The Triathlon season is in full swing and in just a few weeks Swinford will play host to both beginner and experienced Triathletes alike! We spoke with the race organisers about what athletes should expect on race day:
When are the Swinford Triathlons taking place
We are staging two races in 2011 – A sprint distance race (ideal for beginners) Saturday July 23rd and a Half iron distance race on Sunday July 24th
Who are your events aimed at
The Sprint distance Triathlon is aimed at beginners while the half iron distance race is aimed at people wishing to push on from Olympic distance Triathlon
What should those taking part expect on race day
Great swim conditions – the swim takes place in the beautiful sheltered waters of Callow Lake, Swinford, Co. Mayo. For the Sprint distance race the 19km bike route is mainly flat while the out and back 5km run route features a nice tester of a hill at 1km but is largely flat after that! For the Half iron distance race the 90km bike takes in the mighty Windy Gap climb and loosely follows the route General Humbert marched his troops back in 1798! Aside from the Windy Gap climb the bike route is largely flat and fast! The 21km run route takes in some beautiful scenic country roads before joining the main N5 road into the finish at Swinford.
What’s unique about your event
The scenery throughout the race, from the beautiful calm lake swim in Callow to the rolling country roads for the run make this a unique event to take part in! In addition competitor welfare is paramount to the organisers as evidenced by two aid stations on the Half Iron bike route and five (yes five!)well stocked aid stations on the Half Iron Run route.
Would you describe this Triathlon is suitable for beginner Triathletes?
The Sprint Triathlon would be an excellent choice for beginners. The calm waters of Callow lake make it an ideal choice for those nervous about their first triathlon swim leg.
For more information on any of the above Swinford Triathlon races visit: http://www.swinfordtrisports.com/