Pop-up City Triathlon
24-27 April 2017

Lough Cutra Castle
27/28 May 2017

Cholmondeley Castle
24/25 June 2017

The Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle
9 July 2017

Castle Howard
22/23 July 2017

Château de Chantilly
26/27 August 2017

Hever Castle
23/24 September 2017

Schools Roadshow
July 2017

The Series

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

Arguably the finest castle in the series – Lough Cutra – provides a fitting backdrop for the curtain raiser of the Castle Triathlon Series.

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Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017

Race day information

In this section you will find everything you need to know about the race day, including wave times, registration opening details, spectator entry, camping info and water temperature readings etc.

All of the races at Lough Cutra Castle kick-off by launching into an open-water swim in the lake, transitioning into a bike route which circumnavigates Lough Cutra itself. The half iron gauntlet cycle takes in the beautiful Burren national park.

This first race sets the scene for a competitive and fun series, hosted within the beautiful grounds and surrounding area of stunning South Galway. What’s more, the race coincides with a Bank Holiday in the UK and it is also the first weekend of the UK school half term, making it an ideal break for sporty families.

All of the races at Lough Cutra Castle kick-off by launching into an open-water swim in the lake, transitioning into a bike route which circumnavigates Lough Cutra itself. The half iron gauntlet cycle takes in the beautiful Burren national park.

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

About Lough Cutra Castle

The countryside surrounding Lough Cutra contains evidence of a history dating back to the Irish-Celtic mythology of the Tuatha Dé Danaan.

Old churches, cells and monasteries are prolific in the area, with some of the islands on the lake containing the remnants of stone altars.

The history of the actual estate can be traced back as far as 866 A.D. when the ruined church of Beagh was sacked by the Danes and war raged through the district for nearly 1,000 years.

The Castle itself was built during the Gothic revival period and is idyllically situated overlooking the Estate’s 1,000 acre lake (the largest privately owned lake in Europe), home to the open-water swim of the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon.

2017 Sprint Super Series

Triathlon Ireland has awarded Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon the Sprint Super Series on Saturday 27th May 2017.

It’s going to be a Super Saturday at this year’s Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon on May 27th with Ireland’s Cat 1 and Cat 2 top age groupers battle it out in the first event of the 2017 Sprint Super Series, the only one in the West of Ireland.

The Super Series, now in its 3rd year in Ireland, caters for the appetite, skill and speed of the fastest athletes over the sprint distance triathlon of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km. Racing on closed roads in a draft legal environment, chasing points, it’s the only series in the country that allows this type of triathlon racing.

New in 2017, Cat 2 athletes will be racing alongside Cat 1 and in addition Cat 2 will be eligible to score points in the Triathlon Ireland National Series while competing in this Super Series. Full details here.

For the first time this year, Triathlon Ireland will be awarding separate Cat 1 and Cat 2 cash prizes to the top men and top women for the overall standings at the conclusion of Super Series. Those wishing to register for the draft legal Super Sprint Series can log in HERE.

Not only will the super speedy athletes race at this distance for the first time in Lough Cutra, we have also added a non draft legal sprint race to our racing schedule to cater for the demands of those wishing to race at the sprint distance.

Mixed Team Relay - New race in 2017!

This new race format, taking place on the afternoon of Saturday 27th May, will see four person teams; two males and two females, each completing a 250m swim, 5km bike and 1.5km run as part of a tag team.

Mixed Relay has proven extremely popular with athletes of all standards and allows regular age groupers and more advanced athletes to race together. The minimum age requirement for athletes is 15 years. There is no upper limit upper age limit or ability for those taking part.

Participants who are racing any other distance over the weekend can get a 50% discount on the full price of the Mixed Team Relay entry.  Email us here to apply.

We are delighted that this event will include the National Mixed Team Relay Club Championships. The race will be run to ITU standards and all participants must hold a full TI Licence and team members must belong to the same club.

Go long for the Gauntlet

In 2017 Lough Cutra, for the fourth year running will see The Gauntlet, a middle-distance race, push competitors to their limit via stunning 1.9km swim, 96km bike ride and 21km run.

This race distance had a hugely successful launch across the Series in 2014 with over 1000 sign ups. Since then it has gone from strength to iron strength doubling in size with hardened triathletes and newcomers to the triathlon side-by-side on the start line. In 2016 we were proud to host the Gauntlet as part of the Triathlon Ireland Vodafone National Series.

In 2017 The Gauntlet at Lough Cutra will offer 5 qualifying places in each Age Group for the 2018 ETU European Middle Distance Championships. See more about Event Qualification.

I have previously done Castle Series Triathlons but not standard distance, this year I did Ireland, I loved it! There was fog which affected the Gauntlet races prior to my race and they had to delay but my race went ahead later than planned and it was awesome. Safety first, at 8am you couldn’t even see the buoys in the lake! The lake was cleanish compared to others! The roads were brilliant for the cycle and the run route was varied. I love the castle series, the organiser Brian is fab, will help anyone out if he can! The support team is ace, the will do anything to help anyone out as well. Thanks again.
Dawn Malloy

Take a look at how our previous triathletes rate Lough Cutra

Race distances and pricing

To compete in the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon you can enter either as an individual, a relay team of two, or a relay team of three. The Junior and Children’s races follow the same format. Relay entries can be all male, all female or mixed.

Saturday 27th May 2017

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start Time
Sprint Plus - The Prendergast
800m / 40km/ 8km
€75 / 125
09:00
^Sprint - The Lady Gregory
750m / 20km / 5km
€70 / 110
09:15
Super Sprint - The Viscount Gough
400m / 20km/ 4km
€65 / 105
09:30
Starter Sprint - New Race Distance
200m / 13km / 2km
€55 / 95
10:30
Adult mixed relay
250m / 5km / 1.5km**
€135 (team)
TBC
Family mixed relay
250m / 5km / 1.5km**
€75 (team)
TBC

Sunday 28th May 2017

Race Name
Race Distance
Prices
(Individual / Relay)
Start Time
Half Iron / Middle Distance - The Gauntlet
1.9km / 96km / 21km
€190 / 225
08:00
Olympic / Standard - The Lough Cutra
1.5km / 40km / 10km
€85 / 125
09:00
Children (8-10 yrs) - The Widgeon
100m / 4km / 0.8km
€25 / 45
15:00
Children (11-12 yrs) - The Cormorant
200m / 4km / 1.8km
€30 / 45
15:45
Junior (13-15 yrs) - The Teal
300m / 8km / 2.4km
€35 / 45
16:00
Junior mixed relay
150m / 2.25km / 600m**
€50 (team)
TBC

*Start times are approximate and shown here as a general guide. These are subject to change.  Depending on number of participants, there may be multiple waves for each race distance separated by intervals from 15 up to 45 minutes.

New Sprint distance! An elite wave of the Triathlon Ireland’s Super Series is due to take off at 8am. To find out more or register for this wave, please visit the Triathlon Ireland website here. A later wave is available for all other participants interested in this distance and can be entered by via our Enter Now button.

**Distance slightly varies at each venue

Entrants will be notified of their wave time via email 2 weeks prior to the event.  We advise that entrants arrive at least 1 – 1.5 hours before their wave time.  There’s an option to request specific waves during registration.  Relays go off in the final wave of their distance.

Saturday 6th May 2017

Adults
€35 – Swim, Transition, Bike and Run training
(also included is a Recce of 20K cycle circuit)

Juniors
€25 – Swim, Transition, Bike and Run Training

We are including a recce (no charge) of the following routes.
The Gauntlet cycle (90K) and The Gauntlet Run (7K)

These must be pre booked below. (approx timings 11am-4pm)

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Results and photography

Full Races Results will be posted here on the evening of the event and we guarantee amazing shots of you in action with our new partner, marathon-photos.com. Click here for competitor photography.

Useful information

Preparation for the event

Please download our new Competitor Guide tailored for the event at Lough Cutra that will help guide you through the preparation for the event.

The Competitor Guide 2017
The Gauntlet Competitor Guide 2017
TRIATHLON IRELAND
Race licences and certificates

For the fourth year running the Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon will be a Triathlon Ireland Assured Sanctioned Race.

As such we will be receiving assistance from Triathlon Ireland technical officials on the day and in the run up to the event.

On race day, all competitors must show their triathlon governing body (eg TI, BTF, FFT) membership card or One Day Licence. This ‘ODL’ must be purchased before the event from the TI website www.triathlonireland.com.

Trophies, prize money and medals

All competitors in all races will receive a medal on completion of their race.

Each 1st place winner will also receive a suitably themed trophy, and sponsor’s prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. There is a significant prize pot on offer for the Olympic and Gauntlet race distances.

Click below to find out more about what we have on offer.

Spectator Offering

The spectator experience at the Castle Triathlon Series has become almost as famous as the spectacular backdrops and classic courses, and has made passing time before your loved ones finish the race a thing of the past.

Travel, accommodation and directions to the venue

Click the link below to find out everything you need to know about all of our venues.

Rules and Terms and Conditions

Please read and understand the general rules, in particular the cut-off times, before competing to ensure a fantastic race for you and everyone else.

Water quality and temperature

The water quality tests are taken regularly for Lough Cutra Castle’s lake. All tests are undertaken using the EU Water Bathing Directive as the benchmark.

Water temperature

This will be taken nearer the Event. Wet suits will be optional on race day if the water temperature is between 15 and 23 degrees centigrade.

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Race distances

Race distances

For the absolute beginners and children to the professional triathletes, the Castle Triathlon Series offers a wealth of race distances to suit all levels.

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Location

Hosted at a selection of stunning and iconic castles across the UK, Ireland and France, the Castle Triathlon Series events all promise an inspirational and memorable race experience.

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Take part

We pride ourselves on offering a bespoke and tailored offering for all those wishing to take part and grateful for all those who want to be involved on the day.

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Training

We would always recommend training in preparation for any event, but how much you do, and the style you take is down to you.

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