map below.

Finish

The finish is located just past transition. You will turn sharp left at the end of the second lap, into the finish shoot, which will be next to trade stands.

To view or download a printable site map (Adobe Acrobat format) please click this link.

Short/Youth Event 400m - 20km - 2.5km

From the start swimmers will turn left at the first large buoy, left again and then left of buoy near finish ramp. The bike course is the same as that detail above. The run course is one lap around the lake, you will leave transition and then pass transition once before turning into finish.

A FEW RULES

Race Numbers - Your number must be worn on the front (if using number belt on back for cycle). Numbers must not be folded, cut down or mutilated in any way.

Cycle Helmets - BSI, ANSI or SNELL approved helmets are compulsory and must be worn throughout the cycle section. They must be fastened prior to removing your bike from the rack and neither undone or removed until after re-racking your bike.

Transition - No riding is allowed in the transition area at any time. You must run with your bikes to the mount zone and on your return to transition dismount in the zone before entering transition. Check out where mount and dismount lines are before the race. No mobile phones in transition please, no mp3 or Ipods players whilst competing.

Cycle Conduct - Competitors must make sure that their cycle is in a safe and roadworthy condition. All competitors must keep to the left and overtake on the right. Please take note of signs and obey marshal instructions.

Drafting - This is a non-drafting race for all categories. During the cycle section competitors must not take pace behind or beside another competitor or vehicle. You must be 10 metres behind the front wheel of the competitor in front, apart from when overtaking - there is no side-by-side riding. When overtaking you must pass the competitor in front within 20 seconds. It is the responsibility of the cyclist being overtaken to drop back once the overtaking cyclist's front wheel is ahead of his/hers. Competitors are not allowed to draft from any vehicle including the lead vehicle.

Disqualification - The following infringements will result in disqualification: Abusive language, breaking road traffic regulations, dangerous conduct/riding, failing to obey marshals or the police, nudity, outside assistance, unsporting impedance, 2 x drafting violations, course irregularities (short cut), tampering with other competitors equipment.

For further details of race rules see BTF Handbook or website: www.britishtriathlon.org.

PRIZES And RESULTS *please note slight change to prizes as No Elite Wave

The prize giving will take place at around 10.30am, near the finish. There will be prize money and trophies for for top three men and women overall in Sprint event. and trophies and OTE prizes for the top finisher in each five year age group and first Relay, one prize per person. Also prizes to first male and female and first youths M/F in the Short event. You must be at prize giving to receive your prize. Also Triathlon England South West Prize Giving. Results can be printed out by tapping your number into a machine next to registration marquee, then will be displayed on www.triferris.com.

SPECTATING

The main activities are centred around the Country Park and Beach with the Swim Start/Finish, Bike Start/Finish, Transition, lapped Run and Race HQ all located on site. Spectators are asked not to take their cars out onto the bike course. It is important that spectator traffic is not generated both for the safety of the competitors and also to minimise any inconvenience to other road users. Vehicles attending or following any rider will result in that rider being disqualified.

REFRESHMENTS,MASSAGE AND PHOTOGRAPHS

Food and drink will be on sale on Saturday from the Beach Front Cafe in the shop and Waterland Outdoor, Sunday at Race HQ, Beach Front Park Shop and Waterland. www.charleswhittonphotography.com will be taking photos of you which will be available to purchase after the event so smile. Post race massage will be available. The cost will be £5 for a 10 minute massage .

LOST PROPERTY/CHILDREN

Please report any lost property/Children to commentator who will be in finish commentary box throughout the event. The organisers are not responsible for the loss of personal property.

TO CONTACT US

Write to: Tri Ferris Promotions, 4 Lindisfarne, Woodshaw, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire SN4 8LQ. Email:triferris@btinternet.com Tel: 01793 853933.

THANK YOU

We would like to thank the people who have generously helped and supported this event such as, Sponsors Cats Solutions (Printers), OTE Sports Nutrition, Total Fitness Bath, Runners Retreat, Smedley Wellness, Tri Girl, the Wiltshire and Gloucester Police, Cotswold Country Park & Beach, Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, St John Ambulance and of course the many volunteers, without whom we could not hold such an event.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

We still need a few more people to help including: bike marshals (7.55am to 10.10am) and drink station helpers (8.30am - 10.30am). All volunteers receive a special PERFORMANCE CREW T-Shirt, food, refreshments, £15 discount off future events. You can still feel part of the event without racing. You will be individually briefed upon check in. Volunteers registration 7.25am. If you can help in any way please Call: Lorraine Ferris on 01793 853933, email: triferris@btinternet.com

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