This event is classed as one of the UK’s toughest Triathlons. The challenge is a 1.2 mile sea loch swim, a 56 mile road cycle, and a 13 mile hill run to the summit of Ben Nevis and back.
RACE DAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2020
Please note, the race information below is subject to change.
GETTING TO FORT WILLIAM
Fort William is located on the A82 approximately 100 miles north of Glasgow. CLICK HERE FOR MAP
FROM THE SOUTH
As you enter Fort William from the South, follow the bypass to the roundabout at the end, go straight through towards McDonalds. Before the next roundabout, if you look on your left you will see a large grassy area with ruins called The Old Fort. This is where the race starts and this is transition.
FROM THE NORTH
Drive towards the town centre but pass the turn to centre, just past the Belford Hospital on your left to the roundabout at the start of the bypass. Take the second left and you will pass The Old Fort on your left where the race starts.
Please note that parking at the transition area is not easy, participants are encouraged where possible to be dropped off at transition and suitable parking to be found in Fort William; competitors are encouraged not to park in Morrison’s Car Park for the duration of the event. There is a limited amount of parking at the West Highland College.
Take the Sleeper Train which travels overnight from London Euston all the way through to Fort William. This is a beautiful and hassle free way to travel, for more information click here.
The event takes place in one of the most scenic areas of Scotland and Fort William town will hopefully provide you with everything and more that you will need for your stay. For more local accommodation and information click on: www.outdoorcapital.co.uk and the Scotland Official Tourism site: www.visitscotland.com
REGISTRATION, BRIEFING AND PASTA PARTY
Friday 18th September 2020
Race Registration and our ‘Pasta Party’ will be held on Friday evening at The Moorings Hotel. Registration will be between 18:00 – 21:00 and the Pasta Party will between 18:00-20:00.
Pasta party guests – please note, if you have family and friends accompanying you at registration and they would like to eat, there will be an £8 per person fee payable on the evening.
Race briefing – there will be a mandatory race briefing on Friday evening at 20:30 (TBC), if any participant cannot make this briefing/registration please contact the organiser to make alternative arrangements.
Saturday 19th September 2020
Transition will be open from TBC. In the transition area participants will be allocated space and racking for bikes.
Race briefing TBC
Water entry will be from 20 minutes before start time. Swim start is estimated for TBC, please be aware that this could move depending on tides and sea states therefore participants are requested to be in transition with plenty of time.
Please be aware that the time could move depending on tides and sea states, therefore participants are requested to be in transition with plenty of time. Please ensure that all equipment is stored responsibly and will not impede other participants.
The race is run under Triathlon Scotland/UK rules. It is the responsibility of all competitors to obey the rules, observe the Highway Code and be courteous and considerate to any members of the public encountered during the race.
First aid will be provided at transition areas and out on the course. Muddy Medics will be providing cover at the transition and will have trained First aiders out on the bike course.
Swim – Start Time TBC
1900m/1.2miles Swim First Lap must be completed in 40 mins.
Competitors must wear full wetsuit for the swim and you can wear gloves and boots. A Braveheart swim cap will be provided.
The swim will be a deep water start at TBC. The course will be 2 laps, at the completion of your swim you will exit the water where you entered. The course may change due to weather conditions and sea state. There will be buoys marking the route and larger buoys marking the turn points. Canoes and safety boats will be on hand for any swimmer experiencing difficulties. If any swimmer does experience difficulties, they should turn on their back and raise their hand.
SWIM CUT OFF – One lap must be completed within 40mins of the start. If not, the swimmer will be asked to exit after the 1st lap. All swimmers should be aiming to complete the swim within one hour.
Medical assistance will be available on shore.
Wetsuits will be compulsory.
On leaving the water, competitors follow a carpeted path to transition.
Please note that the generous cut off time of 40 mins to complete first lap will be strictly adhered to. Anyone out-with this time will be moved on to the bike section.
IMPORTANT: The sea state will be closely monitored. In the event of heavy wind, waves or poor visibility, the swim will be cancelled, the race then becoming a duathlon.
Modesty changing area is available in the transition arena.
Need to hire a bike from Fort William? Click here
Please note that it is compulsory for all cyclists to wear bright clothes (reflective and must have lights front and rear for the duration of the cycle leg. Any rider deemed not to be visible will not be allowed to exit transition.
On leaving transition you will enter the ‘Time Out’ zone, this is to allow riders safe progress thru Fort William’s roundabouts and traffic lights. Riders will follow signage on the A82 towards Inverness. Riders MUST keep the order they leave transition and progress approx.(Please note any rider failing to comply will be disqualified) 2 miles out of Fort William onto the A82 North where timing will be started. Please follow marshal’s instructions. On return you will again enter the ‘Time Out’ zone, please proceed in order back to transition where the clock will re-start when you enter transition. (Please note any rider failing to comply will be disqualified)
The route is all on road and on leaving transition around ‘MacDonalds’ roundabout follow A82 towards Inverness.
At Spean Bridge (16.8 Km from Transition) you will be directed right and follow the A86 out as far as Aberarder (46.25Km from Transition) where you will be turned in the Carpark to retrace your route back to Fort William.
Cyclists are not to mount their bikes until clear of transition area and must secure their helmet before unracking their bike and after they have racked their bike at end or cycle. Cyclists must wear helmets that comply with recognised standards (ANSI or BSI).
Cyclists must obey the Highway Code at all times and follow all directions given by race marshals and police. The roads will be open to traffic, so PLEASE be aware of cars.
We will have marshals placed at most junctions and areas of risk. We will try to make the markings as obvious as possible but try to keep an eye on where you are. Competitors must be vigilant and aware of other road users.
- There will be drinks and feeding station at the turn of the bike route.
- You must ride with due respect for the Highway Code.
- Dangerous riding will result in disqualification
BIKE CUT OFF – Please note, there will be a cut off time at Laggan dam (19 miles Approx / 30Km). Any rider not reaching this point will be turned back at this point 2 hrs 15 mins after the race start.
Riders should be aiming to complete the cycle in 3 hr 30 mins max.
Riders arriving back 4hr 30 min after start time should will be asked to complete half distance Ben Nevis Run
Ben Nevis can be a dangerous place as well as a place of incredible beauty, so we ask that competitors DO NOT deviate from the main tourist path to conserve the terrain and to keep things as safe as possible.
Please note, the water in the burns is generally safe to drink.
When competitors reach the summit, they will they must report to the summit marshal and return down the mountain by the same route.
We will be closely monitoring the weather on Ben Nevis. In the event of the weather becoming too severe; we will change the run turnaround to the half way point. We will inform participants of any changes to the run course before they begin the run at the latest.
GEAR: Runners will be required to carry with them, full waterproof body-cover (pertex or similar), whistle, hat and gloves in a bum bag or small rucksack and mobile phone. We would advise you to also carry sufficient food/fluid in whatever form, as we are limited as to how much food we can get carried up the Ben. Please also remember to take any litter down the hill!!
RUN CUT OFF – Half way cut off will be 6 hours after race start. Top of Ben Nevis cut off will be at 7 hours 15 mins after the race start.
RACE CLOSE TIME – the course closes 9 hours after the race start. This is on the advice of the Police.
After the Race – Prizegiving
Post Race Showers
Hot showers (£2 per head) and changing facilities will be available at The Nevis Centre. Please note, The Nevis Centre closes at 17:00.
Results and Prizegiving
Prize giving will take place at the transition – however, you will all be winners!
Please note in the event of bad weather, prize giving will take place at the Nevis Center.
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