Triathlon consists of three disciplines (some say four) of the swim, the bike and the run. The fourth discipline is the transition. Please find below the course description for the 2016 event.
The race HQ is located on Western Lawns, Eastbourne Seafront where the glorious promenade finish will be accompanied by an athlete village with music, food, drink, registration area, transition, expo and charities area and much more.
The swim – 600m
Capitalising on the stunning natural environment that Eastbourne and outlying areas offer, competitors will begin their event swimming in the sea with the famous Eastbourne pier offering a memorable and iconic backdrop.
The bike – 18km
The 20km bike course will be no less memorable, and the route will live long in the minds of those taking part. The challenge begins with a cycle up onto the B2103 and Eastbourne Road, before turning at East Dean into the Seven Sisters park, an ‘area of outstanding beauty’ towards Birling Gap.
There is no rest as competitors will then face the challenging but picturesque climb up Beachy Head Road (offering fabulous photo opportunities for supporters and the media) before the final descent back onto King Edwards Drive and onto Grand Parade, returning back to the race HQ for the final transition.
This is a 5km (ish!) with a twist – a big hill climb at the base of St. Bedes School – made famous in sporting circles for being the tough start to the Beachy Head Marathon. A prom run provides opportunities for the athletes to test themselves on the flat sections, with plenty of opportunity for spectators to watch the action.
Please note that the organisation committee reserve the right to change the course.
Please note that in the event that the swim is cancelled, a 1.5km run will be held instead.