Familiarisation Days

Taunton Deane Familiarisation Day

TRIATHLON FAMILIARISATION DAY- will be held on 28th April 2019. 

This Familiarisation Day (well just the morning, really!) is offered free of charge to those who have signed up for the Taunton Deane Triathlon. 

It is run by Somerset RC Tri club coaches and assisted by many of our members who will come along to help familiarise you with the race-day organisation, the bike and run routes to ease those nerves as well as answer your nagging questions regards kit, pacing, how to when to and what to....

Our club members are all shapes, sizes and standards - but have one thing in common in that we all had our first race day once upon a time, and therefore we all understand what you are going through.  Moreover, we all like nothing better than talking about triathlon!

Please ask as many questions as you need, if you are unsure of something just ambush one of the members.

There will be an introduction then you will be made up into groups as per your perceived standard, race distance and aims.  We then run a round robin followed by a familiarisation ride out over the route (With stops for questions and briefings by the guides and escorting members). Then a trot around the run course again with stops for questions etc.

The day will run as follows:


0930     INTRODUCTION to the day - By the Head of Coaching at Somerset RC Tri Club

0945     Groups will be assigned according to ability and event

1000      ROUND ROBIN consisting of approximately 15-20 minutes talk from the club's expert athletes and coaches on each of the following areas:     

  •  Swimming Pool and Race Day Swim Procedures  
  •  Transitions - how they work and essential "Dos and Don'ts" 
  •  Top Triathlon Tips - a few nuggets of advice from our experienced triathletes, and a chance to ask your questions

1110     RIDE GROUPS DEPART, either 23km or 13km routes, in different paced groups lead by members of Somerset RC Tri                                                                  

1200    Rides expected to return... and after a short break... RUN GROUPS DEPART for 2.5km lap

1230    All Run Groups expected to be back 

1245    Cool down and a chance for final Q & A with club members


We'll be outside for much of the day - so please do check the weather forecast for the day, and dress appropriately (& consider sunscreen if we're that lucky!).

  • Bring an extra layer of warm clothing for the Intro/Round Robin
  • For the Rides: Bicycle, Helmet (Mandatory), Cycle Clothing, basic tools/spares (i.e. pump and puncture kit fixed to your bike) 
  • For the Run: Run Shoes and Run Clothing 
  • Drinks and snacks (will also be available to purchase in the sports centre) 

You will not be swimming as part of this intro session...but we will talk you through the pool procedures for race day. 

We very much look forward to seeing you.

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