Suggested kit list

If you are new to triathlon (or rusty!) then you may be worried about having the right equipment for the Eastbourne Triathlon – we are here to help!

It’s true that you can spend a lot of money on the latest bike but triathlon is a very accessible sport and essentially, as long as you have something to swim in (we recommend a wetsuit), something to cycle in and on (we recommend a tri suit but you’d be happy wearing shorts, t shirts and trainers plus safety equipment) and something to run in – then anyone can complete a triathlon.

If you want help with your kit or not sure what to buy or wear then do contact our friends at The Tri Store, Eastbourne, who will be happy to help.

Below is a suggested kit list, but you may wish to add to this or take away as you feel comfortable or how your budgets allow:


  • Make sure your timing chip (supplied at registration) is fastened on your left ankle  (so it does not get caught on your chain)
  • We recommend one of the Zone3 wetsuits although other brands are available. Some people choose not to swim with a wetsuit at all, although if the water is cold, the referee may make it compulsory for your safety.
  • We recommend a tri suit. This is a padded all in-one suit that can be worn under your wetsuit and will dry quickly and can be used for the bike and the run as well.  Some people just wear swimming costumes or swim briefs under their wetsuit if they do not want to invest in a tri suit.
  • Goggles
  • Swim hat. You will be provided with one that will be compulsory to wear at registration but some people prefer to wear their own underneath to keep their head extra warm.
  • Neck lube! If you haven’t worn a wetsuit before, you’ll be surprised how easy it will chafe your neck. For your comfort it might be worth investing in lube for your neck, groin and armpit areas.

First transition

  • Bike Shoes. Most people have specific bike shoes and clip into their bike but plenty of people choose to cycle in their running trainers, including experienced triathletes who think it is quicker not having to change your shoes twice in a race!
  • Race belt. We recommend a race belt. This clips easily to your waist and you then pin your numbers to the front and back – rather than on your kit. Most experienced triathletes use them because it is quicker and saves their tri-suits from getting safety pin holes in them but it is a personal choice.
  • A helmet is very important and must be worn before touching your bike and comply with safety standards.
  • You might like to wear sunglasses. Make sure they are suitable for excersize and cycling and shatter resistant.
  • You may wish to have a bike jacket in transition just in case. Remember you will have wet skin from the swim and as the event starts early in the morning, the temperature might be cold. Wrap up warm if you get cold on the bike!
  • Towel – dry your feet and skin before heading out for comfort, warmth and preventing chafing. If you are getting changed in transition before heading out on the bike then a towel will protect your modesty.
  • Clothes for the bike and run if you are not wearing a tri suit. This might be cycling shorts and t-shirt or jersey. Don’t be afraid or feel silly about running in cycling shorts with the padding – experienced triathletes all run in padded shorts or tri-suits so you won’t feel out of place!
  • Bike! Don’t forget your ride! It’s true that some bikes cost upwards of £1,000 but lots of people take part in triathlons on all sorts of bikes, including mountain bikes. As long as your bike is road worthy and safe then you will enjoy the triathlon. The Race Director did his first event on a borrowed mountain bike and had a lot of fun!

Bike section:

  • Drink, the amount depends on distance, time and how much you might drink when cycling and getting ready for the run section. Remember, there are no water stations on the course so if you want to take a drink you need to bring one with you. We recommend the 32Gi Race or Endurance range, which is a supplement to normal water and will ensure that you are performing at peak operation.
  • Gels or chews – some racers will want an extra boost as they are racing and will take on an extra shot of energy gel or chew. We recommend the 32Gi race gels or chews.
  • Repair kit – just in case you get a puncture!

Transition 2:

  • Running shoes – if you wore cycling shoes for the cycle section, you will want your running shoes in transition!
  • Socks – most people don’t bother with socks for a sprint distance triathlon and go barefoot.
  • Gels or chews – most people don’t bother with a gel or chew on the run for a sprint distance triathlon, but if you do, we recommend 32Gi Race Gels or Chews.

We hope this helps. If you want any further information then please do not hesitate to contact us or one of our recommended suppliers below. If you are an experienced triathlete and can offer extra advice then do please leave a comment below.