As well as being one of the biggest and officially the best triathlon in Ireland, DCT will also double as the Aquabike National Championship in 2017,
Aquabike – a swim and cycle – is a relatively new but quickly growing sport sanctioned and encouraged by the International Triathlon Union (ITU).
Dublin City Triathlon’s Aquabike this year is over the Olympic distance – 1,500 meter swim and a 40km cycle – and is ideal for all sorts of athletes.
Those new to multi-sport, but don’t yet want to give a full triathlon, those coming back from injury and don’t want to run just yet or those who just want to keep fit and try something new are all getting involved in aquabike.
“The concept first grew in the US,” explained Triathlon Ireland President Lochlann Walsh. “Triathlon is a long-established sport in America with an older membership and they noticed that they were losing members in their late fifties and early sixties.
“It turns out that a lot of them were unable to run much any more due to ankle, knee and hip injuries. From that the conversation started and aquabike came about.
“Triathlon Ireland’s CEO Chris Kitchen is on the ITU’s Multi-Sport Committee and they sanctioned aquabike as a formal event.”
This is the third year that TI have been running aquabike races, with the growth in interest and numbers growing steadily from a small base. So far there are six events in the calendar this year with more expected to be added.
“We wouldn’t see this ever taking over from triathlon, but we do want to build it up to be a big part of our races and we hope in the future that most races will have an Aquabike wave,” said Walsh.
Dublin City Triathlon, which has been voted TI’s Race of the Year three of the past four years – including 2016, will be hosting its first Aquabike race this year as part of DCT 2017 on August 27. Cost of entry is just €60 until June 30 and €65 after that. You can enter here.
DCT is an extraordinary event based in the city center. The swim is in the Liffey, the bike is along closed roads in the Phoenix Park and along the iconic Quays, with the run back in the Phoenix Park.