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dazzmaster




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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:28 am    Post subject: Big East 2018 (Bradwell on Sea, Essex) Reply with quote

Hi

Anyone doing this race in 3 weeks?

http://www.dengieevents.co.uk/big-east-tri-entry/4556270093

Any intel on what to expect from the swim - are the currents particularly strong? And I presume it is mostly sea water, right?

And what about the bike - profile looks flat-ish, with perhaps one hill, is this about right?

all best,
D
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoyed this race a few years ago. Favourable currents on the swim, nothing massive, flattish bike on quiet roads, hot run on the day I did it, scenic trail along the water's edge. Hope they get a decent number entering,, was a bit sparse last year.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I think middle distance has 100 entries, and now there is still ~35-40 spare tickets... Don't mind though, less fighting at swim start Smile
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TRO Saracen




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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did this in 2014.

Blowing an absolute hoolie, they cut the swim to a little 200m odd around the harbour.

On the Bike there was a sportive being run by the same company on the same roads which is an odd mix. Can't really remember anything other than the ferocious wind and the other sportiveists.

Run along the exposed coastal path was interesting, IIRC the sportiveists were using the same finishing shoot as us finishing the run.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 12:51 pm    Post subject: Big East Reply with quote

Did the challenge distance with son no. 2 last year and doing it again this year.

The swim was really tough, I was glad not to be doing a second lap. Otherwise a nice friendly collection of events being held around a shared course.

Mind you there were some pretty serious triathletes there.

Couldn't understand why it was better attended.

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https://www.opticianonline.net/opinion/big-optometry-blog-goes-east
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did it a couple of year ago.

Water was cold as was the air temp.

I have never been so cold in T1.
Nearly dropped out.

Bike is flat and fast and could be windy.

Run start on concrete, but along the sea wall is off road and ankle busting at points
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dazzmaster




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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I would do a little post-event digest - in particular as funkster's comments are spot on.

Water - strong current, even though the middle distance was 1.6km, you end up swimming a lot. At the start some people were lining up at the start and ended up at least 10m down the river, then had to swim to get back...

Fairly long run to T1, but on ok surface

Bike was quite windy, and a few patches of the road were full of potholes. The worst part was that olympic, middle, and cyclosportive all used the same stretch of open road, where you got a fair bit of (car) traffic that slowed you down and upset the pacing.

Run - indeed, half on tarmac, and half on really uneven sea wall - would have taken trainers with more cushioning... Plus you have the benefit of sea breeze.

Feed stations were quite poor - water, biscuits and jelly beans. Need to bring your own stuff.

But on the whole, nice spot to race, very friendly setup etc...
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