Last weekend saw 1,500 competitors take part in the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon in County Galway, Ireland. The organising team at the Castle Triathlon Series note that the event delivered ‘personal bests, incredible personal experiences, a new course record set at the Olympic distance race and fierce competition in the new mixed team relay format from junior and adult competitors.’
Saturday was host to the 2017 points race for the Super Series, draft legal Cat 1 and Cat 2 Sprint race. There was an international flavour to this event with athletes from the UK and Europe taking to the privately owned lake to start their race with a 750m swim. As well as the Super Series, a host of other sprint distances were held on Saturday.
The Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon weekend also championed the momentum building behind Triathlon Mixed Team Relay with both adult and children’s races. In the Adult Mixed Relay, a fast-paced race format that is hoped to form part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, teams of two men and two women in the National Club Championships worked together across a short and sharp sprint distance of 250m swim, 5km bike and 1.5k run.
The younger athletes showed the adults just how it’s done with three individual races for children from 8 -15 years of age and the final feature race of the day, the Junior Mixed Relay, which saw 10 teams of 4 juniors swim, bike and run their way to the finish line in a team format.
Race Director, Brian Adcock said, “We are delighted to see Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon extend to a two day event this year. The year on year success of the event has been fantastic. It’s great to host an early season race in Ireland, one in which athletes can test themselves at the business end of racing and one that can be very memorable as a first event for people completing a triathlon for the very first time.
“It was inspiring to see an increase in female and junior participation in this year’s triathlon festival and also to welcome a large race contingent from the UK who join us on their Bank Holiday Weekend. We are grateful to the triathlon community in Ireland who continue to support our event and look forward to returning to Lough Cutra Castle in 2018.”
The Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon is the first of the six Castle Triathlon Series weekend events across Ireland, France and the UK during summer 2017. A total of 17,000 competitors are set to take part in the series this year.