An Introduction to Leeds Triathlon
Dates: Sat, Jun 5, 2021 – Sun, Jun 6, 2021
The Leeds triathlon is a great way to get fit and in shape. It is held annually in April and goes for two and a half days. You can do it on the lake or on the rural streets near Leeds. You can choose between a road race or a track event. This type of triathlon is more suitable for those who are new to triathlons and those who are not in good shape when they start.
There is a course designed especially for this event and it was developed by the world-class diver, Will Spencer. He has been trialing at Leeds for several years and now he is responsible for making the course. Will has used many changes since he first put the course together over 20 years ago. For instance, some of the water around Leeds has been moved and there are some chicanes and bridges on the course. Other features include a new course map and an updated safety message.
Each year, several people try the course and many join up. The course has a reputation of being one of the hardest in the country and for good reason as it is constructed with perfection. It starts out at Loughborough and covers three miles of rugged terrain, which includes a river crossing and a challenging climb up to a short, but tough, bank. The course then climbs to a final climb up to the finish line at the end of the Lake District.
The swim starts off with a lap of the lake and then a sprint to the finish line. There is a finish line in the form of a steep ramp after which you have three more laps of swimming. Each individual competition consists of a point system based on the finishing time from the previous leg. This means that you can pick up a lot of speed throughout the swim and you will be able to stay ahead of your competitors. However, you cannot go further than nine lengths behind the leader so, if you are within shouting distance of the leader, you will have to settle for second.
The course is flat except for a small climb before you turn around and go back to the start/finish line. This climb is quite difficult and has a reputation of being one of the most difficult in the world meaning you should really only attempt it if you are fit. There are no manmade obstacles on the course meaning this part of the triathlon is the pure enjoyment. It does however, have its fair share of nature features and if you want to do a little more than just swim, this could be an option for you.
As, well as the Lake District there are two rivers on the course meaning you will have to do some sailing and jet skiing. There is also a marathon swim meaning you will need to have some swimming skills if you wish to do this part of the triathlon. Overall, this is an excellent course for those who do not wish to do the full triathlon but are just interested in enjoying the experience. There is plenty to do including lots of exciting sprinting and sailing. If you have never done a triathlon before you will find it easy to pass the time as the course is relatively flat. You can of course add some extra laps if you feel you need more of a challenge.