The Accenture British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup Nottingham will feature top British and international elite triathletes racing around Victoria Embankment and Trent Bridge on Saturday 2 September 2017 in this dynamic and exciting format of the sport.
An expected crowd of 20,000 spectators and a live BBC One television audience will follow the action as up to 20 elite race teams, including Olympians, battle to become the event’s inaugural champions.
The Mixed Relay format involves teams that comprise two men and two women who each complete a short course triathlon before ‘tagging’ their teammate to do the same.
The format, whilst relatively new to spectators in the Great Britain, is well-known overseas, with British and English national teams having won World and Commonwealth titles. The decision to include Mixed Relay within the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is set to be made later this year.
The Mixed Relay Cup will be supported by the City of Nottingham Triathlon, a mass participation event aimed at novice participants, offering an opportunity to experience closed roads racing alongside the River Trent on Nottingham’s famous Victoria Embankment.
The course is designed to create a brilliant spectator experience for both the novice and elite races. Much of the course is free to view, or tickets can be bought for the stadium area.
There will also be a huge spectator village featuring a range of different cultural foods, FREE sports activities covering a wide range of sports, demonstration sports, kids’ activities and entertainment. Here there will also be an Expo area with a range of companies exhibiting their products, with plenty of try before you buy opportunities and freebies.
All times below are subject to final confirmation
|09:00||City of Nottingham Triathlon mass participation event start|
|13:00||City of Nottingham Triathlon mass participation event end|
|14:15||BBC One live broadcast start|
|14:30||Mixed Relay race start|
|16:00||Mixed Relay race end|
|16.15||BBC One live broadcast end|
Mixed Relay sees teams of four athletes, two men and two women, each complete a short course triathlon in turn before handing over to their team mate. Each short course triathlon consists of:
- Swim - 1 Lap, 300m
- Bike – 2 laps, 7.5km
- Run – 1 Lap, 1.5km
The Swim – 300m
Competitors will complete the swim in the River Trent, starting near to the Suspension Bridge. They will complete a rectangular course, starting and finishing in the same place. The swim course is surrounded by terraced seating making for a brilliant atmosphere.
Against the backdrop of Nottingham’s War Memorial, athletes will change from swim to bike, and bike to run in the main transition area which will be surrounded by grandstands and thousands of spectators.
The Bike – 7.5km
Designed to provide spectators with as many viewing opportunities as possible, the bike course is held entirely on Victoria Embankment with each athlete completing two laps. There are a number of corners and hairpin bends for athletes to contend with, making for fast but tough course.
The Run – 1.5km
The run course is focussed around the Trent, crossing both Trent Bridge and the Suspension Bridge, and viewable for most of its length for spectators. The course is flat and fast with a sharp climb over the suspension bridge at the end of the run.