The sprint distance is the ideal challenge for newcomers to the sport to line up in the starting blocks alongside more experienced sportsmen and women. Only triathlons can offer such unique opportunities.
The bike route for the sprint format doesn’t have any major challenges, other than a longish but not-too-steep hill that beginners can take at their own pace. Furthermore, it is shorter than those in other triathlons, to allow novices to discover the discipline. Anyone can do it!
But be warned – an easy route doesn’t mean there won’t be any high performers. This race will be hard fought at the front as we will be joined this year once again by the French Paralympic team. In 2016, Gwladys Lemoussu picked up a bronze in Rio after an excellent performance in Nevers!
The race will start between two buoys, just below the warm-up zone. Swimmers can only enter the water from the warm-up zone.
This race will involve a single 500m loop, after which swimmers will head to the exit ramp.
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After exiting via the southern end of the transition area, you will speed along the smooth tarmacked road until you reach Sermoise. From there, riders will take country roads before re-joining the tarmacked road at kilometre 10. The only tricky point on this ride is the Côte de Sermoise, a long but steady hill that offers magnificent views of the region from the top
The run presents no particular difficulties.
You will leave transition through the north exit by the water station. Then you will follow the road to the canal bridge (green trail).
At the bridge, you will join the canal loop (blue trail), which you will complete once. Another refreshment zone can be found at the half-way point, just before the lock bridge. The loop is in the shade, with a stabilised or tarmacked surface, and is completely flat.
Once you reach the bridge, there’s only another 400 metres to go (red trail) before you reach the finish line and the cheering spectators who will be standing on the side-lines to encourage and congratulate you for having completed the Nevers Magny-Cours Sprint Triathlon – congratulations!