RAF Odiham Try a Tri 2016

RG29 1QT, GB

About this Event

RAF Odiham will once again host one of the races in the RAF Triathlon Try-a-Tri Sprint Series. Please read the full detailed description of the event.


Due to a technical malfunction at the swimming pool this event will now be a duathlon, covering 5km / 23km / 5km.  Pack for a triathlon on the off chance that the pool becomes available again, just in case.  Please contact the race director (email address below) if you have any questions.

RAF Odiham is a BTF sanctioned event and the first race in the RAF Triathlon Try-a-Tri Sprint Series.  The Sprint Series events are only open to military personnel, dependants, MoD civil servants and UAS cadets.  Emergency service personnel may compete by invitation only, and should approach the Race Director at the earliest opportunity (racedirector@raftri.org.uk) to inform of their intent to participate.

There will be no entries on the day.

Relay entries are welcomed, rules for which are available in the Coordinating Instruction available on the RAF Triathlon Association website (www.raf.mod.uk/raftriathlon).

Race Dates.  Wednesday 4th May 2016

Race Venue.  RAF Odiham, Hook, Hampshire, RG29 1QT  

Race Distances. 5km run, 23km two lap bike ride, 2.5km run.

Key times:

0930-1130: Registration and transition open.
1200: Race Briefing. 
1230: Transition closes, first competitors start. 
TBC: Transition re-opens. 
1600 TBC: Prize giving.  

Race Registration.  
At registration, competitors are to bring: 

Documentation.  Race confirmation e-mail, race licence (where applicable) and MOD90 ID Card.

Civilians.  Civilians are also required to produce a completed race declaration form at Appendix 1 to the Coordinating Instruction available on the RAF Triathlon Association Website.

BTF rules

The Sprint Series is a BTF sanctioned race and will be assessed to BTF standards, a comprehensive list of the rules are available on the BTF website.  Competitors should specifically note the following:

Helmet chin-straps are to be tight enough to fit 2 of the athletes fingers into the closed straps.  This will be checked at event registration entry so please have your helmet ready.

No calf guards (or lower leg coverings) in the pool.  You can put them on in transition after water exit.

Clothing with front fastening zips are to be fully fastened.

RAF Triathlon Sprint Series Rules

The restrictions introduced in 2015 have been relaxed for the 2016 season, and therefore time trial bikes, aero wheels (including disc wheels) and aero helmets are permitted this year.

If you don't have any of this gear, do not worry, as any road worthy bike is permitted, be it road or mountain.  From a safety perspective, handle bars are to be plugged and brakes are to be serviceable.

Helmets must be BSI, ANSI, Snell or equivalent standard.

Race Briefing

The race briefing will be at 1200. This is mandatory for all competitors, and will include clarification of rules, local knowledge, and anything else essential in order to ensure that your race is as safe as possible. If any competitors have any queries about the race then this is the time to ask the race referee or organiser:

Run 5km.  (The run route available is at Link TBC).
The run route is an 'out and back' route, ending outside the pool.

Cycle 25km
 (route available at Link TBC).
The cycle route is a two lap route taking in some local hills, some fast flat sections, and some tricky descents.  The 'foot down stop' is mandatory and will be briefed on race day.  

Helmets.  Helmets must be fastened before mounting the cycle, worn at all times during the cycling section of the event, and not unfastened until the cycle has been returned to its original position (FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN A TIME PENALTY).

Assistance.  Any assistance other than that provided by the organisers will result in a penalty. Competitors are NOT ALLOWED TO DRAFT.  The cycle draft zone is defined as a rectangle surrounding every competitor that is 3m wide and extends 10m behind the front wheel of a competitor’s cycle.

Road Safety.  Competitors must obey all traffic signals and follow any directions given by the race marshals or officials.  Any infringement of the law and subsequent legal action is the sole responsibility of the competitor.

Run 2.5km.  (The run route available is at Link TBC).
The second run route is a lap of the married patch, ending at the finish line outside the pool.

***This website will be updated periodically until race day, providing you with more information as the race gets closer*** 

When & Where

4 May 2016



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