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Dalesman Triathlon Cancelled

Sunday August 21 | Ripon Race Course

Dalesman Triathlon Cancelled

It is with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Dalesman Triathlon. The reason is simply lack of entries. From my discussions with other organisers as well as British Triathlon this is a real problem this year across the events sector.

As our income comes entirely from race entries, we felt that we would not be able to put on the event that you deserve for all the effort (and money) that you invest in preparing yourself for such a demanding event. I would rather cancel the event than have you go home feeling disappointed.

On a much brighter note, Helvellyn Triathlon on September 11th is in a very strong position and will certainly not be cancelled/postponed because of lack of entries.

Registration and bike racking for the full and half Dalesman events will be on the afternoon of Saturday 20th.


Friday 19th August

  • 1400 – Camping arrivals open

Saturday 20th August

  • 1000- Camping arrivals open
  • 1500 – Registration and bike racking opens
  • 1900 – Registration and bike racking closes
  • 1700 – Pre-race meal for all full and half distance race entrants starts. Quarter distance athletes and guests can purchase meal tickets separately. Book extra meal tickets here
  • There will now not be a race briefing on Saturday
  • 1900 – Camping arrivals close

Sunday 21st August

  • 0545 – Full Dalesman pre-race safety brief
  • 0600 – Full Dalesman race start
  • 0815 – Half Dalesman pre-race safety brief
  • 0830 – Half Dalesman race start
  • 0930 – Quarter Dalesman pre-race safety
  • 1000 – Quarter Dalesman race start

Monday 23rd August

  • 1000 – All campers to be off site

Ripon Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon HG4 1UG. what3words (destroyer.awaiting.stilted)

Follow the “Triathlon Car Parking & Registration” signs when you arrive at the racecourse. Do not follow the “Triathlon Camping” signs. Follow the car park attendants instructions. There is a fee of £5 (please bring a £5 note, cash only) for the entire weekend, the proceeds will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

There is camping and caravanning on the racecourse next to the transition area. Early booking is strongly advised as space is limited, the camping area filled last year. Book Camping and additional meals here

Ripon City Centre is about a 15 minute walk from the racecourse. There are hotels and other levels of accommodation in the City. Please use google or similar to make your decisions.

Registration and bike racking for the Full and Half Dalesman races will be on Saturday afternoon only between 1500-1900. There will definitely be no registration or racking for these races on the race morning.

Quarter Dalesman entrants should preferably register and rack bikes on the Saturday but registration will also be available for those that can’t make the Saturday between 0830-0930 on the race morning. There will be overnight security of the transition area on the Saturday night.

At registration you will receive race numbers, bike tag, swim hat and other goodies we can acquire.

Full and Half Dalesman entrants will also receive a number of bags. See separate ‘Bags’ tab for details.

Please check that you have been given the correct timing chip – it should have the same number on it as your race number.


You will be issued with 2 numbers, a bike number and timing chip at registration. One number is to be displayed to the front for the run and the other to the rear for the cycle section. You can use race belts but please ensure your number is clearly displayed as above. Do not pin the middle of your number to the belt as it will fold in half and be impossible to read. Race number needs to be visible for the benefit of race officials and time keepers. Please write your emergency contact details on the back of your race number. If you have any medical conditions which you feel are relevant to the race please write these on the back of your race number as well.

Timing Chip

You will be given an orange timing chip and neoprene ankle strap at registration. Please immediately attach the chip to the strap. If you find that you have to force it on you are doing it incorrectly, please ask rather than damage the strap. Put it on as soon as you are issued with it at registration. If you leave it in your car, house, kit bag, you won’t get a time. Top Tip ~ Don’t wear the chip on top of your wetsuit. Best to have it under your wetsuit leg if possible

Please avoid crossing the timing mats once the race has started other than to record your time. Your chip will be removed very shortly after crossing the finish line, however should you manage to escape from the finish corral before your chip is removed avoid crossing any of the timing mats. THERE WILL BE A £10 FEE FOR LOST OR NON-RETUNED CHIPS

The transition area is for competitors and officials only. Before you head for transition make sure you have your bike number attached around your seat-post and your bib number available for checking. Space is limited please only bring what is essential for the race into the transition area.

MP3 players, telephones and similar devices are not allowed to be used in the transition area, this includes prior to, during and after the race. Infringements will incur a penalty.

Please ensure your bike is racked correctly. Ask an official if unsure. When leaving transition post-race your bib number will be checked against your bike number, please have them available.

There are adequate toilet and some showering facilities in the registration building near to the transition area. Forward plan if possible to avoid the queues that there always are just before the start of a race. There will be a toilet unit at the bike feed station near Brimham Rocks and at both of the run feeds. There will also be a toilet unit in the transition area for use during the race only.

There will be a short safety briefing immediately prior to the race starts. Entrants are required to fully familiarise themselves with the contents of the race information, race route and briefing notes pages before attending the race.

There are simple practises that swimmers should be advised to adopt to minimise the risk of infections:


  • Cover all cuts and abrasions, however minor, with sticking plasters. You should not consider swimming if you have deep cuts.
  • Wash hands in fresh water before eating after you have swum.
  • Take a full shower at the earliest opportunity.
  • Try not to ingest water whilst swimming.

Wetsuit Cleaning. Important Before arriving at the race please ensure that your wetsuit is cleaned and dried from your previous swim. We ask you to do this to prevent the spread of waterborne non-native invasive species. Please click here to find out why this is so important and what you need to do.


The AquaBike will be run in conjunction with the main triathlon. Wave allocation will be dependant on your submitted swim time. When you have completed the cycle section, dismount at the same line as the triathletes. Do not go into T2 turn right where there will be some bike racking. Hang your bike there and then run into the finish straight and under the finish arch to finish. When you have had your timing chip removed and recovered sufficiently please collect your bike as it will not be secure on the AquaBike racking.

Relay Teams

The relay race will be run in conjunction with the main triathlon. Wave allocation will be dependant on your submitted swim time. Your timing chip is your baton. The swimmer must wear the chip around their ankle, the cyclist waits in the changeover area ready to go, but without bike. The swimmer then hands the chip to the cyclist. The cyclist must attach the chip to their ankle then go to their allocated bike racking point to collect their bike and continue. On return the cyclist must rack their bike first then go to the changeover area hand the chip to their runner. The runner must attach the timing chip around their ankle before leaving the changeover area and setting off for the run.

These apply to the Full Dalesman race only. We have assumed that the Half and Quarter racers will be inside these times even though they start later in the day.

Swim – Into T1 2h 20m

Bike – Into T2. 10h 30m

Run – End or third large loop. 16h

Any runners still on the run route when dusk falls will be issued with a head torch and reflective band

Other than the swim these cut-off times also apply to the Half Dalesman. Time taken from the Full Dalesman start time.

If the mind is willing and the body is able we aim to get everyone round.

Full details of feed points are yet to be finalised, but will be updated here when they are.


For Full and Half Distance races these are the planned arrangements.

Race nutrition is a very personal thing, you will be issued with a numbered Blue (for Bike) Personal Bike Fuel bag and Red (for Run) Personal Run Fuel bag  at registration into which you should put any food and fluids that you require taking to the feed stations on the course. For the bike the feed point comes at 28 miles and is passed again at 84 miles. This is where your blue fuel bag will be taken. They will be set out in number order. If you need them you must stop, find your bag and replenish your fuel as required. There will also be general food and fluids available at this point.

Similarly for your red run fuel bag. It will be taken to the run feed situated about 1k after the start of the run. There will be a further feed in Pottery Lane. You will pass each feed station twice per lap meaning you will pass a feed station about every 2.5k. As well as Mountain Fuel and water there will also be a mix of savoury and sweet foods as well as fruit at each feed.

Your Personal Fuel bags should be placed in the boxes provided at the entrance to transition on the race morning.

Full Distance Race Only – At registration you will be issued with 2 blue (bike) and 2 red (run) bags together with 4 stickers with your race number on, before leaving registration stick these numbers securely to a central point on each bag.

  • The two larger bags are blue (bike gear) and red (run gear).
  • The two smaller bags are blue (bike fuel) and red (run fuel)
  • When you have racked your bike on Saturday take the two bags with your cycling and running gear into the transition marquee. Place them by the marker indicating your race number. Blue bags will be on one side red bags on the other.
  • Keep the smaller bags. Bring these with you on race morning with any personal race fuel that you wish to be taken to the bike and run feeds.

Race Day – You should only bring with you what you need for the swim. When ready to swim place your day clothes in a small soft bag, bin liner perhaps, and leave neatly at your bike racking point for after the race.

When you exit the swim go directly into the transition marquee and collect your blue (bike) bag, Take your cycling gear out and place your wetsuit and other swim gear into the bag. There are screened changing areas for male and female if you wish to do a naked change. When you have your cycling kit on exit the marquee and collect your bike.

Similar with the run. Leave your bike at your racking point go into the marquee. Collect your red (run) bag, take your running gear out and put your cycle helmet etc into the bag. Put on your running kit and continue onto the run route.

Half Distance Race – At registration you will be issued with 1 blue (bike) and 1 red (run) bag together with 2 stickers with your race number on, before leaving registration stick these numbers securely to a central point on each bag.

Bring these with you on race morning with any personal race fuel that you wish to be taken to the bike and run feeds. Place them in the appropriate boxes which will be situated near to the transition entrance.


Choose your route carefully. The distance and elevation should give you some indication as to how easy/hard each route is. Please view the GPX files and for further route details below in the Routes section.


Choose your route carefully. The distance and elevation should give you some indication as to how easy/hard each route is. Please view the GPX files and for further route details below in the Routes section.

Full and Half Dalesman Bike Route

The first feed station is near to Brimham Rocks after 45k. This is available to Full and Half distance athletes. The second feed station comes 6k into the second lap. Feed station 3 is as the first feed.

Riding with GPS from where you can download GPX file




Quarter Dalesman Bike Route

Do not turn back into the racecourse entrance at the end of your first lap, continue straight ahead and onto lap 2.

Riding with GPS from where you can download GPX file

Run Routes – All distances

The Full Dalesman is 3 large laps, two shorter laps and a short 1k ‘Glory’ lap into the finish.

The Half Dalesman is 2 large laps only.

The Quarter Dalesman is 1 large lap.

The run routes are a mix of short grass on the racecourse land, road and trail along the canal tow path. It is a flat course and is suitable for whatever footware you feel comfortable in.

Swim Route  –  Short Course 1000m | Long Course 2000m


The swim course will be 1000m per lap. Short race does 1 lap, long race does 2 laps.

There will be safety kayaks and a rescue launch. If you get into difficulty, don’t panic, it’s hard to sink in a wetsuit. Lie on your back and hold an arm directly upwards, one of the kayaks will then attend to you. They will then tow you to the shore or to the safety launch if necessary. The swim course will be marked with 1.5m high yellow buoys.

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