Described on Forums as a must have event on your Triathlon CV the Old Man Triathlon has captured the imagination of hardened athletes who want something more. The growth of tough races and the imaginary race to find the toughest one day challenge has meant that this race has got a core following. Described by the organisers as one of the very toughest 70.3 in the country it is a pleasure to see so many taking up the challenge and giving it a go. Used by many as training for the monster that is Celtman (even the organiser of the Celtman raced to third place), Norseman, Helvelyn and Wasdale it is a great day out in the National Park.
Swim 2000m Start time 9am
A deep water start in the cool but clear waters of Coniston Water one of the Lake Districts most famous and scenic lakes. Competitors will complete two anti clockwise laps.
Due to the nature of this event there is a split transition. Athletes are requested to put their running shoes in transition by the water then run onto the next field where their bikes are racked.
From Transition area turn right onto the A593 through Coniston towards Ambleside. After 5 miles and before dropping down to Skelwith Bridge turn left down the steep minor road to Little Langdale. Follow this minor road over Wrynose and Hardknott pass to Eskdale Green T junction after 17.5 miles turn left towards Ulpha over Birker Fell. After the steep decent into Ulpha bare right and then left towards Duddon Bridge. After 27 miles on reaching the A595 at Duddon Bridge turn left. On the A595 in Grizebeck fork left onto the A5092 towards Greenodd. Climb over Kirkby Moor once decended and in the hamlet of Lowick Green turn sharp left onto unclassified road to join the A5084 back towards Torver and Coniston. On reaching Torver turn right at the T junction onto the A593 back towards Coniston. Turning right into the Transition area.
This is a very extreme course and cyclists must be self sufficient for break downs plus the conditions on the climbs and tops can be exposed even in June. So like every boy scout be prepared with suitable clothing. Athletes are responsible to know the course prior to the event. The descents are steep twisty and rough, brakes should be checked prior to the event and care should be exercised whilst riding these sections. Most hazards will be signed or red flagged but again please exercise care and respect for the terrain. Drafting restrictions apply. If you can draft on these climbs you’re doing well!
Run down the hill towards Consiton Hall Campsite and the car park the out towards Coniston on the cycle path bridleway north of Coniston Hall Campsite. Coming out onto the Lake road near the School where take a left into Coniston. In Coniston turn left onto the unclassified road towards church beck, Youth Hostel and Levers Water. Keep to the right of the beck and climb onto the ridge horseshoe over Wetherlam (check point 1 give your number) circle the cairn and proceed west along the ridge towards Swirl. At Swirl How turn south on the ridge towards The Old Man. Once circled the trig point (check point 2 give your number) descend to Low water tarn and onto church beck to retrace back to the campsite and finish in the transition field.
Run start cut off is 3pm (for safety reasons anyone not leaving to start the run by this time will be withdrawn) This is a very extreme course and runners must be prepared with minimum kit to run in the hills (waterproof top, map of course, whistle, emergency food and water). Anyone
leaving transition without this equipment will be stopped and disqualified. There will be spot checks. The hills in summer can be dangerous conditions can change quickly. Numbers should be clearly visible on the front and called out at the check points on Wetherlam and The Old Man. Athletes are responsible to know the course prior to the event and visit both check points. Please also be advised that apart from drinks by transition and at the finish you should be self sufficient
Registration 7 – 8:30 Sunday morning
You will be given a race pack at registration with the following;
- Two race numbers (one for front and back) if you are using a race belt ensure you turn it round to the back for the bike and the front for the run.
- One sticky label for your bike (this must match your race number after the race to remove your bike from transition)
- Timing chip to be worn on your left ankle throughout the event.
Rack your bike and cycling and running equipment in the transition area (please make sure you take your required run kit into transition with you spot check will be made for your safety).
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