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Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2021

Sunday 4 July 2021
6:00am - 1:00pm
Croyde Beach, Croyde
Multi terrain
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Join CHSW for one of the most fun and challenging events in the triathlon calendar

An Olympic distance triathlon based at the beautiful, award-winning Putsborough Sands, the race takes in some of the South West’s most stunning scenery. 

“Stunning and Savage” is the nick name for this Olympic distance triathlon, a course to be reckoned with and certainly not for the faint hearted.  The challenging course includes a 1.5km ocean swim, 38km road bike and 12km off road run. 

Listed by 220 Triathlons “Top 23 must-do” triathlon challenges for 2019 and shortlisted for best triathlon in the UK for 2020, it was no wonder the event sold out again last year. With this in mind, it is set to be as popular in 2021 – so grab your place now!

Sign up today to grab one of  our four free CHSW Charity Places. 

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Own places

Visit the Croyde Ocean Triathlon to register for your own place.

Volunteer on the day 

If you are16 years and above and would like to volunteer to cheer and support this event, please get in touch with Jayne.

Jayne Jarrett, Event Fundraiser, Little Bridge House

Need help?

If you'd like to find out more about this event just click the 'ask a question' button to send us an email or give us a call and we'll be more than happy to help.

Call Jayne on 01271 325 270
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Raising sponsorship

Fundraising is a fantastic way to get involved with Children's Hospice South West and provides us with an essential source of income. Without the wonderful support of our fundraisers, we would not be able to continue offering the wide range of vital services that we currently offer to our families and children. 

If you have secured a free charity place in this event your sponsorship will help us to deliver our promise to ‘make the most of short and precious lives across the South West’ we suggest a minimum sponsorship target of £250 as an individual or as a team target. 

If you have registered with Croyde Ocean Triathlon direct, and would like to raise funds for CHSW, please do let us know so that we can support you too! 

Fundraising ideas and support 

We have a dedicated community fundraising team who are here to support you, and we have lots of fun ideas to raise money to help you smash your own personal fundraising targets. 


Jayne Jarrett, Event Fundraiser, Little Bridge House

Need help?

If you'd like to find out more about this event just click the 'ask a question' button to send us an email or give us a call and we'll be more than happy to help.

Call Jayne on 01271 325 270
Ask a question

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The routes

1.5km ocean swim

Along Putsborough beach, in the Atlantic ocean, marshalled by fully qualified lifeguards. Once out of the water there is a steep run back into transition.

38km road bike course

Starting above Putsborough beach, the route winds its way towards the historitc Pickwell Manor and up onto higher ground heading towards Ilfracombe. Heading through the Fullabrook Wind Farm with rolling hills and beautiful views, there is something to see at every turn and plenty of elevation to challenge all competitors. 

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12km off road run

A demanding, hilly & possibly muddy route (where you may encounter the odd sheep!) This is a fantastic run devised by local athletes to give you fabulous views of all three bays: Putsborough, Saunton and Croyde. 2km longer than a standard Olympic distance triathlon, it includes a beach run along the famous Croyde surfing beach and will encompass Baggy Point, before hugging the coastline and dropping back into Putsborough. 

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The rules

  • No drafting.
  • You must wear a cycle helmet.
  • Wetsuits (cuff to ankle) are compulsory.
  • No MP3 players or similar.
  • No littering and you must mount and dismount at the designated points.
  • The latest British Triathlon rules will apply.

Find out more

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Event video

Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2017 in association with Roundswell Hyundai: Entries open 1 December 2016


Putsborough Beach, Devon, EX33 1LB

What time is registration?

From 6.00am on Sunday 4 July 2021. 

Due to the changing regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be confirmed in the build up to the 2021 event. However, based on the measures used in our 2020 “COVID-secure” event, this will likely be “self-service” registration from 6am on the morning of the race next to Race HQ, Putsborough Beach. Access to the transition area will stop approximately 40 minutes before the start of the first wave. 

NB: You will need to wear a “face covering” in transition and write your own number on your hand in a “permanent” marker before arrival at transition.

What time is the race briefing? 

Following the success of the 2020 “Covid Secure” online briefing ahead of the event, this will be hosted “virtually” one-week before the event. This is compulsory. All competitors will be required to confirm that they have watched the briefing at least 4 days before the race. 

What time does the race start? 

Race starts at 8.00am for the first wave. Please note: you have to start making your way to the start line 30 minutes before your wave start time. 

If the event takes place in a “time-trial” format, each person will start at least 5 seconds apart in a rolling start format. 

You will still start in wave order. 

Is car parking available?

Yes, Putsborough Beach has a large independently run car park and charges £9 per car per day.  Free parking for season pass holders

Will there be feed stations?

If social distancing remains in place due to Covid-19, there will be NO drinks or feed stations on the course (as required by British Triathlon due to Covid-19). You will need to bring sufficient water and snacks for the event – including the run route – minimum 3 bottles. Self-service water will be available at the finish line.  

Please take all rubbish home with you.

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