AVIEMORE TRIATHLON - 6th AUGUST 2017
Well, have we found a great venue an off-road race!. In the heart of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, and in the shadow of the Cairngorm Mountain itself - you'll be swimming in the cool clean water of Loch Morlich, Biking on superb trails in the huge Glenmore Forest, and finishing yourself off with a scenic run through stunning woodland and open hillsides.
The event in 2017 will be on 6th August.
The Aviemore Triathon is based at the Badaguish Centre, right in the middle of the forest. The race will be raising funds for the Centre - they help people with a disability enjoy an outdoor holiday - a cause that we know you'll agree is worth supporting 100%. We're encouraging all entrants to raise money for the Centre either via sponsorship or donation. Details here....
The Aviemore Triathlon is brought to you by the folks from Durty Events - we're also behind the Craggy Island Triathlon, St. Mary's Loch Triathlon, and Strathclyde Park Triathlon. So, you can expect a laid-back, enjoyable, well organised and friendly event. Yep, it'll be challenging but achievable, fun, tough in places, and might also have a few hills and a bit of water/mud!. You've been warned!.
There will be two courses - note: we've toned down the technical difficulty on the Short Fast Durty bike course - it will largely be forest roads and easy tracks, but we'll probably chuck a little bit of easy and fun singletrack in as well. The Long Hard Durty will have some more technical (Red & Black standard) stuff in the mix as well as forest roads/easy tracks.
We're taking Solo or Relay (team of 3 - one person does the Swim, one the Bike and one the Run) entries for both races.
Venue and Facilities
In short.... it's a cracker!. Another spectacular location in the middle of mountains, freshwater lochs and huge forests. There's loads to explore, and the area is well set up for families and other groups. There are plenty of local trails of all types, a Reindeer Centre nearby, fantastic Steam Railway, and lots, lots more. What better place to come and spend a weekend or more, plus you've got the excuse of a great race to come and play at as well!.
The Aviemore Triathlon will be hosted by the Badaguish Centre in Glenmore Forest., this will form race HQ, registration area, car parking, Transition 2 and the finish line.
The address of Race HQ is;
Courses, Rules and Kit
There will be two courses at the Aviemore Triathlon;
LONG HARD DURTY - 1500m Open Water Swim, 18km Technical Mountain Bike, 9km Trail Run.
START TIME APPROX. 0900
SHORT FAST DURTY - 750m Open Water Swim, 12km Mountain Bike, 6km Trail Run.
START TIME APPROX. 0930
The Swim section will be in the beautiful, clean, freshwater Loch Morlich. It's one of the few inland beaches that appears on SEPA's approved Bathing Beaches list. Wetsuits are likely to be compulsary - you don't need a swim-specific one though, a general cheapo multipurpose watersports one will be fine if that's what you've got. Similarly, we're OK with sleeveless and shorty suits. Water temp in 2013 was a balmy 14 degrees.
The Mountain Bike section is on a mix of great fast forest roads (some less well used, and so a bit rougher), and shorter fun-dabby-dozy twisty, narrow rooty forest singletrack. In general, we will be designing a course that is mostly 'Blue' standard or below for the Short Fast Durty course (with a small amount of fun singletrack thrown in)
The Long Hard Durty course will have some more 'Red' and 'Black' sections - if you've practiced on a mountain bike before the race, you'll have a quicker and happier time! You'll need a mountain bike, and Helmets are compulsory.
The Run will be on a mix of forest trails, and includes a section of open hill running (Long Hard Durty only) with breath-taking views. Take 30 seconds to look around you!. Bits of the course meander through rough and trackless natural forest. Mmmm, lovely :)
The Aviemore Triathlon will be run under the sanction and rules of Triathlon Scotland - see here for details. We've got one extra golden rule that we're strict on: No Littering. Anywhere. Any time. Any reason. This includes gel wrappers, plastic cups, banana skins, dead inner tubes etc. We rely on the goodwill of the landowners for the event to be possible, please help us stay in their good books.
National Cross Triathlon Championship
The 'Long Hard Durty' course will also host the Triathlon Scotland National Cross Triathlon Championships 2017.
To be eligible to win placings, podiums, titles and overall cash prizes (for Male 1st - 3rd, and Female 1st - 3rd Overall), you MUST be a member of Triathlon Scotland prior to the event no later than 5pm three days prior to the race (i.e. by the end of play on Wednesday).
To join Triathlon Scotland, please CLICK HERE
Please pay very careful attention to the British Triathlon rules - CLICK HERE, and also the ITU Cross Tri-specific rules - CLICK HERE
A couple of rules we'd like to draw particular attention to;
ITU 19.4. Mountain Biking Conduct: a.) The maximum tyre diameter for the MTB is 29 inches. The minimum cross section is 1.5 inch; b.) Studded and/or slick tyres are allowed; c.) Athletes are allowed to push or carry the bike over the course; d.) Lapped athletes will not be removed from the race; e.) Clip-ons are not allowed; f.) Traditional road handlebars are forbidden; g.) Traditional MTB bar ends are authorised.
Also, Cross Triathlon is DRAFT-LEGAL, but we challenge you to get much of a benefit from it, unless having a face full of mud is your idea of a benefit :)
Transport and Accomodation
On-site camping and WigWams will be available at the Badaguish Centre for a small charge. The site has showers, toilets, and acres of picturesque grassy goodness.
There are lots of other accomodation options in the Glenmore valley and in the nearby ski village of Aviemore (where there are also lots of shops, restaurants and visitor activities). Follow the links from the tab above for more info.
Getting to the Aviemore Triathlon is easy - it's a few minutes from Aviemore, which is located on the A9 trunk road that joins Edinburgh to Inverness. There are also trains and buses to Aviemore, so for once, public transport to a race is actually a viable option.
There is lots of information, including directions, here....