The Cotswold Classic took place last weekend, bringing a welcomed return to swim, bike, run in the picturesque British countryside.
The event organisers, 113 Events, worked to ensure that the Cotswold Classic followed Covid-19 Secure guidelines and that participants felt safe and comfortable to put down their best times on the course.
The event implemented the use of ‘no touch’ payment methods, participant temperature checks on arrival and mask wearing when racking bikes in transition to name just a few of the methods to ensure participant safety.
Graeme Hardie of 113 Events said: “It’s strange times right now in the world, and I hope that we showed the world that triathlon can restart again in a socially distanced format.
“Despite this new format of racing being somewhat different to what we’re used to delivering, I truly hope that we gave everyone that raced yesterday just a small snippet of normality and that we’ve also paved the way for our sport to start to come back to life again.”
The middle-distance race began with a one-lap swim that took participants on a 1.9km journey across Lake 32 in the centre of the Ashton Keynes water park.
The bike section had athletes leave the water park to head out for two laps around a flat and fast course, cutting through some of the Cotswold’s most beautiful and quiet villages.
The 90km cycle made way for a run that took participants along a 21km trail of lakeside paths and local village routes before crossing the finish line.
David Cole (18-49) was the fastest man on the day, finishing in 04:06:28 with Rosie Weston (18-49) being the fastest women, recording a time of 04:31:12.
Hardie said: “We had lots of important eyes on us, and the standard of behaviour our team saw was exceptional, and everyone who participated should give themselves a big pat on the back for portraying triathlon in such a positive light.
“We went belt and braces on various measures on the day, but we wanted team 113 to be able to deliver a totally safe race for everyone involved, and I really want to thank you all for being part of it.”
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