Crystal Palace Triathlon - Sunday 19 May 2013
Please note: All cars must be removed from the Event car park at Crystal Palace by 17:00 on race day. The gates will be locked at 17:00 and will not be opened again until the following morning.
17 May - Amendment regarding race numbers, labels and timing chips
4 May - Start times now available.
4 May - Race information now available
2 May - Discount from Yum Yum
12 Apr - The Crystal Palace Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic are offering a 50% sports massage discount + free stretching plan
21 Mar - The Running School offer a Free Running Technique Analysis (open to all competitors - aged 8+)
16 Mar - Enter Love Yellow's competition to win a set of four Zen Cyclist mugs
10 Mar - Insure your bike with ETA, including cover when competing in triathlons
17 Feb - Cadence Cycling Performance Centre want to improve your cycling performance
Swim times and race numbers
Start times cannot be changed, so please don't ask!
Please make sure you read the relevant race information for your race below.
We have had a lot of queries about start times and whether you are swimming with others of a similar speed. The estimated swim time list has been republished so you can check. If your name is highlighted in green your swim time wasn't confirmed and if you are highlighted in red you didn't give an estimated time.
All documents are in PDF format
- Adult sprint start times
- Youth race numbers
- TriStar 3 race numbers
- TriStar 2 race numbers
- TriStar 1 race numbers
- TriStart race numbers
Please note it is now too late to offer a refund or transfer entries. Entries cannot be deferred until next year.
Contact us if you have any race day queries.
Ages and race distances
The swim takes place in the 50m National Sports Centre pool, with cycle laps on a closed circuit within the park then run laps around the park, finishing in the renowned athletics stadium.
Age as of 31 December 2013
Full sprint - age 17+ on 31 December 2013
750m swim - 15 lengths in 50m pool
20km bike - 9 laps of closed road circuit in park
5km run - 2 laps in park
Race entry: £36
TriStart - 8 years
50m swim (25m training pool)
TriStar 1 - 9-10 years
150m swim (25m training pool)
4k - 2 x 2k cycle laps*
TriStar 2 - 11-12 years
200m swim (50m pool)
6k - 3 x 2k cycle laps
TriStar 3 - 13-14 years
300m swim (50m pool)
8k - 4 x 2k cycle laps
Youths - 15-16 years
350m swim (50m pool)
11k - 5 x 2.2k cycle laps
Race entry: £16 TriStart, TriStar 1-3 / Youths - £23
* The laps on the bike course are tough as it involves climbing the hill twice and descending twice at the other side of the park. Please ensure your child is confident and able to complete the course before entering them.
See our refund/withdrawal policy below.
Documents are available in PDF format. Please read the relevant documents for your race.
If you have any queries please contact us.
Please note Youth and TriStar 3, 2, 1 and TriStart start times are approximate as they are subject to the adult sprint race finishing without any delays.
Refund / withdrawal policy
- Up to 3 months - £25.00 refund (juniors/youths £8.00)
- 3 months - 1 month - £15.00 refund (juniors/youths £5.00)
- 1 month - 2 weeks - No refund but entry will be transferable
- Less than 2 weeks - No refund and entry not transferable
Any refunds will be made after the deduction of the charges made by the credit card companies that are non-refundable.
It is not possible to defer entries to next year's event.
Contact us if you need to withdraw your entry.
Age group prizes
We award male and female trophies for the following age-groups:
Youth; TriStar 3,2,1 and TriStart.
1st, 2nd and 3rd in categories with >20 entries
1st and 2nd in categories with 10-20 entries
1st only where in categories with >10 entries
Presentations will be made as soon as possible after each event. If you are not present to collect your trophy you will need to pay £5.00 P&P in order for us to mail to you.
In the news
Pre and post race massage + discount offer
We are delighted that the Crystal Palace Sports Injury Centre is continuing their support of our triathlon.
CPSIC has over 20 years experience resolving sports injuries.
If you have an injury we are able to provide access to:
Chartered Physiotherapists, who will assess, treat and aim to cure your pain
Experienced Podiatrists who can evaluate your footwear and prescribe you with orthotics (insoles) to reduce your risk of injury
Sports Massage Therapists who can help you manage any muscular soreness or problematic tightness
As part of our sponsorship of the 2013 Crystal Palace Triathlon during April and May we are offering:
50% OFF a comprehensive 60 minute sports massage
+ a FREE Stretching Plan
To redeem this offer please quote code CPT50 on booking.
What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage involves the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments using a specific form of massage.
What are the benefits of sports massage?
- Improves circulation
- Helps with injury healing
- Assists in preparation for sport
- Assists in recovery after sport
- Reduces pain
- Relaxes muscles
- Increases muscle length (flexibility)
- Improves circulation
CONTACT US NOW on 020 8778 9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your sports massage or for further information and FREE advice.
ProSport Photos will again be taking photographs on race day. You will be able to view and order your images online after the event.
Useful links and advice
- Your first triathlon - article by Bill Black in The Guardian
- Triathlete Europe Beginner’s Guide To Triathlon
- Race SOS: Feeling sick - Triathlete's World
- 10 week Sprint training schedule - Triathlete's World
- 11 tips for your first triathlon - Active.com
- Kit checklist
- British Triathlon
- Tri24/7.com - lots of very useful triathlon information
- TriTalk - forum website
- Triathlete's World - 10 week Sprint training schedule
- Beginner triathlon: Do not fear the swim - Triathlete Europe
- BeginnerTriathlete.com - US site but useful starter info and training plans
- Give it a tri! - Check out the beginning triathlon guide
- Runner's World Triathlon glossary
- How to Train for a Triathlon (From Scratch) - Active.com
- So you wanna be a Triathlete? - Trifuel.com
- 30 must-have items for the run, bike and swim - Triathlete's World
The Crystal Palace Triathlon is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when you enter our race, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
The Crystal Palace Triathlon complies with the requirements set out in the Data Protection Act 1998. You can obtain further information about the Data Protection Act 1998 by visiting the Information Commissioner's website.
We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1 January 2013.
What we collect
We collect the following information:
- Name, Address, Date of Birth
- Contact information including email address
We require this information to:
- contact you with regards to your race entry.
- distribute our email notifications.
- periodically send promotional mail or emails about relevant special offers or events.
Sharing of Information
The Crystal Palace Triathlon does not sell, share or rent any personal information or data supplied by you to a third party.
Questions, Comments and Complaints
Find out more about our sponsors and the prizes they are offering
Yum Yum Xtreme
XTREME Ultra Hi Carb Energy Bars offer a convenient way to get that essential extra energy you need before,during and after your adventure.
Their multi-stage formula helps feed your body two types of energy.
◦Simple Carbohydrates such as fruit or chocolate give an immediate energy source
◦Complex Carbohydrates such as oats and puffed rice give slow release energy
Yum Yum are offering all CPT entrants and members a 35% discount if they use the code CRYSTALPALACE35 before the end of August 2013 for orders made over the website.
The Running School
The Running School teaches adults, athletes and children efficient and effective running biomechanics, balance and helps them to get faster. Our coaching protocols include all the key technical factors involved with running more efficiently, remaining injury-free and running faster. Overall we ensure that through running, individuals live a more active lifestyle, increasing their enjoyment from sport while remaining fit and healthy.
Many Triathletes find it difficult to improve their efficiency and speed after injury. This is where we can help.
We are offering a Free Running Technique Analysis for all taking part in the Crystal Palace Triathlon 2013 (open to all competitors - aged 8+). In your 30 minute taster session, we will film you running from various angles, slow the process down and show you which weaknesses are affecting your technique and what you can do to improve your running efficiency, decrease your risk of injury and increase your speed.
Use the code - CPT2013 - to claim your session.
The Running School are also offering two lucky triathletes the chance to win a Running School technique session package (valued at £260 each).
Lisa Collins - artist
Lisa creates bespoke pieces of artwork, mainly for individual clients, specialising in portraits, characters, quirky stuff and comic-style narratives.
Lisa created the designs for our race t-shirts in 2011 and 2012 and will be designing a new one for 2013.
Find out more about Lisa, her work, exhibitions and view her online portfolio. Visit Lisa's website.
Love Yellow design cycling related t-shirts, prints & cards to make you smile.
Cycling Jewellery design and handcraft items inspired by the past, present and future of cycling. All items are made entirely in the UK.
Cycling Jewellery are offering two prizes of a pair of sterling silver cufflinks and a sterling silver pendant and chain, both will be individually designed and created with the Crystal Palace Triathlon as inspiration.
New followers on twitter will receive a thank you 10% discount code to use on their website, so it’s worth a follow!
Cadence Cycling Performance
To celebrate the forthcoming Crystal Palace Triathlon, CPT have secured special discounts from Cadence Cycling Performance Centre to help you optimise your performance on the bike:
A bike fit from £85
One of the fastest ways of improving your performance on the bike is through a specialist bike fit. Cadence are offering 15% off our standard prices for mid-week fits and 5% off for bike fits over the weekend. Ensure you have an efficient and maintainable biomechanical platform for your upcoming races. Our tri-bike specific fits are aimed at eliminating all the usual postural issues associated with a tri bar based position. Or, set up your road bike with a set of tr-ibars to create a more aerodynamic profile for medium and long distance events. This fit is designed to give you an extra, more aerodynamic position, whilst maintaining the versatility of a standard road bike.
Prices are £150 for a Retul bike fit, £110 for a Tri/TT fit and £100 for a Dynamic fit. Everyone on the Crystal Palace Triathlon mailing list receives a 5-15% discount off these prices. Quote discount code CPT13 when you book. Book online or call us on 020 86768825 (open 11am – 8pm Mon-Fri and 8am to 6pm weekends).
Improve your power on the bike with a Pedal Stroke Analysis
Correct pedalling style is one sure way to maximise your performance on the bike. Our amazing Spin Scan technology will help identify left and right leg discrepancies and then provide guidance on how to correct these to optimise performance.
Normally a diagnostic session costs £90 but if you book a midweek session you receive a 15% discount. Book online or call us on 020 86768825 (open 11am – 8pm Mon-Fri and 8am to 6pm weekends)
FREE Initial Coaching Assessment
Have you ever wondered if having your own personal coach is going to help you get that bit extra out of yourself. Then book a FREE session with one of our coaches to find out if it will work for you.
Full fitness assessment for £199 (normally £250)
We are offering a limited number of our full fitness assessments at a special discount. Have your heart rate zones accurately defined, check if you are a sugar or fat burner and how best to manage your training to optimise performance. To book call us on 020 86768825 (open 11am – 8pm Mon-Fri and 8am to 6pm weekends).
A custom-size Carbon Frame from £1450
That's right - you could have a full custom-sized carbon frame for a lot less than you would think – and delivered as quickly as 4 weeks from order.
Pop in for an initial consultation to see the options. Again, as someone on the Crystal Palace Triathlon distribution list you receive 15% off our standard prices for orders placed in February 2013.
Join our mailing list and pick up a FREE 75ml water bottle (worth £3.95)
Limited to the first 100 new subscribers to our mailing list. Pick your bottle up in-store.
Subscribe now. Get discounts and invites to selected events.
Cadence offers a range of other services. Visit our cyclists’ café, see our range of specialist performance saddles, join one of our regular Saturday rides, take a ride in the Alps on one of our virtual reality turbo trainers.
SwimTrek is the world's leading swimming holiday operator, running swimming tours, that are suitalbe for most standards of swimmers, to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Middle East and Northern Europe. Theyalso do island or lake hopping following routes of cultural, historical and geographical significance. Pools are great for training, but nothing beats open water swimming holidays for fun, freedom and for a great feeling of achievement.
Zone3, the British wetsuit brand, are once again sponsoring the Crystal Palace Triathlon, and have supported us for many years.
Zone3 is one of the first British owned Triathlon brands and since 2008 has developed an unparalleled reputation for producing high quality, performance products at an affordable price. Whether you are an eliteleading out the field or training for your first triathlon, Zone3 has the formula to get you the best results.
Schwalbe brand bicycle tyres can be found from the USA to Australia and Japan to South Africa. In Europe we are the market leaders. We believe there are two reasons for this success:
Firstly - We are tyre fanatics, absolutely specialising in bicycles and for some years also in wheelchairs.
Secondly - Our tyres can’t be found everywhere, but exclusively in the specialised trade because to our mind, qualified advice and good service are a must.
And we know- Only the specialised trade can ensure both.
Schwalbe will be providing prizes for the age-group winners as well as spot prizes to be given out during the day.
The Altitude Centre
The Altitude Centre is the UK's number one altitude training specialist. If you are an individual, whether an elite athlete or amateur wanting to improve your performance or health and well being, The Altitude Centre offers running and cycling training at approx. 2,700m in our brand new state of the art facility.
Blue Door Bicycles
Blue Door Bicycles will be offering on-site technical assistance throughout the day for any last-minute emergencies.
Endura is the largest brand of cycle clothing in the UK with a range that spans MTB, road and commuter clothing.
Endura are once again supporting our race by providing spot prizes that will be given out on the day.
Trigirl triathlon clothing is packed with innovative features that only a female designer and triathlete would consider. Flattering styles, vibrant colours, confidence-inspiring fit and comfort. As well as being able to purchase kit through their website, there is also lots of female specific kit advice and training information.
Trigirl will providing prizes for the female age-group winners.
CherryActive is the largest supplier of Montmorency Cherry concentrate and capsules in the UK, With no added sugar, sweeteners, preservatives, flavourings or colourings CherryActive if taken regularly help to reduce exercise-induced soreness and promote rapid recovery. Montmorency cherries, a natural source of melatonin is well documented to help improve sleep quality.
The Bridge Triathlon
The Bridge Triathlon offers a number of race distances, including SuperSprint, Sprint, Standard and, new for 2013 an Aqua Bike event, all taking place on Sunday 23 June. Entries are limited to 400 but one lucky Crystal Palace Triathlon entrant will win a place in a distance of their choice.
Tri Together 2013 - Sunday 1 September
Winner of the Triathlon London Professional Event of the Year, Tri Together is a series of triathlons open to disabled and non-disabled people and are ideal for everyone from the complete beginner to the seasoned triathlete. Taking place at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Sunday 1st September, take part on your own, in relay teams of twos or three or get the whole family involved with junior triathlon races open to those aged eight and over!
Beginners will be supported all the way to the finish line with training programmes, taster training sessions and opportunities to try alternative cycles and racing wheelchairs.
For more information or to register online, visit the Tri Together website or text TRI to 80878* ( *standard rates apply).
Tri Together are giving two adult entries and one junior entry as prizes at this year's Crystal Palace Triathlon.
As supporters of the Crystal Palace Triathlon, TriTogether would like to offer those who missed out on a place at one of the Crystal Palace Triathlon novice training days an opportunity to attend their free taster sessions for beginners. Please see details and in their flyer (pdf).
ETA cycle insurance
Your bike is covered for theft, accidental damage and vandalism including during triathlon events. Furthermore, your bike is covered against theft when it is left in transition. The bike does not need to be locked whilst in transition as long as the area is supervised by a marshal.