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If you have any questions that are not answered within these FAQ's, or for more information, please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org.

UPDATE: 02/03/2020   09:58

COVID-19 Statement

General Event Topics

  • Who is organising the 2020 event?

    The 2020 AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds will be organised exclusively by British Triathlon, in partnership with Triathlon England, Leeds City Council, UK Sport and the ITU.

  • Is the course hilly/technical/flat?

    The AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds offers a challenging course for beginners and experienced athletes alike.

    Those taking part in the Saturday race will cycle an out and back course which starts with a short climb out of Roundhay Park before the flat second half of the bike course. The run course is undulating and follows the path around transition.

    Sunday competitors will cycle the undulating out and back course. The run profile is a climb out of Roundhay Park before the decent into the city centre loops.

    *A full route profile will be release closer to the event

  • Is the route on closed roads?

    Yes. All the roads on the cycle and run course will be fully closed to traffic.

  • I am a paratriathlete and I wish to enter the triathlon. How do I do this?

    Athletes with disabilities or long-term conditions are encouraged to compete in the ITU World Triathlon Leeds 2020. However, the course is not suitable for athletes who compete using wheelchairs, race-chairs or hand-cycles. Please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org and we will be able to provide more information.

  • How does the Relay work?

    Relay teams will compete over either the Standard or Sprint Distance. Each team will compete under one race number, and be made up of either two or three individuals.

    Each participant will complete one of the three disciplines, with team member one swimming the 1500m or 750m course, team member two cycling the 40km or 20km bike course, and the third team member running the 10km or 7.5km run course. For teams of two, one member will complete two out of the three disciplines.

    All team members have access to the transition areas. There is one timing chip worn by the swimmer first (on the ankle), then handed to the cyclist at the racked bike in Transition 1, where the timing chip is placed around the cyclist’s left ankle. During the cycle, the runner waits in Transition 2 by the empty racking position, and when the cyclist arrives and racks the bike, the timing chip is placed around the ankle of the runner before she/he starts the run.

  • I missed out on securing a guaranteed place. Is there a waiting list/cancellation policy?

    Unfortunately we don’t operate a reserve/cancellation list. Head over to the entry page to see which entry types are still available.

    All entries close on WEDNESDAY 13th MAY 2020.

  • What is the minimum age for this event?

    The ITU World Triathlon Leeds 2020 is open to the following ages:

    • Standard Distance - Ages 17 and over as of 31/12/2020
    • Sprint Distance - Ages 15 and over as of 31/12/2020
    • GO TRI - Ages 15 and over as of 31/12/2020
    • TriStar 2 - Ages 11 to 12 as of 31/12/2020
    • TriStar 3 - Ages 13 to 14 as of 31/12/2020
    • Youth - Ages 15 to 16 as of 31/12/2020

    Participants under the age of 18 will need to provide consent from a parent or guardian, and proof of age when they collect their race pack

  • I am under 18 but over the required age to compete. Why won’t the system allow me to enter?

    ​The Active System is designed to ask anyone under the age of 18 for parental consent when entering into the ITU World Triathlon Leeds 2020.

    For participants who want to enter one of the races but are under the age of 18, you will need a parent or guardian to do so for you.

    After selecting the category you want to enter, input your Parent or Guardian’s personal details first. On the same page, there is a question which states ‘Who is this registration for’, please select the option - ‘Someone else, below 18’. Once you have pressed next, you will then have the opportunity to input the details of the under-aged participant who wants to compete, so the entry is in their name.

  • When can we expect the Youth and TriStar entries to open?

    Youth and TriStar entries are now open. Please head over to the WTS Leeds 2020 entry page to secure your place!

  • How does the course differ for each distance?

    Full course information, including the number of laps can be seen here

    The breakdown for each distance is as follows:

    • Standard Distance = 1500m Swim; 40km Bike; 10km Run
    • Spritn Distance = 750m Swim; 20km Bike; 7.5km Run
    • GO TRI Distance = 200m or 400m Swim; 10km Bike; 2.5km Run
    • TriStar 2 Distance = 200m Swim; 5km Bike; 1.7km Run
    • TriStar 3 Distance = 300m Swim; 5km Bike; 2.5km Run
    • Youth Distance = 400m Swim; 10km Bike; 2.5km Run

    *Distances are subject to change

  • I can’t make it to registration on Saturday, can i register on Sunday?

    Sunday registration is available at an additional cost of £10.00. Spaces for this are limited so if you would like to access this privilege, then book early via the Active Website.

  • How can I enter the event?

    ​Entry is now open for all races across the weekend, and there is an event for everyone from Standard Distance to GO TRI. Enter online now!

  • Where does the ITU World Triathlon Leeds 2020 take place?

    The 2020 edition of the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds is split over two sites. For both Saturday and Sunday races, the swim will take place in Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park. All Saturday races finish within Roundhay Park, with Sunday competitors running to the finish line in Leeds City Centre. See more details in the course maps here.

  • Bus Shuttle Schedule & Cost

    Saturday 6th June 2020

    From Leeds City Centre at Eastgate Roundabout (near Leeds Bus Station) to Roundhay Park

    • First Bus - 0500
    • Last Bus - 1830
    • Frequent Service - every 10 minutes or less

    From Roundhay Park former Tram Terminus (Princes Avenue) to Leeds Eastgate roundabout

    • First Bus - 0530
    • Last Bus - 1930
    • Frequent Service - every 15 minutes or less
    Sunday 7th June 2020

    From Leeds City Centre at Eastgate roundabout (near Leeds Bus Station) to Roundhay Park

    • First Bus - 0500
    • Last Bus - 1930
    • Frequent service - every 10 minutes or less
    From Roundhay Park former Tram Terminus (Princes Avenue) to Leeds Eastgate roundabout
    • First Bus - 0530
    • Last Bus - 2000
    • Frequent service - every 10 minutes or less
    Cost

    £3.00 per return journey for spectators

    Participants travel free of charge throughout the weekend

British Standard Distance and Yorkshire Championships

  • What is the difference between the British Championships and the Individual Standard distance?

    At Leeds 2020 there are two types of standard distance race: The British Standard Distance Championships, and the individual standard distance.

    All British Triathlon members are eligible to race in the British Standard Distance Championships in their respective age group. The championships provide members with the opportunity to qualify for the Great Britain Age-Group Team, and also the 2021 Standard Distance World Championships in Bermuda.

    Participants aiming to qualify for the British Age Group Team need to register their intent to qualify prior to the event. If you wish to register, please click here

    Participants who are non-British Triathlon members are therefore ineligible for the championships, so compete in the Individual Standard Distance. If non-British Triathlon members would like to race in the championships, then British Triathlon membership can be purchased prior to the event and retrospectively added to your entry. For more information on membership please head to our website

  • How does the British Standard Distance Championships differ from the Yorkshire Championships?

    ​The Yorkshire Championships are for both British Triathlon and Non-British Triathlon members, who live in the county of Yorkshire.

    By selecting to take part in the Yorkshire Championships, you will not be eligible to be part of the British Championships or attempt to qualify for the Great Britain Age-Group Team, as per point 24.3.a in the British Triathlon Competition Rules.

  • Do i need to have qualified at a separate event to be eligible to compete in the championships?

    No you do not - by being a British Triathlon member, you are eligible to compete in the British Standard Distance Championships

  • As a British Triathlon Member do I have to enter the British Championships?

    All British Triathlon members who are competing in the Standard Distance event are automatically entered in the British Standard Distance Championship.

    However, if you would prefer to participate in an Open Wave as opposed to the British Championships then you are more than welcome to do so.

    If you would like to be transferred from the British Standard Distance Championships to an Open Wave then please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org

    All transfer requests to other event categories must be made by WEDNESDAY 13th MAY 2020. Any requests after this time will not be accepted

  • I want to qualify for the Age Group World Championships, how do i register my intent to compete?

    ​To qualify for the 2021 Age World Championships in Bermuda, you must race in the British Standard Distance Championships and register your intention to qualify.

    If you wish to register then please click here

GO TRI

  • Is there a cut off time?

    All Age group participants who are competing on Sunday must have finished the bike by 12.00 to be allowed to start the run. If you have not finished the whole race by 12:45 then you will be removed from the course.

    For those participants racing on Saturday in GO TRI, the bike section of the event must be completed by 12:30. The run section is contained to Roundhay Park, so no time limits are in place for this element as we aim to ensure that all participants have the opportunity to complete their race!

  • What time do I need to arrive at Roundhay Park?

    Roundhay Park opens at 7 am on Saturday 6th June

    The GO TRI waves are scheduled to start at 09:30 am, so we recommend that you arrive at Roundhay Park between 07:30 - 08:00 am, as this will give you enough time to register and prepare yourself for the race!

  • What time do the road closures come into place?

    ​On both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, the road closures are in place from 05:00 am

    For more information on the areas’ affected by the road closures, please click here

  • How long is the walk from the Car Park to Registration?

    We recommend that you allow between 10 and 15 minutes to walk from the event car park at Roundhay Park to registration in the event village.

  • Is the GO TRI course suitable for wheelchair users?

    Athletes with disabilities or long-term conditions are encouraged to compete in the ITU World Triathlon Leeds 2020.​

    Unfortunately, Leeds 2020 GO TRI course is not suitable for wheelchair users due to the hilly terrain that makes up both the bike and run course

    For more information please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org or alternatively, head over to the GO TRI website to find events which are wheelchair accessible

  • I’ve decided that I’d like to get my own wetsuit - what thickness should I aim for?

    ​Wetsuits are made of neoprene which insulates your body against cold temperatures, helps your muscles and joints work efficiently and improves buoyancy to keep your body position high in the water. Not only does this help you swim faster, but it also means you can take rests without using energy trying to stay at the surface.

    On race day, the water temperature in Waterloo lake at Roundhay Park will be somewhere between 13 and 18˚C, so we recommend getting a wetsuit that is either 3mm, 4mm or 5mm thick (max).

    Any thicker than 5mm and the wetsuit will lack flexibility and be hard to take off. Any thinner than 3mm and the wetsuit will offer less protection against the cold so find one which is right for you!

  • Can I wear socks and gloves for the swim?

    ​In line with British Triathlon’s competition rules, both gloves and socks are considered illegal equipment and cannot be worn while racing (Rule 4.11.e)

    There are scenario’s where exceptions can be made, including for those who suffer from Raynaud’s Disease. If medically advised to wear socks, gloves or any other item considered illegal during the race, a medical exemption request must be applied for. A medical note stating the reason must be submitted to the Event Organiser and Technical Official on the day of the event.

    If you need help or advice when applying for a medical exemption or are unsure on any of the illegal items stated in British Triathlon’s competition rules, then please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org

  • Can I hire a bike for the event and how much will it cost?

    Yes you can! Bike hire is available to all participants at this year’s race and can be purchased via your entry on the Active system.

    Log into your event entry at myevents.active.com and select ‘Purchase Merchandise’. Here you will be able to select the type of bike you would like to hire, including Road and Hybrid bikes.

    The prices for 2020 are as follows:

    • Carbon Road Bike - £85.00
    • Alloy Road Bike - £60.00
    • Premium Hybrid Bike - £60.00
    • Hybrid Bike - £40.00

    All bikes are on hire from Saturday afternoon until you complete your race on Sunday. You will be contacted nearer to the event regarding the size of bike you require

  • I have a mountain bike; can I use it for the race?

    ​Yes you can! Any bike, including road or mountain bikes, can be used during the race providing that it is roadworthy.

  • Where can I get changed before and after the race?

    Changing rooms for both Male and Female participants will be available at Roundhay Park. These will be clearly signposted next to the registration tent and can be used both before and after the event.

    Unfortunately, these facilities do not include shoers; however, we still recommend that you pack a towel when preparing for the event so you can dry off before changing into dry clothes after the race.

  • Do we collect our race numbers at registration?

    Yes - your race pack, which includes your race number, will be available to pick up from the registration tent at Roundhay Park on the morning of your race.

    Within your race pack, you will receive the following items:

    • Race number,
    • Bike sticker, to be stuck on the stem of your bike saddle
    • Helmet stickers to be stuck on the front and sides of your helmet
    • Transition zone wristband
    • Timing chip
    • Timing chip ankle strap

    GO TRI Activators will be on hand to help you get prepared for the race, so don’t panic!

  • Do we start in the water for the swim?

    Yes! All participants in the open events will start the race in the water for safety reasons. When you enter the water, you will hold onto the edge of the pontoon and be given a couple of minutes to get used to the water temperature. Only let go of the pontoon to start your race once the start signal has been given.

  • I struggle to undo my zip after the swim, any tips on how to deal with cold and stiff fingers?

    If you cannot undo your zip at the end of the open water swim, firstly don’t panic! There are plenty of people in transition who can help you undo your wetsuit, including GO TRI Activators. Alternatively, don’t be afraid to ask your fellow GO TRI Competitors, one of the Technical Officials or a Tri Maker Volunteer to help you - it’s not breaking the rules!

  • Is there anywhere safe to put my glasses ready for after the swim?

    For competitors who wear glasses, these can be placed at swim exit for you to collect after completing the swim section of the race. Competitors can either hand them to a Technical Official, who will then put them at Swim Exit or arrange to give them to a Volunteer or Lifeguard who will be positioned at Swim Exit.

    Please note that if you give your glasses to a Technical Official, Volunteer, Lifeguard or any other member of the event crew, it is your responsibility to remember to collect them once out of the swim. They also accept no responsibility should your glasses be lost or moved from Swim Exit.

  • What am I allowed and not allowed to put into transition?

    ​In transition, you are allowed to have the following items:

    • Bike
    • Helmet
    • A small soft-sided bag such as a rucksack which should remain in transition and not impede the progress of another competitor
    • Bike shoes, glasses or any other bike equipment or clothing required for the cycle section of the race
    • Trainers for the run section
    • Mobile phone*

    *Please note that you are allowed to bring a mobile phone into transition, but it must not be used while the transition area is live

    Items not permitted in transition include:

    • Helpers, friends or family members
    • Items to mark your bike rack position in transition
    • Pets
  • Do I need someone to hold my bike in transition, or is there a bike rack for me to put it on?

    ​Within transition you will have a specific place to rack your bike ready for the race, so you won’t need anyone to hold your bike.

    For safety and security reasons, only competitors are allowed to go into the cycle transition area. Should you need assistance in transition, there will be plenty of GO TRI Activators on hand to help!

  • What happens to our bikes? Do they stay in the rack or do we collect them from somewhere else?

    Once you have re-racked your bike in transition after completing the bike course, it will stay in the same place as you left it until you collect it after the race

  • Where do I get changed out of my costume and into my cycle gear?

    Unfortunately, there are no changing facilities available in transition, and it is expected that you will complete the whole event in whatever you wear for the swim.

    Nudity is not allowed at any time, so you can add clothing to the top of your swim gear, but not remove your swim gear before you dress for the bike and the run. Your upper body must be fully clothed during the bike and the run

  • If the weather is horrendous, is there any way of making sure my trainers stay dry?

    When trying to keep your trainers dry in bad weather conditions, our top tip is to turn them upside down! By doing so, you will keep the rain out of your shoes while you complete the swim. Alternatively, you can place a towel neatly over the top of your shoes

  • I don’t have a wetsuit, can I hire one?

    ​Yes you can! If you are participating in any of the GO TRI events you can borrow a British Triathlon wetsuit for your event. Please note these numbers are limited so email leeds@britishtriathlon.org to secure your wetsuit.

    Alternatively, if you would like to hire a better quality wetsuit, the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds are partnered with 2XU to provide a wetsuit rental service for participants. For more information on the 2XU rental service, and to hire a wetsuit headover to the 2XU Website.

  • Bus Shuttle Schedule & Cost

    Saturday 6th June 2020

    From Leeds City Centre at Eastgate Roundabout (near Leeds Bus Station) to Roundhay Park

    • First Bus - 0500
    • Last Bus - 1830
    • Frequent Service - every 10 minutes or less

    From Roundhay Park former Tram Terminus (Princes Avenue) to Leeds Eastgate roundabout

    • First Bus - 0530
    • Last Bus - 1930
    • Frequent Service - every 15 minutes or less
    Sunday 7th June 2020

    From Leeds City Centre at Eastgate roundabout (near Leeds Bus Station) to Roundhay Park

    • First Bus - 0500
    • Last Bus - 1930
    • Frequent service - every 10 minutes or less
    From Roundhay Park former Tram Terminus (Princes Avenue) to Leeds Eastgate roundabout
    • First Bus - 0530
    • Last Bus - 2000
    • Frequent service - every 10 minutes or less
    Cost

    £3.00 per return journey for spectators

    Participants travel free of charge throughout the weekend

Pre Event Information

  • Shuttle bus arrangements

    On Saturday as a participant, you can drive or cycle to Roundhay Park to register and rack your bike, and then drive or take the shuttle bus back to the city centre.

    For participants racing on Sunday, we recommend that you leave your car in the event car park after registering on Saturday, and take the shuttle bus back to the City Centre and then to Roundhay Park on the morning over the race. Once you have finished your race, the shuttle bus will be running continuously until 18:00 to take you back to Roundhay Park to collect your bike and belongings.

    Please note that the buses will not accept bikes onboard due to insurance purposes.

    Participants can drive to Roundhay Park on Sunday morning, however please be aware that multiple road closures will be in place across the city centre from 05:00 am which may disrupt your journey to Roundhay Park.

    Spectators can take the shuttle bus to and from Roundhay Park and the City Centre, right across the weekend so they can watch you start your race and see you finish it in the city centre! Please note the shuttle bus is free for all competitors. Spectators will be charged £3 per return journey.

  • What time do the road closures come into place?

    ​On both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, the road closures are in place from 05:00 am

    For more information on the areas’ affected by the road closures, please click here

  • My personal details have changed, how can I update them?

    All personal details can be updated by logging into your myevents.active.com account. At the bottom of your entry summary, select ‘Edit Registration’ and follow the instructions from there.

  • Can a Home Nations Memberships be used for an affiliated event entry? Or do I need a day license?

    All participants with Home Nations Memberships are considered British Triathlon members, so there is no need to purchase a day license

  • I am not a British Triathlon member; do i need to buy a day license?

    The BTF day license is a license for racing and covers your public liability insurance for the day.

    If you are not already a British Triathlon member, you need a day membership to comply with British Triathlon Competition Rules which require all competitors to be a member of the sport for the day. This will be covered in your entry fee

    Day Membership includes:

    1. British Triathlon membership on race day
    2. Race license to compete in the sport on the day of the race
    3. Individual public liability insurance cover up to £15 million on the day of the race

    Day memberships cannot be used to enter the British Standard Distance Championships or qualify for the British Triathlon Age Group Team

    For further information on race licenses, please visit the British Triathlon website

  • I have entered Leeds 2020 but can’t find my confirmation email, what should I do?

    Log into your myevents.active.com account and select ‘Registration & QR Code’, which you will find at the bottom of your entry summary. Here you will be able to review the category you have entered, any additional purchases made and your order receipt.

    If you are still experiencing difficulties after accessing your account, then please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org

  • I forgot to purchase some event merchandise when entering, can I buy this at a later date?

    Yes you can! Log into your myevents.active.com account and select ‘Purchase Merchandise’ positioned at the bottom of your event entry summary.

    Here you can purchase all merchandise, as well as bike hire and access to swim familiarisation

  • How can I be in the same wave as my friends?

    ​For participants who would like to take part alongside a friend, please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org to register your request.

    Before making your request, please make sure that you are both registered before making the request! This option is not available for British Championship competitors and is not guaranteed.

    Please make submit any wave requests by WEDNESDAY 13th MAY 2020. Any requests submitted after this time will not be fulfilled.

  • What should I pack in my finish line bag?

    We recommend including the following items in your finish line bag:

    • A warm change of clothes (i.e. A t-shirt, trousers/shorts, a hoodie or sweater)
    • Towel
    • Snacks
    • A drink
  • How will my finish line bag get to the finish line?

    All participants will be given a Drawstring bag alongside their race pack at registration, which can be filled with dry clothes for the finish line. A ‘dry bag’ drop will be open on Saturday at Roundhay Park for participants to drop off their finish line bag. This bag will then be transported by the event team to the city centre ready for collection after your event on Sunday.

    Please note: Two bag drop facilities will be open and signposted in Roundhay Park. Participants competing on Saturday, please use the Roundhay Park Bag Drop. Sunday participants please use the City Centre Bag Drop.

  • What is a Sunday Priority Pass?

    Purchasing a ‘Sunday Priority Pass’ allows participants the additional benefit of registering and racking their bike on the morning of the race, as well as the opportunity to drop off a dry bag which will be taken to the finish line.

    Those who do not purchase this pass will register and rack their bikes during registration on Saturday 6th June.

  • When will the start lists for Leeds 2020 be released?

    Start times and wave allocations will be sent out to you via email and posted on the website around 2 weeks prior to the event

  • At Leeds 2019 there was an event app, where can I download this from for Leeds 2020?

    We are currently in the process of finalising the Leeds 2020 event app. Please check back in the coming months for further information

  • Are dogs allowed on the Shuttle Bus?

    ​It is at the discretion of the bus driver to allow dogs onto the Shuttle Buses running between Roundhay Park and the City Centre. The exemption to this rule is Guide Dogs

  • What do I get in my race pack?

    The content of your race is as follows:

    • Race numbers
    • Bike stickers
    • Helmet stickers
    • Timing chip
    • Timing chip ankle strap

    All race packs will be collected when you register at Roundhay Park. Should be missing an item(s) from your race pack, please speak to the team at registration who will be able to assist you.

  • Bus Shuttle Schedule & Cost

    Saturday 6th June 2020

    From Leeds City Centre at Eastgate Roundabout (near Leeds Bus Station) to Roundhay Park

    • First Bus - 0500
    • Last Bus - 1830
    • Frequent Service - every 10 minutes or less

    From Roundhay Park former Tram Terminus (Princes Avenue) to Leeds Eastgate roundabout

    • First Bus - 0530
    • Last Bus - 1930
    • Frequent Service - every 15 minutes or less
    Sunday 7th June 2020

    From Leeds City Centre at Eastgate roundabout (near Leeds Bus Station) to Roundhay Park

    • First Bus - 0500
    • Last Bus - 1930
    • Frequent service - every 10 minutes or less
    From Roundhay Park former Tram Terminus (Princes Avenue) to Leeds Eastgate roundabout
    • First Bus - 0530
    • Last Bus - 2000
    • Frequent service - every 10 minutes or less
    Cost

    £3.00 per return journey for spectators

    Participants travel free of charge throughout the weekend

Withdrawals, Refunds and Transfers

  • How can I withdraw from the event and obtain a refund?

    If the participant wishes to withdraw from the Event at any point, they must do so by informing the Organiser by email immediately to leeds@britishtriathlon.org. Please ensure that the email subject title is stated clearly as “WITHDRAWAL”.

    No other method of withdrawal is accepted by the Organiser. The Organiser will confirm the withdrawal by email to the participant normally within 5 working days. If no response to the withdrawal request is received the participant should phone the organiser on 01509 226161.

    No refunds can be given to participants withdrawing after 5 pm on TUESDAY 1st JANUARY 2020.

    A participant may withdraw and be refunded in full (excluding booking fee) up to two weeks after the date of entry confirmation, after which time the entry fee will not be refunded in full.

    Participants withdrawing by 23:59 on MONDAY 31st DECEMBER 2019 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued after this time.

    Please note – once entered the booking fee cannot be refunded in any circumstances. The booking fee is paid for by the entries service which is fully consumed once a participant’s entry is accepted.

  • Transferring & Swapping of entries

    The swapping of entries is not permitted under any circumstances.

    Swapping entries outside of British Triathlon is strictly forbidden as it invalidates the event insurance, and places the individual’s health & safety at the event at risk. Any participants and other involved individuals who are found to have swapped their entries will be banned from participating in all future events promoted by the Organiser and referred to the relevant Home Nation Association who may choose to implement further disciplinary action.

    Entries cannot be deferred to the next staging of the Event or to another event delivered by the Organiser.

  • I can no longer compete in Leeds 2020, can I defer my entry to 2021?

    No. Entries cannot be deferred to the following year nor to any other event.

  • I missed out on securing a guaranteed place. Is there a waiting list/cancellation policy?

    Unfortunately we don’t operate a reserve/cancellation list. Head over to the entry page to see which entry types are still available.

    All entries close on WEDNESDAY 13th MAY 2020.

  • I have entered the GO TRI or Sprint distance but need a bigger challenge, can I move up a distance?

    Yes you can – please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org by 5 pm on MONDAY 27th APRIL 2020 to request a category change.

    Please note that moving to a different category may result in additional charges to be incurred.

  • The distance I have entered is going to be too challenging, can I move down a distance?

    Yes you can – please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org by 5 pm on MONDAY 27th APRIL 2020 to request a category change.

Accommodation, Travel and Parking

  • What are the car parking options at Roundhay Park?

    Car parking will be free of charge in Roundhay Park. Entry to Roundhay Park will be from the South and entry will be available from 05:30 on the Saturday until 19:30 on the Sunday.

    Will I be able to leave the car park during the elite races? Cars will be able to access and egress the car park throughout competition (entry will be from the south).

  • How do I get between the city centre and Roundhay Park?

    A dedicated, regular shuttle bus will run between Roundhay Park and Leeds City Centre. Running times will be announced in due course, but the shuttle bus will run at regular intervals, with increased frequency at peak times.

  • We would like to come to watch the event but need information on disabled parking, access etc.?

    Blue badge parking will be available for the duration of the event at Roundhay Park. The event is accessible for all, however please be aware that it is a long way to the racecourse so allow enough time to navigate the event site.

  • Shuttle bus arrangements

    On Saturday as a participant, you can drive or cycle to Roundhay Park to register and rack your bike, and then drive or take the shuttle bus back to the city centre.

    For participants racing on Sunday, we recommend that you leave your car in the event car park after registering on Saturday, and take the shuttle bus back to the City Centre and then to Roundhay Park on the morning over the race. Once you have finished your race, the shuttle bus will be running continuously until 18:00 to take you back to Roundhay Park to collect your bike and belongings.

    Please note that the buses will not accept bikes onboard due to insurance purposes.

    Participants can drive to Roundhay Park on Sunday morning, however please be aware that multiple road closures will be in place across the city centre from 05:00 am which may disrupt your journey to Roundhay Park.

    Spectators can take the shuttle bus to and from Roundhay Park and the City Centre, right across the weekend so they can watch you start your race and see you finish it in the city centre! Please note the shuttle bus is free for all competitors. Spectators will be charged £3 per return journey.

  • I’m participating in the Sprint/Standard Distance, do i have to stay locally on Saturday night?

    ​Unless you live locally, we recommend that you stay in Leeds or the surrounding area on Saturday 6th June to make your experience more enjoyable

    Why not combine your event with exclusive race services & athlete-friendly accommodation, with the Official British Triathlon Age-Group Team Travel Supplier, Nirvana, and you’re in for an unforgettable weekend!

    Nirvana has selected the Ibis Leeds City Centre as the Official age-group hotel, however, you can also choose from a whole host of accommodation to suit your budget. To secure your accommodation and event travel services, please click HERE

  • When booking accommodation is it best to stay in Leeds City Center or near the start line?

    When booking accommodation, it is essential to take into consideration two key factors, race start time and road closures.

    It is recommended that all participants arrive at Roundhay park no later than 90 minutes before their start time, as this enables sufficient time to register, familiarise with the site, and rack bikes in transition. Understanding the road closures that are in place for the run and bike course, and the impact these may have on your route is also important. Please ensure you allow additional travelling time if needed.

    After completing the race, all participants will have to return to Roundhay Park to collect their bike and any additional items from transition.

    Why not combine your event with exclusive race services & athlete-friendly accommodation, with the Official British Triathlon Age-Group Team Travel Supplier, Nirvana, and you’re in for an unforgettable weekend!

    Nirvana has selected the Ibis Leeds City Centre as the Official age-group hotel, however, you can also choose from a whole host of accommodation to suit your budget. To secure your accommodation and event travel services, please click HERE

  • Do you allow camping or camper vans to stay in Roundhay Park car park overnight?

    ​Camping or the use of camper vans is not allowed in Roundhay Park overnight before the event.

  • Are dogs allowed on the Shuttle Bus?

    ​It is at the discretion of the bus driver to allow dogs onto the Shuttle Buses running between Roundhay Park and the City Centre. The exemption to this rule is Guide Dogs

Event Day Registration

  • I can’t make it to registration, can someone else register for me?

    Competitors who cannot make it to registration on Saturday can request for a friend to pick up their race pack. The person registering on their behalf needs to bring the following:

    • Written Authorisation
    • Photocopy of the competitors’ Photo ID
    • Personal ID

    Any participant who is registering on behalf of another participant must accept responsibility for the participants’ race pack as it will not be replaced if it gets lost.

  • What do I need to bring with me to register?

    Please make sure you remember to bring the following items to registration:

    • ID (E.g. a driving license or passport)
    • BTF Membership Card if you are a BTF or Home Nations Member

    You will need photo ID (eg a passport or photo driving licence), your confirmation email and you should know your race number. We will email you to let you know your race number and start time before the event. There will also be lists up at registration so that you can find your race number if you forget it. Anyone under 17 will need to bring a signed letter of parental consent to be given in at registration.

    If you are a British Triathlon Home Nation member, you will need to bring your race license as well.

  • What time do the road closures come into place?

    ​On both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, the road closures are in place from 05:00 am

    For more information on the areas’ affected by the road closures, please click here

  • Where can I get changed before and after the race?

    Changing rooms for both Male and Female participants will be available at Roundhay Park. These will be clearly signposted next to the registration tent and can be used both before and after the event.

    Unfortunately, these facilities do not include shoers; however, we still recommend that you pack a towel when preparing for the event so you can dry off before changing into dry clothes after the race.

  • What should I pack in my finish line bag?

    We recommend including the following items in your finish line bag:

    • A warm change of clothes (i.e. A t-shirt, trousers/shorts, a hoodie or sweater)
    • Towel
    • Snacks
    • A drink
  • How will my finish line bag get to the finish line?

    All participants will be given a Drawstring bag alongside their race pack at registration, which can be filled with dry clothes for the finish line. A ‘dry bag’ drop will be open on Saturday at Roundhay Park for participants to drop off their finish line bag. This bag will then be transported by the event team to the city centre ready for collection after your event on Sunday.

    Please note: Two bag drop facilities will be open and signposted in Roundhay Park. Participants competing on Saturday, please use the Roundhay Park Bag Drop. Sunday participants please use the City Centre Bag Drop.

  • What do I get in my race pack?

    The content of your race is as follows:

    • Race numbers
    • Bike stickers
    • Helmet stickers
    • Timing chip
    • Timing chip ankle strap

    All race packs will be collected when you register at Roundhay Park. Should be missing an item(s) from your race pack, please speak to the team at registration who will be able to assist you.

  • What are the bike and helmet stickers for, and how do I apply them?

    Bike and helmet stickers are there for your safety, security and identification throughout the event. Included in your race pack is:

    • One bike sticker - wrap this around the stem of your bike’s saddle
    • Three helmet stickers - place one sticker on the front, and one on each side of your helmet
  • When do I need to put the stickers on my bike and helmet?

    Once you have registered, then they all need to be applied almost straight away.

    You CANNOT go into the cycle transition area without your bike or helmet stickers being applied for security reasons.

  • I can’t make it to registration on Saturday, can i register on Sunday?

    Sunday registration is available at an additional cost of £10.00. Spaces for this are limited so if you would like to access this privilege, then book early via the Active Website.

  • Will there be a bike mechanic based in Roundhay Park?

    We are currently finalising the services, including a bike mechanic that will be available for participants at Roundhay Park. Please check back in the coming months for confirmation

Transition Area Topics

  • Where do the transitions take place?

    Both transitions 1 (swim to bike) and 2 (bike to run) will take place in Roundhay Park.

  • Can I mark my position in the transition area so I can easily find my bike after the swim?

    Participants are not allowed to mark their position in transition in any way in accordance with rule 7.1. If you do try to mark your position, any distinguishing marks will be removed by the race officials while you are swimming. You should try to orientate yourself in transition by checking anything fixed such as row numbers and trees etc. near to your racking position.

  • What will I need to gain access to the transition area?

    Your race pack will contain a wristband which will allow you access to transition. Each time you enter or exit the transition area, you will need to show your security wristband. Without your wristband, you will not be allowed to access transition. Once you have racked your bike, you are allowed to come and go in the transition area as long as you are wearing your security wristband.

  • How do I know which way to go; where to exit transition on my bike and to exit transition on my run?

    Allow plenty of time when you first rack your bike to check out the ‘swim in’ area, the ‘bike out’ area and the ‘run out’ area in Transition. Make sure you understand the way the flows work in transition.

  • Can you give me any tips to speed up my transition times?

    Planning and practice are key to a speedy transition! When racking your bike and setting out your transition area, make sure all the equipment you need for the bike and run course are laid out neatly, and make a mental note of where your bike is.

    When your bike is in amongst the 3000+ other bikes of your fellow participants, it can be disorientating. Try to figure out a way of knowing where your bike is whether that be by row number or a landmark that is close by. Also make sure you check out the Swim Exit, Bike Exit and Run Exit area’s so you know which way to go.

    Equally important in a speedy transition is keeping calm. If you start to rush too much then that is when things start to go wrong, but if transition doesn’t go to plan - don’t worry, you can make the time up elsewhere!

  • What happens when I take my bike out of the transition area after my race?

    After you have completed your race, please return to Roundhay Park to collect your bike from transition. As you leave transition with your bike and any other equipment you placed in transition, your security wristband will be cut off by security. Please make sure that you have all your personal belongings before your wristband is cut off as you will not be allowed to re-enter transition

  • What are transition opening and collection times?

    We are currently finalising the Event Schedule, including transition opening and collection times at Leeds 2020. Please check back nearer to the event for further information.

  • What am I allowed and not allowed to put into transition?

    ​In transition, you are allowed to have the following items:

    • Bike
    • Helmet
    • A small soft-sided bag such as a rucksack which should remain in transition and not impede the progress of another competitor
    • Bike shoes, glasses or any other bike equipment or clothing required for the cycle section of the race
    • Trainers for the run section
    • Mobile phone*

    *Please note that you are allowed to bring a mobile phone into transition, but it must not be used while the transition area is live

    Items not permitted in transition include:

    • Helpers, friends or family members
    • Items to mark your bike rack position in transition
    • Pets
  • What happens to our bikes? Do they stay in the rack or do we collect them from somewhere else?

    Once you have re-racked your bike in transition after completing the bike course, it will stay in the same place as you left it until you collect it after the race

  • Am I allowed to wear headphones in Transition?

    No – Competitors are not allowed to use or wear Headphone(s) or Headset(s), which are inserted in or covering the ears while in the transition area.

    Mobile telephones can be brought into transition but cannot be used at any time while Transition is live.

Swimming Topics

  • Can I hire a wetsuit for the event?

    Yes you can! The AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds has partnered with 2XU to provide a wetsuit rental service for participants. For more information on the 2XU rental service, and to hire your wetsuit please head over to the 2XU website

  • Can I wear headphones during any part of the race?

    No – Competitors are not allowed to use or wear Headphone(s) or Headset(s), which are inserted in or covering the ears during any part of the race, this includes transition.

    Mobile telephones are allowed to be brought into transition but cannot be used anywhere on the course or while Transition is live.

  • Is the water in Roundhay Park Lake safe to swim in?

    Yes. We carry out many scientific water quality tests throughout the year to monitor the water quality of the lake. Swimming will only be allowed if the water passes the water quality tests.

  • What safety measures are in place during the swim?

    We use a very experienced Swim Safety team who provide a number of safety kayaks and rescue power boats throughout the swim course. Should you get into difficulty in the swim, lie on your back and raise one arm; a kayak will then escort you to safety. As you will be wearing a wetsuit, the buoyancy will help too, so don’t panic.

  • Do I have to wear a wetsuit for the swim?

    Yes. For safety reasons, wetsuits will be compulsory for all Open Races in Leeds.

    However, if the water temperature is 22 degrees C or higher, one hour before the start of the race, then wetsuits will be banned. But this is highly unlikely.

    We won’t know the official water temperature until one hour before the race start. We can recommend a hire company if you need to hire a wetsuit, but this must be arranged well in advance of the event.

    If you use your own wetsuit, write your name inside for identification in case of a mix up in transition. All wetsuits look the same!

  • What is the likely water temperature in the lake at Roundhay Park for the event?

    The water temperature is likely to be somewhere between 13 and 18 degrees C. But we won’t know the official water temperature until one hour before the race start.

  • Do I need to wear a swim cap?

    Yes. You will be issued with a coloured swim cap in your race pack at registration. Everyone must wear a swim cap for safety reasons. A swimmer is easier to see in the water if they’re wearing a swim cap. All athletes who start in the same wave will have the same colour cap on. But there will be more than one wave with the same coloured swim cap, so check your start time and don’t just go by the colour of the swim caps entering the water. It may not be your wave start!

  • Do I need to wear goggles in the swim?

    Any open water swimming really does require goggles. Open water swimming also benefits from goggles with lenses suitable for outdoors. These are slightly different colours to those you would normally use in a swimming pool where the water is clear and the lights are bright. Most open water swimmers would use a lightly tinted or persimmon coloured lens, which will make everything look clearer and crisper, especially if the weather is not too bright! Prescription goggles are also acceptable.

  • Can I use any stroke during the swim?

    Backstroke is not allowed as this can easily be confused with the distress signal and you cannot easily see where you are going. We recommend that you try to swim front crawl but breaststroke is also permitted.

  • I’ve decided that I’d like to get my own wetsuit - what thickness should I aim for?

    ​Wetsuits are made of neoprene which insulates your body against cold temperatures, helps your muscles and joints work efficiently and improves buoyancy to keep your body position high in the water. Not only does this help you swim faster, but it also means you can take rests without using energy trying to stay at the surface.

    On race day, the water temperature in Waterloo lake at Roundhay Park will be somewhere between 13 and 18˚C, so we recommend getting a wetsuit that is either 3mm, 4mm or 5mm thick (max).

    Any thicker than 5mm and the wetsuit will lack flexibility and be hard to take off. Any thinner than 3mm and the wetsuit will offer less protection against the cold so find one which is right for you!

  • Can I wear socks and gloves for the swim?

    ​In line with British Triathlon’s competition rules, both gloves and socks are considered illegal equipment and cannot be worn while racing (Rule 4.11.e)

    There are scenario’s where exceptions can be made, including for those who suffer from Raynaud’s Disease. If medically advised to wear socks, gloves or any other item considered illegal during the race, a medical exemption request must be applied for. A medical note stating the reason must be submitted to the Event Organiser and Technical Official on the day of the event.

    If you need help or advice when applying for a medical exemption or are unsure on any of the illegal items stated in British Triathlon’s competition rules, then please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org

  • Do we start in the water for the swim?

    Yes! All participants in the open events will start the race in the water for safety reasons. When you enter the water, you will hold onto the edge of the pontoon and be given a couple of minutes to get used to the water temperature. Only let go of the pontoon to start your race once the start signal has been given.

  • Is there anywhere safe to put my glasses ready for after the swim?

    For competitors who wear glasses, these can be placed at swim exit for you to collect after completing the swim section of the race. Competitors can either hand them to a Technical Official, who will then put them at Swim Exit or arrange to give them to a Volunteer or Lifeguard who will be positioned at Swim Exit.

    Please note that if you give your glasses to a Technical Official, Volunteer, Lifeguard or any other member of the event crew, it is your responsibility to remember to collect them once out of the swim. They also accept no responsibility should your glasses be lost or moved from Swim Exit.

  • Where do I get changed out of my costume and into my cycle gear?

    Unfortunately, there are no changing facilities available in transition, and it is expected that you will complete the whole event in whatever you wear for the swim.

    Nudity is not allowed at any time, so you can add clothing to the top of your swim gear, but not remove your swim gear before you dress for the bike and the run. Your upper body must be fully clothed during the bike and the run

  • Are short leg and sleeve wetsuits allowed to be worn during the race?

    Yes - Short leg and sleeve wetsuits are allowed to be worn during the open water swim section of the race. We do however recommend wearing a full wetsuit, as they offer more protection against the cold-water temperature

  • What should I wear underneath my wetsuit?

    We recommend wearing a Tri-Suit underneath your wetsuit as it will make your transition quicker and removes the need for extra clothes in transition. However, participants are allowed to wear a swimming costume or swim shorts instead.

  • What is the difference between a Tri-Suit and a Wetsuit?

    A Tri-Suit is made from Lycra and worn as regular racing kit throughout the triathlon. You can swim, cycle and run in it.

    A wetsuit is made of neoprene fabric and is a protective layer worn only for the swim to keep you warm in cold water.

    You should wear your Tri-Suit for the whole race and, more importantly, wear it underneath your wetsuit – which you only wear for the swim.

  • Where should I start on the Swim?

    Each wave isn’t actually that big and will spread out really quickly so you will have a lot of space to swim. For those of you who are strong or quick swimmers, you should start at the front of your wave. If you like to swim at a steadier pace, are nervous about the swim or simply like your own space then we recommend starting nearer the back. Once everyone has sprinted off in the first few seconds, you’ll be able to go at your own pace.

Cycling Topics

  • What is drafting? Is the bike section draft legal? Can I draft on the bike?

    Drafting is cycling close to the bike in front and thereby gaining an advantage. All the Open races are non-drafting for the bike section. This means you cannot cycle closer than 10m from the bike in front of you, nor cycle alongside another cyclist closer than 3m.

  • Can I use tri bars?

    Yes you can as the Open races are non-drafting. All bar ends must be plugged and safety checks will be carried out at the entrance to transition.

  • Where do I wear my body race number on the bike section?

    Your body race number should be worn on your back during the bike section. The easiest way to achieve this is by wearing the race number on a number belt and ensuring the number is displayed on your back during the bike section. You will need to provide your own number belt.

  • Is there a cut off time?

    All Age group participants who are competing on Sunday must have finished the bike by 12.00 to be allowed to start the run. If you have not finished the whole race by 12:45 then you will be removed from the course.

    For those participants racing on Saturday in GO TRI, the bike section of the event must be completed by 12:30. The run section is contained to Roundhay Park, so no time limits are in place for this element as we aim to ensure that all participants have the opportunity to complete their race!

  • Can I hire a bike for the event and how much will it cost?

    Yes you can! Bike hire is available to all participants at this year’s race and can be purchased via your entry on the Active system.

    Log into your event entry at myevents.active.com and select ‘Purchase Merchandise’. Here you will be able to select the type of bike you would like to hire, including Road and Hybrid bikes.

    The prices for 2020 are as follows:

    • Carbon Road Bike - £85.00
    • Alloy Road Bike - £60.00
    • Premium Hybrid Bike - £60.00
    • Hybrid Bike - £40.00

    All bikes are on hire from Saturday afternoon until you complete your race on Sunday. You will be contacted nearer to the event regarding the size of bike you require

  • What happens to our bikes? Do they stay in the rack or do we collect them from somewhere else?

    Once you have re-racked your bike in transition after completing the bike course, it will stay in the same place as you left it until you collect it after the race

  • What are the bike and helmet stickers for, and how do I apply them?

    Bike and helmet stickers are there for your safety, security and identification throughout the event. Included in your race pack is:

    • One bike sticker - wrap this around the stem of your bike’s saddle
    • Three helmet stickers - place one sticker on the front, and one on each side of your helmet
  • When do I need to put the stickers on my bike and helmet?

    Once you have registered, then they all need to be applied almost straight away.

    You CANNOT go into the cycle transition area without your bike or helmet stickers being applied for security reasons.

  • Will there be a bike mechanic based in Roundhay Park?

    We are currently finalising the services, including a bike mechanic that will be available for participants at Roundhay Park. Please check back in the coming months for confirmation

  • Do I need to wear a cycle helmet?

    Yes. You must wear a cycle helmet for the whole of the cycle section of the event. Your cycle helmet must be on your head and fastened whenever you are in contact with your bike. Do not take the bike off the rack until your helmet is on and done up, and don’t unfasten your helmet until your bike is back on the rack after your cycle section.

  • Am I allowed to wear a GPS tracking watch to monitor my own pace?

    Yes - GPS tracking watches are allowed to be worn during the race

  • Am I allowed to wear headphones during the bike section of the course?

    No - Competitors are not allowed to use or wear whilst racing Headphone(s), Headset(s) and technical earplug(s) or smart helmets, which are inserted in or covering the ears in accordance with rule 5.2.j (i) of the British Triathlon Competition rules

  • Am I allowed to use my TT bike for the race?

    Time Trial bikes are permitted at Leeds 2020. The event is run under British Triathlon rules, and the permitted cycling equipment is explained in Section 5 of the rule book.

  • Can I use a mountain bike?

    Absolutely. Although a road bike may be faster, a mountain bike or hybrid bike is perfectly fine. The event is run under British Triathlon rules, and the permitted cycling equipment is explained in Section 5 of the rule book

  • Do I need to use cleats or clip-less pedals for the cycle?

    No, you do not have to use cleats or clip-less pedals

  • Is there a download available of the bike route to upload to bike computers?

    The WTS Leeds 2020 bike route can be viewed on Strava

    Here you can also download a .gpx of the route

Running Topics

  • Should I wear specific running trainers?

    Yes - it will make your race experience more enjoyable. Your trainers should be properly fitted and should be comfortable for running. You could use elastic laces which will help save a lot of time in transition. Whatever you do, do not wear brand new trainers on race day!

  • Where do I wear my body race number on the run section?

    Your body race number should be worn on your front during the run section. The easiest way to achieve this is by wearing the race number on a number belt and ensuring the number is displayed on your front during the run section. You will need to provide your own number belt.

  • Is there a cut off time?

    All Age group participants who are competing on Sunday must have finished the bike by 12.00 to be allowed to start the run. If you have not finished the whole race by 12:45 then you will be removed from the course.

    For those participants racing on Saturday in GO TRI, the bike section of the event must be completed by 12:30. The run section is contained to Roundhay Park, so no time limits are in place for this element as we aim to ensure that all participants have the opportunity to complete their race!

  • Will there be Medical support and feed stations available on the run course?

    Yes, both medical support, as well as feed stations, will be available on the run course. Our volunteers will be manning the water stations and will ensure that you receive a drink should you need one on the run. Water will also be available after you cross the finish line.

  • Am I allowed to wear headphones during the run section of the race?

    No – Competitors are not allowed to use or wear whilst racing Headphone(s), Headset(s) or technical earplug(s), which are inserted in or covering the ears in accordance with rule 6.4 of the British Triathlon Competition rules.

Post-Race Topics

  • How do I find my results?

    We are currently finalising the services, including timing and results that will be in place at the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds 2020. Please check back closer to the event for more information

  • Where can I find photos taken during the race? Are these available to purchase?

    We are currently in the process of finalising the Event Photography service, which will be available at Leeds 2020. Please check back in the coming months for further information

  • Who do I contact about lost property?

    Please visit the Help Desk in the registration area on the day of the event. Alternatively, email us at leeds@britishtriathlon.org with a detailed description of your lost item(s).

  • What can I do after the race?

    After your race, you can stay to watch the elite races in the City Centre or Roundhay Park.

    If you would like the ultimate spectator experience to watch the elite finish, purchase grandstand tickets! Or soak up the atmosphere around the streets of Leeds and watch the athlete’s race by during the bike and run segments.

    Alternatively, watch the action unfold on our big screen in Roundhay Park!

  • Which race categories have a medal ceremony or trophy presentation?

    Presentations will be held on Sunday Afternoon for the following race categories:

    • British Standard Distance Championships - Top 3 in each age category
    • Yorkshire Championships
    • Open Sprint Distance - Top 3 competitors overall
    • Open Standard Distance - Top 3 competitors overall

    Medal ceremonies for Youth and Tristar races will take place on Saturday.

    The specific times for all medal ceremonies will be available in the athlete guide. Please make every effort to stay around for the medal ceremonies as it is a great way to celebrate everyone’s achievements!

  • Shuttle bus arrangements

    On Saturday as a participant, you can drive or cycle to Roundhay Park to register and rack your bike, and then drive or take the shuttle bus back to the city centre.

    For participants racing on Sunday, we recommend that you leave your car in the event car park after registering on Saturday, and take the shuttle bus back to the City Centre and then to Roundhay Park on the morning over the race. Once you have finished your race, the shuttle bus will be running continuously until 18:00 to take you back to Roundhay Park to collect your bike and belongings.

    Please note that the buses will not accept bikes onboard due to insurance purposes.

    Participants can drive to Roundhay Park on Sunday morning, however please be aware that multiple road closures will be in place across the city centre from 05:00 am which may disrupt your journey to Roundhay Park.

    Spectators can take the shuttle bus to and from Roundhay Park and the City Centre, right across the weekend so they can watch you start your race and see you finish it in the city centre! Please note the shuttle bus is free for all competitors. Spectators will be charged £3 per return journey.

  • Where can I get changed before and after the race?

    Changing rooms for both Male and Female participants will be available at Roundhay Park. These will be clearly signposted next to the registration tent and can be used both before and after the event.

    Unfortunately, these facilities do not include shoers; however, we still recommend that you pack a towel when preparing for the event so you can dry off before changing into dry clothes after the race.

  • What should I pack in my finish line bag?

    We recommend including the following items in your finish line bag:

    • A warm change of clothes (i.e. A t-shirt, trousers/shorts, a hoodie or sweater)
    • Towel
    • Snacks
    • A drink
  • How will my finish line bag get to the finish line?

    All participants will be given a Drawstring bag alongside their race pack at registration, which can be filled with dry clothes for the finish line. A ‘dry bag’ drop will be open on Saturday at Roundhay Park for participants to drop off their finish line bag. This bag will then be transported by the event team to the city centre ready for collection after your event on Sunday.

    Please note: Two bag drop facilities will be open and signposted in Roundhay Park. Participants competing on Saturday, please use the Roundhay Park Bag Drop. Sunday participants please use the City Centre Bag Drop.

  • I ordered a piece of merchandise but forgot to pick it up, how can I get it?

    Please email info@britishtriathlon.shop after the event stating your name, the item(s) of merchandise purchased and the address you would like them sent to, and we will get the items distributed to you.

  • What to do if your results aren’t appearing in the results search

    We aim to have all results available after each race has been completed; however, please do allow some time for them to appear in the results search.

    If your results aren’t appearing, please check that you are entering the correct information race number and name, as it will be the same as on your entry.

    If you are still experiencing difficulties the day after the event, then please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org with your Name, Race Number and Race/Age Category, and we will look into the issue.

  • What do we do with our timing chips after completing the race?

    Once you have crossed the finish line, there will be volunteers on hand to collect your timing chip and ankle strap. Please remember to hand in your timing chip; otherwise, you will be charged for the chip as it will be considered lost.

  • I accidentally kept my timing chip after the race, where do I return it to?

    If you accidentally keep your timing chip after the race, please make sure you email leeds@britishtriathlon.org

    Please do so as soon as possible after realising that you still have it; otherwise, you will be charged for the chip as it will be considered lost

  • I lost my timing chip during the race; how do I make sure I don’t get fined?

    The timing chip you receive as part of your race pack is critical to your race as it will electronically record your race time splits as well as your overall time. If you lose your timing chip during the race, please inform a Technical Official as soon as possible. They will be able to manually record your time so that you receive an overall time, but also make a note that you have lost it.

    After you have finished your race, please also email leeds@britishtriathlon.org to make us aware of your situation to ensure that you don’t receive a penalty charge for not returning your timing chip.

  • I couldn’t stay to collect my age group medal on the day of the event, how will I receive this?

    If you medal in one of the Age group races in the British Standard Distance Championships or any of the other race categories, and can’t stay for the medal or trophy presentation then please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org

    In your email, please state your name, the category you competed in and your address. We will then post your medal to you as soon as possible after the event.

  • How can I reclaim my shoes left at the Swim Start in Roundhay Park?

    If you would like to reclaim any shoes left at the Swim Start, then please do so on the same day as the event. We recommend picking up your shoes at the same time as you pick up your bike from transition, as you can quickly walk down to Swim Start.

    All shoes left at Swim Start after the event will be collected by volunteers and donated to charity.

Rules and Regulations Topics

  • Are there any particular rules that must be followed for this event?

    Yes. The event is run under British Triathlon rules which can be found here.

    Do try to read through at your leisure well before the event.

  • What are the most important rules that must be followed?

    Some of the most important rules relate to the cycle section and transition. For example:

    • Your cycle helmet must be on your head and fastened whenever you are in contact with your bike. So don’t take the bike off the rack until your helmet is on and done up, and don’t unfasten your helmet until your bike is back on the rack after your cycle section.
    • You must rack your bike in the correct allotted space in transition.
    • You must not mark your position in the transition in any way.
    • You must not use headphones or a mobile phone either in transition or at any time during the race.
    • You cannot receive any outside assistance during the race, for example your friend cannot offer you a drink on the run course (only our volunteers can offer you drinks from our drinks stations) nor can anyone help you change a flat tyre on the bike section.
    • No drafting on the bike course - which means not cycling too close to the bike in front.
    • Your race number should be worn on your back for the cycle and on your front for the run. This is most easily achieved using a number belt, which you have to provide yourself.
    • There are lots more important rules not mentioned here, so do read the rulebook.
  • Can I wear headphones during any part of the race?

    No – Competitors are not allowed to use or wear Headphone(s) or Headset(s), which are inserted in or covering the ears during any part of the race, this includes transition.

    Mobile telephones are allowed to be brought into transition but cannot be used anywhere on the course or while Transition is live.

  • Is there a cut off time?

    All Age group participants who are competing on Sunday must have finished the bike by 12.00 to be allowed to start the run. If you have not finished the whole race by 12:45 then you will be removed from the course.

    For those participants racing on Saturday in GO TRI, the bike section of the event must be completed by 12:30. The run section is contained to Roundhay Park, so no time limits are in place for this element as we aim to ensure that all participants have the opportunity to complete their race!

Yellow Jersey Event Day Insurance

Merchandise

  • Merchandise Returns Policy

    All refunds and exchanges are to be processed directly by the Organiser. If you require a refund and are entitled to one you must contact the Organiser directly by contacting info@britishtriathlon.shop

    All additional purchases made at the point of Event entry are subject to each individual supplier’s refund and exchange policies (you must read the supplier’s terms and conditions to establish and understand what these are in each case). Please contact your supplier for specific details.

    Details of all merchandise suppliers can be found by emailing info@britishtriathlon.shop

    Items of merchandise or additional purchases supplied by the Organiser (as opposed to a third party supplier) within the Entry process can only be exchanged or refunded if they are the wrong size, defective, not as described or arrive damaged and are received back with the Organiser within 35 days of purchase in its original condition.

    By original condition, we’d expect this to mean that you’ve kept packaging and labels, and that the item is undamaged and unused.

    Once returned, we’ll refund the person who originally placed and paid for the order.

    Where a product has been made to measure or personalised for you, unless faulty, we’re unable to refund or offer an exchange. This applies to the medal engraving product.

    If you need to return an item, you are responsible for paying your own shipping costs. The Organiser will deduct the cost of shipping a replacement item from your refund.

    This does not affect your statutory rights.

  • What if I change my mind and want to add the insurance after buying my race entry?

    If you decide that you would like to add Yellow Jersey insurance to your race entry, log into your event entry at myevents.active.com and click on ‘Purchase Merchandise’ which is at the bottom of your entry summary.

    Here you will be able to retrospectively purchase Yellow Jersey insurance.

  • I ordered a piece of merchandise but forgot to pick it up, how can I get it?

    Please email info@britishtriathlon.shop after the event stating your name, the item(s) of merchandise purchased and the address you would like them sent to, and we will get the items distributed to you.

  • Is merchandise on sale in the event village on event day?

    ​Yes it is! A merchandise pop up shop will be open on both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June, so make sure you head over there to pick up some merchandise!

    Alternatively, if you would like to order merchandise before the event, but forgot to do so when completing your entry, head over to the Official British Triathlon Online Merchandise store

    Here you will be able to pre-purchase all WTS Leeds 2020 event merchandise ahead of the day!

Spectator Topics

  • We would like to come to watch the event but need information on disabled parking, access etc.?

    Blue badge parking will be available for the duration of the event at Roundhay Park. The event is accessible for all, however please be aware that it is a long way to the racecourse so allow enough time to navigate the event site.

  • Are tickets required for the grandstand to watch the elite athlete finish area?

    Grandstand tickets are required to watch the elite athlete finish area in Millennium Square. Participants can purchase tickets for the Grandstand via the ‘Purchase Merchandise’ section of myevents.active.com

    For the general public, grandstand tickets are now on general sale and can be purchased through the Leeds Box office here

  • How do I track the progress of a friend or family member?

    We are currently working on having a live participant tracker, which will enable you to track the progress of a friend or family member. Please check back in the lead up to the event for further updates.

  • Shuttle bus arrangements

    On Saturday as a participant, you can drive or cycle to Roundhay Park to register and rack your bike, and then drive or take the shuttle bus back to the city centre.

    For participants racing on Sunday, we recommend that you leave your car in the event car park after registering on Saturday, and take the shuttle bus back to the City Centre and then to Roundhay Park on the morning over the race. Once you have finished your race, the shuttle bus will be running continuously until 18:00 to take you back to Roundhay Park to collect your bike and belongings.

    Please note that the buses will not accept bikes onboard due to insurance purposes.

    Participants can drive to Roundhay Park on Sunday morning, however please be aware that multiple road closures will be in place across the city centre from 05:00 am which may disrupt your journey to Roundhay Park.

    Spectators can take the shuttle bus to and from Roundhay Park and the City Centre, right across the weekend so they can watch you start your race and see you finish it in the city centre! Please note the shuttle bus is free for all competitors. Spectators will be charged £3 per return journey.

  • What time do the road closures come into place?

    ​On both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, the road closures are in place from 05:00 am

    For more information on the areas’ affected by the road closures, please click here

  • At Leeds 2019 there was an event app, where can I download this from for Leeds 2020?

    We are currently in the process of finalising the Leeds 2020 event app. Please check back in the coming months for further information

  • Are dogs allowed on the Shuttle Bus?

    ​It is at the discretion of the bus driver to allow dogs onto the Shuttle Buses running between Roundhay Park and the City Centre. The exemption to this rule is Guide Dogs

  • Are tickets required for the event village?

    The event village in Roundhay park is free to enter for all participants and spectators, so no tickets are required.

    Within the village, there are plenty of food outlets, pop-up shops as well as activities to keep the kids entertained. A big screen will be showing live coverage of both the mass participation races, as well as the Elite races throughout the event, so enjoy the atmosphere and make the most of your day!

  • Bus Shuttle Schedule & Cost

    Saturday 6th June 2020

    From Leeds City Centre at Eastgate Roundabout (near Leeds Bus Station) to Roundhay Park

    • First Bus - 0500
    • Last Bus - 1830
    • Frequent Service - every 10 minutes or less

    From Roundhay Park former Tram Terminus (Princes Avenue) to Leeds Eastgate roundabout

    • First Bus - 0530
    • Last Bus - 1930
    • Frequent Service - every 15 minutes or less
    Sunday 7th June 2020

    From Leeds City Centre at Eastgate roundabout (near Leeds Bus Station) to Roundhay Park

    • First Bus - 0500
    • Last Bus - 1930
    • Frequent service - every 10 minutes or less
    From Roundhay Park former Tram Terminus (Princes Avenue) to Leeds Eastgate roundabout
    • First Bus - 0530
    • Last Bus - 2000
    • Frequent service - every 10 minutes or less
    Cost

    £3.00 per return journey for spectators

    Participants travel free of charge throughout the weekend