Today, with both sprint and Olympic distances on offer, and a roll call of Lycra-clad greats having swum, bike and run the iconic course, Windsor now attracts a sell-out field of 2,500.
The 2014 overall sprint and 2013 Olympic-distance champion Mark Yeoman regards Windsor as his all-time favourite race: “You’ll be hard-pushed to find another race with such a stunning backdrop and atmosphere.”
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And with plenty of miles and medals notched up over the regal route, who better to provide top tips for completing Windsor? Over to Mark…
Besides London, Windsor has one of the biggest transitions in the country, so it’s easy to get lost and misplace your bike. Once you’ve racked on Saturday, walk your route from the swim exit to your bike and then from your bike to the bike exit.
Pick out a key feature near your bike, such as a tree or advertising sign. On the day, transition will be crowded, so having a fixed marker will help you locate your bike.
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Make a note of the row to avoid getting confused. Use a permanent marker to write the row letter on the back of your hand so that, as you come out of the swim, you remember where to start looking. Knowing where you’re going will save you time.