The following newsletter went out to all Cotswold Classic 2016 Competitors on 6th May
Cotswold Classic newsletter
Good afternoon all, I hope everyone’s well ?
We’re approaching race season now, and we’re only around 3 months until this year’s Cotswold Classic Middle Distance triathlon, so I wanted to drop you all out a quick mail to run through a few things and bring you all up to speed on some race details
For those of you that have raced with us before, you’ll know that I can go on a bit in my emails, and with this being Friday afternoon and everyone’s shattered or rushing out to enjoy the sun, I’d suggest you either read this tomorrow when you’re more awake, or grab a chair and a cup of strong coffee 🙂
In this email, I’ll go through the following ;
- Familiarisation day
- Lake temps and Swimming
- Draft weekend Schedule
- Event Sponsorship
- Other bits and bobs
On July 24th, we’ll be holding a free of charge course familiarisation day for competitors and their friends to come down to the lake and have a gentle paced guided single lap of the bike and run courses (they’re 2 laps and 3 laps respectively on race day)
These days are always good fun, and the emphasis is on easy paced familiarisation rather than any fast paced race training.
It’s not only a good chance for competitors to see what they’re up against in August, but also a great chance to meet other competitors and to meet the 113 Events team. For us, it’s nice to get to know competitors before the event as race weekend is pretty nuts for us, and you guys and girls will all have your race faces on, so the Familiarisation day is a great chance for us all to get to know each other in a much more relaxed environment
The pace is aimed at everyone, so no-one will get left behind (think Av 14-15mph on the bike and 9-10min miles on the run with plenty of regrouping stops and to point out aid station locations etc)
The bike and the run course are totally free of charge, but if you want to swim before hand, the lake will charge you a £5 day guest membership on the gate.
We will group up and head off on the bike at 10am, and this normally takes around 2hours, where we’ll come back into the lake car park and have a 20min break to dump our bikes off and ask any questions you might have, before heading out on the run. We’ll have a handful of our guys that will lead groups on the bike, and then we’ll run in one single group.
If you wanted to Swim, you can do so any time before 10am. It won’t be marked out with our course, but they do have their own 400/750m loops out on the course, so you can get a taste for the lake (not literally I hope)
If you’re interesting in coming along, you can book yourself in at www.entrycentral.com/113events
It sounds far more formal than it actually is having to book in, but we just use it as a guide for numbers and it means we can communicate final info with people who are turning up nearer the time
Of course, friends and family are welcome to attend the day and participate as they wish
If you want to see the course, but can’t make the familiarisation day, then don’t panic; I live close to the lake, and work from home on my day job, so welcome the chance to skive off for a morning and head to the lake. You’ll have to put up with my very slow pace, but I’ll happily show people around if they need
Lake temps and Swimming
This week’s good weather has seen lake temps climb from a pretty chilly 11deg on Wednesday to a warming up 14+ today. I fully expect the lake temperature to be around 18-22deg by race day, which will put us firmly in the BTF guideline’ ‘Wetsuits Optional’ range
Since 1st of May, Lake 32 is now fully open for pay as you go swimmers, so if you want somewhere to head to get some open water training, you can find all the details at http://www.ukwatersports.co.uk/triathlon_training.htm
They open any morning before 10am, and a couple of midweek evenings
As anyone who has ever organised a race will tell you, getting marshals is one of the hardest parts of the whole event.
Our events have built up a great reputation for having the most numerous and enthusiastic marshals in the industry, and we pride ourselves on having more marshals per competitor than any other Triathlon in the UK.
Our team is large, but we always need more people to come along and help in the variety of roles we have available right through from helping to build on Saturday to helping people across the line on Sunday
We pay all our marshals too, and this year’s package is ;
- £20 cash or a £40 113 Events Voucher to use on next year’s races
- An team technical tshirt
- Free burgers, Ice creams and hot drinks (and these are brought out to your position too during the race)
- Best seat in the house
Marshals don’t need any experience at all, and we provide everything you could possible need and a full briefing
All we ask for in terms of credentials, is to be able to tell your left from your right and be able to clap and have a good time
If you wanted to marshal as a family, we have team shirts down to a 6 year olds size, and although we can’t pay under 16’s, they can still take full advantage of free ice creams and burgers – We would, of course, make sure younger marshals are no where near roads too
If you have anyone you can pressgang into this, then please contact me at email@example.com
Draft Weekend Schedule
To give you a heads up, and allow you to start planning your weekend, our draft race weekend schedule is as follows ;
04:15 Carpark opens
04:30 Transition opens
06:20/30/40/50 & 07:00 Race Brieifngs for waves 1-5 (10 mins before race start @ water entrance)
06:30/40/50 & 07:00/10 Race starts in 5 waves going off at 10 minute intervals
15:00 prize Giving
If you can’t make registration on the Saturday, then don’t worry as we still have alternatives;
1) You can get someone else to register for you
2) If you’re passing Swindon on the M4 in the week before the race, we live 5 mins from J16 and will have the packs ready by around Wednesday and the kettle’s always on at mine and Nicci’s house
If you’re looking for accommodation, then the closest and by far the best hotel locally is the Four Pillars, which is around 2.5miles from the race start, and actually on the bike course – http://www.cotswoldwaterparkhotel.co.uk
If you like camping, we have a campsite next door (200m from race start/finish), which is largely taken over entirely by triathletes for race weekends – http://www.go-by-cycle.co.uk/camping.htm
We are on the look out for companies that would like to get involved with sponsoring our events. We have promotional space available on Swim Hats, race shirts, Goodie bags, Finish line boardings and website
If you feel your business would like to be involved in what we do, or know any business that could be interested, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Bits and Bobs
The Cotswold Classic is now up to around 600 competitors, but we still have slots open for both Individual and Relay teams. We also still have slots available for our July 17th Cotswold226 Long Distance Tri and the 226 weekend events, which are a timed 1.9/38km swim on the Saturday, and then a 90/180km Tri Rules Sportive with Brick on the Sunday.
We have a brand new website up and running for all our events, which you can find at www.113events.com
That’s it for today, but we’re here to help, so if you get any questions at all, or even just want to talk triathlon, then I’m always at the end of my phone or email
I don’t want to bore you to death by continually emailing stuff out to you, but I’ll keep you all up to date when info becomes available. So please ask if you think we’re missing something you need
Hopefully, you’re still awake at the end of my essay 🙂
Thanks and happy training
Graeme, Nicci and the 113 Events team
The following newsletter went out to all Cotswodl113 2016 Competitors today ;
Good morning all, I hope this email finds you all well and getting ready for race day in a little under 2 months
As we’re getting closer to the big day, I just wanted to drop you out a quick mail to let you know what’s going on in preparation for the race and to go through a few things.
As many of you will already know, I can rattle on a bit in my mails, so grab yourself a cup of coffee and get yourself comfortable 🙂
In this mail, I’ll cover the following ;
- General Info
- Familiarisation day
- Weekend Outline
- Marshal request
- Other 113 Events races
- Transfers to the August Classic
- BTF Qualifiers
The Lake is starting to warm up nicely now with the recent Spring Weather, and it’s now at an almost tropical 10deg. The Open water swimming groups swim their all year round without wetsuits (nutters), but the season for triathletes to start getting in with wetsuits is upon on now. The lake we use is open for all guests any day before 10 and a few weekday evenings, so if anyone wanted to head to the lake for a swim, then you can find out info on those guys at http://www.ukwatersports.co.uk
We have been out riding and testing the new section of the bike course, and we’re confident that it’s perfect for our event and still keeps in line with our very flat and very fast policy. Those that have raced with us before, will know we had an issue last year with a Badger set causing subsidence on a part of the bike course, and these Badgers have since been re-homed, the section completely resurfaced, and the chances of our competitors being eaten by a killer bader during the race significantly reduced 🙂
On May the 22nd, we’ll be holding our annual 113 Course familiarisation day at the lake.
These days are very informal, and a great chance for competitors and their friends and family to come along and have a guided lap of the run and bike courses at a leisurely pace.
It’s a great chance to meet other competitors as well as our team of guys and girls, and for us, it’s a nice chance to meet the competitors in a nice, relaxed environment rather than race weekend, when people have their race heads on.
The bike and the run course are completely free of charge, and if you wanted to swim beforehand, we’ll have Jason, our swim coach, doing a guided lap of the lake. Our course won’t be marked out on this day, but he can take you around the rough shape of the course, so you can get an idea of how it works. If you wanted to Swim, the lake guys will charge you a £5 day membership on the gate, but otherwise parking etc is all free on the day for all.
In order to get an idea of numbers, we ask that you book yourselves in to this day at www.entrycentral.com/113events
The day will start around 7:30-8am to arrive and get yourself parked up, and Jason will kick off the swim lap at 08:45
We will then head off on the Bike course in groups at 10:00 from the lakeside cafe. The bike course lap is leisurely paced at around 14mph average, and we’ll have a few stops to regroup and point out aid station locations etc
Once all the groups are back at the lake, we’ll have a 20-30min Q&A and change time before heading out on the run course for a single lap (Bike course is 2 laps on race day, and run course is 3) – The run course lap will be around 9-10min/miles and like the bike course, we’ll have a few regroup and pointer stops
The postcode for the lake is GL76DF and you’re looking for Waterland Outdoor Pursuits on spratsgate lane.
Jason of Southwest Swim runs open water swimming skill sessions down at the lake, and will be holding one that morning if anyone is interested in coming along a bit earlier and brushing up on their open water race skills. This starts with a classroom session going through SwimSmooth techniques, before getting in the water and practising what you’ve learnt with the guidance from Jason. The session is from 06:00-08:30, and we have arranged a discount with him by using the code ‘113Competitior’
More info on this session can be found at https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=319852
In the next few weeks, we’ll email out the full race info pack, but in the meantime, here’s a rough outline of the weekend schedule
Saturday 11th June
Sunday 12th June
03:45 Car Park Opens
04:00 Transition Opens
05:50/06:00/10/20/30/40/50 Race briefing at Swim Start for each of the 7 waves
06:00/10/20/30/40/50/07:00 Race Starts for each of the 7 waves
14:30 Prize Giving
All competitors must attend their safety briefing before getting in the water. The briefing literally takes about 2 mins, and you’ll then have 6-7mins to get in the water and warm up before your wave starts.
If you can’t make registration on the saturday, then not all is lost as you still have a couple of options ;
1) You can get someone else to register for you
2) We’ll have the packs ready at our house by around Wednesday of race week, so if you’re passing Swindon on the M4, Nicci and I live around 2 mins from Junction 16, and the kettle’s always on in our house, so you can come and collect your pack directly
If none of this works for you, get in touch, and we’ll see what we can sort out
We can’t, unfortunately, post the packs out as the postal system uses magnets, which play havoc with the chips and we don’t want anyone not to get their times for the day because of this.
Within next month, once final start lists are fixed, I’ll drop you all a mail asking if you want to choose a specific number or wave, so please hang on until then, as it’ll be first come first served following that mail, but we can’t accommodate those requests until the start list is fixed and I have it on an excel spreadsheet in front of me.
I’m currently trying to arrange with the lake to allow swimming on the course on Saturday morning before registration from 10-12, but I’ll keep everyone posted once I know if it’s possible or not
Getting Marshals is always one of the hardest parts of organising events, so I wanted to get my request out to you all if you have friends and family coming down that could get involved, or club mates or enemies that you can press gang into it
We pay our marshals too, so they get something back for their efforts
We have around 120 paid positions on the courses on the day, and the standard marshal pack includes
£20 cash or a £40 113 Events voucher
A Technical Events team shirt
Unlimited hot food, drinks and ice creams
Marshalling is fun, and we don’t ask they have any experience, just the ability to tell their left from their right and be enthusiastic.
We can accommodate families too (although we can’t, unfortunately, pay under 16’s), and if you have kids with you, they can still get a team shirt and make use of the free icecreams and food, and we’ll of course, get you a role away from the road.
Our team will take them through a full briefing before, and provide them with everything they need for the day to be fun for them and for the competitors
If they’re interested, we have two shifts; Run and Bike
Bike is 05:45-11:30ish
Run is 07:45-14:30ish
We also have a few Saturday build jobs and course tear down roles too.
We’d love to hear from you, so please ask around to see if anyone is able to help
Also, if you have someone that can marshal at two of our events this year, then they/you can have a free entry into either of the middle distance races in 2017 instead of discount vouchers
Our other events
The June 113 has been sold out for a while, but we still have slots available at our other events this year ;
July 16th/17th – Cotswold226 Wknd
Saturday 1.9km and 3.8km Timed Swims
Sunday 90 and 180km Tri Rules Sportife (no drafting, Aid stations, draft busters, police etc – Running on the same course at the same time as the 226 Tri Itself – Just like a tri, but without the swim or full run. We will have a secure transition if 226wknd bikers want to make it a brick session)
July 17th – Cotswold 226 Long Distance tri
Based on a different course to the 113, the 226 is based at the same lake, but has a more rolling bike course rather than the pancake flat 113 course. It’s still very fast, and the run is, of course, completely flat.
As a 113 Competitor, you can get a £40 discount off entry to the 226, so please get in touch if you’re interested in racing an Iron distance race this year and I can arrange a discount code
August 21st – Cotswold Classic Middle Distance tri
Identical to the 113 in everything but name and shirt colour, we still have a few slots available for this event this year
Transfers to the August race
As I mentioned in my last email, now’s about the time where competitors start to realise they’ve not got the training in they wanted over the winter, or their work is now posting them to Uruguay for the month of June, or your partner forgot to tell you that you’re going to a wedding on June 11th and you don’t fancy racing with a hangover, so we start to get a lot of requests to move to the August 21st Race, which is identical to the 113 in everything but name.
As long as slots remain, we can quite easily make the swap over for free up to May the 1st, but after that it becomes much more difficult and we start to incur lots of costs for changing things. With this in mind, if you do think that another 10weeks will help you recover from an injury or step your training up, please can you let me know within the month of April, as we can do it without charge then, but after May 1st, it might not be possible to do at all
After some deliberation from the BTF, they have now confirmed that all our races are eligible to submit results for BTF Qualifiers should you wish to carry on to the Euro’s or World stage at Middle or Long distance
Anyway, that’s it for my ramblings today. I hope I haven’t put anyone to sleep ? 🙂
We’re here to help though, so if you get any questions at all or just want to talk triathlon, please feel free to get in touch
Cheers and happy training
Graeme, Nicci and the 113 Events team
Tel 07595 591612
Following this morning’s final decision from the BTF, we can confirm that both our Middle Distance (113 and Classic) races are eligible as BTF qualifying races, and that competitors can submit their results towards BTF Middle Distance Age group teams