CAS­TLE TRIATHLON SERIES: HEVER CAS­TLE

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Train Smarter -

Lo­ca­tion Eden­bridge, Kent Date 23-24 Septem­ber 2017 When­ever peo­ple ask us what event they should do as their first open-wa­ter tri, our an­swer is the same: the Hever Cas­tle leg of the Cas­tle Triathlon Series. It’s here that the el­e­ments come to­gether for a novice-friendly ex­pe­ri­ence. Calm, warm-ish Septem­ber lake wa­ters. Check. At­ten­tive race or­gan­is­ers. Check. A fam­i­lyfriendly at­mos­phere. Yep.

But also cru­cial is the choice of race dis­tances. For ab­so­lute be­gin­ners, there’s the Starter Tri on the Satur­day with a 200m lake swim and 15km bike fol­lowed by a 2km run. Those with more ex­pe­ri­ence or want­ing an all-out race fest can pick the 400m/20km/4km Su­per Sprint, while stronger bike/run­ners can try the Sprint Plus, which comes close to Olympic-dis­tance with a 40km bike and 8km run but with a shorter 800m swim.

The Sun­day, mean­while, hosts the Olympic (1.5km/40km/10km) and mid­dle (1.9km/90km/21km) events, with the world’s largest chil­dren’s triathlon tak­ing place on both days. castle­triathlon­series.co.uk

COLIN BALDWIN/CAS­TLE TRI; FOTOSWAN.COM

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