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IRC Selection

Represent your region at the U20's Festival

The IRC's comprise a weekend of racing by regional teams from throughout the UK at the Bristish Triathlon U20's Festival.  

Each region takes a team of 12 athletes and (4 reserves) from TriStar 2 and TriStar 3 categories (4 male and 4 female athletes from each age group). This years U20's event will take place on the 15th and 16th September at Mallory Park, Leicestershire.

Qualify for the North West Team

The team selected to represent the North West Region will be chosen by IRC Head Coach, Andy Rawley. In an attempt to make the selection process as transparent as possible the main criteria that will be considered when picking the 12 person team and 4 reserves is detailed below. All the criteria below will be reviewed for each prospective NW Regional representative.  Where possible, the athletes ability to work within a team, their attitude in adverse race situations and their ability to perform when it matters will also be considered. The triathletes that measure up best to all the criteria will be selected and any team selection decision will be final.

Performances from throughout the season will be considered however you will need to do at least one of the open water IRC qualifying events in the table below plus one tarmac based pool triathlons from the Regional Series.

Race Date Entry Link
Salt Ayre Triathlon 27 May TBC
Bats Trawlerman Triathlon 10 June Enter Here
Cholmondley Castle 23 June Enter Here
Hetton Lyon Triathlon 21 July Enter Here

This years IRC race like last years race will be on restricted gears, concept of restricted gearing (as used by British Cycling). In short this will mean that the highest gears on children's bike will be disabled so that they can't be used. There will be a number of opportunities between now and the IRC's where training about how to restrict a bikes gears and why it is being introduced will be given. 

The following criteria will be considered in the team selection process and prioritised in the order presented for each of the prospective triathletes: 

  1. Must be available from 14-16 September for the event, 2 overnight stays in a local hotel and race at Mallory park on Saturday and Sunday  before traveling home late Sunday afternoon. 
  2. Must have a suitable road bike or have access to one.
  3. Must have a suitable wet-suit or have access to one and have participated in an Open Water Triathlon, an Open Water swimming race or Open Water swim training.
  4. Triathletes to have raced in a draft legal triathlon, a draft legal bike race or can demonstrate competence from attendance at bike drafting training sessions.
  5. We also suggest parents to read the Parental Code Of Conduct  as last year it was witnessed at many races  that this was broken. This could affect in your son or daughter being selected for the NW IRC team.
  6. Athlete knowledge of the rules Drafting and Non drafting races.


If you have any questions you can contact Andy or Paul details below:

Just to finish off over the past years we have spent in Triathlon we have learned how much of a role parents play in the development of Triathlon in the NW we have a great race series great numbers and great talent being developed in our Academy. So if you think of anyone who meets the criteria above who is not yet in the sport and would like to give triathlon ago encourage them to get involved and let us know. 

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