Welcome to my new format race report! I have been thinking about including a new format so I can try to give readers a sense of the setup of the events which hopefully help guide you if you are looking to see if the event is for you.
Its been a few months since the Cardiff triathlon and I have to admit its been one of the highlights of my 2017 season. It’s a course that came with multiple PB’s and I came off on a high with smashing my previous Olympic Distance PB by over 30 minutes.
Cardiff was not a race I had planned to do this year so am thankful to Team Pedal Cover and the organisers at Alwayse Aim high Events for being able to squeeze me in.
Lets get straight into the Nitty Gritty of the event shall we.
The Cardiff Triathlon is set in the stunning Bay area of the city and is run from the area outside the Millennium centre and The Roald Dahl Plass.
Tim and the team at Alwayse Aim high Events wanted to create an event that was fully accessible for both spectators and athletes and the Cardiff Triathlon is just that as there are numerous hotels within a 10 minute walk and the station is only around the corner.
My Rating 5 / 5
The transition area is a secure compound that’s takes a central location in the Roald Dahl Plass. The flooring is concrete and has been swept of any debris so make running barefoot comfortable.
At the Bay end of the Plass you have the swim exit and run exit that takes you under the pedestrian bridge into transition at the other end of the Plass you have bike out and bike in.
This transition is one of the best I have used in terms of layout and use of space. As with all Alwayse Aim High Events space is at a premium in the racking but the officials and event staff ensured that all bikes where correctly positioned so you had enough space for your kit and a standard transition backpack.
My Rating 5 / 5
To get to the swim start you have to exit transition and walk around the bay towards the Dr Who experience. The ground is rough so you don’t slip in the rain, you will want to being some disposable slippers or sandals to walk in.
Before your swim Tim the race director will take you through the safety briefing and you will then be sent down to the water.
We jumped in and swam over to the start line. The water in the bay is a lot cleaner then I thought as is a freshwater lake which I did not realise, Bounus in my books.
The course takes you out into the bay before you head back and down towards the swim exit which is on the docks pontoons.
My Rating 4.5 / 5
Once you have made your transition out of your wetsuit you will head up transition and out onto the closed roads bike course to do your laps. You will be joining live cycle traffic but the organisers have been very cleaver and used an island in the road to separate the flow.
Itswas a little wet on the day and some of the more technical corners needed advanced consideration. The course has closed roads so you can be rest assured of a safe and fast bike leg, that being said I did have one car driver who forced his way past the marshalls and entered the road as I was coming around a bend so I had to take quick action to avoid him.
An important point to mention is the support from marshalls are second to none and where very vocal the entire time. Thank you Marshals, you help make this race.
My Rating 4.5 / 5
After you get back from the cycle, a run along the barrage is your reward.
As the route is a firm favourite with runners, cyclists and walkers there is no shortness of support and as you also you double back on yourseld and pass the other athletes you get a great lift by chatting to people you have met along your journey.
Once you have completed your run laps you will head back to the Plass but you will be directed for a cheeky detour around the Millennium Centre and into the finish where the crowds will be there to great you.
My Rating 4.5 / 5
The team at Alwayse Aim High events have created a very special event that will continue to grow and be loved, part of the special feeling that’s created in the event comes from the local community that has welcomed this event and comes out to support it.
You will have noticed that there are a few 4.5 ratings and I wanted to explain the reasons.
For the swim I did not know about the rough ground as you walk to the swim start, unfortunately there is no other way to get there so footwear is a must. If it was added in the athletes guide then that’s a big tick from me.
As the bike course is closed roads I did not expect the driver that forced his way into the course to have been able to. Most roads had physical barriers but this one side street did not. Again that’s the only incident so the course was well protected and the organisers can’t be responsible for the actions of this one driver who forced his way into the road.
On the run the finish area get very crowded and this unfortunetly was the only event this year I could not run over the line with Alicia-Sophia as I my ladies could not get to the front finish area. I don’t know if there is anything that can be done to include a family channel or increase the length of the finish area so it could allow for more people to get to the front?
I want to stress that a number of these issues are my personal thoughts from race day and no way take away from the event.
As I said from the start its one of the highlights of my 2017 season and would love the chance to come back in 2018 and see how my times improve.
Registration for the 2018 Cardiff Triathlon opens on the 1st September 2017 and you can register Here