Triathlon competition rules
Transition Area Map
terms conditions


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?

The “super early bird” discounted entry for 2023 is £72 for individuals (£99 for relay teams) plus booking fee. After the “super early bird” entries are sold out “early bird 1” prices will increase to £79 for individuals and £110 for relay teams plus a booking fee. After this “early bird 2” prices will increase to £86 and £120 respectively, before standard prices of £89 and £126 respectively (BTF members will get a discount on entry).

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 Brewer Harding and Rowe Solicitors “Family Cup”?

The Family Cup competition was introduced in 2018 and sponsored by Brewer, Harding and Rowe Solicitors. 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 your own replica 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 (30-39), Senior Men (<30).

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). Please note, your age category is defined by your age at 31 December 2023, e.g. even if you turn 40 after the event in 2023 you will still be entered included in the “Veteran” age group.

How do I find the start on race day?

The race starts at Putsborough Beach – EX33 1LB.

What time is registration?

From 6am on Sunday 2 July 2023.

Based on the measures used over our last three events, this will likely be “self-service” registration from 6am on the morning of the race next on the way into transition, via Putsborough Beach. Access to the transition area will stop approximately 40 minutes before the start of the first wave.

Is there car parking available?

Yes, Putsborough Beach has a large independently run car park and charges £10.00 per car per day (please car share if possible – potentially just with those in your “bubble” if social distancing rules remain in place).  Free parking for season pass holders.

What time is the race briefing?

Following the success of the online briefings ahead of the event, this will be hosted “virtually” one-week before the event. This is compulsory. Any urgent additional information will be 

When can I set up my bike?

The transition area will be open from 6am on Sunday 2 July 2023.

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 30 minutes before your wave start time.

If the event takes place in a “time-trial” format, each person will start at least 5 seconds apart in a rolling start format.

You will still start in wave order.

Will there be feed stations?

There will be drinks stations on the run route with water and small sweets available.

What is the age limit for competitors/volunteers?

Competitors must be 17 or above by 31 December 2023 (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 info@croydeocean.co.uk to your “Safe Sender” list to minimise the likelihood of this happening.

Can I buy race merchandise?

Yes, but only in advance and it is easiest to purchase when you register. Check out http://croydeocean.co.uk/merchandise/ for details of previous items available and order when purchasing an entry or via https://etchrock.com/profile/croyde-ocean-events/ shop at a later time. Please check the size guide before ordering as purchases are non-refundable. Items can be collected from Race HQ, or will be available at your numbered position in the transition area. 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 (cuff to ankle) 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.

Race cut offs*

Swim: 9.00am**

Bike: 11.30am

Total: 1.30pm

*based on 8am start time and allowing up to an hour for each wave (Race Director may change times depending on conditions)

** this is tide dependent. If you need to exit the swim before the cut-off time you will be allowed to continue but your time will not count overall.

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. There are replica trophies for the winners of the “Family Cup”.

Those taking part for the third time will receive their “special edition” Gold Swim Hat (but you must confirm this on your entry form).

When will I receive my results?

Depending on social distancing requirements at the time of the event, you will may be able to receive a print out of your results as you finish the race.  However, if not, 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 (subject to availability, i.e. if events are sold out). 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.

If we need to cancel the event at short notice, due to circumstances beyond our reasonable control or for any safety related reason, e.g. adverse weather, pollution, there will be no refunds or compensation.

We recommend you consider taking out appropriate travel insurance to protect yourself against such eventualities.

Full terms and conditions are available via: https://croydeocean.co.uk/terms-conditions/

Why is there an environmental focus to the event?

With an increasing recognition of the environmental challenges that we are facing, we teamed up with The Pickwell Foundation in 2018 to encourage greater consideration for the environment as an event, and for the competitors taking part. This approach has been adopted at all our events and a “plastic-free” toolkit has been shared with British Triathlon and other event organisers in the UK and beyond.

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

In 2019 we raised awareness of climate change and the role our event – with us aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be carbon neutral as soon as possible. We continue our environmental focus with participants and partners – together we can all do our part!


This permitted triathlon event acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This permitted triathlon event is also committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and British Triathlon requirements.

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 2020 Croyde Ocean Triathlon in association with The Pickwell Foundation are:

Children’s Hospice South West

Plastic Free North Devon

Can I raise money for charity?

You can raise money for any charity and we would love to hear about your fundraising exploits. If you would like to raise money for one of our partner charities, then you can use the links below or contact us for details of their fundraising pages:

Children’s Hospice South West Fundraising Page

Plastic Free North Devon


Are spectators allowed?

Following the change in Government guidance in relation to Covid-19 to “learn to live safely with the virus” spectators will be allowed. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust plans accordingly in line with Government and Public Health England advice, as agreed with British Triathlon. We ask that all spectators maintain good personal hygiene around the site. Hand sanitiser will be available at key touch points.

Will there be food / drinks on site?

Yes, and there is a café at Putsborough open from 7.30am.

Are there showers?

Yes, there is a (cold)  outdoor shower near the beach entrance.

Are there toilets?

Yes, there is a large toilet block in Putsborough Beach Car Park. We will not provide additional toilets for spectators in the event village area.

Is there car parking available?

Yes, Putsborough Beach has a large independently run car park and charges £10.00 per car per day.  Free parking for season pass holders.

Where can I stay?

There are lots of B&B, hotel and campsite options available in Croyde and the surrounding area. However, if you prefer self-catering Choice Cottages are offering a 5% discount on any of their properties, again please mention the triathlon when booking.