These are the National Championships for the Tristar2 & Tristar3 triathletes, with only the best from each region selected to compete.
IRC Background Information
The IRC's comprises Tristar2 & Tristar3 categories, with 3 boys and 3 girls representing their region in each category - so each Regional team comprises 12 athletes in total. There is no Youth category in the IRC's as they compete instead in the British Triathlon Super Series. It is intended that there will also be a relay element to the race in addition to the regular individual element. The details of the relay are not available as yet.
See the relevant page on the British Triathlon website for more information on the IRC's.
The 2018 IRCs will be at Mallory Park on the the weekend of 15th/16th September. This is an excellent venue for the race, and has been used for the IRCs several times, most recently last year.
London Region very generously supports the IRC team. This includes additional training sessions preceding the event to give them the best possible preparation.
Selection of the London Inter-Regional Championships (IRC) team (T2 & T3 categories) for 2018 will be based on the performance in the regional series triathlon events; The Bridge, Crystal Palace and Trinity triathlons and the IRC test event at Eton Dorney on 7th July. We will sum the two highest scoring triathlon points from the London series, plus the same max 1000 point scoring system based on their performance in the Eton Dorney event. i.e. applying the same scoring to the Eton Dorney event as a regular series triathlon.
Last year, we felt, the team was at a disadvantage to not have competed in a test event which was similar in nature to the IRC event itself. This year we have worked with the other local regions and the event organisers to avoid a clash with series events. The test event will have the top athletes from several regions and have the open-water swim and draft legal cycle with gearing restrictions - so will mirror many of the challenges of the IRC event which are not evident in the series triathlon events.
If you / your child is unable to make the IRC test event we will only consider them for selection if you can provide evidence of success in a similar open-water event, preferably with a drafting cycle leg. It will be your responsibility to signpost the selection team to this evidence (after the test event).
Each of the 4 categories, Tri-star2 & 3, boys and girls, will have 3 members and 1 reserve. The top 2 scoring athletes in each category based on the above scoring will be selected automatically for the regional IRC team. The third slot and reserve athlete will be chosen by the panel select committee. The 3rd slot and reserve will have a heavy emphasis on performance in the IRC test event.
We feel this arrangement is more equitable to all the athletes, as it will showcase their skills in the right kind of environment while also minimising the risk of a one-off injury, poor performance, illness or other mishap which would prevent the best athletes being included in the team. The selection panel will consist of London Regional Squad coach Jon Horsman, IRC team manager (TBC) and Regional Junior Co-ordinator Martin McGuigan.
IRC Preparation Sessions
For the London 12 athletes (plus 4 reserves) there will be special training sessions organised within London in the 2-3 weeks prior to the IRC event.
These sessions are designed to prepare and equip London’s IRC team with the skills and tactics required for the IRC event and will sit alongside your summer training schedule. The sessions will cover open water dive starts, sighting, drafting, turning around buoys, wetsuit removal, speedy transitions, mounting and dismounting, drafting & bike handling plus running off your bike. The sessions also help to create a great team atmosphere and vibe, giving athletes and parents a chance to mix together and support each.
It is mandatory that all selected athletes will attend at least one cycle and one swim sessions to prepare them for the competition and demonstrate their open-water swimming and drafting skills. The IRC is a sizable step-up from the regular London series and should be treated with due respect by parents and athletes. In addition to racing against the best athletes in the country it incorporates an open-water swim and the cycle is both gear-restricted and draft-allowed race, which will be unfamiliar to many athletes. As such failure to attend at least 2 sessions (including 1 swim and 1 cycle session) will result in the offer of a place being withdrawn and offered to another athlete able to attend the training sessions. The timings, dates and locations will be announced nearer the date, but will most likely be near the end of August or early September.
2017 London Team Report by Jon Horsman (Head Coach)
The London junior Triathlon team this year travelled to Mallory Park racing circuit in the East Midlands for the National Championships, involving the 12 UK regions & forming part of the Under 20’s festival including Junior & youth elite racing.
The IRC is a draft legal team event with Podium spots awarded for the first 3 athletes in each race, points are scored for each individual place in boys & girls Tristar 2 & 3 categories, with the London team selected from our Regional series results.
Unlike previous years there was no course practice the day before due to the facility being booked for another event, so none of the athletes had a chance to ride the technical bike course, Bea Downey the Team Manager briefed all the athletes & parents at dinner the night before.
The U20’S Festival was kicked off in warm sunshine by some exciting racing in the Junior & Youth Categories in the final event of the National Super Series.
Next was the start of the IRC event with the Tristar 3 girls up first, this was to be a non-wetsuit race due to the warm lake temperatures with a deep water start with Ella, Jessica & Poppy finding themselves exiting the water a bit further down the pack than they would have hoped for. All 3 recovered & had strong bike legs on the technical course & were in much better positions entering T2 & starting the tough 2.5km run, with Jessica finishing in 18th, Poppy in 30th & Ella in 31stplace.
The T3 boys were led out by Mack in the front group followed a bit further back by Eddie & Luca who both got a “bit bashed up” in the frenetic swim! All 3 athletes had solid bike rides but found the run tough with Mack finishing in 15th, Eddie in 29th & Luca in 36th place.
The Tristar2 girls race was next with Cerys entering T1 in the top 5 with Maisie & Lorna also having good swims, unfortunately Lorna fell off her bike exiting T1 & although remounting missed the bike draft packs. Maisie & Cerys worked well on the bike & were in good positions entering T2, but again found the run tough, Maisie finishing in 19th, Cerys in 30th & Lorna in 36th place.
The Tristar 2 boy’s race was definitely the highlight of the day from a London point of view with Christo & Dan exiting the swim in strong positions with Theo just a bit further back in the pack.
All 3 managed to find good draft packs on the bike with Dan unfortunately falling on one of the many technical corners of the track but managing to remount. Christo entered T2 just behind the leader & had a superb run to finish in 2nd place just a handful of seconds behind the winner from Eastern Region, the first podium for London in 2 years a brilliant performance.
Theo had a solid race to finish in a respectable 29th place as a first year athlete in the Tristar 2 category, Dan recovered from his fall to finish the run in 38th place.
London finished overall in 11th place with South Central taking the title followed by South West & East Midlands. The standard of racing was very high as per usual & Team London found the racing & the enormity of the Competition challenging, all will be stronger for their experiences demonstrating great team spirit.
A big thank you to all the parents who were of great assistance during the weekend, Bea a fantastic Team Manager & Michelle Treadwell for all her hard work during the training sessions & on race day. Also a big thank you to Martin for his hard work as London’s Junior Co-ordinator and with the London series.
Jon Horsman Team Coach
- South Central
- South West
- East Midlands
- North East
- South East
- North West
- West Midlands
(Final points have not been published yet)
It was my last year to be able to compete in the IRCs and I was very happy to be given this opportunity to be able to be part of the 2017 T3 girls team. I always enjoy training with the squad and it was great to meet up and train with the team prior to the IRCs. I really enjoyed the experience of being with the team, staying in the hotel and the race itself - it was very exciting. I enjoyed cheering on my other team mates.
Doing the IRCs this year was a great opportunity to see what its like to compete against some of the best of the junior triathletes from across the country. The IRCs was also a great team event. I enjoyed the evening before the race getting to know the rest of the team better. It was a really hot day and I would have benefitted from drinking more water and have learnt from this. There was a really good team spirit and team support.
Racing in the British National Triathlon Championships (the Inter-Regional Championships) was amazing - fast, exciting and exhilarating. Our team had to compete against all the other regions in Britain and we definitely held our own.
Getting on to the London Regional Training Squad from whom the IRC Team is selected (not quite right Christo its about performance in the Series - see above) was the result of a fun and hard season of racing - you have to complete the Triathlon England London Junior Series which is a mix of different events - duathlons, triathlons and aquathlons to be considered for
selection. Then the Team had some really interesting and tough training during the triathlon season, including lots of open water swimming, plenty of transition practice and run/bike sessions. You start to get to know the other athletes from different Clubs and areas of London, which is really
Then to race in the IRCs you are selected by your best 3 triathlon results, so 3 of us in the T2 age-group (11/12) got to go to Nottingham on Bank Holiday Monday for the big race. We stayed over in a hotel, had a team dinner and preparation session. Up early, off to the venue. It was a scorching hot day and we raced in the heat of the afternoon. It was an open water swim, technical bike and a run loop of the swimming lake at the end.
I won the individual silver and it felt amazing to stand on the podium! I was really proud to be part of the London Team and really hope that I qualify again next year if I can.
Other sites relevant to IRCs:
To see who has represented London and how the team did in each of the past 10 years see here.
If you have any questions relating to this area, please contact Martin McGuigan, Junior Coordinator