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The AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds and World Paratriathlon Leeds will be delivered under the new British Triathlon Event Organiser guidance developed to ensure any swim, bike, run activity is operated within government guidelines. The guidance ensures a safe return of events for all participants, event staff and volunteers.

The event will be staged in and around Roundhay Park in 2021 with everyone, elite and mass participation alike, finishing on the blue carpet alongside Mansion House in the park, rather than in the city centre.

For more information about some of the changes you might see and steps being taken to create a Covid-Secure environment, please read our ‘Return to Play’ guidance.

UPDATE: 12/05/2021   09:00

AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds and Your Entry

  • Who is organising AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds?

    AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Series Leeds will be organised exclusively by British Triathlon, in partnership with Triathlon England, Leeds City Council, UK Sport and World Triathlon.

  • What is the confirmed date for the 2021 event?

    It has now been confirmed that AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds will take place on the 5- 6 June 2021.

  • What day will the sprint and standard distance races take place?

    In a change from previous years, it has now been confirmed that the sprint and standard distance races will take place on separate days across the weekend.

    The sprint distance, GO Tri, aquathlon, TriStar and Youth categories will all take place on Saturday 5 June.

    Sunday 6 June will then see a full day of standard distance racing.

    The full schedule can be viewed here

  • Why has the sprint distance event been moved to Saturday?

    The sprint distance has been moved to the Saturday from the Sunday to ensure that both this and the Standard event can comply with the social distancing and Covid-Secure Guidelines.

  • What would happen to my entry if the event was postponed or cancelled at a later stage due to Covid?

    The Local Organising Committee will continue to follow the relevant government and sport guidance that is in place throughout the planning, preparation and delivery of the event. Should it be necessary to postpone or cancel the event, then this will be clearly communicated to all entered participants. As with the postponement of the 2020 event, every consideration will be given to reserving entry places or the refund of entry fees. Specific detail will be subject to the timing and circumstances of any cancellation or postponement at the time.

  • What happened to my 2020 race entry?

    All 2020 entrants received a series of communications at the end of 2020 regarding the transfer of their entry to the 2021 event.

    Participants were asked to accept the 2021 terms and conditions via your MyEvents Active Portal as a condition of carrying entries forward to 2021. Our team then carried all your details through from when you originally entered in 2019/20.

  • I have entered Leeds 2021 but can’t find my confirmation email, what should I do?

    Log into your www.myevents.active.com account and select ‘Registration and 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 and your order receipt.

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

  • I entered the TriStar/Youth event for 2020, what happens to my entry for 2021?

    A series of communications were sent to all TriStar and Youth entrants after Tristar and Youth racing was confirmed to be part of AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds schedule.

    All Tristar and Youth Entries from 2020 have been carried forward into the 2021 edition of the event, and all participants were asked to sign the new 2021 terms and conditions.

    All participants who have moved out of an age category have automatically been moved up into the next age category.

  • How can I enter?

    All remaining entry places are now open on the website, with entry closing on Sunday 16 May. Head over to AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds website to grab yourself a last-minute entry before they’re all gone!

    Enter here

  • What is the minimum age for this event?

    AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds races are open to the following ages:

    • Standard distance – ages 17 and over as of 31/12/2021
    • Sprint distance – ages 15 and over as of 31/12/2021
    • GO TRI – ages 15 and over as of 31/12/2021
    • Tristar 2 – ages 11 to 12 as of 31/12/2021
    • Tristar 3 – ages 13 to 14 as of 31/12/2021
    • Youth – ages 15 to 17 as of 31/12/2021

    Participants under the age of 17 will need to provide consent from a parent or guardian and proof of age when they collect their race pack.

  • I am under 18 and 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.

    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, firstly enter your parent or guardian’s details. 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 participant who wants to compete, so the entry is in their name.

  • I am a paratriathlete and wish to enter, how do I do this?

    Athletes with disabilities or long-term conditions are encouraged to compete in AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds. However, the course is not suitable for athletes who compete using wheelchairs, race-chairs or handcycles.

    Please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org and we will be able to provide more information.

  • How will the event be Covid-Secure?

    The team behind AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of all participants and spectators at the event so that it is an enjoyable experience for all.

    This year we have introduced online race briefings, staggered arrival and registration times, and are asking all participants and spectators to complete a health declaration prior to arrival.

    Temperature checks will be carried out before entering the venue and we have implemented carefully managed wayfinding plans to facilitate one way movement through entry and exit areas.

    The size of transition has been increased to allow additional room between participants to ensure social distancing is maintained, and all swim starts will be time-trial format.

    We have also enhanced the cleaning of high touchpoint areas, added additional safety signage as a reminder of the event code of conduct, and increased the availability of hand sanitiser throughout the event site.

The Event Start and Finish

  • What is the minimum age for this event?

    AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds races are open to the following ages:

    • Standard distance – ages 17 and over as of 31/12/2021
    • Sprint distance – ages 15 and over as of 31/12/2021
    • GO TRI – ages 15 and over as of 31/12/2021
    • Tristar 2 – ages 11 to 12 as of 31/12/2021
    • Tristar 3 – ages 13 to 14 as of 31/12/2021
    • Youth – ages 15 to 17 as of 31/12/2021

    Participants under the age of 17 will need to provide consent from a parent or guardian and proof of age when they collect their race pack.

  • How will the event be Covid-Secure?

    The team behind AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of all participants and spectators at the event so that it is an enjoyable experience for all.

    This year we have introduced online race briefings, staggered arrival and registration times, and are asking all participants and spectators to complete a health declaration prior to arrival.

    Temperature checks will be carried out before entering the venue and we have implemented carefully managed wayfinding plans to facilitate one way movement through entry and exit areas.

    The size of transition has been increased to allow additional room between participants to ensure social distancing is maintained, and all swim starts will be time-trial format.

    We have also enhanced the cleaning of high touchpoint areas, added additional safety signage as a reminder of the event code of conduct, and increased the availability of hand sanitiser throughout the event site.

  • Where does AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds take place?

    All aspects of the 2021 edition of the event will start and finish in Roundhay Park with participants enjoying the ‘blue carpet’ experience like the world’s best elite triathletes and paratriathletes outside Mansion House.

    As in previous years, the swim will take place in Waterloo Lake followed by the
    bike and run sections which will take place in and around Roundhay Park.

    The new 2021 routes can be viewed here

  • What events will be included as part of the event weekend?

    The event will host elite athletes as part of the World Triathlon Championship Series and, for the first time, the World Triathlon Para Series. In addition, the Festival of Triathlon will once again include age group standard, sprint and GO TRI distance racing, plus additional events like TriStar and Youth racing that make the festival accessible to all.

    For more information on the schedule please click here

    You can also find out more details on how you can take part here

  • How does the course differ for each distance?

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

    The breakdown of each distance is as follows:

    • Standard distance = 1500m swim; 36.2km bike; 10km run
    • Sprint distance = 750m swim; 18.4km bike; 5km run
    • GO TRI distance = 200m swim; 9.5km bike; 2.5km run
    • Aquathlon distance = 1km swim; 5km run
    • TriStar 2 distance = 200m swim; 5km bike; 1.8km run
    • TriStar 3 distance = 200m swim; 5km bike; 2.5km run
    • Youth distance = 200m swim; 9.5km bike; 2.5km run

    *Distances subject to change

  • When will start times be released?

    Start times for all races will be released on Friday 21 May 2021.

  • How does the relay work?

    Relay teams will compete over either the standard distance or the 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 36.2km or 18.4km bike course, and the third team member running the 10km or 5km run course.

    For teams of two, one member will complete two out of the three disciplines.

    All team members will wear one timing chip each and start their leg of the race as soon as their teammate has arrived at their transition point.

    All team members will have access to transition, however we ask that no more than two members of the team are in transition at any one time.

  • Is the route on closed roads?

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

  • Can I start with a friend?

    Yes you can! If you would like to take part alongside a friend, then please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org.

    Please be aware that this year all participants will be starting individually in a time-trial format in line with our Covid-19 return to play protocols. Our operations team will do their best to ensure that your start times are close to each other.

    Please make your request by 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021. Any requests after this time will not be accepted.

British Standard Distance and Yorkshire Championships

  • Will the event still be the British Standard Distance Championships?

    Yes, AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds will host the British Standard Distance Championships.

  • How does the new date affect the Age Group qualification status of the event?

    The event will retain its Age-Group qualifier status. This is being rolled forward so that AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds becomes a qualification race for the 2022 World Triathlon Standard Distance World Championships.

    To qualify for the 2022 world championships, you must race in the British Standard Distance Championships and register your intention to qualify.

    If you wish to register then, please click here

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

    At AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds there are two types of standard distance race: The British Standard Distance Championships and the open standard distance.

    All British Triathlon Home Nation members are eligible to race in the British Championships. The Championships provide members with the opportunity be crowned national champion and to qualify for the Great Britain Age-Group Team for the 2022 World Triathlon Standard Distance World Championships.

    British Triathlon Home Nation members who want to qualify for the World Championships must register their intent to qualify. If you wish to register then, please click here

    Participants who are not British Triathlon Home Nation members are ineligible for the championships and Age-Group Team qualification, so compete in the open standard distance race. If non-members would like to race in the championships, then membership can be purchased prior to the event and retrospectively added to your entry

  • If I purchase a day license, can I race in the British Standard Distance Championships?

    Only British Triathlon Home Nation members are eligible to compete in the British Standard Distance Championships.

    Purchasing a day license does not make you eligible to race in the British Standard Distance Championships.

    If you are not a British Triathlon Home Nation member and would now like to race in the championships, then membership to British Triathlon can be purchased prior to the event and retrospectively added to your entry.

    For more information on membership please click here

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

    The Yorkshire Championships are for both British Triathlon Home Nation and non-British Triathlon Home Nation 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 for the championships?

    No you do not. Being a British Triathlon Home Nation member will mean you are eligible to compete in the British Standard Distance Championships.

  • I want to qualify for the Age-Group Team, how do I register my intent to compete?

    To qualify for the 2022 World Triathlon Standard Distance World Championships, 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

  • How will the event be Covid-Secure?

    The team behind AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of all participants and spectators at the event so that it is an enjoyable experience for all.

    This year we have introduced online race briefings, staggered arrival and registration times, and are asking all participants and spectators to complete a health declaration prior to arrival.

    Temperature checks will be carried out before entering the venue and we have implemented carefully managed wayfinding plans to facilitate one way movement through entry and exit areas.

    The size of transition has been increased to allow additional room between participants to ensure social distancing is maintained, and all swim starts will be time-trial format.

    We have also enhanced the cleaning of high touchpoint areas, added additional safety signage as a reminder of the event code of conduct, and increased the availability of hand sanitiser throughout the event site.

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

    Prior to arriving at Roundhay Park, please ensure that you have completed your health declaration and event code of conduct. This applies to all participants, plus ones and spectators and is a condition of being allowed into the venue.

    After completing your health declaration and event code of conduct, you will receive a QR Code which you will need to present upon arrival to gain access to the venue.

  • What time do the roads shut?

    On both Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June the road closures are in place from 5am.

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

  • How long should I allow for us to walk to registration from the car park?

    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.

    Prior to the event, all participants will received a designated arrival time, registration time, transition check in time and start time.

    We ask all participants to abide by these times in order to ensure Covid-Secure protocols can be followed by all involved at the event.

  • Do we get our race numbers at registration?

    Yes. Your race pack, which includes your race number, will be available to pick up from the registration tent in Roundhay Park at your designated arrival time.

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

  • Can I start with a friend?

    Yes you can! If you would like to take part alongside a friend, then please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org.

    Please be aware that this year all participants will be starting individually in a time-trial format in line with our Covid-19 return to play protocols. Our operations team will do their best to ensure that your start times are close to each other.

    Please make your request by 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021. Any requests after this time will not be accepted.

  • Is there anywhere to get changed before and after the race?

    Unfortunately, changing facilities will not be available at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds in line with Covid-19 protocols.

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

    Unfortunately, changing facilities will not be available at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds in line with Covid-19 protocols, and it is expected that you will complete the whole event in whatever you wear to swim in. 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.

    We recommend wearing a trisuit as you can complete the whole race it in without getting changed. Not only will this remove the worry of having to get changed into cycle gear but will also speed up your transition.

  • 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 and 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

  • I need to borrow a wetsuit for the event, where can I hire one from?

    We have a limited number of wetsuits that can be borrowed by GO TRI participants on the day of the event. If you need borrow a wetsuit please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org

  • 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˚C 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 hire a bike for the event and how much will it cost?

    We are currently finalising the services, including bike hire, that will be available for participants at Roundhay Park. Please check back shortly for more information.

  • I have a mountain or hybrid 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

  • 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 help in transition, there will be plenty of GO TRI Ambassadors on hand to help.

  • What happens to our bikes after we have finished the race?

    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.

  • I have more questions not answered here, who can I ask?

    If you have any further questions about participating in the GO TRI AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds, please get in touch via our social media channels or email leeds@britishtriathlon.org.

Event Day Registration

  • 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.

  • I have entered Leeds 2021 but can’t find my confirmation email, what should I do?

    Log into your www.myevents.active.com account and select ‘Registration and 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 and your order receipt.

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

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

    Prior to arriving at Roundhay Park, please ensure that you have completed your health declaration and event code of conduct. This applies to all participants, plus ones and spectators and is a condition of being allowed into the venue.

    After completing your health declaration and event code of conduct, you will receive a QR Code which you will need to present upon arrival to gain access to the venue.

  • What time do the roads shut?

    On both Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June the road closures are in place from 5am.

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

  • How long should I allow for us to walk to registration from the car park?

    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.

    Prior to the event, all participants will received a designated arrival time, registration time, transition check in time and start time.

    We ask all participants to abide by these times in order to ensure Covid-Secure protocols can be followed by all involved at the event.

  • What day and time does registration open?

    This year, event registration will take place on the morning of your event, either on Saturday or Sunday morning.

    Prior to the event, all participants will receive a designated arrival time, registration time, transition check in time and start time.

    We ask all participants to abide by these times in order to ensure Covid-Secure protocols can be followed by all involved in the event.

    All participants will also receive a text message with a pre-assigned registration desk. These will be numbered 1-30 and you should go to the specific desk stated in this text message.

    When at the desk, please wear a face-covering and have your QR code ready.

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

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

    • ID (Either a driving license or passport)
    • British Triathlon Home Nation membership card
    • Entry QR Code which can be found on your confirmation email or the Active website.

  • What are bike and helmet stickers, 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 seat stem of your bike.
    • 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, all stickers 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 shortly for more information.

  • Is there a bag drop facility this year?

    Due to the event solely taking place in Roundhay Park, there will be no bag drop facilities in operation this year.

    All participants are able to bring a SMALL bag into transition to hold all personal belongings and equipment. We recommend that when packing this bag you include warm clothes and a towel for after the event.

  • Are there changing and shower facilities available at Roundhay Park?

    Unfortunately, changing facilities will not be available at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds in line with Covid-19 protocols.

  • I purchased priority racking in 2020, is this still valid for 2021?

    In line with the new event schedule for 2021, priority racking is no longer in operation as registration now takes place on the morning of your event.

    All priority racking spaces purchased in 2020 will be refunded automatically by the Local Organising Committee ahead of the event.

  • I purchased a swim familiarisation space in 2020, is this still valid for 2021?

    Due to the new schedule, swim familiarisation will no longer take place for age group athletes.

    All swim familiarisation spaces purchased in 2020 will be refunded automatically by the Local Organising Committee ahead of the event.

  • How will the event briefing take place?

    This year, all participants will receive a virtual video briefing which will outline everything they need to know ahead of the event.

    Please keep an eye out for this video on our website and in your participant guide.

Swim

  • I purchased a swim familiarisation space in 2020, is this still valid for 2021?

    Due to the new schedule, swim familiarisation will no longer take place for age group athletes.

    All swim familiarisation spaces purchased in 2020 will be refunded automatically by the Local Organising Committee ahead of the event.

  • 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 powerboats 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 buoyance will help too, so please don’t panic.

  • 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 ˚C and 18˚C.

    An official water temperature will be available one hour before the race start.

  • What to expect at swim start?

    Once you have set up your transition area and racked your bike, you must then head straight down to swim start.

    On your way down to the pontoon you will join a socially distanced queue and filter through until it is your turn to get in the water. All participants will start their race in the water, there will be no diving starts.

    Participants will be set off individually in five second intervals to adhere to Covid-Secure guidelines.

    We ask that all participants wear a face-covering in transition and right up until it is your turn to start your race.

  • How will the event briefing take place?

    This year all participants will receive a virtual video briefing which will outline everything you need to know ahead of the event.

    Please keep an eye out for this video on our website and in your participant guide.

  • I don’t feel prepared to swim the full distance, what options do I have?

    Despite there being growing access to outdoor and indoor swimming venues, we are aware that your swim training will have been impacted by the recent lockdown and therefore you may want to see an alternative swim option. Find out about your options here.

    The deadline for requesting an alternative swim option is Sunday 16 May, 23:59.

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

    Yes. For safety reasons, wetsuits will be compulsory for all open races at the event.

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

    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 under my wetsuit?

    We recommend wearing a trisuit 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.

  • If I don’t wear a trisuit, where do I change my clothes between the swim and the bike?

    There are no changing facilities in transition. It is expected that you will complete the whole event in whatever you wear to swim in. 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.

  • 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 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, but there will be more than one wave with the same coloured swim cap. Please make sure that you check your start time and don’t just go by the colour of the swim caps entering the water as it may not be your wave.

  • Do I need goggles in the swim?

    Any open water swim really does require goggles. We recommend using goggles which have lenses suitable for outdoors, as these are a slightly different colour to those you would typically 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.

Bike

  • 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 shortly for more information.

  • I purchased priority racking in 2020, is this still valid for 2021?

    In line with the new event schedule for 2021, priority racking is no longer in operation as registration now takes place on the morning of your event.

    All priority racking spaces purchased in 2020 will be refunded automatically by the Local Organising Committee ahead of the event.

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

    Drafting is cycling close to the bike in front of you and thereby gaining an advantage. All the open races are draft-illegal 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.

  • 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.

  • Will there be medical and mechanical support on the course?

    Medical support will be available at strategic points around the course. There will be no mechanical support on the course for the open races and no drinks stations.

    Make sure your bike is in a roadworthy condition for the event. If you do have a flat tire during the race, you will have to fix it yourself. Carry your own fluids on the bike.

  • 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 use my time-trial (TT) bike for the race?

    TT bikes are permitted at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds. The event is run under British Triathlon Competition Rules, and the permitted cycling equipment is explained in Section 5 of the rule book available from this link

  • Do I need cleats/clipless pedals for the cycle?

    No, you do not have to use cleats/clipless pedals

  • Can I use tribars?

    Yes, you can as the open races are draft-illegal. 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 tribelt and ensuring the number is displayed on your back during the bike section. You will need to provide your own tribelt.

Run

Transition

  • Where do the transitions take place?

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

  • What can I expect in transition?

    Transition will be larger than previous years to ensure social distancing can be adhered to. All participants will be 2m apart from each other and there will be additional space between each row to give everyone enough space.

    Once you have checked into transition and set up your transition space, please head down to swim start for your race start time.

    In place of the bag drop facility that is usually in operation, all participants are allowed to bring a SMALL bag into transition to hold all personal belongings and equipment.

  • 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. When you enter transition at your designated check-in time, you will need to show your security wristband. Without your wristband you will not be allowed to access transition.

  • Is there a bag drop facility this year? How can I get my warm clothes to the finish?

    Due to the event solely taking place in Roundhay Park this year, there will be no bag drop facilities in operation this year.

    All participants are able to bring a SMALL bag into transition to hold all personal belongings and equipment. We recommend that when packing this bag you include warm clothes and a towel for after the event.

  • 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. of the British Triathlon Competition Rules.

    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.

  • When in transition how will I know which way to go, where to exit transition on my bike and 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?

    Planning and practice is 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 time does transition open and when can I collect my bike?

    Prior to the event, you will receive a designated transition check-in time. Please do not arrive before this time, as you will not be allowed to check in ahead of your slot due to social distancing protocols.

    You can collect your bike immediately after you have finished your race.

Post-Event

  • Bus Shuttle Arrangements

    Due to the event now starting and finishing in Roundhay Park, there will be no bus shuttle service in operation from the city centre to Roundhay Park.

  • What can I expect at the finish line?

    This year, all participants will experience the same blue carpet finish as the World Triathlon Championship Series athletes in front of Mansion House. Once you have crossed the finish line you will receive your medal, finisher gifts and refreshments.

    All these items will be self-service, so you will be asked to pick up your own items in line with Covid-19 protocols.

  • How do I find my race results?

    All race results for AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds will be uploaded to the Festival of Triathlon Website after the event.

    Results will be verified after the event, so please allow some time for the upload to take place.

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

    This year at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds, Yellow Jersey will be on hand to capture photos from across the swim, bike, run, as well as that all important finish line photo.

    More information will follow in the coming weeks on how to access photos after the event.

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

    Once you have crossed the finish line, we ask that you remove your own timing chip from your ankle. Please then take the chip off the Velcro strap and drop them in the allocated buckets.

    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 can I send it back to?

    If you accidentally kept 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.

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

    Unfortunately, due to Covid-Secure guidelines we are unable to hold medal ceremonies and trophy presentations at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds.

    Medal winners in the British Standard Distance and Yorkshire Championships will have their medals posted to them after the event. Tophies for overall category winners in the British Standard Distance, Yorkshire Championship, Sprint, Tristar and Youth will also be posted.

    Please allow 14 days post-event to receive your medal.

  • I couldn’t collect my championship medal on the day of the event, how will I receive this?

    Unfortunately, due to Covid-Secure guidelines, we cannot hold medal ceremonies and trophy presentations at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds.

    All British Standard Distance and Yorkshire Championship medal winners will have their medal posted to them after the event. Please allow 14 days post-event to receive your medal.

  • Who do I contact about lost property?

    Any lost property found or handed in by a member of the public will be held at the Help Desk in the registration tent. Please speak to a member of British Triathlon Staff at the desk if you have lost any personal belongings on the day of the event.

    Alternatively, email us at leeds@britishtriathlon.org with a detailed description of your lost item(s).

  • How can I get warm clothes or a towel to the finish line to dry myself if the weather is bad?

    All participants are able to bring a SMALL bag into transition to hold all personal belongings and equipment. We recommend that when packing this bag you include warm clothes and a towel for after the event.

    Please note, there will be no bag drop facilities in operation at Roundhay Park this year.

Withdrawals, Refunds and Transfers

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

    If you wish to withdraw from the event at any point, you must do so by informing the us 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 and we will confirm the withdrawal by email normally within 5 working days. If no response to the withdrawal request is received, the participant should phone us on 01509 226161.

    No refunds can be given to participants withdrawing after 5 pm on Monday 1 March 2021.

    A participant may withdraw and be refunded in full (excluding booking fee) up to 14 days after the date of entry confirmation, after which time the entry fee will not be refunded in full.

    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.

  • I can no longer compete at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds, can I defer my entry to 2022?

    Unfortunately, we do not operate a deferral system for AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds as it has not been confirmed whether the event will take place in 2022.

    This is not a new condition included for 2021 due to Covid-19 and is stated in our terms and conditions.

    If you are wishing to defer due to concerns over the lack of swim training time, our team have been monitoring the government road map and now agreed to offer a shortened or no swim option.

    For more information on the swim option, please take a look at the FAQs under ‘Swim’.

  • Transferring and 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 and 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 British Triathlon and referred to the relevant Home Nation 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 British Triathlon.

    For more information please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org

  • I have entered into the GO TRI/Sprint distance but would like more of a challenge, can I move up?

    If you would like to enquire about moving up to the next distance, please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org by 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021.

    Please note that the number of entries remaining are limited in all categories, so any distance changes will depend on remaining availability. It should also be noted that moving to a different category may result in additional charges being incurred.

  • I have entered the standard/sprint distance but think it will be too challenging, can I move down?

    If you would like to enquire about moving down to the next distance, please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org by 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021.

    Please note that the number of entries remaining are limited in all categories, so any distance changes will depend on remaining availability.

Plus One & Spectator Information

  • What time do the roads shut?

    On both Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June the road closures are in place from 5am.

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

  • How long should I allow for us to walk to registration from the car park?

    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.

    Prior to the event, all participants will received a designated arrival time, registration time, transition check in time and start time.

    We ask all participants to abide by these times in order to ensure Covid-Secure protocols can be followed by all involved at the event.

  • Bus Shuttle Arrangements

    Due to the event now starting and finishing in Roundhay Park, there will be no bus shuttle service in operation from the city centre to Roundhay Park.

  • Why is there a charge?

    This year we are required to implement changes to follow the government Covid-19 guidance on phased return of sport and recreation

    To achieve this we have had to put a number of additional measures in place including creating a closed venue which includes mechanisms to control access and numbers into the park, thus creating a venue capacity.

    Subject to Step 3 of the UK Government roadmap (due for announcement on 17 May), participants and their plus one will be able to also spectate the relevant World Triathlon elite triathlon or paratriathlon event taking place on the respective day of their competition (Para Series on Saturday and Championship Series on Sunday). This ticket will allow the plus one to remain in the venue to watch the elite racing action

  • Are spectators allowed? And how do I purchase a ticket?

    A limited number of spectators are allowed at events in England from step three of the UK Government’s roadmap.

    All participants have already had the opportunity to invite a plus one as part their event day experience. Regardless of whether spectators are allowed or not, all participants will be allowed to bring their plus one.

    With the venue capacity strictly limited, we can only allow one plus one per participant, however, from Monday 10 – Sunday 16 May, there will be a priority window for participants to access additional spectator places before remaining spaces are available for general spectators from Monday 17 May. All plus ones and spectators must be registered in order to attend the event.

    Plus ones must be 18 or over and cost £5. Spectator places for under 16s will be free, with over 16s being charged at £5.

    Please note that all spectator tickets outside of each participant’s plus one are dependent on step three of the UK Government’s roadmap being reached.

  • What happens if spectators are not allowed to remain in the park and watch the elite racing?

    After the roadmap announcement due on the 17 May, we will be in a position to confirm if participants and spectators will be allowed to remain and watch the elite racing.

    Should the news not be as we are hoping, the £5 ticket cost will be refunded to all plus ones.

  • Are children allowed at the event?

    Yes. Spectator places for under 16s will be free, with over 16s being charged at £5.

    Plus ones must be 18 or over and cost £5.

  • What should I do if I lost the QR Code for my plus one?

    If you have lost your plus one QR code, please email leeds@britishtriathlon.org with the name and email address of your plus one.

  • Are tickets required for the event village?

    Yes. You can only enter the event village if you have purchased a ticket to get into the event as a spectator, plus one or if you are a participant.

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

  • I would like to spectate at the event, is the site accessible for those with a disability?

    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 race course, so allow enough time to navigate the event site.

    A specific accessible viewing area will be open on New Walk to the immediate south west of Mansion House.

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

    Due to the new layout of the finish area, there will be no grandstand seating this year. Refunds for grandstand tickets purchased in 2019 via the Active site have been processed by the Local Organising Committee. You will not need to make a refund request.

    If you purchased tickets through the Leeds Box Office, then refunds should have already been processed. If you are still to receive this, please contact the Leeds Box Office directly.

    Although there is no grandstand, designated viewing areas will be open across the event weekend. More information on these areas will be provided shortly.

  • What time will the World Triathlon Para Series and World Triathlon Championship Series races be star

    The event will host elite athletes as part of the World Triathlon Championship Series on Sunday 6 June and, for the first time, the World Triathlon Para Series on Saturday 5 June.

    Timings for both events are as follows:

    • World Triathlon Para Series: 14:00 – 16:00
    • World Triathlon Championship Series (Women): 13:00
    • World Triathlon Championship Series (Men): 15:50

  • How will the event be Covid-Secure?

    The team behind AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of all participants and spectators at the event so that it is an enjoyable experience for all.

    This year we have introduced staggered arrival and registration times, and are asking all participants and spectators to complete a health declaration prior to arrival.

    Temperature checks will be carried out before entering the venue, and we have implemented carefully managed wayfinding plans to facilitate one way movement through entry and exit areas.

    We have also enhanced the cleaning of high touch point areas, added additional safety signage as a reminder of the event code of conduct, and increased the availability of hand sanitiser throughout the event site.

Accommodation, Travel and Parking

  • I’m competing in one of the distances across the weekend. Do I need to stay locally?

    In a change from previous years, you will now be required to register on the morning of your event. Unless you live locally, we recommend that you stay in Leeds or the surrounding area.

    Please note that there will be no bus shuttle provisions from the city centre in place for the 2021 edition of the event.

    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 the knowledge of the locality and vast event management experience, meaning you’ll be able to concentrate on experiencing one of the great World Triathlon events.

    Nirvana has selected Hampton by Hilton Leeds City Centre as the Official age-group hotel. Find out more here

  • Do you allow camping or camper vans to stay in the Roundhay Park carpark overnight?

    Camping or the use of camper vans is NOT allowed in Roundhay Park overnight before the race.

  • Can I park my car at Roundhay Park?

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

    During the elite race, cars will be able to access and egress the car park throughout competitions (entry will be from the south).

  • Bus Shuttle Arrangements

    Due to the event now starting and finishing in Roundhay Park, there will be no bus shuttle service in operation from the city centre to Roundhay Park.

Merchandise and Grandstand Tickets

  • 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 5 and Sunday 6 June, so make sure you head over there to pick up some merchandise.

    Alternatively, if you would like to order merchandise before the event, then please head over to the British Triathlon Shop where you will be able to purchase exclusive AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds event merchandise.

    Adult merchandise – https://britishtriathlon.shop/product-category/leeds-2021/adult/

    Children’s merchandise - https://britishtriathlon.shop/product-category/leeds-2021/youth/

  • I ordered merchandise for the 2020 event, has this been carried over to 2021?

    All merchandise that was purchased ahead of the 2020 event via the Active System has been carried forward alongside your event entry. Please head over to the Scimitar merchandise tent in the Event Village, to collect yours.

  • I purchased grandstand tickets for the 2020 event, are these still valid?

    Due to the new layout of the finish area, there will be no grandstand seating this year. Refunds for grandstand tickets purchased in 2019 via the Active site, have been processed by the Local Organising Committee. You will not need to make a refund request.

    If you purchased tickets through the Leeds Box Office, then refunds should have already been processed. If you are still to receive this, please contact the Leeds Box Office directly.

    Although there is no grandstand, designated viewing areas will be open across the event weekend. More information on these areas will be provided shortly.

  • Merchandise Returns Policy

    All refund and exchanges are to be processed directly by the event organiser. If you require a refund and are entitled to one, you must contact the organiser directly by contacting leeds@britishtriathlon.org

    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 leeds@britishtriathlon.org

    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 the packaging and labels, and 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.

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Rules and Regulations

  • 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.