The following newsletter went out to all Cotswold226 tri 2017 competitors today
Cotswold226 – May Newsletter
Good afternoon all, I hope everyone’s enjoying this glimmer of summer weather we’ve been having, and has been out enjoying the most of it training hard for this year’s racing ?
We’re less than 2 months away from race day, so I wanted to drop you out a quick email to get you out some information, and to bring you up to speed on what to expect at this year’s race
In this email, I’ll cover the following :
Race info pack
What you guys want from the race
Race info pack
We’ve put together the race info pack for this year’s race, which you can find HERE
I’ve tried to put absolutely everything you could possibly need in terms of info in the pack, but if there’s anything you think should be in there, please let us know, and we’ll add it as we go along.
It’s worth taking the time to read this, as its important that you know what’s going on during race weekend, so print a copy off and put it somewhere were you can reference it.
I find putting it by the toilet is the best place for reading, as if your house is anything like mine, it’s the only place I ever get any peace and quiet 🙂
As anyone that has organised events will know, getting marshals is one of the hardest parts of the role, and we’re looking for around 100 for the 226.
We look after and pay all our marshals too, as having them well looked after and enthusiastic is what makes our events so good.
The marshals pay for the 226 is:
£20 cash or a £50 113/DBMax voucher
Event technical shirt
Free hot food and drink all day, as well as cold drinks and ice creams brought out to your position
Marshals don’t need any experience at all, and we’ll provide them with everything they need, take them though full briefing, and get them too and from their posts if needed.
All we ask is that they know their left from their right and are reasonably enthusiastic
We can’t unfortunately pay under 16’s, but if you have families that want to be involved, the kids can support the parents marshalling, and we have team shirts down to a 5year old size, and they can, of course, take advantage of free ice creams all day.
If you have any friends, family, club mates or enemies that you can press gang in, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Familiarisation day May 28th
Each year, we hold a free of charge course familiarisation day for our races. For the 226 this year, it’s on May 28th.
It’s a very informal day, and a great chance for competitors to go for a leisurely paced ride and run around a lap of the course, and to meet other competitors as well as the 226 team themselves.
From our side, it’s nice to get to meet competitors out of race weekend, when everyone invariably has their race faces on.
The emphasis on the pace is leisurely, and no one will get left behind. Think along the lines of 14-15mph average on the bike with a few regroup stops and a coffee and cake stop at around the halfway mark (around 28miles into a 56mile loop)
The run will be 10-11min miles and like the bike, we’ll have a few stops to point out various things like aid stations and to regroup.
It’s a great chance to meet other competitors, and to ask any questions you may have.
We don’t need you to book in as such, but please send me a mail to let me know you’re coming along so we can get a gauge on numbers. Friends and family are also, of course, welcome to come along.
If you want to swim first, the lake we use for racing has swimming each day before 10am, and you can pay them a day membership of £5 on the gate when you arrive. Our swim course won’t be marked out, but they do have 400/750m course marked out so you can get a taste for the water (not literally, I hope)
The bike will kick off with a get together at the lake cafe at 10am, and will take around 4-5hours, and we’ll then have a short break before heading out on the run*
*Parts of the run course are currently being rebuilt as that end of the lake has recently been handed over to another owner, so it’s possible that on the day we’ll only be able to run half of the lap, but we’ll see how far they’ve got with it on the day and let you know.
The address for the lake is Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, Spratsgate lane, Cirencester, GL76DF
The lake is still quite cold at the moment at around 14deg, but by virtue of how shallow it is, it warms up very quickly, so I fully expect it to be 17-19deg race day if not warmer
What you guys want from the race
This is the race for you, the competitor, and what you guys want to see at the race is important to us.
We’re here to make sure you all have a good time, and race fast in a safe and friendly environment, so please let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your day better, or that of your supporters more enjoyable ?
The race is still open for entries until around May 20th, so if you have friends or team mates that want to race, it’s not too late
Once the race has closed around then, and the start list is fixed, I’ll send you all out another email asking if you want to choose a specific race number etc
Anyway, that’s it from me
We’re here to help, so if any of you get any questions or need anything from us, please just ask
The next email you’ll get from me will be around the 20th of this month, so please keep an eye open for it
Cheers and happy training
Graeme, Nicci, James, Will and the Cotswold226 team