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Château de Chantilly Triathlon

The Castle Triathlon Series makes its yearly pilgrimage over the English Channel in August for the sixth race of the 2021 series.

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    Château de Chantilly

    Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August 2021

    Set over the UK bank holiday weekend, the racing will take place in the spectacular and historic town of Chantilly, just a 2.5hrs drive from Calais and 40 miles north of Paris.

    As we look forward to 2021 as this event continues to grow and  include a whole spectrum of distances, with races for children aged eight and up to the middle-distance race, Le Gantelet, first introduced at Château de Chantilly in 2013.

    Chantilly provides a fantastic and challenging race, with the 2.5km Grand Canal overlooked by the Château and its gardens hosting the open-water swim. Triathletes will transition within the Terrasse des Connétables and set off into a fast 20km or 45km cycle circuit around the Forêt de Chantilly. After entering T2, competitors will run the surrounding woodlands, the world famous race course “LHippodrome” and Chateau gardens finishing within sight of the beautiful Chateau.

    Chantilly - Présentation

    About Château de Chantilly

    Chantilly cream, one of Europe’s finest art collections and a Bond villain’s hideout. The Château de Chantilly has a long and varied history that began in the mid-14th Century.

    Construction of the estate is thought to have begun in 1358, with the Grand Château razed during the French Revolution of the 1790s before being rebuilt in the 1870s.

    The stretch of water that plays host to the swim section of the triathlon is the Grand Canal, a 2.5km long tributary of the Oise. The cycle route circumnavigates the arrow straight bridleways of the Foret de Chantilly, with the run section named after the Maison de Sylvie that it surrounds.

    Owned by the Institut de France, the château houses the Musée Condé, which is one of the finest art galleries in France and is open to the public. It was also at the Château de Chantilly that a French chef, François Vatel, invented Chantilly cream in 1671.

    Château de Chantilly also has a rich history in popular culture. James Bond fans will note that it acted as the estate of Christopher Walken’s villain, Zorin, in A View to a Kill from 1985, while more recently it was used as a location for 2006’s Pink Panther remake, which lends its name to our children’s races. Pink Floyd played two concerts here in 1994 and Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) used the Château to host his 2005 wedding.

    Socially Distanced Event Format

    A safe way to continue racing together!

    We organised a hugely successful socially distance event at Hever Castle in September 2020 for over 4000 participants and their supporters. This has given not only us, the industry but most importantly our participants the confidence to return to racing in 2021.

    We want to reassure all participants that we’ll continue to work closely with governments, governing bodies, venues and suppliers to ensure that our 2021 events are run in accordance with current health and safety guidance.

    Our increased health and safety measures cover 5 key principles of education; touch point reduction, density reduction, athlete self-reliance and enhanced hygiene.

    Should we be require to put on a socially distanced event, participants will still get the full race experience but with individual rolling starts, 1 competitor every 10 seconds (sometimes greater), restricted time on site either side of your race and possible limit on spectators per athlete only.

    We will prepare venue specific documents to send to all participants ahead of the event. These will include details on how to prepare pre-event, arrival timings and movements, swim, cycle, run, festival village and exit.

    Le Gantelet is perfect for those who wish to upgrade from sprint and Olympic-distance racing or simply want to take on a new triathlon challenge. The stunning venue and scenic grounds set the scene for a motivating event that will nurture your most extreme triathlon ambitions.

    Enter Le Gantelet

    For the ninth year running, the middle-distance Le Gantelet will be held at the Château de Chantilly Triathlon. In 2021 the race will be hosted on Sunday 30th August, and will consist of a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and a 21km run.

    Le Gantelet is perfect for those who wish to upgrade from sprint and Olympic-distance racing or simply want to take on a new triathlon challenge. The stunning venue and scenic grounds set the scene for a motivating event that will nurture your most extreme triathlon ambitions.

    Run Series: 10K, Half Marathon & Marathon

    Sunday 29th August 2021

    Building on the success of the Castle Run Series introduction in 2018, the 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon will be returning to the iconic Chateau De Chantilly.

    This stunning and unique multi-terrain course will incorporate spectator friendly loops of the French countryside, the Castle lake, and of course the Chateau itself. Each runner will receive a medal and will be welcomed across the finish line with a banquet of well-earned treats, with live bands, food stalls and a retail area, making the weekend a festival of sporting achievements.

    Swim Series: 5K, 2.5K and 1 mile swim

    Sunday 29th August 2021

    The swim only event provides the choice of three different distances: 5km 2.5km and 1mile (see price table below) and boasts a unique and stunning swim route in all the stunning castle lakes.

    The swim described by many triathletes as the ‘best open water swim ever completed’ will now be open to outdoor swimmers as an event in its own right.

    All swimmers will be provided with timing chips and the races categorised into wetsuits and non-wetsuits. Prizes will be awarded for the top three male and female competitors in each distance.

    One mile leisure and family swim

    Enjoy the beautiful setting of the Chateau de Chantilly at your own pace. Swim any stroke you like (breaststroke encouraged), swim and chat with friends as you go around. Don’t worry about how long it takes (however time limit set at 90 minutes), just enjoy it. Under 16s welcome if accompanied throughout by a competent responsible adult.

    Multisport Distances

    Duathlon, Aquabike, Aquathlon (Standard and Sprint)

    If the thought of completing all three disciplines at once is holding you back from signing up to one of our events, our multisport distances could be perfect for you! Perhaps an injury is preventing you from running, you can’t get your hands on a bike for this summer or the idea of swimming in the lake is just too much. We have created the multisport events to allow our competitors to compete in two disciplines of your choice within our triathlons. The same stunning courses tailored to suit you!

    Junior Triathlon 9 - 16 years

    Saturday 28th August 2021

    From jumping in a lake, cycling through woodland trails or closed roads to running around the exciting castle grounds, we pride ourselves on offering unforgettable, accessible races for all abilities of 9–16 year olds at five amazing locations in England, Ireland and France. There are very few triathlon events where children, teens, and adults are able to participate at the same event making the most of these family friendly sporting festivals.

    Ensure you bring the correct bike for your junior event at the Chantilly Triathlon! Alll junior cycle routes will be multi terrain and we strongly advise the use of off road tyres. See our take part page for Junior Triathlon Tips and hints.

    Scroll down for age group categories and distances. (These have been changed for 2021 events).

    May I congratulate you and your team on a Top Class event at Chateau de Chantilly, the organization was first rate especially the marshaling on the cycle route, I have never competed in such a well run event held on Public open roads, no stopping at traffic lights and you even managed to have road works removed for the event, it really does make a difference to us competitors – a big thank you.
    Geoff Armstrong

    Distances, Timings, Pricing

    To compete in the Château de Chantilly 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 28th August 2021

    Race Name
    Race Distance
    Prices
    (Individual / Relay)
    Black Friday Prices
    (Individual / Relay)
    Start time
    (approx*)
    Sprint Plus - The Conde
    800m / 40km / 8km
    £95 / 140
    £62 / 91
    TBC
    Sprint
    750m / 20km / 5km
    £90 / 135
    £59 / 88
    TBC
    Aquabike Sprint (Swim / Bike)
    750m / 20km
    £65
    £42
    TBC
    Aquathlon Sprint (Swim / Run)
    750m / 5km
    £45
    £29
    TBC
    Duathlon Sprint (Run / Bike / Run)
    5.5km / 20km / 2.5km
    £60
    £39
    TBC
    Super Sprint - The Louis XV
    400m / 20km / 4km
    £85 / 130
    £55 / 85
    TBC
    Starter Sprint - New Race Distance
    200m / 11km / 2km
    £70 / 110
    £46 / 72
    TBC
    Junior (13-15 yrs) - Pink Panther
    300m / 6km / 2km
    £44 / 55
    £29 / 36
    TBC
    Children (11-12 yrs)
    200m / 4km / 1.5km
    £39 / 55
    £25 / 36
    TBC
    Children (8-10 yrs)
    100m / 2km / 1km
    £33 / 55
    £21 / 36
    TBC
    Adult mixed relay
    250m / 5km / 1.3m**
    £120 (team)
    £78 (team)
    TBC
    Family mixed relay
    250m / 5.75km / 1.5km**
    £75 (team)
    £49 (team)
    TBC

    *We organised a socially distance event in 2020 for over 4000 participants at Hever Castle. The start timings for various Sprint events took place between 07:30 and 14:30. The Starter Tri, Children and Swim only events started between 15:00 and 17:00. If needs be, we shall follow a similar format at Chantilly. If social distancing is not required, all adults events will take place in the morning and Children and Mixed Team Relay events after 13:30.

    ^Race Day change! Swim only events will now take place on Sunday

    Entrants will be notified of their wave time via email 2 weeks prior to the event.  Relays go off in the final wave of their distance.

    Sunday 29th August 2021

    Race Name
    Race Distance
    Prices
    (Individual / Relay)
    Black Friday Prices
    (Individual / Relay)
    Start time
    (approx*)
    Half Iron / Middle Distance - Le Gantelet
    1.9km / 90km / 21km
    £220 / 270
    £143 / 176
    TBC
    Olympic / Standard - The Chantilly
    1.5 km / 45km / 10km
    £110 / 150
    £72 / 98
    TBC
    Duathlon Standard (Run / Bike / Run)
    11km / 45km / 6km
    £75
    £49
    TBC
    Aquabike Standard (Swim / Bike)
    1500m / 45km
    £70
    £46
    TBC
    Aquathlon Standard (Swim / Run)
    1500m / 10km
    £60
    £36
    TBC
    Marathon
    42.2 km
    £65
    £42
    TBC
    HALF Marathon
    21.1 km
    £40
    £26
    TBC
    ^1mile Swim
    1.6km
    £35.00
    23
    TBC
    ^2.5km Swim
    2.5km
    £45.00
    29
    TBC
    ^5km Swim
    5km
    £55.00
    36
    TBC
    10K
    10 km
    £30
    £20
    TBC

    *We organised a socially distance event in 2020 for over 4000 participants at Hever Castle. The start timings for the Gauntlet and various Standard events took place between 07:30 and 14:30. The Run only events started between 15:00 and 16:00 (Marathon began at 09:30). If needs be, we shall follow a similar format at Chantilly. If social distancing is not required, all adults events will take place in the morning

    ^Race Day change! Swim only events will now take place on Sunday

    Entrants will be notified of their wave time via email 2 weeks prior to the event.  Relays go off in the final wave of their distance.

    Course Maps

    Please take a moment to study these in detail.

    Chantilly Triathlon is an exciting and busy event with lots of different courses taking place throughout the weekend. There will be a full brief before your race start but it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the course and in particular any key junctions to ensure you take the correct route.

    Race day information

    Two weeks prior to event, this section will give you everything you need to know about race day, including wave times, registration opening details, spectator entry, camping info and water temperature readings etc.

    Results and photography

    Find the  Races Results from previous years here along with amazing shots of participant’s photography during the event.

    If you have any queries please contact Stuweb Timing Solutions here.

    Useful information

    Race licences and certificates

    All participants must upload the race documentation by logging into their Activeworks account via MYEVENTS.

    The Chateau de Chantilly Triathlon is a F.F.TRI sanctioned event and it is therefore obligatory for a competitor to submit the correct documentation online.

    Run and swim only participants do not need a day pass. However you do need to submit a medical certificate by logging into your Activeworks account via MYEVENTS . (see template)

    All Multi-discipline participants who do NOT have a valid membership licence card of a recognised triathlon governing body such as FFT/BTF/TI, must purchase a F.F.Tri Day Competition Pass (also known and Pass Journeé and Pass Compétition).

    Nearer the event, we will send out details on how purchase the day Competition Pass.

    MEMBERS
    NON MEMBERS
    -Triathlon Governing Body Membership Licence
    -Day Pass form (also known and Pass Journeé and Pass Compétition).
    -Parental Consent Form (8-15yrs only)
    -Medical Certificate.
    -Parental Consent Form (8-15yrs only).
    Competitor Photography

    PRE-Race day offer! AWOL Adventure photography team will be positioned around the course, finish line, and event village ready to capture that timeless photo – Just don’t forget to SMILE!

    Pre-order your digital bundle of pictures for a special HALF PRICE DISCOUNT. Here’s how it works…..

    ALL your Digital Photos for for half price
    Min. 2 photos GUARANTEED or your money back*
    Bundle goes to full price after the event so hurry!

    *Click here for quick FAQ and details of Awol Adventure guarantee

    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.

    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.

    Travel, accommodation and directions to the venue

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

    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.

    Water quality and temperature

    Please see water quality tests for Château de Chantilly’s lake.  All tests are undertaken using the EU Water Bathing Directive as the benchmark.

    Water temperature

    For swim length up to 1500m wetsuits will be optional on race day if the temp remains between 14 and 22 degrees centigrade and over 1500m swim length wetsuits will be options 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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    Locations

    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; from first timers, old timers, juniors, female focus, elites, tri clubs, corporates, there’s a race for everyone!

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    Volunteer

    Trade your time for a free race place! We offer a Volunteer Scheme, whereby a free race is given in return for a day’s marshalling at any one of the Castle Triathlon Series events. (terms apply)

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