Athletes and Supporters FAQs

Athletes and Supporters FAQs 2018-02-08T18:39:44+00:00


Triathlon competition rules
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How long is the race?

The race is slightly different to a standard Olympic distance triathlon. Whilst the sea swim and cycle route is 1.5km, the bike route is 38km and the off-road run is 12km, allowing the course to take in the stunning headlands of Down End and Baggy Point. It is worth the extra 2km of running!


How much does it cost to enter?

We have introduced an “early bird” discount entry of  £68 for individuals who sign up early (£90 for relay teams). After this time prices will increase to £72 for individuals and £99 for relay teams. There is also a £1.50 admin fee per individual entry and £3 for relay teams.

How many people in a relay team?

Relay teams can be made up of teams of two or three people. There are separate categories for men, women and mixed teams, as well as the new “Family Cup” for those teams made up of members of the same family (see below). There will be medals for the first, second and third teams in each category.

What are the eligibility criteria for the “Family Cup”?

The Family Cup is a new competition introduced for the 2018 event. It is a fun way of encouraging relay teams, two or three people, to take part made entirely of people from the same family – whether siblings, husbands and wives, grandparents/children, parents etc. (not wider family, e.g. cousins, aunts, nephews etc.) – Just sign up using the “Family Cup” entry at registration to be entered. You could be the proud winners of the inaugural trophy!. (The fastest family will receive the cup irrespective of gender, however all teams will also automatically be entered into the main team competition categories as well.).

How many waves are there?

There are waves for different categories. The number of waves is dependent on the number of entrants in each category. These are likely to be Females and Super Vet Men (50+), Relay Teams, Veteran Men (40+), Senior Men (20-39).

What are the age categories?

For both individual males and females there are the following age-group categories:

– Under 20

– Senior (20-39)

– Veteran (40-49)

– Super Veteran (50-59)

– Vintage (60-69)

– Super Vintage (70+)

The relay teams only have mixed, male and female categories – which will include those eligible for the Family Cup (see above). 

How do I find the start on race day?

The race starts at Putsborough Beach – EX33 1LB.


What time is registration?

Saturday 7 July 2018, 6.30pm to 9pm at The Thatch pub in Croyde.
Sunday 8 July 2018, 6am – 7.10am at Putsborough Beach.

Is there car parking available?

Yes, Putsborough Beach has a large independently run car park and charges £8 per car per day.  Free parking for season pass holders.


What time is the race briefing?

7.10am next to the transition area at Putsborough. This is compulsory.


When can I set up my bike?

The transition area will be open from 6am on Sunday 8 July 2018.


What time does the race start?

Race starts at 8am for the first wave. Please note: you have to start making your way to the start line directly after the compulsory race briefing.


Will there be feed stations?

There will be drinks station on the run route with water available.


What is the age limit for competitors/volunteers?

Competitors must be 17 or above by 31 December 2018 (parental consent is required for those under 18 taking part). Volunteers must be 16 or above.


When will I receive my race pack?

Race packs with comprehensive information for competitors will be emailed to entrants 2 weeks prior to the event. This contains important safety information, so please ensure you read it thoroughly before arrival

If you do not receive your Race Pack by this time, please check your Junk Email folders as unfortunately some email systems filter out our emails. Please add to your “Safe Sender” list to minimise the likelihood of this happening.

Can I buy race merchandise?

Yes, but only when you register. Check out for details. Please check the size guide before ordering as purchases are non-refundable. Items can be collected at registration at The Thatch on Saturday evening and at the “Merchandise” tent after registration. Any uncollected items can be sent on up to one month after the event after postage and packing has been paid. All remaining items will be sold or given to charity.


What are the rules?

No drafting.

You must wear a cycle helmet.

Wetsuits are compulsory.

No MP3 players or similar.

No littering and you must mount and dismount at the designated points.

The latest British Triathlon rules will apply and are available to download here and at the top of this page (to see a summary of the 2018 changes click here).


Race cut offs

Swim: 9.30am

Bike: 11.30am

Total: 1.30pm


Are there timing chips supplied?



Are there prizes?

Everyone who finishes will receive a finishers medal.  There are Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for the overall winners and in each age group category, and for the three relay team categories – male, female and mixed.


When will I receive my results?

You will receive a print out of your results as you finish the race.  Otherwise they will be available online on race day


What happens if the sea is too rough?

In the event of poor sea conditions the swim may be shortened or if it is deemed unsafe by the Water Safety Officer there will be a 2km beach run instead.


What is the cancellation policy?

Entries are transferable between competitors up to 3 months before the event but must be confirmed with Croyde Ocean Triathlon (for insurance reasons). We understand the frustration of injuries and therefore if you become unable to take part in the event for any reason your entry fees may be credited for use on a future Croyde Ocean event within 1 year. This must be notified to us at least 30 days prior to the race date.  After that no credits or refunds will be permitted. If no Croyde Ocean events are organised you will not receive a refund after deferral. 

Why is there an environmental focus to this year’s event?

With an increasing recognition of the environmental challenges that we are facing, we have teamed up with The Pickwell Foundation to encourage greater consideration for the environment as an event, and for the competitors taking part.

In addition to providing recycling and zero single-use plastic containers at the event, we will be looking to minimise our impacts through supplier choice, snacks available and prizes.

Who are the Charity Partners?

In addition to our headline sponsor, The Pickwell Foundation, we are delighted to confirm that our charity partners for the 2018 Croyde Ocean Triathlon are:

  • Children’s Hospice South
  • West Surfers Against Sewage
  • Friends of the Earth.


Will there be food / drinks on site?

Yes, and there is a café at Putsborough open from 7am.


Are there showers?

Yes, there is an outdoor shower near the beach entrance.


Are there toilets?

Yes, there is a large toilet block in Putsborough Beach Car Park


Is there car parking available?

Yes, Putsborough Beach has a large independently run car park and charges £8 per car per day.  Free parking for season pass holders.


Where can I stay?

Our accommodation sponsor Saunton Sands Hotel has a number of special offers on – please check out their website for details  

If you prefer self-catering Choice Cottages are offering a 5% discount on any of their properties, again please mention the triathlon when booking.  

If you are after budget accommodation you could try Eddy’s Boutique Hostel in Woolacombe.  There are also lots of B&Bs and campsites available in Croyde and the surrounding area.