Windsor triathlon review

Windsor triathlon review
May 02 11:27 2016

Year attended: 2015

Venue

Set next to the Thames and within walking distance to her majesty’s castle, you can’t deny this is one of the best places to compete in a triathlon.
And the numbers talk by themselves. With the London triathlon I attended in London Excel Center, and the team relay in Nottingham, I’ve never seen so many bikes at once!

Organisation

While it is simple to register, online (you have to be fast), you will have to pay on top of the registration, a car park fee for the weekend.
The biggest downside is that you will have to get there the day BEFORE the race to get your race pack (be prepared to queue) and rack your bike. You have to put all your faith in the security guards as it will sleep in the transition area for the night.

Race

Swim

You will swim in the Thames, which, according to one of my friend studying biology is one of the cleanest rivers in Europe. I think David Williams (the guy from little Britain) might have a different opinion. I remember him being sick to death while swimming it to raise money for comic relief.
The swim is pretty straightforward, and it’s easy to get out of the river. It’s followed by a short narrow run to the transition area, enough to have time to start putting your wetsuit down.

Bike

Once you’ve got your bike, you will have to run 100 / 200 meters before mounting your bike. Heading to Maidenhead, the road is broad and flat, but remains busy. Once you reach Bray and go towards Bracknell,
the B road becomes narrow, and I find it quite dangerous with unconscious drivers. Luckily, a few kilometers away you will turn left into Drift Road, a lovely, probably built by Romans, country side road. Then, again, on busy roads before reaching Windsor.

Run

You will have to do three laps (for a sprint triathlon) passing the Windsor Castle. This is lovely as many tourists will cheer for you. If you’ve never visited Windsor before, you should know that the Castle sits on top of a hill, which makes the course a killer.  You will finish in a straight line along the Thames, getting a drink, an energy bar and your deserved medal!
If you have the patience to queue, you would be able to print your time pretty much straight away.

Value for Money

The price is in the same range as any big triathlon event, not too far away from the £100 mark. But you should compete in it at least once in your life.

Review Summary

5 out of 5
Venue
5 out of 5
Organisation
4 out of 5
Race
4 out of 5
Value for money
4 out of 5
Overall
4.4 Good 4.4 out of 5
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