THE LAKESMAN – FULL
16th June 2019
Derwentwater is generally regarded as the area’s most scenic lake and swimming in its crystal clear water is something all triathletes should get the chance to experience. A single lap swim is envisaged along with a mass start from the shallow water by the boat launch.
You probably won’t have the time but the views from the water are simply unbeatable! After the swim there is a short carpeted spectator lined run to transition which is adjacent to Theatre by the Lake.
We believe that this is a simply superb route for a 112 mile triathlon bike course.
Athletes will take in several miles of well-known local time trial routes as well as more undulating sections, all on generally excellent road surfaces. Whilst not flat, we have minimised the elevation and it currently comes in at less than most of the other UK based races of this distance.
Departing Keswick and heading immediately west you will see one of England’s highest mountains, Skiddaw to your right followed very quickly by Bassenthwaite Lake. The course makes good use of the A66 at a time of day when traffic is light, travelling towards
Cockermouth before heading south west on to the A5086. This undulating section affords stunning views of the Lakeland fells to your left before emerging from the village of Rowrah to the spectacular sight of The Irish Sea and West Cumbrian Coast.
An out and back section on the A595 brings the course back north, skirting Whitehaven, with views across to its historic harbour, before turning left through the former steel town of Workington. A flat and fast section between Workington and Silloth promises to be one of the quickest parts of the course as riders should get the benefit of the prevailing south westerly wind. From Silloth a loop
around West Newton and Allonby is utilised, giving athletes a chance to eye up their competition. After completing the 16mile loop athletes head inland through the small town of Aspatria before heading for Cockermouth through a number of villages along the way, again the Lakeland fells come into view.
A town centre pass through of Cockermouth is next which should provide a focal point for spectators before heading back to
Keswick to begin the marathon All in all, 112 miles of superb Cumbrian countryside with the potential for some quick times.
Leaving transition the route takes in some little known hidden areas of the town before heading North on the Cumbrian Way.On the approach to Portinscale the mighty Skiddaw comes into view in all its 3,053ft of glory – overlooking and protecting Keswick in equal measure. The route then utilises the A5721 for an out and back section, which is closed to traffic allowing athletes the chance to keep tabs on their competitors and also enjoy support from friends and family without worrying about cars.
The route then heads back towards Keswick town centre, once again passing through Elliot Park before crossing The Heads where the breathtaking lakes view reappears.
Dropping down towards Hope Park athletes must complete five loops before entering the magical red carpet finish chute where you will all hear words that make it all worthwhile: “You Are a Lakesman”.
Race HQ and transition
All functions for the race weekend will be based at Keswick Theatre by The Lake. Event HQ, Medical tents, Transition tents and racking etc will be erected in the car park adjacent to Crow Park and the theatre. Please be advised no parking will be available here from Friday 14th June at Midnight.
Athletes are advised that the exact location of each function will be displayed by way of map closer to the event date.