The swim is held in the Triangle Leisure Centre's 25-metre, 8-lane pool. It is a 'zig-zag' swim: you'll swim two lengths, keeping to the left of the lane, then move on a lane until you run out of lanes (total 400m). It's worth practising diving under the rope on your turnaround - it's much quicker than stopping and ducking under the rope. When you've finished your swim, you can either exit the pool at the end of the lane or use the exit ladder.
Sprint & Aquabike (400m): You’ll start at the far end of the pool and complete 16 lengths in total.
Try-a-Tri (200m): You’ll start mid-way down the pool, completing 8 lengths in total.
The first swimmer will start at around 6.45am, with the slowest swimmers in the early waves. Competitors will enter the water in number order based on estimated swim times. Estimated times are never completely accurate, so overtaking is inevitable in the pool. Please read the Swim Etiquette notes for more info.
At the end of the swim, leave the pool and exit through the double doors to the transition area, WALKING and taking care as the floor may be slippery.
You must the marshal's guidance on flows through transition.
Transition will take place in the tennis courts. Please familiarise yourself with the entry and exit points before the race.
After the swim, walk through the 'Swim IN' transition entry point, find your bike in the transition area, then change into your cycle kit.
YOUR BIKE HELMET MUST BE SECURELY FASTENED ON YOUR HEAD BEFORE YOU TOUCH YOUR BIKE, OR YOU RISK BEING DISQUALIFIED.
When you're ready, unrack your bike and wheel it to the 'Bike OUT' transition exit. Mount your bike in the bike mount/dismount box, as indicated by the marshals, then set off on the bike leg.
Sprint & Aquabike (25km): The full sprint cycle course is a one-lap, 25km course on country roads, including some lovely Sussex countryside.
Try-a-Tri (15km): The shorter course starts and ends the same, but cuts off the middle loop.
THE HIGHWAY CODE MUST BE OBSERVED AT ALL TIMES. Any competitors caught cycling dangerously or with disregard for the Highway Code will be penalised.
DRAFTING IS PROHIBITED. Any competitors caught drafting will be penalised. If you are overtaken, you must drop back and maintain a gap of at least 10 metres ahead of you.
Marshals will be positioned at all turns on the course to guide you. There will be signs to warn traffic, but please take care as you proceed around the course.
Cycle into the leisure centre car park, then dismount in the bike mount/dismount box. This will be well indicated by the marshals. Wheel your bike through the 'Bike IN' transition entry point and rack it at your kit point, before removing your helmet.
MAKE SURE YOU RACK YOUR BIKE BEFORE REMOVING YOUR CYCLE HELMET.
Change into your running gear and head out of the 'Run OUT' transition exit. Your race number will need to be visible on your front before you start the run.
AQUABIKE: The race finishes at the entrance of the transition. Please rack your bike and make your way to the finish line to collect your medal.
The run course is an out-and-back route through the streets of Burgess Hill and out into the quiet surrounding lanes, finishing at the leisure centre. The sprint distance is 5km; the Try-a-Tri route is 2.5km. Both follow the same route, with Try-a-Tri athletes turning part way down Gatehouse Lane.