CASTLE TO COAST

2021 EVENT GUIDE

Three years ago we came up with the idea for a new and innovative triathlon event, one that broke out of the mould of racing as fast as you can and embraced completing epic journeys by swim, bike and run. 
Many of you have now been with us on that journey for 3 years from an event concept, through to our first year in 2019 where we we’re cancelled due to storms, then postponed again due to Covid in 2020. We’re absolutely delighted to finally have you all with us in 2021 for what we hope will grow to be a great new landmark event on the UK triathlon calendar, and an event that will change the way people see and take part in the sport.
Take your time with the event, take in the fantastic views along the way, enjoy the journey with new friends and teammates and relish the challenge to come.

See You On The Startline

LEE BROWN

EVENT DIRECTOR

EVENT BRIEFING VIDEO

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY – 24/07/2021

WINDSOR

START
FINISH
EVENT
LOCATION
06:30
10:30
REGISTRATION & EVENT VILLAGE OPEN
ETON DORNEY
08:15
08:40
SWIM STARTS BETWEEN THESE TIMES
SWIM START – ETON DORNEY
09:30
09:45
NON SWIMMERS DEPART VENUE
ETON DORNEY

 

BRIGHTON

START
FINISH
EVENT
LOCATION
 12:3020:00FINISH LINE VILLAGE OPENHOVE LAWNS
18:3020:00
RETURN COACHES TO WINDSOR
HOVE LAWNS

SPECTATORS

Good News! Spectators are now welcome at all stages of the event. Please keep in mind that some people may not be comfortable with being around large numbers of people at this stage, we have a large open site so give others room as you would have done under previous stages of restrictions.

TRAVEL

START

DORNEY LAKE
COURT LANE
DORNEY
WINDSOR
SL4 6QP

PARKING

Parking is available free of charge at the venue on the day of the event.

No cars may be left overnight before or after the event due to other events taking place before/after castle to coast. Any vehicles left on site may be removed from the venue.

TRANSITION 2

HASSOCKS LEISURE CENTRE
DALE AVENUE
KEYMER
HASSOCKS
BN6 8LP

PARKING

Limited parking is available on the site and we request that this is kept free for event staff and relay team members only. Parking is available on the residential roads outside and within the village centre.

FINISH

HOVE LAWNS
KINGSWAY
BRIGHTON
BN3 2PE

PARKING

Parking is available on street and in near by local authority car parks. Please consider travelling sustainably to the event where possible.

REGISTRATION AND BAG SYSTEM

RECEIVING YOUR REGISTRATION PACK

Your Wristbands, bags, tags and swim hat will be sent out in the post to you one week prior to the event. If these are not received 3 days before the event please let us know and we will make sure a pack is available for you to collect at the event.
IN YOUR REGISTRATION PACK YOU WILL RECEIVE:

WRIST BANDS AND STICKERS

You will be provided an identification I.D band along with Helmet and Bike Stickers.

SWIM CAP

You will be provided with an event-specific swim cap to use on the day. There is only one colour available as we’re all in this together.

BLUE BIKE BAG

Your blue bag should contain all the kit you intend on needing for the bike portion of the event and will be left in the blue bag area of transition prior to the event start. After the swim you will place your wet kit in this bag, you will then either place the bag in the Windsor bag drop or in the bag drop for transport to Brighton.

RED RUN BAG

Your red bag should contain all the kit you intend on needing for the run portion of the event. Prior to event start you will drop this bag off to our transport team. After the bike you will place your bike kit including helmet in this bag, you will then hand the bag to the transport team ready to go to either Brighton or Windsor.

WHITE FINISH LINE BAG

Your white bag should contain any kit you want us to take down to Brighton for you and will be available after the finish line. Prior to event start you will drop this bag off to our transport team. Alternatively you can use a rucksack or small transition bag to transport your bag to Brighton using the tags provided.

IF YOUR KIT DOES NOT FIT IN THE BAG PROVIDED ADDITIONAL BAGS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON EVENT DAY.
BAG FLOW IF FINISHING IN BRIGHTON
BAG FLOW IF RETURNING TO WINDSOR

TIMING CHIP

Whilst not a competitive event each participant will be provided with a timing chip, this will allow people to track you online on the day and afterwards you will be able to see your individual data from the day. However, please remember this is not a race. Your data will help us plan future editions of the event and understand the flow and timing of participants. Please try and take good care of it, if you lose it you will unfortunately be charged £10.

EVENT DAY RESOURCES

FULLSTEAM HQ

We will be on site every step of the way so if you need assistance please find us and let us know. We strongly recommend you keep your mobile phone with you on the day and you will be provided prior to the event with a phone number to reach us on via text message or call should you require assistance.

BIKE MECHANICS

Bike Mechanics will be available in the event village prior to the event and at pit stops on the route should you run into trouble, their labour is free but you will be billed for parts as required to get you moving. If you break down on route and can’t repair your bike yourself contact us and we will arrange one of our bike supervisors to come and see you.

MEDICS

We have an expert team of medics who will be shadowing our athletes throughout the event to make sure you arrive safely. If you require assistance please contact us with your what three words location and we will dispatch the medic to you.

Prior to event day we strongly recommend installing what three words on your phone so you can accurately provide your location should you require assistance.

SETTING UP FOR THE EVENT FROM 6.30AM

Prior to the event start at 08:15am you will need to have completed the following things on site:

  • Collected your timing chip.
  • Placed your bike in the bike park.
  • Placed your blue bag with your bike.
  • Placed your red run bag in the Hassocks bag drop.
  • Placed your finish line bag in the Brighton Bag Drop.
  • Got yourself into your wetsuit and ready to swim.

THE SWIM - 8.15AM START

WETSUIT & TEMPERATURE RULES

Wetsuits will be optional if the water temperature is greater than 15 degrees Celcius.

Below 15 degrees Celcius wetsuits are mandatory.

You are free to use a tow float if you so wish to help you comfortably complete the swim, whilst recommended these are not required.

ACCLIMATISATION

If Covid rules have been fully relaxed by event day swimmers will be able to enter the water and acclimatise prior to the event start.

If covid rules have not been relaxed unfortunately no acclimatisation window can be provided. 

THE SWIM START

At 08:30 the swim will begin for all those who have already entered the water. For those who have not yet entered the water, you will have up to 30 minutes to enter and begin your swim. Please take your time and maintain social distancing at all times.

THE SWIM DISTANCE

For 2021 we have made several changes to the swim to accommodate those who might not be able to complete the full distance due to lack of training.

  • You can opt on event day to turn early at the yellow buoy as shown on the plan below and complete a 900m swim.
  • You can choose not to swim at all, simply remain on shore after the swim start and you can start the bike leg any time after 09:15.
You will be able to self manage this on event day and do not need to contact us to tell us your preference.

SWIM TO BIKE TRANSITION

Upon exiting the water you will collect your transition bag with your bike.

Here you can change into your bike clothes or you can use one of our changing tents provided.

Once ready you will take your bag and drop it at the bag drops ready to go to Brighton or leave it where your bike was to remain in Windsor.

You will then make your way to the bike park and depart for Hassocks.

THE BIKE

67.7mi – 3300ft CLIMB

THE BIKE COURSE IS A FULLY MARKED ROUTE

GPX files will be issued in the week prior to the event, due to the point to point nature and UK roads some last-minute adjustments may need to be made prior to the event to avoid roadworks.

BIKE SPECIFICATIONS

  • All bicycles and bicycle equipment must conform with the following rules. Failure to comply with these rules may result in you being unable to participate in the event.
  • Handlebars and stems must be fashioned to prevent any danger to other participants. All handlebar ends must be solidly plugged to lessen the possibility of injury.
  • The bike must have working brakes with a minimum of one brake required.
  • There must be a freewheel mechanism between the crank and the rear wheel that allows the bike to roll forward with the pedals stationary.
  • All aspect of the bike must be in safe good working order.

EVENT RULES

  • The participants must at all times ride in accordance with the rules of the highway code, give way at junctions and ride no more than 2 abreast.
  • Please ride single file on narrow roads where passing may be difficult.
  • Please be aware of other road users at all times including pedestrians, horses, cyclists, drivers and HGVs. You are an ambassador for our new event and we want to be able to run this event for many years to come.
  • Time trial bikes and riding is permitted on a sensible use policy; they may not be used in group riding, heavy traffic or whilst approaching road junctions. We recommend they are only used whilst in solo situations.
  • No littering shall take place at any time during the event. If you are seen littering by our team you will be removed from the event.

 

AID STATIONS

There are two aid stations on the course.

These are equipped with toilets and feed stations.

The feed station will be self serving and stocked at a minimum with the following

  • Water
  • Sachets of Performance Energy Drink
  • Blue Fuel Boost Gummies
  • Bananas/Fruit
  • Flapjacks/Cookies or similar
  • Assorted Other Snacks

MECHANICS

There is a mechanic based at each aid station, his time and labour is free to you on the event day but you will be charged for any parts required.

CUT OFF’s

You should be off the bike and making your way onto the run course by 4pm, where this cut off has not been met and the  bike course management feel your are not making sufficient progress you may be advised to stop. 

BIKE TO RUN TRANSITION

Upon entering transition you will drop your bike off with our logistics team who will photograph and then load your bike ready to be transported to Brighton or Windsor.

You will then make your way inside and collect your run bag, changing from bike to run you’ll repack your bag and hand it again to the logistics team for transport.

Get yourself ready to depart, grab some refreshments, use the facilities and then head out on to the run course.

THE RUN

DISTANCE 14mi – +1300ft Climb 

Due to roadworks and the relocation of the finish line there is a slight increase in the distance of the run, however the good news is it’s all flat along the sea front.

We will be reviewing the status of the roadworks leading up to the event and will release the GPX files once we are happy our route is final.

EVENT RULES

  • The run takes place over a variety of shared trails, bridleways and sections of road/pavement to get us safely from Hassocks to Brighton.
  • Please be considerate of other users at all times and pay attention for traffic
  • MP3 players are permitted where they allow the runner to also here traffic, marshall instructions and to generally stay aware of their surroundings.
  • No littering shall take place at any time during the event. If you are seen littering by our team you will be removed from the event.

AID STATIONS

There are three aid stations on the run course.

Please note that due to National Trust restrictions there are no toilets on the course until the second and third aid stations at 7 & 11 miles please, therefore, make use of the facilities at Hassocks/Transition before you depart if you think you will need them.

The feed station will be self service and stocked at a minimum with the following

  • Water
  • Sachets of Performance Energy Drink
  • Bananas/Fruit
  • Flapjacks/Cookies or similar
  • Assorted Other Snacks

RELAY TEAMS

As a relay team all the event stages as described here remain the same with the exception that you will be transporting yourself between stages and will be ready to complete each stage, therefore, bypassing the transition stages.

You can make use of all the facilities available as required in order to complete your journey.

At the finish line you may all pass through together as one group and relay teams should wait at the end of the finish chute for their team mates.

THE FINISH LINE

Once you finish the event you will be presented with your finishers medal and T Shirt.

Meet your supporters, relax and when you’re ready come and collect your finish bag.

A mixture of cold food and drinks will be available within the transition area post event, and hot food is available from the pizza van within the race village using your food wrist bands. 

Then when your ready grab your kit and bike from transition, unless of course your returning to Windsor where your gear will be waiting for you.

 

IF YOU ARE COLLECTING YOUR BIKE FROM BRIGHTON PLEASE REMOVE FROM THE VILLAGE BY 8PM.

RETURN COACHES TO WINDSOR

There are 5 coaches that will be on site and departing as soon as they are full between 18:30 & 20:00, please take your finish line bags with you on the coach and everything else will be waiting for you in Windsor. If you are not on a coach by 20:00 hours you will have missed your return transport.

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