Following a 20-month absence, the Welsh Triathlon Super Series returns to our domestic calendar in a little over a fortnight, with the running of the opening stage at Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon being held at Broadhaven on Saturday 10th July.
As covid restrictions ease and local authorities take a different approach to the return of events, we are now faced with five stages, with the series visiting Porthcawl, Bala, and Newborough Beach before ending at Barry Island on the opening weekend of October.
With the change of structure, comes a change in points, with athletes now having their top three scores over the five events counting towards the 2021 total. As in previous years, the club competition will see the scores from all stages count in the overall total. In all, there are 36 registered Welsh Clubs competing in stage 1, all able to collect points as they start their challenge for the title.
Simon Roxburgh, Chairman of the 2019 club champions GOG Triathlon has this to say.
“We’re really looking forward to kicking off the WTSS. It’s been a long time coming, but it will be nice to see some familiar faces and race again. We’ll be trying our best to defend our club title, it means a lot to us at GOG, and we’re bringing some super series regulars to Broadhaven across the categories, so we’ll be hoping for a decent points tally before heading home”.
There is going to representation from clubs all over Wales, with GOG Triathlon, Cardiff Triathletes, and Taff Ely Triathlon bringing the masses west for that weekend. None though will be as widely represented as the hosts, Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club. With 29 participants racing across all age groups, it's an exciting day for the club as they see racing return.
Race director, Dave Astins from Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club has shared his thoughts about hosting the first stage.
“We are so excited to stage this race after the disappointment of cancelling in 2020. There has been a lot of work behind the scenes to adapt the event to be Covid compliant, but we are confident in our approach, and we are extremely grateful for the support we have received from Welsh Triathlon and local stakeholders. We can’t wait to host Round 1 of the Welsh Triathlon Super Series and welcome athletes from across Wales, and beyond, to this beautiful part of Pembrokeshire”.
Across the categories, Inaugural Super Series winner Alex Matchett will be competing on his home course, and he will be given a run for his money by ATACs Olly Simon. In the Female Category, regular podium athlete Rhian Roxburgh will be in a confident mood, as she takes on another local who performed well in the inaugural series, Catherine Marks.
With the race now sold out, and race entries deferred from last years’ cancellations across the other stages, there is a limited number of spaces left across each event, so register your spot early by clicking on the bottom of this page.
Do not forget, to compete within your category across the Welsh Triathlon Super Series, you need to be a current member. To renew your membership, please click here.
If you are part of a club, and you want to see your club colours on the podium this year, do not forget to affiliate with Welsh Triathlon. For further details, email email@example.com
See you on the beach! Keep a lookout across the Welsh Triathlon social media platforms for live updates from the races.
Welsh Triathlon Super Series Stages
Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon – Saturday 10th July – SOLD OUT
Porthcawl Standard Triathlon* – Sunday 8th August – Enter Here
Bala Standard Triathlon – Sunday 5th September – Enter Here
Sandman Sprint Triathlon – Saturday 19th September – Enter Here
SWYD Sprint Triathlon, Barry - Sunday 3rd October – Enter Here
*Denotes National Championship Race
National Championship Races
Middle Distance Championships; Wales Triathlon, Fishguard – ARTICLE HERE
Aquathlon Championships; SWYD Aqua – Sunday 26th September – Enter Here
Cross Duathlon Championships, Escape to Afan – Saturday 27th November – Enter Here
Sprint Championships; Llanelli Sprint Date TBC