British Triathlon Big Weekend
The IRC's comprise a weekend of racing by regional teams from throughout the UK at the British Triathlon U20's Festival. This years U20's Festival will take place on the Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2020 at Mallory Park, Leicestershire.
Each region takes a team of 16 athletes from TriStar 2 and TriStar 3 categories (4 male and 4 female athletes from each age group).
After significant consultation the fomat of the IRC will change for 2020. Please read about all the changes here. In short, please see below for the 2020 format:
Both age groups - Tristar 2 and Tristar 3 - will race over a Heats and Finals format on the Saturday. With an A and B Final every athlete, irrespective of their heat finishing position, will get an opportunity to race twice. Race distances will remain the same across both heat and final and are reflected below; the interval between heat and final will be a minimum of 3 hours.
Tristar 2 – Aquathlon
(300m swim / 1.2km run) x 2
Tristar 3 – Triathlon
(300m swim / 2.6km bike / 1.2km run) x2
The Mixed Relay format on the Sunday will remain unchanged (all 4 athletes race)
Qualify for the London Team
NB. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the below criteria is null and void and will be reviewed when there is more clarity around around the whole situation.
The IRC team will consist of 4 boys and 4 girls at TS2; and 4 boys and 4 girls at TS3. There will also be reserves (5th Place) selected.
TS2 - places 1 and 2
The first and second placed London athlete over the line at the Open Water Aquathon on Sunday 5th July will be awarded a place on the IRC team.
TS2 - places 3 and 4
The remaining two athletes will be selected based on total points scored in their best 2 aquathlons (out of all 4) in the London Junior Series. If the same two athletes that have won the slots at the Open Water Aquathlon are in the first two positions, places will be rolled down to the next London athlete(s).
If the Open Water aquathlon is cancelled for any reason then total points scored from the best two aquathlons will be taken. The top 4 will gain automatic qualification instead.
* The reserve will be the next best athlete based on the best 2 aquathlon races. This reserve will be non-travelling but will be needed if one of the selected athletes is unable to race. They are invited to attend the London region training sessions. They will not be awarded IRC team kit.
TS3 - places 1 and 2
The first and second placed London athlete over the line at the Bridge Triathlon on Sunday 21st June will be awarded a place on the IRC team.
TS3 - places 3 and 4
The remaining two athletes will be selected based on points total points scored in their best two triathlons in the London Junior Series. If the same two athletes that have won the slots at the Bridge Triathlon are in the first two positions, places will be rolled down to the next London athlete(s).
If the Bridge Triathlon is cancelled for any reason or reduced to an aquathon/duathlon then the total points scored from the other two triathlons (Crystal Palace and Trinity) will be taken. The top 4 will gain automatic qualification instead.
* The reserve will be the next best athlete based on points scored from the best 2 triathlon races. This reserve will be non-travelling but will be needed if one of the selected athletes is unable to race. They are invited to attend the London region training sessions. They will not be awarded IRC team kit.
TS2 - Aquathlon Series:
|Greenwich||31st May||Entry open soon, save the date!|
|London Fields||7th June||Entry|
|Thames Turbo||13th June||Entry|
|Open Water||5th July (PM)||Cancelled|
TS3 - Triathlon Series:
|Crystal Palace||17th May||Entry|
|The Bridge||21st June||Entry|
The final standings in the race for IRC selection will be available to view here throughout the season.
We feel this criteria strikes the right balance between athletes being challenged and assessed in open water and under test event conditions but it also allows for injury/illness on test event days with a second chance to qualify through performances in other races.
The selection panel will consist of London Regional Squad coaches (Jon Horsman and Bea Downey), IRC team manager (Michelle Treadwell) and Regional Junior Co-ordinator Mark Klein.
IRC Preparation Sessions
For the 20 London athletes (16 qualifiers and 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 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 (see links at bottom of the page for more information on what these mean), which will be unfamiliar to many athletes. Except in exceptional circumstances, 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. Timing of sessions to be confirmed, but normally morning 8-11am.