Fancy taking on the Leeds ITU World Triathlon Series stage? Here’s all you need to know

Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
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Challenging yourself to swim, cycle and run your first triathlon on the same day and course as the world’s best is a big ask.

But if it is something of interest, you wont be alone. More than 5,000 people are expected to take part in the mass participation triathlon that will run on the same day as the elite Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds on June 12.

The event involves three elements – an open water swim in Roundhay Park’s Waterloo Lake, a bike ride and then a run.

Triathlon also features crucial ‘transitions’ between disciplines, when competitors change from wetsuits to cycling gear and then cycling gear to running gear in designated zones situated in Roundhay Park and Millennium Square.

The route itself will see the competitors travel through Roundhay, Moortown, Meanwood, Weetwood, Headingley and Woodhouse and parts of the city centre.

Race organisers have pitched it as an event for all, so there are several options in terms of distance that could make it more attractive to you:

The route of the race in June has been unveiled.

The route of the race in June has been unveiled.

Beginner distance

This is for those wishing to dip their toes in their first triathlon. It involves a 400metre swim in Roundhay Park’s Waterloo Lake before a 15km bike ride and finally a 2.5km run starting and finishing in Millennium Square.

Entries close on May 1 but entry fees rise the closer to the event that you book.

If you book before February 29, you can book as an individual (£59) or as an individual competing to raise funds for the Bloodwise charity (£40).

Sprinter distance

Certainly not for the feint-hearted, this is the intermediate challenge. It involves a 750m swim in Roundhay Park’s Waterloo Lake before a 20km bike ride and finally a 5km run starting and finishing in Millennium Square.

Entries close on May 1 but entry fees rise the closer to the event that you book.

If you book before February 29, you can book as part of a team relay (£109), as an individual (£79) or as an individual competing to raise funds for the Bloodwise charity (£60).

Olympic distance

This is for hard core enthusiasts. It involves a 1,500m swim in Roundhay Park’s Waterloo Lake before a 42.5km bike ride and finally a 10km run starting and finishing in Millennium Square.

Entries close on May 1 but entry fees rise the closer to the event that you book.

If you book before February 29, you can book as part of a team relay (£119) or as an individual competing to raise funds for the Bloodwise charity (£70). Normal individual places are sold out.

To sign up or for further information visit leeds.triathlon.org/enter_now

Graham Pearce of KPMG

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