North Shore Triathlon
Hardest part of the North Shore Triathlon...the run!
The North Shore Triathlon is an annual race held on the beautiful North Shore mountains of Vancouver, BC. It is held every year on the May long weekend and is a great race for every skill level.
The race location is North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The date of the race is May 21 or the Monday of the May long weekend in Canada.
The race was super organized and it did not leave you with worries or plenty of questions about package pickup, the course or transition set up. Being a first time triathlete in this race is great as they answered every question you might have.
It was a great course for a triathlon!
The swim was in a pool, which did have its flaws. The lengths of the pool was 37.5 meters which made it interesting when trying to count how many meters you have left. Another flaw with the pool was that at one end of the lane, the water was less than 1 meter deep which made it impossible to do flip turns as you would hit your head.
The bike course was a 5km loop. It was comprised of some hills and straight- aways. It was a great course to ride!
The run was the hardest part of the race. There are about three hills that you have to climb coming out of transition. If you do not plan this right it is a very challenging part of the race and you could potentially lose a lot of time on this leg of the race.
The transition area was very well organized. They made sure there was enough room for every participant and it was also well marked. The one downside to the transition zone was that you have to climb a short steep hill to get to the course. It was not that difficult for adult participants but if you are a younger competitor I would suggest doing a few test runs before the race.
Would I Recommend This Race?
I would recommend this triathlon for any skill level. It was a well organized and the race course was clearly laid out so even in the pouring rain that we raced in we were still able to clearly see the course. I would recommend practicing the course a couple of times before the race and some parts can be very hard if not practiced in advance.
Another thing to keep in the back of your head if you are considering this race is that the weather is usually pouring rain on the May long weekend, so if you do not like racing in the rain... this is NOT the race for you.
Also, make sure you give yourself at least 1 hour to set up in transition and get body marked as the lines can be super long.
My race went very well. It was my first triathlon, I had all my questions answered before the race and I did very well. I came 5th in my age group and had the second best bike time. I will definitely continue with triathlons.