Preview to the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town
The world’s best triathletes descend on the Mother City this weekend to slug it out at the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town event being held in and around Green Point.
In this the 2nd iteration of the Cape Town leg, it will also be the first major international sporting event to make use of the brand new Cape Town Athletics Stadium (aka the Green Point Athletics Stadium) and its bright cobalt blue tartan track – one of the few locations on the ITU World Series which boasts an EPIC stadium finish btw
The Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town is the 4th stop of the 10-city ITU World Triathlon series and our very own Richard Murray (in 6th place), Henri Schoeman (12th) and Wian Sullwald will be representing South Africa in the Elite race. Our local women will be represented by Anel Radford (59th in the Women’s Series Ranking), Mari Rabie, Gillian Sanders and Vicky van der Merwe in the Elite competition.
I attended the WTS Cape Town #InstaEvent on Tuesday the 21st April and got an exciting sneak peak of the course just days away from when both the Elites and Age Groupers would be racing. As an added bonus, I got a few tips from Tri-gurus and event ambassadors Steve Attwell and Kelly van der Toorn on how to tackle certain elements of the course.
I’m sure your prep is already sorted, but here are some tips from my recce that will hopefully settle any last minute nerves 🙂
Swimmers will be setting off from Quay 6 just behind the Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront. Spectators will be able to see the Age Group competitors as they swim from Quay 6 and into Quay 7, so make sure to get your spot on the day.
This year a special exit ramp has been constructed by the V&A Waterfront Harbour Master to assist swimmers in exiting the swim area and to help them get to T1 swiftly.
Be prepared for a chilly start and try not to freak out if you see a seal during the swim – they won’t eat you 🙂
During the #IntaEvent we took a quick swim in the canals at the V&A Waterfront and the water temperature was about 14°C.
Steve’s Pro Tip: It will most likely be a few degrees colder than the canals so make sure you have your wetsuits
Kelly’s Pro Tip: Approach the turns a bit wider as you can potentially get hit by a stray foot or fist as swimmers get bunched up closer to the buoy
There is a bit of a jog (about 300m) once you exit the swim as athletes make their way to the parking lot next to the Table Bay Hotel which will be converted to the T1 area – I suppose this is a great opportunity to gather yourself, especially if you are like me and tend to fall over after the swim 🙂
The cycle leg is going to be a fast and flat ride in and around the Green Point area, so make sure you are set before you leave the T1 area.
The Elites face a looped course with a lot more bends than the Age Groupers. Spectators in the Cape Town Athletics Stadium are in for a treat as each lap of the Elite race passes through the stadium, with T2 being set up in the stadium as well.
The Age Group cycle course follows similar sections along Beach Road, but both courses are pretty flat with no real hills to catch you out. Don’t forget to steal a glance at some of the great views of the mountain and ocean as you race 🙂
Kelly’s Pro Tip: Keep an eye out for some of the bumps on Beach Road which could result in a crash. It is a draft-legal race and safety during racing is critical, so slower riders should try and keep left
T2 for Age Groupers will be next to the Cape Town Athletics Stadium which should make for a quick transition as they head out to the run.
Both the Elite and Age Group courses make their way through the picturesque Green Point Urban Park. There are some great spectator spots along the way if you want to witness some key battles that will most likely unfold.
The Age Groupers can look forward to a section of their race going just outside the Urban Park precinct, but overall both races will be running a flat course concluding on the cobalt blue tartan track of the Cape Town Athletics Stadium in front of an expected 4 000 spectators.
Steve’s Pro Tip: Don’t forget about the final 400m run around the track which should make for some interesting sprint finishes in front of the spectators
The race organisers are confident that the 2015 Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town will be bigger and better than last year with an exciting finish to the footrace in front of a stadium of supporters.
Some final notes and spectator tips
The weather forecast for this weekend looks good for fast racing with mild and partly cloudy weather, but wind may be picking up on Sunday – so keep an eye on the weather.
Water temperatures will always be cold – it’s the Atlantic boet! – so make sure you are wearing your wetsuit. Ensure that you have your bike set up and in line with the race guidelines – the organisers will be enforcing the rules very strictly.
I also recommend a recce ride ahead of the race to familiarize yourself with the course. There are some speedy corners to take and you do not want to get caught out by a blip on the road surface.
There are lots of great spots if you are going out to spectate. If you are lucky enough to arrive early, you can get a seat at the Athletics Stadium which will give you the best view of the action as the cycle and run passes through there – also there will be a big screen so you won’t be missing the action on route 🙂
However, if you don’t make it into the stadium, the track along the Green Point Urban Park and Beach Road will be great for you to shout some support and wave good luck to a friend or family member on race day.
Make sure you arrive early as road closures (plus traffic) may make it tricky to get into the race precinct.
Good luck to all those racing this weekend. Whether you are an Elite or just there to take part, it should be an awesome day out 🙂
If you are participating in the 2015 Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town event this weekend feel free to join in the conversation in the comments section below.
For some more info on the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town check out their webpage