The Lough Neagh Triathlon
The Lough Neagh Triathlon returns this year for the 10th consecutive time. Run by the Hi Elbow Triathlon club, the popularity of this race has stood the test of time and become a well known fixture on the Irish Triathlon calendar. We spoke with the organisers who told us what participants can expect on race day!
When is the Lough Neagh Triathlon taking place:
TheLough Neagh Triathlon takes place at Ballyronan Marina on Saturday 30th July. The event is organised by Hi-Elbow Triathlon Club and is sponsored this year by ChainReactionCycles.com for its 10th anniversary.
For 2011 the event also incorporates National Series, Irish Championships and Irish Inter-varsity.
Who is the Lough Neagh Triathlon aimed at:
The event is genuinely aimed at everyone, from those taking the step up to Olympic distance to elite level age groupers and above. Being a mid-season race many entrants have raced Sprint distance up to July as preparation and have Lough Neagh Tri as the first Olympic distance of the season. The event also provides an excellent fitness test to those competing in longer half and full Ironman distance races later in the summer.
What should those taking part expect on race day?
The course is tough but achievable. The swim starts in the marina and goes out into Lough Neagh before exiting on the beach. Transition is a few metres away and once changed competitors head out onto closed roads for a 4 lap bike course. The bike section overall is fast with a few short, sharp climbs to test! Once through T2 the 10km run section is an out and back over 4 laps. Competitors will be able to see where there rivals are and also lap up the support and cheers from spectators.
What would you say is unique about this Triathlon
The course for Lough Neagh Tri has been fine tuned over the last 10 years and the route used this year is the same as when it was an official ETU course. Javier Gomez is a previous race winner and all finishers can fully appreciate what a pro-level course is like.
Would you describe this Triathlon is suitable for beginner Triathletes
The course is suitable for complete novices to pro level athletes. Bike mechanics are on hand for any pre-race issues, the bike and run are both 4 laps so assistance and support is never far away, roads are closed to allow full focus on racing and the goodie bag and post race sandwiches are rumoured to be the best around!!!
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