Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Helvellyn Triathlon 2010

Inspiring, known as one of the toughest triathlons in the UK, this was an event I really wanted to go and watch this year.  Perfect weather (for spectating) meant that I was able to drag my family along.

The Swim:
One mile in the beautiful Ullswater:

Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District at about 9 miles long and 3/4 of a mile wide.  It is about 200ft deep at the deepest point.  More Ullswater info here.

We arrived just after the swim had started and were able to watch the rest of the swim and the transition to the bike section.

one swimmer started late

More Swim photos.

Transition 1:
The transition area was set up next to the lake, there was about 100 metres to run to your bike.  This is the first triathlon that I have watched and I was surprised to see how much gear people had.  It was also interesting to see the different approaches people had, from the ultra quick strip off the wetsuit, throw your helmet on and go to the, more relaxed, strip off, dry with a towel, check hair, have a snack etc.


heading out

Truly inspiring to see the speed and athleticism of some of the competitors but also inspiring to see some pretty ordinary looking people doing the race.

The Bike:
38 miles isn't that long of a bike ride eh?  Hmm, check out the course. Click on the elevation box when you do.  The route takes in the Kirkstone Pass, including the famous 'struggle' out of Ambleside which includes sections of 20% plus climbs.

coming in from the bike course
More Bike photos.

The Run:
A quick 9 miles up and down Helvellyn.  Yep, this place.  The fastest runners were doing the run in less than an hour and a half.  Amazing.

More Run photos.

Well, work commitments meant that we couldn't stay around for the finish.  So that's the last of the photos.  Some more links below:

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