The Bala Big Bash returns to Llyn Tegid on the weekend of 29th and 30th June 2019, a weekend where Triathlon, Swimming and now Rowing combine to create an inclusive water-based weekend.
Welsh Triathlon, Swim Wales and the Urdd return to Llyn Tegid this summer, but they will be joined by Welsh Rowing as Wales’ water based Governing bodies look to expand what was already a successful event in 2018.
With there range of activities expanding, it is hoped that this will bring a wider range of participants to the North Wales town over two days of activities. The obvious expansion will be the inclusion of Welsh Rowing to the roster for 2019, who will be announcing in the next few weeks further details of their activity. Canoe Wales and Welsh Sailing have also agreed to support the water-based festival over future years if their respective calendars allow for alignment.
From a Triathlon and Swimming perspective, its very much a case of building on the success of last years event and ensuring any logistical issues are rectified. There will be a new pool based Aquathlon from Penllyn Leisure Centre on the Friday evening. This will only consist of the swim and run elements and will be tailored to primarily engage with local school children and make them aware of the wider weekend. There will also be opportunities here for newcomers to the sport, who are not confident within open water to partake.
The Saturday morning will combine Welsh Rowing’s activity and an introductory Open Water Swim session, facilitated by both Welsh Triathlon and Swim Wales. The competition kicks off Saturday afternoon where the children will start with the Bala Junior Triathlon. This event will form the Triathlon for Gemau Cymru, the second of three qualifying events for the British under 20s festival, and an ideal opportunity to engage in an open water triathlon experience.
Following the Tristar waves, the Bala Team Relay will return where teams of 4 go head to head in a relay with a twist. With each discipline being completed in turn, ensuring intense racing around the lakeside transition location.
2019 will see Welsh Universities attend their Triathlon Championship. The team relay on Saturday provides an ample warm up opportunity for all athletes, as well as an opportunity for newcomers to the sport to complete a Super Sprint Triathlon with the supports of friends.
Sunday the 30th will see an extension of the traditional Bala Standard to include a sprint wave. The Sprint Triathlon will be the event for the 2019 Welsh Super Series, as well act as another stepping stone for those individuals who may not be fully up to speed for the full Olympic distance. Following the Standard and Sprint triathlons, Swim Wales will host the 2019 National Open Water Championship, including National Age Group events (qualifiers for the Swim England Nationals), as well as open races in distances 1km, 2km and for the first time 5km. All Swim Wales event information can be found here: https://www.swimwales.org/events/big-bala-bash-including-welsh-open-water
There will be a number of articles highlighting the various elements to the weekend over the forthcoming months. For further information on the events and the town, first instance, please visit https://www.welshtriathlon.org/events/bala-big-bash
To enter any of the races, please click the links below
Bala Junior Triathlon – Click Here https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/bala-junior-triathlon_10270
Bala Team Relays – Click Here https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/bala-team-relays-2019_10269
Bala Sprint Triathlon – Click Here https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/the-bala-sprint-triathlon---stage-3-2019-welsh-super-series_10413
Bala Standard Triathlon – Click Here https://www.britishtriathlon.org/events/the-bala-sprint-triathlon---stage-3-2019-welsh-super-series_10413