The 255 Triathlon Relay

The 255 Triathlon relay is unlike a traditional triathlon relay format, yet is very simple: As a team of either two, three or four you must complete the 255km race between you. You can make exchanges between team members at any point in the race with only two conditions:

The 5km swim consists of four laps of 1,250m giving the opportunity for up to four team members to all take part in a swim. The bike will be 52 laps, each of 3.8km, giving the opportunity for up to five stints of 10 or more laps. The 50km run will be 10 laps, giving the opportunity for up to 10 individual stints from as little as 5km each.

The entry process

One team member will submit the entry and make the payment on behalf of the entire team (less any BTF day licence fees needed for the additional team members). This first team member will enter their own details as team member #1 and enter the email addresses of their teammates. Once payment is processed, the other teammates will then receive an email containing a link which they must follow in order to input their own personal details. At this point, any team members who are not BTF members will be asked to pay an additional £6 for their own BTF day licence.

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Here's a Few Examples:

Team of 3: "The Classic"
Team member #1: Swim 5km
Team member #2: Bike 200km
Team member #3: Run 50km

As a team of three, you could choose the classic triathlon relay format with a swimmer, cyclist and runner each completing the entire leg of their chosen discipline.

Team of 2: "The Aquabiker & The Runner"
Team member #1: Swim 5km
Team member #1: Bike 200km
Team member #2: Run 50km

With the rising popularity of both aquabike racing and ultra-running, a team of two could be formed with an aquabike competitor completing both the swim and bike, and an ultra-runner then taking over to complete the run.

Team of 3: "Playing to Strengths"
Team member #1: Swim 2,500m
Team member #2: Swim 1,250m
Team member #3: Swim 1,250m
Team member #1: Bike 50km
Team member #2: Bike 100km
Team member #3: Bike 50km
Team member #1: Run 10km
Team member #2: Run 10km
Team member #3: Run 30km

As a team of three, you could each take part in all three disciplines, but play to the strengths of individual team members. In this example, team member #1 is the stronger swimmer, completing two swim laps, team member #2 (the stronger cyclist) takes a longer turn on the bike, and team member #3 does the majority of the run.

Team of 2: "The Ironman & The Standard"
Team member #1: Swim 3,750m
Team member #2: Swim 1,250m
Team member #1: Bike 160km
Team member #2: Bike 40km
Team member #1: Run 40km
Team member #2: Run 10km

This format is a great opportunity to combine a long-course and short-course athletes into a single team. The long-course athlete (team member #1 in this example) would complete a total distance very close to the traditional 'Iron' distance triathlon, with the second team member completing the equivalent of standard 'Olympic' distance triathlon.

Team of 4: "Everything for Everyone"
Team member #1: Swim 1,250m
Team member #2: Swim 1,250m
Team member #3: Swim 1,250m
Team member #4: Swim 1,250m
Team member #1: Bike 50km
Team member #2: Bike 50km
Team member #3: Bike 50km
Team member #4: Bike 50km
Team member #1: Run 10km
Team member #2: Run 10km
Team member #3: Run 15km
Team member #4: Run 15km

In this example, a team of four can each complete one quarter of the race, each completing a total distance approximately equivalent to a standard "Olympic" distance triathlon. Please note, due to the total of 10 laps of the run it is not possible to divide the run equally between four teammates.

Team of 4: "Short Stints"
Team member #1: Swim 1,250m
Team member #2: Swim 1,250m
Team member #3: Swim 1,250m
Team member #4: Swim 1,250m
Team member #1: Bike 40km
Team member #2: Bike 40km
Team member #3: Bike 40km
Team member #4: Bike 40km
Team member #1: Bike 40km
Team member #2: Run 5km
Team member #3: Run 5km
Team member #4: Run 5km
Team member #1: Run 5km
Team member #2: Run 5km
Team member #3: Run 5km
Team member #4: Run 5km
Team member #1: Run 5km
Team member #2: Run 5km
Team member #3: Run 5km

The only rules relating to relay exchanges is that exchanges must be made at the designated point at the end of a lap (i.e. complete laps or multiples of complete laps), with the exception of the bike where a minimum of 10 laps (38km) must be completed between changeovers. With a team making handovers are often as possible, this would allow the race to be divided into 19 stints as shown in this example.

Team of 2: "The Swimmer & The Duathlete"
Team member #1: Swim 5km
Team member #2: Bike 200km
Team member #2: Run 50km

For the duathletes, there's the option to team up with a swimmer to form a team of two.

Team of 2: "50/50"
Team member #1: Swim 2.5km
Team member #2: Swim 2.5km
Team member #1: Bike 100km
Team member #2: Bike 100km
Team member #1: Run 25km
Team member #2: Run 25km

As a team of two, you could split the event equally between you, each completing just slightly further than a traditional 70.3 middle distance race.

Team of 2-4: "Your Imagination"

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The optionas are pretty much endless. You could even just make it us as you go along depending how your team members are feeling on the day. If someone is having a bad patch, you could make a spontaneous exchange to give them a break. If things are getting competitve you might even make tactical changes to your strategy as the race dynamic unfolds.

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