Always Aim High Events has announced a new Legend distance for their iconic Cardiff city Triathlon, with entries now open to book this middle-distance event.
After successfully delivering this event for six years, this new distance will be the first of its kind for Cardiff and be the result of working in partnership with both Cardiff and Newport City Council.
Taking place on the weekend of 25th-26th June 2022, The Cardiff Triathlon is widely regarded as one of the finest city races in Europe, and one of the very few that offers a technical and fast city-based race on closed roads.
2019 saw more than 1,500 triathletes from across the globe take part in this flat, fast, and friendly race, and after missing out for two consecutive years, along with this new route, numbers are set to increase considerably for 2022.
The new Legend route will start like all the other distances, with the exclusive opportunity to swim in Cardiff Bay for an exhilarating 1.2 miles (1.9k). Participants will then head into transition set out in the Roald Dahl Plass, a stunning amphitheatre overlooked by the impressive Wales Millennium centre.
The bike leg will lead competitors out on a 56 mile (90k) flat fast bike route, first onto a part lap of the closed road section before leading out onto open roads heading east through Cardiff’s industrial heritage and then on to the beautiful Wentlooge flatlands before entering into neighbouring district of Newport.
The race will end with a 13.1 miles (21.1K) run, on a lapped route in Cardiff Bay, with a great opportunity to catch all the sights along the way and set a fast pace. Culminating in a sprint finish; along Bute Place, around the corner where they cross the finish line under the shadow of the world-famous Wales Millennium Centre in front of thousands of spectators and supporters.
Nigel Kendrick, Managing Director at Always Aim High Events, said: “We are incredibly excited to be able to introduce this new middle-distance triathlon at our Cardiff event. After what has been an unprecedented couple of years for the events industry we are keen to showcase the growth of Triathlon, particularly in Wales, and were better than the capital city.
“It is especially pleasing for us as we have worked hard alongside our committed supporters at Cardiff Council, Newport City Council, the Welsh Government and Welsh and British Triathlon to build a world-class event in this most iconic of venues.
“We have also had confirmation from British Triathlon that this event will be the British Age Group Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships as well as a World Triathlon Age Group Qualifier.”
Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport City Council, added: “I’m delighted that our city will again be part of a major sporting event. Cardiff Triathlon has a fantastic reputation and I’m sure this new challenge will prove to be ‘legendary’. We’re looking forward to welcoming the competitors into Newport next June.”
Councillor Peter Bradbury, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said, “We’re really looking forward to hosting the Cardiff Triathlon in 2022 and seeing the athletes back doing something they love. The pandemic saw many people change their exercise habits so it’s great to welcome this new distance for even more participants in next year’s race.
“This new and exciting route will ensure athletes – and spectators – get to experience Cardiff Bay’s most iconic landmarks from a truly unique perspective. Best of luck to all involved for a safe and successful race.”
Entries for the new Legend distance as well as all other Cardiff Triathlon events, including the Try a Tri Swim are now open. To enter, or to find out more about the weekend, visit alwaysaimhighevents.com