The swim takes place in the beautiful lake at the Tri2O Swim Centre, surrounded by trees and sheltered from the wind. The Olympic distance swim is a two-lap course and the sprint distance race is a single lap.
The Reading Triathlon bike course takes you through the rural Berkshire roads, with some straight fast stretches and some gentle undulations too. Each loop is 22km; the sprint distance competitors complete one lap and the Olympic distance race is two laps.
Most of the bike course is on open roads, but they are largely quiet. Any potholes or hazards will be clearly marked on the road.
There is also one set of traffic lights on the bike course on a section of closed road near the end of each bike lap, but participants are permitted to go through the red light here (with care).
Participants finish the bike section back at the lake, and proceed out to a sheltered flat run around the lap; three laps for sprint distance (5.4km) and six laps for Olympic distance (10.8k). If you’re lucky you may see the odd rabbit or muntjac deer! The surface under foot is compact grass and trail; if the weather has been wet then trail shoes may be of benefit if you have them (but are not necessary).