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Triathlon at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The Triathlon events started yesterday in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, opening with the men's and women's individual races where Planet X Sponsored Athlete Aileen Reid finished 6th in the Womens Individual event. The Individual events are followed by a mixed team relay on Saturday afternoon. It's only the third time triathlon has appeared in the Commonwealth Games: it debuted in Manchester 2002, came back in Melbourne 2006 but was skipped for Dehli 2010. The individual races will follow the Olympic format: 1500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run. The team relay on Saturday 26 July features teams comprising two males and two females, each completing a 250m swim, 6km bike and 1600m run (also known as super-sprint distance).

The races will take place in Strathclyde Country Park, 14 miles South-East of Glasgow. This satellite venue is a popular destination for recreation and a range of sporting events, including rowing, sailing and cycling. For the Triathlon competition, Strathclyde Loch will be used for swimming, with the cycling and running stages taking place along the surrounding network of roads and pathways.

The routes for the Individual (left) and Relay (right) triathlon events at Glasgow 2014

The swim legs in both the individual and relay events take place in the sheltered southern end of the Loch, protecting the athletes from the full open water conditions which will lead to some fast times up to the bike transition. Previous watersport events at the park have had to be cancelled because of a risk to swimmers from harmful levels of bacteria and algae after elevated levels of sewage and rural-derived faecal indicators washed in following periods of heavy rain. As such, a floating barrier system was installed across the Southern end of the Loch ahead of the games to effectively create a protected, clean water area and weekly tests are being carried out regularly to ensure healthy conditions.

The bike legs follow the North of Strathclyde Loch in standard out-and-back format along tree-lined roads which will help keep the heat off competitors. The individual races will include 5 laps on this hilly route. The run leg in the individual starts off along the edge of the loch on gravel and woodchip trails, turns back along the same road used for the bike, and the returns to the trails for the final stretch. There are no full cross-country style sections but the route will favour a versatile runner.

Our sponsored riders Aileen Reid and Eimear Mullan are both competing for Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Triathlon events, with Aileen doing both the Individual and Relay events and Eimar joining her for the Relay. Good luck to Eimear and Aileen! We'll have updates on all our sponsored riders from the Commonwealth Games next week!

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23 July 2014