The Bideford Tri is a Local club and Rotary Club run event where all profit goes to charity. It’s a great sprint tri that is very friendly but still challenging. Facilities are good with a large long stay car park and toilets within 100m of the finish line. Race start time depends on tide times so can vary.
The Swim is a straight 600m river swim with the tide from downstream back to transition, The water is not very clear and the tidal race can catch you out on the swim out to the first bouy from the shore.
Transition was easy to navigate and there was lots of support.The bike leg is well marshalled and easy to follow (i never did a pre drive and had no issues) Be warned though this is by no means a flat course! The 24km bike course weaves it’s way around the little villages around Bideford and has 1 enforced foot down junction, But with tough uphills there are some super fast downhills too. There is a good flat/downhillish last 500m to spin the legs out before transition too.
The run was perfect after the hills, The route takes you over the old bridge and out and back on the flat Tarka trail. Thre was a well place water station at the turn point too. The run was well supported in the final stages across the bridge and into the finish funnel.
This is a small race (Max 250) with a real friendly feel. This would be perfect fr both newbie triathletes to try there first Open Water race as well as the die hard racers to test yourself with a hilly bike course.
As with the title, this race would be a great race to do whilst down in sunny Devon on your hols due to being in August.
The organsers were super helpful and friendly and it had a great atmosphere!
Hope to see you all next year!