Arguably the UK’s Toughest Middle distance triathlon – this stunning but brutal course is not for the faint hearted!

DATE: 24 September 2017
LOCATION: Blacklands Beach, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park
DISTANCES: 1.9K swim, 92K bike, 18k run

COURSE RECORDS: Alex Lawton (Torq) 4:55:06,74 Fennella Langridge (GBR) 5:30:32,96
CATEGORIES: Soloist, Relay, Team (Club Champs)

TRAINING PLAN: Tri The Beast 12 Week Training Plan

(08:00am Start) 24 September 2017 Entries Open Friday 27 October. First 100 spaces before 3rd January = £86 : Entries before 1st March = £106 : Entries after 1st March = £114. + Booking Fees Included .Terms & Conditions of entry can be found here

Action packed weekend including: The South West Club Championship in partnership with Triathlon England, Event village, Athlete Development Workshops, Guest Speakers (to be announced soon), Good food, Pasta party, Free Go Tri XMAN Warriors Kids Duathlon (Saturday 23 Sept), Skills School for children and coaches, Exmoor Secret Orchard Cider at the finish line over hay bails.

Swim: 1.9K – 2 Laps, Floating Start – Blacklands Beach Lynmouth. Friends and family can watch the action live on the Swim Cam for a glimpse of the action.

Note: we do not recommend swimming in the sea outside of our training sessions or triathlons where professional safety cover is provided by the team.

Bike: 92K – 2 Laps over Exmoor National Park – view the route on the map page where you can also download the GPX file for your Garmin.

Note: All XMAN Courses are well signed using yellow and black arrows with warning signs for approaching turns. Medics, mechanical assistance, and motorcycle officials are also on hand.

Run: 18K 1 EPIC Lap taking in stunning views and challenging climbs – you can view the route on the map page where you may also download the GPX file for your Garmin. (very handy for training)

Note: 3 Feed stations are located around the course with hydration and nutrition. We do advise you to carry a hydration device with you with spare nutrition as the run is long and tough – especially after the swim & bike.

WARNING: OVER 2712m (8890ft) of CLIMBING

Athletes guidebook will be released soon you can view 2016 edition HERE (please note timings will change)

Bike Course Feed Station:

1 feed station at Watersmeet

Feed Station will have –
Torq Gels & nutrition, bananas (cut in half) water, isotonic drink.

You are advised to plan your own nutrition.

Run Course Feed Stations –

1 feed stations approx at Watersmeet Cafe.
Torq Gels & nutrition, bananas (cut in half) water, isotonic drink, and coke.


Main Marque Lynmouth Green

Saturday – times tbc

Sunday – times tbc

Bike Racking:

Lynmouth Green (event village)

Sunday 05:30 – 07:30

Athlete Briefing 07:40 Athlete transition zone

Start: One Wave 08:00

Swim Cut Off: 09:00

The is a huge variety of places to stay in Lynton and Lynmouth – from luxury cottages and hotels to B&B and camping options to suit all budgets – be sure to book early as it will be a busy weekend.


Please read your athletes guide (released 4 weeks prior to the event)
Please bring your BTF license, if you are a member of your national body and not racing on a day license – you can purchase one at registration or with your online entry.
Some form of identification so that we can make sure the right person is collecting the race numbers.

Bin liner for wrapping kit in if it rains (transition is open)
Nutrition (there will be Torq nutrition available at the feed stations)
Bottle’s of water/sports drink
Race belt with numbers attached

Shorts, or tri suit
2 sets of goggles
Bright-colored towel so you can find it
Wetsuit (compulsory)

Sounds obvious but you do need a bike, with wheels… in working order! check your tyres don’t have splits, we advise road bikes (triathlon bikes for strong climbers)
Helmet (compulsory)
Cycling shoes and socks (if wearing)
Water bottle(s)
Tool Kit: tube, CO2, levers, multi-tool
Race belt
Floor pump (pump up your tires before you leave home but leave the pump in your car just in case)

Running shoes

Race belt
Training device (Garmin)
Body Glide
Vaseline, powder, band-aids
Post-race, warm change of clothes

Photo: Tri The Beast – Valley Of Rocks, Devon