Blenheim Palace Triathlon
1st-2nd June 2019
Event: Blenheim Palace Triathlon
Date: 1st-2nd June 2019
The Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon is one of the UK’s most popular triathlon and heralds the start of the summer racing season. Heading into its 15th year, this is a great event for beginners and seasoned triathletes alike; there are multiple different race options to suit all fitness levels and the organisers offer good team and corporate options too. The Blenheim Palace Triathlon is one of the best-established triathlon events in the UK and the organisers’ experience shoes; the layout of the courses is well thought out and the facilities on-site are excellent. And all this on the grounds of Blenheim Palace just outside Oxford – it doesn’t get much better than that!
The swim takes place in the freshwater lake on the grounds and is laid out very simply. The water temperature usually hovers around 15 degrees to keep things fresh and the swim exit is made that little bit easier with a ramp, a welcome addition given the high participation numbers over the weekend. T1 has the added challenge of being situated at the top of a fairly steep hill which is worth bearing in mind as the transition from swimming to uphill running is a tough one.
Once T1 is over and done with, it’s time to take on Blenheim Palace Triathlon’s bike course. The course starts off with a downhill section which although not a technical descent in itself can be a blackspot as riders get themselves settled onto the bike and try to make up a bit of time after the transition. Tricky sections like this are a good reason for using your own bike instead of just renting, you’ll always be more comfortable on your bike than any other which makes reaction times faster. Sometimes a split second is the difference between staying on the bike and taking a tumble so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The 3- lap bike course itself isn’t overly challenging, a few rolling hills through the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. The road is narrow in places which can make overtaking tricky but common sense and road awareness will keep the show on the road.
T2 is more straightforward than T1 and there’s generally less of a rush as competitors will have spread out a bit during the cycle. The run course is very scenic and largely flat with just one real hill at the end of each lap. As always with the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon, the atmosphere at the finish line is electric as supporters and triathletes celebrate the weekend’s achievements.