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Beginner's Bare-Minimum Sprint Gear List

Triathlon doesn’t have to be expensive.  Beginners can tackle a pool-swim super-sprint or sprint race with remarkably little kit:

A towel to mark your transition area and dry your feet after the swim.

Swimwear.  This can be trunks for the men or a one- or two-piece suit for the ladies.  Whatever you choose, your “bottoms” are what you’ll be wearing for the bike and run too, so you may instead prefer…

Tri shorts or a tri-suit.  Basically this is fast-drying bike gear which you can run in, with thinner padding so it doesn’t feel like a nappy.  If you buy nothing else, this is the bit of kit to get.

Goggles if you swim with your face in the water. 

A bike.  It doesn’t have to be the latest racer; plenty of people do their first sprints on mountain bikes and commuters.  We haven’t seen a butchers’ bike yet, but there is still time…

A top (if you’re not wearing a one-piece).  A running singlet or bike jersey is ideal; any T-shirt will do.  The rules don’t let men run or cycle bare-chested.

Shoes that you can run and cycle in.  Trainers are fine; ones that aren’t too bouncy are best for the bike.

Some safety-pins to hold your race number in place.

...and that’s about it!

Except for…

A HELMET as you won’t be allowed to start the bike without one!

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