Following last years successful event the Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Triathlon is to be repeated.
Despite the horrendous weather facing organisers and competitors alike in 2012, the event was enjoyed by all, resulting with it all happening again. Read on…
Where: Nant Conwy Rugby Club, Trefriw, North Wales LL26 0PW
When: Sunday, 8th September, 2013
Solo or teams – 11.30 am start
‘A mountain triathlon that takes you on a journey from the estuary at Conwy into the hills of Snowdonia’
Following last year’s very successful event, the Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain triathlon will take place again this year on Sunday, 8th September. It is being organised by Map17 Events, a team of seven local enthusiasts (most of whom you will know!) who are all experienced race organisers & competitors. We have succeeded in putting together the three disciplines of open-estuary kayaking, fell running and mountain biking, to create a magnificent journey from the sea to the mountains, all set in a stunning location on the edge of the National Park.
Leg 1 is a 13k open-estuary & river kayak which starts below the walls of Conwy Castle, and proceeds up the Conwy River on a fast rising tide, to the first transition at Dolgarrog Bridge.
Leg 2 is a 13k trail/fell run, starting & finishing virtually at sea-level, but reaching an altitude of almost 500m. It has a real mountain feel with views to match, especially when crossing the high ridge between Llyn Cowlyd and Crafnant. To our knowledge, none of the ground covered had been raced before last year’s event. The leg finishes along the ‘Trefriw Trail’ leading to the transition at Nant Conwy Rugby Club.
Leg 3 is an 18k mountain bike race, starting and finishing at the event centre. The route is mostly within the Gwydir Forest above Llanwrst, and permission has been received from the Forestry Commission for a new route this year, using more of the Marin Trail than in 2012, with a consequent increase in the amount of single track, both up and down. This leg finishes with a bumpy descent, crossing a ford for good measure, to ensure that everyone arrives back at the event centre as muddy & wet as possible!!
Once again, our event centre is Nant Conwy Rugby Club’s new club house, which offers very impressive facilities. These include a bar/dining area with a terrace overlooking the stage 2 transition, free Wi-Fi, hot showers/loos, projection facilities for the live results service, plenty of parking and areas to camp. This will ensure that supporters, as well as competitors will all enjoy a fun day in a great venue.
We are fortunate enough to have been offered prizes from many local sponsors (which are listed on our event website), & so we can promise a good selection of prizes for all category winners (Seniors 18-39, Vets 40-49, Masters 50-59 & Grand Masters 60+ for both genders), as well as for the winning team. There will also be a goodie bag for all competitors.
The profits will again be donated to the Snowdonia Society, which is working and campaigning to conserve Snowdonia National Park, from which we are all fortunate enough to benefit, in so many ways.
We are non-commercial event organisers, relying on local volunteer help, and following last year’s success, it looks as though the race will become an annual event.
Our aim is to encourage participation in, & enjoyment of the event by as many local people as is possible, so please come & show us what you’re made of, or perhaps volunteer to help.
See www.map17events.org.uk for further details.