Triathlon consists of three disciplines (some say four) of the swim, the bike and the run. The fourth discipline is the transition. Please find below the course description for the 2016 event.

The race HQ is located on Western Lawns, Eastbourne Seafront where the glorious promenade finish will be accompanied by an athlete village with music, food, drink, registration area, transition, expo and charities area and much more.

The swim – 600m

Capitalising on the stunning natural environment that Eastbourne and outlying areas offer, competitors will begin their event swimming in the sea with the famous Eastbourne pier offering a memorable and iconic backdrop.

swim course

The bike – 20km

The 20km bike course will be no less memorable, and the route will live long in the minds of those taking part. The challenge begins with a cycle up onto the B2103 and Eastbourne Road, before turning at East Dean into the Seven Sisters park, an ‘area of outstanding beauty’ towards Birling Gap.

There is no rest as competitors will then face the challenging but picturesque climb up Beachy Head Road (offering fabulous photo opportunities for supporters and the media) before the final descent back onto King Edwards Drive and onto Grand Parade, returning back to the race HQ for the final transition.


bike course 2

The run

This is a 5km with a twist – a big hill climb at the base of St. Bedes School – made famous in sporting circles for being the tough start to the Beachy Head Marathon. A prom run provides opportunities for the athletes to test themselves on the flat sections, with plenty of opportunity for spectators to watch the action.

run course

Please note that the organisation committee reserve the right to change the course.

Please note that in the event that the swim is cancelled, a 1.5km run will be held instead.

12 Comments to Course

  1. Dale Anderton says:

    Will it be a mass start or wave start?

    • admin says:

      Hi Darren,

      We will run at least two waves –

      Wave 1 = triathlon/aquabike
      Wave 2 = SUP Triathlon

      If as expected, the race sells out we will run three waves to accommodate the entries.

      Thanks for your interest and look forward to welcoming you to Eastbourne. Rich

  2. Sam Gray says:

    What is the difference between SUP Triathlon and “triathlon”?

    • admin says:

      Hi Sam,

      Thank you for your interest and question. A SUP is a ‘stand up paddle board’ and if you entered the SUP triathlon then you would be choosing to race the event using a SUP instead of swimming.

      If you have any other questions then please do not hesitate to contact me and I hope we can welcome you to the Eastbourne Triathlon in 2016.

      Kind regards,

  3. Sam says:

    Is the SUP included in the price of the SUP Triathlon or is there a separate fee?

  4. Sam says:

    Are the SUP and standard triathlon events held simultaneously or are they deemed separate events? I would like to be part of the`main` race but do not want to miss out because I SUP and do not swim. Many thanks, Sam

    • admin says:

      Hi Sam,

      The events are held simultaneously but for separate medals and race results.

      So currently it will look like:

      7am: Pros and Wave 1
      7:10am: Wave 2 triathlon and Aquabike
      7:15am: Wave 3 SUP event

      Hope that helps and we’d love to welcome you to the event. I assure you you will not miss out, we love the SUP community.

  5. Jodie says:

    Hello, Are the bikes supplied?

  6. Amy says:

    Do you have a shorter course for beginners or those who would prefer shorter distances?

    • admin says:

      Hi Amy,

      Thank you for your interest in the Eastbourne Triathlon. The distance on offer is the shortest we do here, due to the geography of the area. We hope we can welcome you, like 100’s of other ‘first timers’ to the event and you can come and take on a short-ish distance triathlon!

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