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The Ben Nevis Braveheart Triathlon
Fort William, Inverness-shireThe Old Fort, Fort William PH33 7LY, UK
Sat 14th September 2019
£130.00 - £160.00
It takes commitment, determination and a whole lot of heart to conquer this breath-taking course. Victory, though, is sweet, with views from the summit extending up to 120 miles!
Have you got what it takes to conquer The Ben? Enter now and become a BRAVEHEART in 2019!
Early Bird Entry
Team Relay£160.00 CLOSED
Per Team Price - Early Bird Entry
Early Bird Entry
Team Relay£160.00 CLOSED
Per Team Price - Early Bird Entry
Do it for charity
Braveheart swim cap
Friday evening pasta party at registration
Need to hire a bike in Fort William or send your bike up for servicing beforehand? Off Beat Bikes are based in Fort William and will deliver a hire bike or your own bike to transition.
“Amazing… loved everything. Best event I have ever done and there’s been a lot.”
“I am looking forward to next year’s event… I am still feeding off the mental energy it has given me.”
"Epic! Huge challenge but the organisation and atmosphere never made it feel unachievable!”
“Fantastic - an experience never to forget.”
How To Get There
FROM THE SOUTH
As you enter Fort William from the South, follow the bypass to the roundabout at the end, go straight through towards McDonalds. Before the next roundabout, if you look on your left you will see a large grassy area with ruins called The Old Fort. This is where the race starts and this is transition 1.
FROM THE NORTH
Drive towards the town centre but pass the turn to centre, just past the Belford Hospital on your left to the roundabout at the start of the bypass. Take the second left and you will pass The Old Fort on your left where the race starts
Take the Sleeper Train which travels overnight from London Euston all the way through to Fort William. This is a beautiful and hassle free way to travel, for more information click here.
Please note that parking at the transition area is not easy, participants are encouraged where possible to be dropped off at transition and suitable parking to be found in Fort William; competitors are encouraged not to park in Morrison’s Car Park for the duration of the event.
WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR COMPETING?
You must be 17 years old or over by the date of the event.
I HAVE ENTERED THE RACE. HOW / WHEN DO I FIND OUT ABOUT THE RACE DAY?
You should expect to receive your Race information from 12th September via email. This will include a Race Information Guide that contains all the information required for the race day. You will receive your race number and time chips at Friday evening registration.
WHAT IS THE ROUTE?
Please note, it is the responsibility of all competitors to obey the rules, observe the Highway Code and be courteous and considerate to any members of the public encountered during the race. Our marshals are for protection, not direction. It is all competitors’ responsibility to learn transition layouts and routes.
WHEN AND WHERE IS REGISTRATION?
Registration is on Friday 13th September at 18:00-21:00 at The Moorings Hotel – all participants will receive a race briefing (20:30), safety information and the latest course information. We will be doing a ‘Pasta Party’ for pre-race day fuel during registration.
WHERE DO I PUT MY RACE NUMBER? During the bike section, your number must be displayed on your back, either by swivelling around your race belt or by pinning the number in four corners on the back of your top.
HOW WILL I KNOW MY FINISHING TIME? Each participant will receive get a print out of their times and splits once the timing chip is handed over. Please note that final times will be issued after the last participant has finished.
IS WATER AVAILABLE DURING THE RACE? Water stations will be located at the Transition area and at the turning point on the cycle leg, participants are expected to carry enough fluids for the mountain run. Please note there are limited water replenishment opportunities on the upper mountain
CAN I LISTEN TO A PERSONAL MUSIC PLAYER WHILST RACING? No, it is not safe to do so. You will be unable to hear other competitors or marshals and consequently, could pose a threat to others.
WHAT SAFETY AND FIRST AID MEASURES ARE IN PLACE? First aid will be provided at transition areas and out on the course. Muddy Medics will be providing cover at the transition and will have trained First aiders out on the bike course and on the mountain.
ARE THERE SHOWERS AND POST RACE REFRESHMENTS?
Hot showers (£2 per head) and changing facilities will be available at The Nevis Centre. Please note The Nevis Centre closes at 17:00.
IS THERE AN OFFICIAL MEETING POINT? No, however, The Moorings Hotel, Fort William is a good meeting point for your family/friends after the event.
DO I NEED TO PAY TO COME AND SUPPORT?
We welcome all spectators to come and cheer the participants on. Your support really can make a difference!
DO I NEED A WETSUIT? Yes. Wetsuits are compulsory for the safety of our participants. Any neoprene full-body wetsuit designed for swimming that covers your arms to the elbows, and legs to the knees, is suitable. However, we strongly recommend that you wear a full-length wetsuit. Sleeveless wetsuits are not permitted.
DO I NEED SWIM GOGGLES? Yes. Any open water swimming requires goggles for the safety of participants. Prescription goggles are acceptable.
DO I NEED A SWIM CAP? We will be providing Braveheart swimming caps. A swim cap must be worn for safety reasons. A swimmer is easier to see in the water if they’re wearing a swim cap.
WHAT TIME WILL THE 2019 SWIM START?
Water entry: 06:30
Swim start time: 06:45 (daylight/weather depending).
Please note, this could change due to weather and sea state.
WHAT STROKE CAN I USE DURING THE SWIM? We recommend front crawl but breaststroke is also fine. Please be aware that backstroke is not allowed as can easily be confused with the distress signal.
WHAT BIKE CAN I USE? Both Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes are permitted in the Triathlon – please ensure the bike meets triathlon standards of safety, with working front and back brakes and tyres pumped to the recommended pressure. Please bring a puncture repair kit and pump.
CAN I SEND MY BIKE UP TO FORT WILLIAM BEFOREHAND?
Yes, you can have your bike sent to the Off Beat Bikes high street shop and they will get it serviced and ready to go. This service is £35 per bike. Get in touch with Off Beat Bikes.
DOES MY HELMET MEET SAFETY STANDARDS? Your helmet will pass the safety inspection as long as it has no cracks or damage and bears a CE & EU safety mark. The strap must also be in good working order and adjusted to fit.
WHEN DO I RACK MY BIKE? You can only rack your bike on the day of the race; transition opens at 05:45 (TBC)
DO I NEED SPECIFIC RUNNING TRAINERS? We recommend you get properly fitted trail-running shoes and use elastic laces to save time in transition.
You will need layers of clothing as the top section is slow and cold. For safety we recommend that all runners have a hat, gloves and full-length top/bottoms, whistle, food, water bottle, space blanket. This can all fit in a very small ruck sack.
Although not mandatory, we advise that you wear leggings, and have a top layer you can take off/put on easily over a running shirt. Gloves are useful in case of a fall, as are leggings.
WHAT IS TRANSITION? Transition is the area where competitors rack their bike and leave a small bag. You will go through transition twice, from swim to bike and bike to run.
WHEN IS TRANSITION OPEN FROM?
Transition will be open from 05:45 (TBC).
WHAT CAN I LEAVE IN TRANSITION?
Please only leave a small bag or box with your race kit inside. Please note that transition is secure but all belongings are left at owner’s risk. Don’t forget to practise your transition routine as well as swimming, cycling and running.
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