Entries are now open for the 2018 edition. Links to the various sections of the course are provided below. The route is very flat and fast, although the bike section can occasionally be affected by the winds blowing down Belfast Lough.
The 2017 race briefing is available HERE. A revised version for 2018 will be posted shotly but we don't envisage any fundamental changes.
For accommodation or information on things to do during the race weekend - Visit Belfast has all the options!
GETTING TO BELFAST
The city of Belfast has an excellent transport network, utilising road, rail, air and sea.
Road users have numerous options and will be able to access parking close to the race venue which is convenient and presents no safety issues to the race route.
Translink offer a variety of bus and rail routes into the city centre and cycles are welcomed on cross border Enterprise rail services. Central Station is within easy walking distance of both the race venue and the city centre.
For those travelling from further afield, StenaLine provide up to 6 sailings a day from Cairnryan and two from Liverpool. Their terminal is within Belfast Harbour - but far enough away to not impact on our swim course!
The George Best City Airport is just three miles from our transition area and provides connections to 16 UK airports, plus several foreign destinations. Belfast International Airport is 20 miles out of the city and offers extensive domestic and international connections. A regular bus service runs between the city centre and both airports.
What is the water quality like?
Thanks largely to the £14m investment made by DSD through the Laganside Corporation over the last five years, the water quality within the harbour and River Lagan is now incredibly good with salmon and seals being regular visitors. The Lagan Weir also allows us to flush the harbour so that the race will take place totally in sea water. As we approach race day, testing is carried out by Queen's University Belfast.
What time does the race start?
The Standard distance wave will start at 8:45am and the Sprint wave at 9:00am.
Can I register on the morning of the race?
Registration will take place from the Friday before the race at a Belfast location to be confirmed. We encourage all competitors to register prior to race day when limited registration will be available early in the morning from 06:00 until 07:30. Bike racking will take place on race day.
Must I be a member of Triathlon Ireland?
You must either be a full, student or junior member of Triathlon Ireland or another ITU recognised international federation, or purchase a One Day Licence. This ensures that all competitors are suitably insured when competing.
Can I buy a One Day Licence when registering?
No. All ODLs must be purchased through the Triathlon Ireland website no later than Thursday 19th July 2018.
Must I wear a wetsuit?
Yes. Water temperature is likely to be around 15/16 degrees and wetsuits are compulsory.
What bike equipment do I need?
Any type of cycle may be used, so long as it is roadworthy and does not breach ITU regulations. This means that your average road, hybrid or mountain bike will do the job. The essential bit is ensuring that it is safe, so you may want to book it into your local bike shop for a service before the day. Hard shell cycle helmets are also compulsory. It is your responsibility to ensure that your equipment is fit for purpose.
What can I bring into the transition area?
Only kit which is being used during the race may be brought into the transition area. This is to ensure the safety of competitors. A congested transition area greatly increases the possibility of competitors tripping. The Technical Officials will be on hand to offer advice, but don't be surprised if you come back from your cycle to find that your suitcase has been moved to a safe place while you've been away!!