London Triathlon race tips for this weekend

May 7, 2021 0 By JohnValbyNation

Are you one of 13,000 people nervously counting down the days to this weekend’s London Triathlon? We asked 220 contributor and tri coach Joe Beer to put together some useful tips on how to get the most from this year’s race.


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With a deep-water start in the Docklands, long transitions and a tricky run section, the world’s largest triathlon has hazards that can catch out even the experienced multisporter.

Be warned – there are some important changes to this year’s route, with all athletes on Sunday to pass Canary Wharf. Make sure you’re familiar with the 2015 course (map right here). The full race information guide is here.

So, read on for Joe’s advice…

Deep-water start

“The moment you are allowed in the water you should get your head under, get moving and keep moving,” says Joe. “As the start time approaches, give yourself enough room behind to let your legs float up, scull in place with a light kick. You can now get away quickly as the gun goes off, as leg drag is low and your arms are ready to catch the water.”

Transition length

“The length of transitions may wreak havoc for those used to putting on their cycle shoes and running with the bike. If you cannot jump on the bike and put your cycle shoes on as you ride then don’t try it for the first time in the race. 

“Instead, at T1 hold your cycle shoes in one hand and wheel the bike with the saddle or handlebar stem. At a wide enough point after the mount line, pop your cycle shoes on then mount the bike. Then after the bike leg as you approach T2 you should dismount, move to the side, take your shoes off and run back to your waiting run shoes.”

Bike route