Triathlon | Adventure Championships 2023
Adventure Championships 2023 Triathlon Snowman Sprint
The second instalment of the Adventure Championships, the Snowman Triathlon is not only the toughest event of the Adventure Championships but also known as the toughest event in the UK.
The Snowman encompasses all that the adventure playground of North Wales offers and is infamous for a reason; just when you think you’re done there is a different challenge you’re not expecting. Exciting, adrenaline-fuelled and a truly epic and unforgettable experience.
Begin with a swim in the fresh waters of Llyn Mymbyr under the watchful eye of Snowdon. Exit the water and cross the wooden footbridge for the first time into transition.
The Sprint bike section flows out to Capel Curig before turning towards Llyn Ogwen and Bethesda, a town that grew around the slate quarry industry. After negotiating some quick winding bends down towards Bethesda you’ll turn left and start making your way back up the valley on the road known locally as the Roman road, a road which runs along the steep-sided glacial Nant Ffrancon valley. You’ll tackle a steep climb at the end before re-joining the main road at Llyn Ogwen. From here it’s a nice gentle open road all the way back to Plas y Brenin. This is an exceptionally stunning route, dwarfed in its entirety by two of Snowdonia’s mountain ranges; the Carneddau and the Glyderau.
Running shoes on, head back over the bridge. There is a reason that the Snowman Triathlon regularly gets called the toughest multi-terrain triathlon in the UK and that’s because the run includes a mountain, Moel Siabod which at 872 metres, is the highest peak in the Moelwynion mountain range. Sprint athletes don't need to reach the summit but it's still a tough 2.3km climb up beautiful rocky paths before you reach the turning point and run back down again. To get to the finish you must turn right and run through the forest, then back along the fire road towards the lake. The finish line framing Wales' most famous peak Snowdon awaits.
Standard Price - Adventure Championships Sprint (Slateman/Snowman/Sandman)
In line with British Triathlon Federation rules you must be at least 15 years old to take part in this race.
Registration for the Sprint Triathlon will take place on Friday evening and also before the race on Saturday morning. It is usually located in the Lecture Room (next to the bar) in Plas Y Brenin - LL24 0ET
On the morning of the race, registration closes no later than 30 minutes before the closure of transition.
Confirmed timings will be detailed in your Final Instructions which will be available on the website and via email 10 days prior to the race.
Please note that registration has set times for specific distances.
Wave Start Times
The first wave usually starts at 08:00. Confirmed timings will be detailed in your Final Instructions which will be available on the website and via email 10 days prior to the race.
Waves are allocated using the estimated finish time on your entry.
You'll be able to find out which wave you're in by logging onto the Live Tracker app ahead of the race. Details of this will be emailed to you along with the Final Instructions.
Transition opens early on the morning of the event and closes no later than 15 minutes before the first wave starts.
Transition will only be open for racking on the day of the event. It is not possible to leave your bike overnight. You may not enter transition for any reason after the allocated time.
Saturday: 06:00 - 07:45*
Equipment left in Transition after it closes will be removed and its security cannot be guaranteed.
*timings subject to change.
Cut Off Times
In the interest of athlete safety and the safety of our volunteers on the course there will be strict cut off times in place.
You must leave T1 (swim/bike) no later than 08.35*
You must leave T2 (bike/run) no later than 10.15*
*Timings are subject to change, confirmed timings will be detailed in your Final Instructions which will be available on the website and via email 10 days prior to the race.
All competitors must carry the compulsory kit listed below. This kit is for your safety due to the often unpredictable and quickly changing mountain conditions and isolated nature of the route.
Spot checks will be in place and anybody found without the required kit will not be allowed to race.
- Wind proof full body cover - windproof jacket windproof trousers with full lengths arms and legs
- Suitable off road running shoes - fell/trail shoes
- Hat and Gloves (head and hand cover)
- Emergency food
- Bumbag/race vest
- Foil blanket
- Spare water
- Suntan lotion
ADDITIONAL / ADVISORY KIT:
- GPS device (watch with route downloaded)
- Mobile telephone
- Extra long sleeved warm layer
- Compass & map (If you know how to use them)
- Poles (we permit people to use poles)
Your entry in to the Adventure Championship also makes you eligible for prizes for each individual event.
A prize giving ceremony is held after racing finishes, approximate timings will be detailed in the final instructions but listen out for any updates over the tannoy. Sometimes the ceremony may be delayed and we wouldn't want you to miss out. We don't sent out prizes after the event, so make sure you attend the ceremony and receive your big Welsh cheer!
Prize Categories for the Sprint Triathlon are:
Individual (for both men and women)
Open - Top 3
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We are proud that all our events are bilingual. Signs, registration and commentary are available in English and Welsh.