Bike

The bike course for both the Sprint and Standard distance triathlons start and finish from the  mount/dismount line on Whitlingham Lane just outside of the transition area.

The bike course for the Sprint Triathlon is 18km that heads out from Whitlingham Country Park, through Trowse, Caister St Edmund, Stoke Holy Cross, Poringland, Arminghall and Trowse to return to Whitlingham Country Park.

The bike course for the Standard Triathlon is 38km that heads out from Whitlingham Country Park, through Trowse, Caister St Edmund, Stoke Holy Cross, Saxlingham Nethergate, Hempnell, Kirstead, Brooke, Poringland, Arminghall and Trowse to return to Whitlingham Country Park.

Both bike courses involve three right hand turns.  The right hand turn out from Arminghall Lane onto Stoke road is a mandatory foot down stop.  There will be marshals at this junction encouraging riders to stop and recording the race numbers of any that don’t stop.  We advice riders to drop out of a bike gear as they approach the stop so that they can pull away from the junction after the stop.  Both of the other two right turns are across oncoming traffic into side roads.

The roads are open to traffic throughout the race and we are very grateful to drivers who give our participants extra space and who show patience.  It is our riders responsibility to obey the rules of the road.

The course is not as flat as you’d expect for Norfolk.  Admittedly it’s not hilly, though the sprint course does include an incline that the local cycle clubs use for the hill climb time trials.

The bike course starts from a mount line which you must run over with your bike before you mount it.  Riders need to dismount their bike to run over the dismount line at the end of the ride.  How soon after the mount and how far before the dismount is the riders choice, we advise giving a good gap.

Drafting is not permitted during the bike leg and marshals will be reporting riders who are drafting.  Drafting is where one rider sits in closely behind the other and gains a benefit from doing so.

Some of you like Strava, both are Standard and Sprint bike courses are set as Strava Segments. Please note that neither of these Strava segments start or finish exactly at the mount / dismount line, the segments have deliberately been set a little short.