The Diamond Triathlon was founded in 2012 to commemorate one of the biggest years of the century for Great Britain, with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics descending on the capital. To commemorate, Human Race and British Olympic legend Daley Thompson launched a brand new multisport event designed to get everyone involved in the UK's fastest growing mass participation sport. With multiple distances on offer and plenty for spectators to do, there really is something for everyone!
The event is held at the Olympic rowing centre for the 2012 Olympics. Eton College Rowing Centre, Dorney Lake, Windsor.
Races and Distances
- Olympic Triathlon: 1.5km swim, 42.4km bike, 10km run.
- Sprint Triathlon: 750m swim, 21.2km bike, 5km run.
- Novice Triathlon: 400m swim, 10.6km bike, 2.5km run.
- Taster: 200m swim, 5.3km bike, 2.5km run.
- Taster (11-14 years olds): 200m swim, 5.3km bike, 1.8km run.
Kicking off the day is a children’s scootathlon which involves a 390m scoot, 390m bike ride and a 250m run with medals on offer for all finishers. The Littlelife Scootathlon is a mini fun triathlon for children between the ages of 4 and 8 where they scoot, bike and run. Boys will race with girls at the same time in various age categories. The race begins with a 390m 1 lap scoot (any scooter is suitable) then it’s into transition, put down the scooter and pick up the bike and cycle the 390m lap. Then it’s back into transition for the last time, leaving the bike next to the scooter and then out for the final 250m run to the finish gantry.
Scooting, cycling and running will always be in an anti-clockwise direction and all three disciplines must be done wearing a helmet.
Before the Off
Parking is available near the course, however there is a 20-minute walk from the car park site to the event registration. Registration needs to be completed 1 hour prior to the start of your race, so be sure to leave plenty of time. Car parking is along the side of the bike course, accessed via the main access road.
Registration is open from 7am where race packs and electronic chips can be collected ready for your race.
Bikes are racked outside the boathouse for an easy and clear transition.
Before the event, Human Race (the event organisers) host an extended briefing and talk for first-time triathletes, which goes into extra detail of the health and safety details.
The swim takes place in the rowing lake, taking its form in laps depending on your distance. Whilst there isn’t a battle with the current of the sea, there are plenty of reeds lining the lake causing drag and sometimes difficulty for competitors, so it’s worth having a practice of swimming with undergrowth prior to the race.
The swim follows British Triathlon rules and so whether you are required to wear a wetsuit or not is governed by the water temperature 1 hour before the race. If the water is below 14 degrees, wetsuits are compulsory. If it's between 14 and 22 degrees, that means wetsuits are optional, and a temperature of more than 22 degrees means wetsuits are banned, so be prepared for all weather conditions - despite the unlikelihood of the hot weather in the UK, better safe than sorry!
There are so many races taking place that there is less of a crowd in each wave, enabling swimmers to have slightly more freedom.
The bike course is beautiful laps around the grounds on a mostly flat course, within view of the spectators for an extra morale boost. The looped course means that whilst the wind supports you in one direction, it may not as you make the turns, but there is still room for PBs and some speedy laps. The ride is well marshalled and drafting is strictly forbidden. The transition returns to the boathouse ready for the run.
Again, dependant upon which race you enter will depend on how many laps you complete of the final run which runs alongside one side of the lake you just swam your way through. The competitors are surrounded by spectators who have been very cheery and supportive in previous years. There are plenty of catering facilities post race and SIS (Science in Sport) will be fuelling the day's events with their gels and sprays.
Overall, this is a great day out and race for beginners and experienced athletes alike. It is a celebration of fitness which has continued since the 2012 Olympics and promises to continue for years to come.
From the Brownlee brothers to Benson, Jenkins and Holland to Stanford, team GB are bringing a strong team to triathlon at the Olympics in Rio 2016 with the hope of matching previous years medals.
There is no shortage of pedigree athletes in the ranks for team GB with Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee leading the way and brother Jonny– who won bronze in 2012 – also selected for his second Olympic Games.
They will be joined in the men’s race by 22-year-old Gordon Benson who staked his claim by clinching the gold medal for Team GB at the inaugural European Games at Baku 2015.
There is plenty of strength in the women’s ranks also, with 2013 World Champion Non Stanford included, along with fellow London 2012 Olympian Vicky Holland.
Helen Jenkins rounds off the team and will bring plenty of experience, having competed at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and winning the World Championships in 2008 and 2011.
Rio 2016 will be the fifth Games that has included triathlon in its programme – the first being Sydney 2000 – but it took Team GB until 2012 to claim a first Olympic medal.
At London 2012 it was only Javier Gomez who denied a Brownlee one-two on the podium as the Spaniard split the brothers to take Olympic silver.
Team GB have now selected 71 athletes from eight sports for Rio 2016. - See more at: https://www.teamgb.com/news/team-gb-selects-six-triathletes-for-rio2016#sthash.bngPPWbU.dpuf
The Men’s event will take place on Thursday 18th August at 3pm and the womens will take place at 3pm on Saturday 20th at Fort Copacabana.
Rio 2016 Triathlete Facts
Emma Snowsill’s winning margin over silver medallist Vanessa Fernades was 1 hour, 7 minutes at the 2008 Beijing Games.
The highest number of Olympic Tri medals won is 2 held by Simon Whitfield and Bevan Docherty.
The highest Olympic finish to date for a GB female is held by Helen Jenkins at 5th in London 2012.
There are 4 paratri categories at Rio. PT1,PT2 AND PT4 for men, PT2, PT4 and PT5 for the women.
British medal favourite Alison Patrick’s ITU win percentage in the PT5 category is 64%.
There has been 1 marriage between two Olympic gold medalists - 2008 champions Jan Frodeno and Emma Snowsill.
Simon Lessing came 9th at the 2000 games after being favourite for a gold medal.
Allistair Brownlee’s winning run split at the 2012 Olympic Games was 29:07.
After 515km of racing, there was only a 15 cm margin between Nicola Spirig and Lisa Norden at London 2012.
9.7 billion has been spent on the 2016 Olympic games.
See more at: https://www.teamgb.com