Château de Chantilly Triathlon

Triathlon

  • Chantilly, France
  • 26. August, 2017> 27. August, 2017
  • Rating:

    4.4/5

  • 12.2 Km

    Short
  • 24.4 Km

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  • 48.8 Km

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  • 56.5 Km

    Short
  • 112.9 Km

    Middle
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56.5 Km Short
1.5 Km
45 Km
10 Km
112.9 Km Middle
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90 Km
21 Km

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Château de Chantilly Triathlon

Set over the UK bank holiday weekend (26/27 August 2017), the racing will take place in the spectacular and historic town of Chantilly, just a 2.5hrs drive from Calais and 40 miles north of Paris.

With numbers set to increase to beyond 3000 in 2017, the event will continue to take place over two days in 2017 and will include a whole spectrum of distances, with races for children aged eight and up to the middle-distance race, Le Gantelet, which was first introduced at Château de Chantilly in 2013.

Chantilly provides a fantastic and challenging race, with the 2.5km Grand Canal overlooked by the Château and its gardens hosting the open-water swim. Triathletes will transition within the Terrasse des Connétables and set off into a fast 20km or 40km cycle circuit around the Forêt de Chantilly. After entering T2, competitors will run the surrounding woodlands, the world famous race course “LHippodrome” and Chateau gardens finishing within sight of the beautiful Chateau.

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LP Ken

Completed in 2017

4.4

Nice race

3rd time I participate to this race...

Run and swim are always a pleasure (except this year with the plants in the pool).

Posted on 30.08.17

Ludovic Moreau

Completed as a first timer in 2017

3.9

Un problème avec la nage

Le triathlon est parfait mais la qualité de l'eau surement pas!

Posted on 30.08.17

Benoit Decagny

Completed as a first timer in 2017

1.9

Water was dirty as Hell !!

I am chocked to allow people to swim in this conditions.

Even if it has been officially tested I have very bad feeling about that. I am even doubting the tests. Getting out of the water I felt dirty and scared havin g cought something (parasite or champignon (in french))

There was tons of seeweed in the pond  and water was so full of mud that I couldn't see the feet of the guy in front of me despite the fact that it must have been at 10 cm far form my eyes.

We had to be very careful not to swallow any water, and try to make it not enter in our ears.

When getting out of the water I could see traces of mud on the other's Trisuit.

I am curious to know if someone of the organization dare to try to swim in this "water".

Once home, trust me I had to longest shower ever.

For the rest, bike transition was very long to get a real road, I guess this is the cost to have an event in a chateau. And the run was nice actually.

 

Posted on 30.08.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hi Benoit,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review. We're sorry to hear that you weren't happy with the swim conditions, however, as our water tests from the week of the triathlon show the water was safe to swim in. You can see the results of the test here: http://www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CHANTILLY-WATER-TEST-2017-4334_001.pdf

As you may be aware, rainfall has been severely low in Chantilly this year which has contributed to a lower level of water and more plant growth. Castle Triathlon Series worked very closely with the Chateau de Chantilly to clear plants from the swim course, using weed cutting equipment in the days leading up to the race.

As with all open water races there will be some degree of plant matter in the lakes, and like you we hope that further rainfall will contribute to an even better swim next year, and we hope that you will join us again.

If you have any further questions please contact andrea@castletriathlonseries.co.uk.

Many thanks,

Andréa

Roger Harris

Completed as a first timer in 2017

3.6

Shame about the swim

I have done a couple of tri's at Hever Castle before and have been impressed with the course and organisation. The setting of the Chateau Chantilly tri was amazing. The organisation and logisitcs were very good. However, the swim in the lake was crowded, muddy, and full of weeds. I didn't enjoy the swim at all. There were too many in the wave and I felt the lake was too shallow. For about 25% of the 1.9km course I was swimming through weeds. I will definietly do another Castle series tri but probably not at Chantilly. Every other aspect of the race was very good including the great marshalling and stewarding of the road course.

Posted on 30.08.17

Bailey Matthews

Completed in 2017

5

Really Good race

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

I have done the Château de Chantilly Triathlon twice I had done my first Château de Chantilly Triathlon in 2016 when I did all five of the Castle Triathlon Series events. Out of all five Château de Chantilly Triathlon Had to be the best.

   Then I came back this year (2017) and it was just as good the French supporters was 10/10 and it was a very sociable event too. 

   I really rocommend this event go ahead and do it!

Posted on 30.08.17

Rakesh  Sharma

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.8

Beautiful Setting for a triathlon

A lovely area and stunning backdrop to this triathlon. The event was well organised and staff and helpers were friendly and informative.

the course routes seemed well signed and easy to follow.

the only 2 points I have to make are, I would have liked an extra water station earlier in the 10k run and although the lake looked lovely, the water was amongst the dirtiest and murkiest I have yet to experience!

Posted on 05.09.16

John Hardcastle

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

Incredible in every respect!

31 years ago, almost to the day (give or take a few days), I was sat in a Weymouth cinema watching a James Bond film – and that film (A View To A Kill) featured a spectacular and picturesque location now known to me as the Chateau De Chantilly. Fast forward those 31 years and I am transported to that incredibly picturesque location in person. I’m there to take on Le Gantelet – my first attempt at middle distance triathlon – the 4th event in the Castle Triathlon series for 2016.

 

All of the Castle Triathlon locations are impressive, but the Chateau de Chantilly really is something special; the Chateau is spectacular, the stables, the racecourse, the gardens and the grounds – it is truly amazing and the course (in particular) provides you with an opportunity to take it all in.

 

I’m becoming well accustomed to Castle Triathlon Series events and know that the organisation will be faultless, but I will admit to having some reservations about this event, largely because it was taking place overseas. I was not concerned about the administrative side of things – as usual, pre-event information was sent out in good time and there wasn’t really anything that gave me cause for concern as such, but I could not ignore the fact that I cannot speak any French and I haven’t cycled overseas before. I was very apprehensive at the prospect of riding over 50 miles on roads in a different country; riding on the wrong side of the road around an unfamiliar course – but those concerns aside, I was really looking forward to this trip.

 

I should add that I was also naturally concerned by the fact that this was a significant step up in distance for me. This was to be my first attempt at a middle distance triathlon and I am ashamed to say that I had neglected to train properly for the distance – mainly because I had been focussing on the London Triathlon a few weeks earlier and an attempt to better my Standard Distance PB. Going into this event I would only have done one ride over 28 miles in distance and the longest run off the bike (brick session run) was 4 miles due to problems with my Achilles tendon and my ankle. I had been told – and my research had largely confirmed - that this was a flat course (for both the bike and the run) and to a degree, that offset my concerns about stepping up in distance given the usual topography at a Castle Triathlon event. As the event got closer I also began to worry about the heat – this event being over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

 

I registered for the event on the Saturday evening. It has to be said that registration was far more chaotic than usual. There were certainly many more competitors waiting to register than is usual, but this had clearly been anticipated by the Castle Triathlon team and there were many more desks and personnel than usual. Despite this, however, registration felt considerably more complex and multi-layered than it needed to be; you went through one desk showing your text message and race licence – you were ticked off the list and then passed on to the desk to collect your race pack. Somebody then numbered a wrist band for you, you were given the goody bag and you had the body markings applied; when I break it down like that – it is literally no different to the other Castle events – but it just seemed slower and more chaotic – perhaps because of the language barrier and because some competitors were also dealing with applications for day licences etc.

 

And so to the day of the event and arriving at Transition. The Gauntlet was set for an 8am start and I arrived at transition at about 6:45. Like registration the pevious evening; I met with what appeared to be chaos. There was a queue of sorts that snaked around the outside of transition and down to the registration tents more than 300 metres away. People were pushing their way in and it was very slow progress. Eventually, I arrived at the front of the queue and was subject to the scrutiny of a volunteer. I don’t usually wear my race belt and number or my chip prior to going into transition – preferring to keep all of this safe in my bag and sorting it all out in transition. I was, of course, wearing my buckled helmet and I was wearing my numbered wrist band. I had also learned the day previously that the officials were insisting that numbers were attached to race belts by 3 points of contact – necessitating an additional safety pin through the belt and the number – these were provided at registration. Following scrutiny by the volunteer, I was refused entry to transition because I was not wearing my race belt and was not wearing my chip around my ankle. I was then forced to pull out of the queue, dig around in my bag for the necessary items before presenting myself again for checking. Amazingly – nobody appeared to check my brakes or my bike and the officials appeared concerned only with the race belt and the chip!

 

Once through the officialdom, I found the 3 rows for Wave 1 (yes, 3 rows! Apparently up to 400 or so of us going off in a single wave). I had no problem setting up my transition – most of those around me were French and so conversation with my fellow competitors was non-existent (due to my non-existent French: not proud of that, I hasten to add). There was plenty of space and despite not being able to speak to my fellow competitors, it was one of the few times where I have set up my transition without feeling I was being crowded out or having neighbours encroach on my space – it was all very civilised.

 

It was a wet-suit optional swim; the previous day had been very hot – 36c but the water temperature was said to be only 19c. Like the vast majority of others) I opted for a wetsuit. Although the previous day had been very hot – at 8am it was fairly dull and overcast – and whilst I wouldn’t say it was cool – I didn’t feel overly warm zipped into my wetsuit throughout the briefing.

 

As is standard with a Castle Triathlon – the briefing is comprehensive and thorough; the one difference with this iteration was the fact that it was conducted in both French and English. Brian gave a section of the brief in French before delivering the same section in English. The briefing covered every aspect of the race – from swim through bike and run. As is usual – if you’ve studied the pre-race information and had more than a cursory look at the maps, the briefing will bring everything into sharp focus and you cannot possibly go wrong. Whilst I remained a little apprehensive about the bike section – Brian’s briefing did make it sound as though there was nothing to worry about (and, as will become clear – that proved to be absolutely the case!) The through briefings are really a hallmark of a Castle Triathlon event: miss them at your peril.

 

And so we lined up for the swim. Slipping off the wall into the T-shaped Grand Canal in front of the impressive Chateau. We lined up the full width of the canal and the brief was to swim up towards a narrow(ish) ‘gate’ marked by 2 buoys, swim through the gate and turn right, down the canal for about 400m, before making a left turn, swim a few metres then another left turn, then about 800m back, a left turn and so on, until we had returned to the exit ramp and had completed the 1900m ‘T-shaped’ swim.

 

The swim was as brutal as I had anticipated it would be with almost 400 swimmers heading towards that gate. I’d been advised to keep to the edge and stay out of trouble – which was easier said than done and there was a lot of aggressive swimming going on – not only on the 250m swim up towards the gate, but also along that first stretch after the first turn. It clearly wasn’t only me that was subject to the brutality – I saw one swimmer in front of me physically stop and stand up (the water apparently wasn’t all that deep by the look of it) with his arms outstretched in a display of despair. On the return leg back down the canal – the long stretch – I took it extremely wide keeping well wide of the ‘racing line’ – but I still found myself being tracked by a couple of swimmers who either wanted to fight me or draft extremely close to me. I looked around when taking some very big breaths and was dismayed at just how much space there was on my inside, yet these clowns still wanted to get physical. The truth is – I really don’t like group swimming and with almost 400 people in the water, its something you just have to accept. It wasn’t pleasant and it wasn’t pretty and it certainly wasn’t fast on my part, but swim completed, I exited up the ramp with the able assistance of the Speedo swim support crew and I was trotting off up the steps towards the Chateau and into transition.

 

The run towards transition is one of the best. It is lined with spectators and running up and around the fountain in front of the Chatueau is just grand!

 

I found my bike without trouble, wetsuit off, helmet on, bike off the rack and I was away. One of my better transitions (which was pleasing because I have really been working on improving trnaition this season). The mount line was – as far as I was concerned – obvious and clearly indicated although I heard others subsequent to the race suggesting it wasn’t all that clear – I can only speak as I found and had no problem. It is fair to say, however, that it was a very tight lane – divided into 2 lanes (in and out of transition). As we were the first wave going out – it wasn’t a problem. You’re told in the briefing to ‘imagine you are in England’ and to ‘keep left’ in the lane going out of (and into) transition. I had no problems here, although I did have some difficulty getting strapped into my shoes as I pulled the Velcro straps out of the hook and loop mechanism and was therefore slowed down somewhat feeding them back in whilst rolling along very slowly. On such a narrow track out of transition – this would have been difficult and dangerous if there had been riders coming back into transition.

 

My concerns about the bike leg were entirely misplaced. As is usual – signage and marshal support was superb. There was a Gendarmerie presence on all of the major junctions and every side road was covered by a volunteer marshal with a stop go board; I did not have to stop once. Whilst it was an open road race, it might fairly be described as ‘verging on closed road’. There were coned ‘feeder lanes’ at major junctions that effectively gave a complete clear run; the route had been meticulously planned.

 

What really impressed me was the stark contrast between riding on French roads and riding on British roads in terms of driver attitudes towards cyclists. On more than one occasion I saw cars held up by slow cyclists; the drivers did not intimidate the riders, did not take chances – they kept a respectful distance and did so for a long, long time. So long that, on at least two occasions, I was going faster than the slower cyclists holding the cars up – I caught the cars up and to my absolute surprise, the cars moved over towards the centre of the road to allow me to pass them on the inside and then overtake the cyclists. And so I concluded that all of my concern about the bike leg and riding on French roads had been entirely misplaced!

 

I would also comment on the number of motos and referees out on the course; clearly taking a very active interest in what was happening out there and very clearly acting on any drafting that was taking place – and I did see some. I gained on and passed a group of 3 riders doing the standard distance who were very clearly working together and drafting. A few seconds after passing them, I was passed by a moto – I saw the bike slowing down and saw the referee looking over his shoulder at my helmet. At first I was quite worried about his interest – but then about a mile up the road, I saw the bike parked up and the referee stood at the side of the road. It then dawned on my that he had probably been looking at my number as a reference and indication of when the offenders would be approaching. And it would appear to me that the referees definitely acted on offenders simply by looking at the results and the number of disqualifications.

 

My ride into transition was uneventful. It was a tight lane at the dismount lane, but I had no difficulty and rolled my bike into transition and on with my trainers and Race Check Visor.

 

By now, the temperature was rising. It was still a little overcast as I headed out on the run and the first part took me into the shade of estate woodland in any event. In the most part, the run was flat. When exiting the woodland, onto the second half of the lap, the route took un a gentle slope towards the racecourse. The route then went through a dusty car park – there were some cars leaving that did stir up a quite a bit of dust but nothing too unpleasant. The route around the racecourse was without shade and was exposed to the elements – and insofar as the material time was concerned – that meant the warm sun, which was by now breaking out. The route goes around the perimeter of the racecourse, mostly flat grassland, and then cuts back through the Chateau gardens, alongside the canal and back up towards the welcome sight of the fountain. If you’re doing the standard distance – that marks the end of your run – if you’re doing the middle distance, well, it’s round the fountain and onto the second lap: down and around the edge of the gardens and up a relatively steep ‘ramp’ and around transition before heading back around the lap you’ve just done.

 

It was at this point that it all went wrong from me; 7 minute miles drifted to 9/10 minute miles – this slip was only brought to my attention by the mile notifications on my Garmin – it actually felt as though I was still trotting along at the same pace. It was, by now, very warm. The sun was shining bright and whilst the first part was through the shaded woodland – once out into the open around the racecourse – it was oppressively hot. I was forced to pause at a water station and welcomed a volunteer’s offer (in English but with what was clearly a native French accent) of a ‘shower’. She poured a couple of cups of water down the back of my neck and I knocked back a couple of cups of fluid before trotting off again. I rallied for about half a mile but I was clearly a spent force and I staggered around the remaining 3 miles. I finished strong – but out of pure relief and elation.

 

The other thing that I would comment on is the fact that there are 2 well stocked and well staffed water stations on the cycle route; essentially, you slow down, throw your empty bottle to the side of the road at the appropriate spot and as you approach the water station you shout out ‘water’ or ‘High5’. Someone with the appropriate bottle returns your shout and waves the full bottle at you, you take the bottle and stow it on the bike and there is virtually no time lost! There are also gels on offer. On the run route – water and gels, high five etc are available every 2Km. Despite the heat and the fact that nearly everyone was taking more than one cup of water – there was no shortage of availability.

 

In short – I just cannot fault any aspect of the event. Registration and entry into transition might have been a little slow and chaotic – but I could be accused of being overly pedantic to draw attention to that… A fantastic event, in a fantastic location; I’ve heard it referred to as the ‘jewel in the Castle Triathlon crown’ and I wouldn’t argue with that.

Posted on 04.09.16

Didier Tricot

Completed in 2016

4.7

One of the top race

Partipated twice.  Always a great experience.  Top event in France. 

Posted on 02.09.16

Angie Mcdonald

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

Great event and you don't even need to understand french1

Just completed my first Chantilly triathlon - and I will be going back next year. The race was superbly organised with marshalls clearly distinguishable by their T-shirts. The Super sprint was a bit longer than advertised (cycle 23k not 20K) but the scenery made it worthwhile. Good water/feed stations in the cycle and the run and plenty of food and drink at the end. The finish round the fountain meant that everyone had a spectacular finish.

My only gripe is that the europeans pay less than the brits and when you consider that the brits have extra transport costs that a little harsh. My suggestion for improvement - can we have a small guide to french so we know what encouragement the locals were shouting as the lined the cycle route - there were plenty of them and they were very welcome.

a big merci beaucoup to all the marshalls and supporters.

Posted on 02.09.16

LP Ken

Completed in 2016

4.5

Very nice race

Very nice race (swim & run)

Posted on 01.09.16

Olivier Bernard

Completed as a first timer in 2016

3.9

Not twice.

Briefing outside water, so we had very few minutes to swim before the start.

A lot of vessel in water, but whatever, the castle is just amazing!

Long walk after the swim to go the park, but that's ok.

2 loops of ~45km by bike. A lot of wind but it's the same for everyone. Cycling through the forest was very nice :)

The run was in 2 loops too. The racecourse is very long, without trees so it's favorable to catch a sunburn, be carefull!

After the race, we had a shirt, a medal, fresh food (a real meal, really cool!), BUT

BUT

BUT

someone who wants a massage (i.e : almost all half-ironmen), had to spent 15€ for 15 minutes of massage....that's just incredible to pay for that, it's the first time I saw that!! Really, really disappointed...

Disappointed too because tourists, family, friends...had to PAY to enter to the parc. First time too that people must pay to support triathletes...So there was only...maybe 100 people to support 375 half-ironmen and other olympic-distance triathletes on sunday...

The race was beautiful, but it was the last time I sent my money to people who don't care about sport.

 

 

Posted on 01.09.16

Reply from the race organiser

Hi Olivier,

Thanks for posting a review. Sorry to hear the communication between yourself and our team wasn't very clear. All our Gauntlet competitors were given a free gauntlet meal, massage and many lovely freebies including a gauntlet back pack as a well done gesture. We pride ourselves in the way we look after our competitors before and after the race. We hope this hasn't dampened your spirits and we hope to see you again next year.

All the best,
The CTS team.

Yus Tade

Completed in 2016

3.8

Nice Race in a beautiful place

Nice Race in a beautiful place

Posted on 01.09.16

Aurélie Garrigues

Completed in 2016

4.8

Merci

Le seul défaut, ne pas numéroter les places dans le parc à vélo

Posted on 31.08.16

Babaud Bettina

Completed in 2016

4

Aventure en famille !

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

Une belle aventure pour ce premier triathlon en famille !


Samedi, nous avons vécu notre première expérience triathlon : père, fille et belle-sœur au rendez-vous !


On a choisi de se lancer sur Le Condé. De belles distances : 800 m de natation, 40 km de vélo et 8 km de course à pied.

Pour notre équipe de relayeurs, beau moment de partage. On était moyennement sereins avant le départ : c’est que vous êtes impressionnants les pro du triathlon !

Aurélie assure magnifiquement la partie natation en 18'44. Elle court pour joindre l’aire de transition mais là, aïe aïe aïe : mon père ne parvient pas à entrer dans le parc à vélo (il se trompe d’entrée). On bat même le record de la transition la plus longue pour un relais !! Les bénévoles anglais c'est sympa mais ça limite la conversation quand on ne parle que le français...

Après quelques minutes perdues, il fonce sur son vélo et démarre sues les chapeaux de roues. Il roule les 43 km en 1h26 !! Bravo, tellement fière de mon père dont ce n'est pas le sport de prédilection mais qui a relevé le défi comme un champion. A 64 ans, sacré challenge !

Enfin, je chope le relais pour finir avec 48'26 de run et de super sensations. Quel parcours magnifique ! Les supporters sur le parcours sont tops. Mes enfants courent même certaines parties avec moi. Ça donne la patate !

Total avec transition de 2h39. Juste au pied du podium alors que nous arrivions en gentils touristes, sans le matériel adéquat (c'est qu'il font peur avec leurs combinaisons ultra performantes quand tu n'as que ton petit maillot de bain ; idem pour les vélos). Pas de belle technologie pour nous mais fiers de notre résultat !

On a adoré cette journée : on compte bien revivre l’expérience en famille !

Posted on 31.08.16

Loic Charmoille

Completed as a first timer in 2016

3.7

Nice place, but organization could be better

Pro : the place is nice, the volunteers are so helpful (many thanks to them), lots of 

Cons :

- water is very very dirty and muddy

- no reserved space in bike area. It was a mess in the morning to install the bikes. It is the 1st time I see that.

- lots of cars during biking

- aid stations are well furnished, but they are too small during the biking. Impossible to take both water and energy drink without almost stopping.

- no finisher shirt ???? It was also written that all participants to the half distance would receive a finisher bag with towel, shirt, free massage voucher... which wasn't the case

Posted on 31.08.16

Toupé Pierre

Completed as a first timer in 2016

3.9

Proposal for continous improvment

- Spots in transition zone shall be defined and indentified for each competitors instead of free and random placement. This would give more equality and will simplify logistics and organization to all the competitors.

- Water should be given bottled rather than in plastic cups at supply points (running) espacially during very warm/sunny days like last week end.

Posted on 31.08.16

Becky Morrish

Completed as a first timer in 2016

3.6

Beautiful setting

This is my second Castle trialthlon.  After Castle Howard i had high expectations. Once again the setting was incredible and the marshalling of the bike rides were highlights.

However i did feel this event was let down by a few things.  The transition area when we arrived was chaos.  Unlike Castle Howard we were not marshalled to a place on the racks.  I was told to find a slot with less than six bikes to a rack.  Most of the racks had less than six bikes, but with no organisation the space was all taken up.  On returning to the transition area between each elements, again there appeared to be chaos. People everywhere either leaving because they had finished or transitioning.  It made it very hard not to crash into fellow competitors or even just find your equipment.


The bike ride was advertised as 40km.  On riding the course, there ended up being 46 km markers, and in fact the course was closer to 48.  Whilst hardly the end of the world, this is annoying when you are trying to better PBs and compare with other performances etc.

I did my registration on the day before and was given the wrong number.  Whilst i can take responsibility for not checking more closely, this did make the next morning a bit more stressful.  I also felt they could have provided a few more portaloos especially down by the swim.

Although i felt Castle Howard was better pieced together, I still very much enjoyed the experience and thank you all so much for organisation of tthis event.

Posted on 31.08.16

Paul Lee

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.6

Very good - sort swim madness and would be excellent

Gauntlet 2016 competitor.... 

Very pretty location. Stunning weather. 

Prerace briefing pack excellent. Being able to register the night before the race was great, although a little chaotic!

Morning of race - transition didnt open at 6:30 as advertised. Was more like 6:50 when we got in there - not a big thing but should open on time. Queue at front gate and then queue again at transition waiting for it to open

Race Briefing - prob too detailed, especially as had to do in French and English and would be expecting competitors had already read the race pack. Meant start race was 15 mins delayed.

Swim really should be split up into waves - too many people in the confined spaces of the lake and it just becomes a battle. Def not one for open water novices. Ideal would prob be 3 waves - 2 x males and 1 x female

Bike is superb - marshalling fab, signposts all the way. Support is amazing. Great course too

Run good, off road, mostly trails etc with a good number of water stops

Finish - could do with camera man being behind the line rather than infront so you get photo actually crossing the line rather before it - small thing.

Post race - excellent to get a meal included with the Gauntlet. Great goody bag too. Loads of food and drink at the finish. Chip timing print out also very efficient. 

Other than the madness of the swim and the slightly lapse time keeping for transition opening and race starting this is a very good half

 

Posted on 31.08.16

Steve Berry

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

Beautiful Location, Wonderful Race

This race is held in stunning surroundings and yet again the great Castle Triathlon organisation and welcome was very evident. There is great support for the races and the crowds are fanyastic at cheering you all around the course. The swim is very good at allowing spectators to follow you virtually around the swim course, and it is a very pleasent place to swim. The bike course features in the main very good roads and very good marshal and police junction control, it takes in some lovely countryside as well which is always a bonus. The run is a mainly flat run, with a mixture of shaded woods and then open sections around the horse racecourse. Again fantastic support all around the run which is totally off road, though good quality paths and trails.

This really should be a must do event for any triathlete as Chantilly is a lovely place, the Chateau provides a really stunning backdrop and great organisation, the festival offers all distances to cater for everyone. You won't be disappointed.

Posted on 31.08.16

Claire Lloyd

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Superb race in gorgeous location...

I have nothing bad to say about this event!! Off the back of it I would definitely race it again. Great course that was spot on for my strengths, run course mostly through a wood so well shaded from the heat. Frequent aid stations on both the bike and run. The course was well sign posted and the marshalls throughout were brilliant!!!! 

Posted on 30.08.16

Oli Moreaux

Completed in 2016

4.6

To be honest : A must ...

Coming from Belgium, my wife dit it on saturday morning, my son later and I on sunday for the half Ironman..

A great moment for all of us even if my running could have be better ..

We will remember the kindness of the volunteers, the local support and the quality of the organisation.. 

Only two things to says :

1. About the aid stations, it will be nice to have salted product like TUC or chips ... Only gels or bananas are hard to eat after 4 hours of race..

2. Bike part is 93 kilometers ... And not 90 ... !!!  


by the way, congratulations and thanks to everybody from the crew ...

Sincerely

Olivier Moreaux, Genevieve Verhelst & Martin Moreaux 

  

Posted on 30.08.16

Claire Broomby

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.1

Great location and course, good Marshall's, registration and comms chaotic

I've done a few triathlon's elsewhere various distances but this was the first abroad which was a little daunting. 

The positives first- fantastic location, great course, strong marshalling and good water/feed station 's with plenty of opportunities for spectators to cheer you on.

Negatives-we were told in the pdf competitor pack that dogs could come...my whole family came from england with the dog and paid for passes and we're told on the day they were not allowed - it had been changed on the French version  we were told...not much use to us.

Registration process on the day for sat was lengthy and disorganised. Couldn't pre register and nothing was sent out physically prior to the day. 

Transitions area wereally particularly chaotic with general entrance and exit of participants running across cimpetigo athletes paths. 

Several groups appeared to be working together drafting which we were told would hold sever penalties but I witnessed several groups who were not peanilised- generally all from the same tri or bike club.

 

 

 

Posted on 30.08.16

Lucy Williams

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.8

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

This was my first triathlon that I have done. I volunteered the ady before with a team that was very friendly and accomodating. I enjoyed helping out at the registration and practising my french skills at the same time... it's been a while since a levels! 

Having volunteered I felt that this enabled me to see how the triathlon would work on the next day.

I'm planning on completing all the castle triathlons next year so it shows that this triathlon has definately had a great influence upon me!

Posted on 30.08.16

Chris Mackie

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.6

Fantastic Race

This was a great race in a beautiful setting. The bike course was a particularly stand out for me, nice and fast with great marshalling and traffic control form the Gendarmerie. Lovely 10k run route which thankfully was mainly in the shade as it was a hot hot day. Great event would definitely come back again. 

Posted on 30.08.16

Florence Maquet

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.5

Un 1er half iron (presque) bouclé

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

J'attendais cette course avec impatience et je n'ai pas été déçue ! Le cadre était unique et splendide, l'organisation au top et la météo était de la partie...Tout était mis en oeuvre pour que ma course se passe parfaitement ! Après une assez bonne natation, un parcours vélo très agréable qui m'a semblé très court tant je l'ai adoré, un 1er tour à pied avec le sourire aux lèvres...le 15ème km qui mis fin à mon rêve de finisher, un malaise et une chute brutale qui m'ont valu un petit tour aux urgences de Senlis... Malgré cette fin de course plus qu'imprévue et ma grande déception, je reste motivée pour à nouveau être de la partie l'année prochaine! Merci aux organisateurs qui ont fait un job impeccable, aux secouristes qui se sont très bien occupés de moi ainsi qu'à mes proches et amis qui m'ont soutenue juqu'à la fin et qui m'encourageront encore l'année prochaine pour mes nouveaux objectifs...

Posted on 30.08.16

Suze McQuie

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

THAT'S How You Organise A Race!

Other events: take note. This is how you run an event. Everything from start to finish was flawless. Information was clear, the scenery was stunning and the support from start to finish was great. I literally cannot fault this course, the organisers or the venue. I only wish I'd signed up for a longer distance so I could have spent longer on the course. I will most certainly be back for this and others in the Castle Tri series. Superb effort Castle Tri people!

Posted on 30.08.16

Laura Guillou

Completed in 2016

4.6

Mon premier Triathlon en mode découverte !

Triathlon chantilly - velo cyclisme - format S - découverte

Et dire que je me suis inscrite ET entraînée à ce Triathlon à un mois de l’événement ! Dans mon dernier article, je vous disais un peu plus sur ma motivation et ce tout premier challenge ! J’ai choisi la plus petite course, le format S qu’ils appellent « découverte », à savoir :

  • 200 mètres de nage
  • 11 km de vélo
  • 2,5 km de course

Pour mon petit déjeuner, pas de trucs foufou, j’ai pris un bol de céréales complètes aux amandes et une banane. Ma course était à 11h30 et il est indiqué qu’il faut venir au moins 1h30 à l’avance afin de valider son inscription, récupérer son dossard et installer tranquillement ses affaires. Je suis donc arrivée vers 10h, et j’ai remarqué que quasiment tous les coureurs avaient déjà installés leurs vélos dans les rangées ! Et ils ont TOUS de beaux vélos de course ou de route. Moi je me fais donc une petite place pour mon GROS btwin du dimanche, vous remarquerez sur les photos que j’ai quand même enlevé le panier à l’avant :-p  ! J’ai bien sûr eu le droit à quelques boutades, merci les gars !! Hey au moins moi je le fais ! Je ne me mets pas de freins à la con et je ne m’invite pas d’excuses pour ne pas le faire... Cela m’a un peu déstabilisé mais j’étais super motivée, et je le suis restée malgré tout ! Merci à mon chéri de m’avoir soutenue !

J’ai ensuite eu le temps de regarder le départ d’une course et il était déjà bientôt l’heure de prendre le mien. J’enfile donc mon bonnet rose, fourni à l’occasion et mon top en néoprène. En tout cas cette année, j’ai vu moins de nageurs en combinaisons. Elle n’était pas obligatoire puisque l’eau était à plus de 16 degrés. Cela me rassure  

La natation

Après le brief de la course, il est temps pour nous de s’élancer dans l’eau. Et elle est froiiiide ! Et oui je suis contente d’avoir un top en néoprène. A mes pieds, je ne vois rien mais je sens bien de la vase épaisse… tout le monde crie en y entrant, ça nous fait déjà un point commun ah ah ! Mais à ce moment là on ne sait pas trop si c’est à cause de la fraîcheur de l’eau ou bien à cause de la sensation que l’on baigne tous dans un bain de boue… XD

Triathlon chantilly 2016 - briefing course

Triathlon chantilly 2016 - entree eau 1

Triathlon chantilly 2016 - entree eau 2

Triathlon chantilly 2016 - depart natation decouverte

Triathlon chantilly 2016 - depart natation decouverte 2

Aller, 5-4-3-2-1 Gooooo ! Je me suis mise sur le côté mais on est quand même serrés comme des sardines. Je commence en crawl mais seulement sur quelques mètres puisqu’il est impossible de tenir le rythme avec tant de monde autour de soi. Je fini donc à la brasse. J’avale la tasse à mi-parcours, arrggh ! Je m’efforce de ne pas y penser et je continue. Ce n’est pas comme en piscine, le stress est là, les autres nageurs me collent et l’eau est au final un peu agitée. Mes bras faiblissent mais je tiens. J’arrive au bout et j’ai environ le quart, voir le tiers de la course derrière moi. Je suis rassurée. Et je peux enfin enlever mes lunettes et mon bonnet !

Triathlon chantilly 2016 - sortie eau decouverte

Il faut maintenant monter les marches et courir (pas de temps à perdre mais c’est duuuur) pour arriver en aire de transition.

Triathlon chantilly 2016 transition natatio age velo 2

Triathlon chantilly 2016 - transition natation nage - velo cyclisme

Le Vélo

Arrivée près de mon vélo, j’enlève ma veste néoprène et j’enfile mon casque (obligatoire !), mes lunettes, un short et un t-shirt par dessus mon maillot de bain. Je me sèche seulement les pieds pour enfiler mes baskets. Le dossard est lui, attaché à une ceinture. Aller hop, c’est parti pour 11 km de course. Et là je me rends compte que mon vélo n’est PAS DU TOUT adapté à la course.Bon ok je le savais déjà AH AH ! A fond les ballons je me fait quand même doubler par tous mes concurrents qui étaient restés derrière moi au départ. Je suis DÉGOÛTEE !! Je m’imagine alors très bien sur un vélo de route, léger comme une plume, les bras sur le guidon à avaler les kilomètres… Au final la course fut assez longue pour moi, avec quelques montées et descentes mais ça va. J’ai même découvert des villages trop mignons pas loin de chez moi  

Triathlon chantilly 2016 velo cyclisme btwin

Triathlon chantilly 2016 velo cyclisme btwin 2

La course à pied

Triathlon chantilly 2016 course a pieds

Je reviens à l’air de transition où je dépose juste mon vélo et mon casque avant de repartir. Mes jambes flageolent et je m’efforce de tenir le cap. Le premier ravitaillement en eau est en début de course, j’en profite alors pour m’arroser le visage et me rafraîchir mais surtout enlever le reste de résidus de boue qui me collent au visage depuis la natation et qui m’ont un peu gênée pendant le vélo. Au final pendant la course à pieds j’ai du marcher 3 fois sur quelques mètres, mais je n’étais pas la seule car la troisième étape est sans doute la plus dure, surtout les dernier mètres arrgghh ! Et ce qui est par contre agréable à l’arrivée : c’est le jet d’eau de la tête aux pieds, rien que pour ça, je vous conseille de faire ce triathlon ah ah !

Résultats

  • Natation : 7min03
    • Transition 1 : 4min42
  • Vélo : 40min59
    • Transition 2 : 3min29
  • Course à pied : 17min28

Je suis 95ème sur 101 et 66ème femme sur les 71 au total.

Bon, je me suis fait ratatinée Ah Ah ! Surtout au vélo, car sinon je suis plutôt satisfaite de mes deux autres épreuves ainsi que de mes équipements. Allez c’est mon premier triathlon et j’avais un vélo de merde pas du tout adapté. Comment ça je m’invente des excuses ? XD

Triathlon chantilly 2016 chateau

2ème journée : le bénévolat

Comme vous l’avez pu le lire dans mon précédent article, j’ai décidé de faire du bénévolat et de bénéficier ainsi de la course gratuite. Ou comment économiser 50 € frais d’inscription inclus… A mon tour d’encourager les triathlètes !

Triathlon chantilly 2016 - benevolat competition

Réveil à 6h00 du matin donc (ouïe ça pique !) pour être à Senlis à 7h00 pour un briefing autour d’un petit déjeuner : café-thé-croissants et pain au chocolat >> petit déjeuner de sportifs ça nan ?? Ah bon ? Ah ok…  ) Mon compagnon a bien voulu m’accompagner au bénévolat même s’il n’a pas fait la course avec moi au final : Ouuuh le lâcheur… mais au bon cœur n’est-ce-pas ?  Mais pour cause de désistements de bénévoles (ooohh c’est pas biennn) je me retrouve séparée de lui, et seule, pour un poste de signaleur sur la piste cycliste. On nous donne un sandwich, une bouteille d’eau et un beau panneau bi-colore et c’est partiii !

Je me rappelle alors les phrases d’encouragements que je recevais lorsque j’étais à vélo, cela me redonnait du courage et du baume au cœur ! J’ai donc fait de même pour les deux courses du dimanche matin, et avec verve  Et la plupart étaient content, ils souriaient et me disaient merci. Rien que ça, ça me rendait heureuse. Je me disais que je n’étais pas là pour rien, sur mon petit carrefour, mais que j’apportais un réel soutien sur leur petite portion de route  Au bénévole suivant (Hey ! Mon compagnon en l’occurrence), de donner son soutien, et ainsi de suite jusqu’au bout de la nuiiiiit de la course  Je tiens d’ailleurs à le remercier pour les photos lors de mon triathlon, il déteste ça et il a été adorable ! Merci mon chériii !

En tout cas je suis prête à le refaire, sans doute pour le même format de course mais avec, c’est sûr, un autre vélo XD  ! PS : si vous souhaitez le faire, oubliez le VTT, c’est la même chose !

Posted on 30.08.16

Alistair Turner

Completed in 2016

4.6

Fantastic, beautiful ...

Another great race from this unique series ...

Posted on 30.08.16

Geoff Armstrong

Completed in 2016

4.5

Excellent venue and well run race

This is a stunning location for a Triathlon and the actual race logistics are very well executed, it was just a shame that the registration process was somewhat chaotic with not enough people to check the race licences with some pushing and shoveing which was partly down to the location of the registration tent and the fact that there were no defined queues - otherwise a great day.

Posted on 29.08.16

Amandine Vst

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Mon premier triathlon...

J'arrive au château de Chantilly, le soleil se lève, c’est magnifique, et la foule n’est pas encore très grande. Je suis dans les premiers à arriver, le portail n’est même pas encore ouvert. 7h30, les portes s’ouvrent et je file m’enregistrer pour récupérer mon dossard [le numéro 1771]. J’ai à peine le temps de dire au revoir à mes proches que je me retrouve seule [avec des centaines d’autres participants] dans le parc à vélo. Je respire un grand coup et je commence à me préparer.

Dans le parc à vélo, je prends le temps de bien préparer mes affaires. Tout est bien rangé pour ne rien oublié lors des transitions. Je me prépare. Je prends le temps de discuter avec les uns et les autres, afin de savoir quel est le niveau de ma vague, la vague 1. Cela me permet de me détendre, de rigoler et de ne pas être seule face à mon stress.

Nage Triathlon20 minutes avant le départ, nous avons tous rendez-vous au bord du lac où nous allons nager pour écouter les dernières instructions (rappel des règles du triathlon, rappel des parcours qui nous attendent…) et hop, à peine le temps d’enfiler mon bonnet de bain que nous sommes déjà dans l’eau pour un départ imminent. Une fois entrés dans le lac, la vase caresse nos pieds. Je m’attendais vraiment à quelque chose de plus dégoûtant, ça me fait sourire plus que ça ne m’écoeure, je suis trop stressée par le départ pour vraiment prendre le temps de réfléchir au contenu de l’eau.

9h13, nous voilà partis. C’est un véritable banc de poissons qui se dressent devant nous, les bras et les jambes vont dans tous les sens. J’ai pris la peine de me mettre à la fin pour tenter d’éviter les coups mais finalement, c’est moi qui vais en donner en remontant bien plus vite que je ne l’aurais cru sur les autres nageurs. Le début est vraiment chaotique, j’ai du mal à trouver mon rythme et donc mon souffle, mais je vois sur les bords du lac mes supporters et cela me donne de la force. L’épreuve de la nage libre qui était celle que je redoutais le plus, passe à une vitesse folle… 800 m en 17’33 »… Je suis contente et impressionnée par moi-même et surtout la facilité avec laquelle je les ai fais.
Transition nage-vélo ChantillySortie de l’eau, je cours tout en retirant le haut de ma combinaison, mes lunettes et mon bonnet. Direction le parc à vélo où je retire ma combinaison en entier et enfile mes affaires de vélo. Je mets mon porte-dossard avec le dossard dans le dos et j’attache mon casque. Les chaussettes et les baskets enfilées et me voilà déjà sur la route avec mon vélo. Enfin, avant de l’enfourcher, je dois courir avec lui, jusqu’à la ligne de départ du parcours vélo. C’est seulement arrivée à ce point de départ, que j’ai le droit de monter sur mon vélo et…de reprendre mon souffle. La première transition est intense pour mon cardio, mais elle est passée, je suis contente (4′ de transition).

Le parcours en vélo est plutôt roulant, du moins…une fois arrivée à Senlis, car les 3-4 premiers kilomètres sont de belles montées, assez difficiles pour les jambes après la nage. Une fois les montées passées, c’est plat, ça descend, ce n’est que du plaisir. Je sais que je ne suis pas parmi les plus rapides, mais je n’essaye pas de trop forcer, je pense à la course à pieds après, je sais que cela sera déjà assez dur pour les jambes. Je profite, je regarde le paysages, je suis ravie des encouragements des bénévoles mais aussi des participants eux-même !! La partie vélo correspond à deux fois une boucle de 20 km.
Vélo triathlon de Chantilly
Je boucle la partie vélo de 43,5 km et non 40 km comme annoncé, en 1h33′, et une vitesse moyenne de 28km/h environ, je suis aux anges !

Arrivée à la fin du parcours vélo, il faut alors remettre pieds à terre pour retourner à la zone de transition déposer mon vélo, enfiler mon short et repartir pour la dernière épreuve : la course à pieds !
Course à pieds triathlon Chantilly
Ouille, comme les jambes sont lourdes… Mais je ne lâche rien, j’ai fait des entraînements combinés vélo/run durant ma préparation, je sais que ça va me demander 1 à 2 km d’adaptation et que ça va passer ensuite. En plus, je me dis que la course à pieds est mon point fort et que je ne dois pas flancher maintenant. Bon, les organisateurs ne nous ont vraiment pas gâter avec le parcours qui débute dans l’herbe sur les deux premiers kilomètres et les belles montées, mais maintenant qu’on est là, il faut y aller. Je vois les gens à bout de souffle, qui s’arrêtent à même pas deux kilomètres, je m’interdis de suivre le mouvement et j’accélère. Je m’étais fixée un rythme de 5’30″/km, je tiendrai un rythme de 5’20″/km pour 9,4km et non 8km comme annoncé.
Course à pieds triathlon
Je franchis la ligne d’arrivée à 4’17″/km, heureuse ! Je m’attendais à finir par terre, je finis avec le sourire. Ça y est, c’est fini et je l’ai fait ! Ma montre affiche alors 2h47’52 (mon temps officiel sera de 2h47’03''). Au moment de mon inscription, j’ai indiqué que je voulais le finir en moins de 3h15, dans ma tête je visais moins de 3h… Il me semble que le contrat est plus que rempli.

Posted on 29.08.16

Genevieve Thompson

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.6

Stunning setting for a great race

My first middle distance event and Chateau de Chantilly could not have been a more stunning setting.  A very well organised event, great support, great marshalls and a great fininsh.  Food at the end was excellent.  You even managed to tone down the weather to a sufferable temperature with a nice breeze!  Only improvement I can suggest is more signposts to triathlon car parking from centre of Chantilly as it was only by chance that we found the parking.

Posted on 29.08.16

Alki Delichatsios

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.8

Fantastic race!

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

This was my first triathlon and it was truly a special experience - gorgeous location and very well organized. 

I think the registration process was a bit confusing because it wasn't clear to me what the Pass Competition was and if we had to pay for it.  Also, buying spectator tickets was also quite confusing for some reason.  But otherwise, the notifications, emails, and texte messages were perfect. 

Also, I found that the triathlon "world" is a bit intimidating for new-comers, especially with all the fancy equipment.  To get more people interested, I think it's good to emphasize that it's ok to swim in a normal swimsuit, it's ok to ride your normal bike, no need to buy stuff, especially for a first triathlon... 

Otherwise, I'm excited to come back next year and I've already recruited two friends!

Posted on 29.08.16

Mark Luffman

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

DO THIS RACE!!!!

So, my second season of triathlon and my 9th race was the middle distance at Chantilly having progressed from sprints to Olympic to this one. Loved it! By far the best one yet interns of information, email updates, pre race brief, post race support and marshalling......even by the local Gendarmes!!! We headed over to France as a family for a long weekend break and it was great (so I'm told) from a spectating perspective. Lots to see and do and keep everyone entertained while we raced. Well done Castle team...Superb effort! DO IT!!!!

Posted on 29.08.16

DOUSSAINT EMMANUEL

Completed in 2016

5

triathlon chantilly 2016

good race

Posted on 29.08.16

Francois SALOME

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.7

Great 1st Race

First & good experience. Good moments shared withn friends !

Posted on 29.08.16

Naëma Tilhac

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

Un magnifique triathlon

Ce triathlon était mon premier, donc je n'ai pas de comparaison, mais j'ai trouvé le cadre parfait ! Il faisait très (trop) chaud ce jour-là mais les organisateurs n'y sont pour rien...

Posted on 29.08.16

Seb Berrier

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.6

Great experience for my first triathlon

Organization, conditions and environment were amazing!

1 point though: the water for the swim is very dirty

It seems like the bicycle route was more 42km than 40km but I might be wrong

 

Posted on 29.08.16

Vivien Mln

Completed in 2016

4.8

Thrilling triathlon! But... Magnifique! Mais...

If you're looking for a thrilling triathlon, I strongly recommend the Château de Chantilly Triathlon!  

However, the swimming part wasn't pleasant, even if swimming in the canal is priceless, the water was (really) full of algae... Due to the really hot days we had the week before? Who knows.

I am always really carefull of where I am placing my bicycle, but this time, and for the first time, I was literally lost in the transition area. Therefore, I would suggest to put the bib numbers in the transition area.

Big up to all spectators and volunteers, YOU make me dream!

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Un tres beau triathlon. Je le recommande vivement ! 

Cependant, la partie natation n'etait pas si agreable. En effet, beaucoup trop d'algues, meme si, nager dans le canal est royal, ca aurait pu etre mieux... 

Je ne peux que suggerer d'ajouter les numeros de participants dans l'aire de transition. Sinon, on si perd tres rapidement. Le placement aleatoire des velos (ou il y a de la place), n'est selon moi, pas la meilleure solution.

Merci a tous les benevoles et au public !

Posted on 29.08.16

Cédric Cognon

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.6

une seule critique : sortir du parc à velo à la fin

l'organisation est juste à optimiser à ce niveau là. 1/2 h pour ressortir du parc à velo après 3h de course, c'est une nouvelle épreuve... ;-)

Posted on 29.08.16

Laurent Weiss

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4

Unique, nice, some details could be reworked

Great race, the swim in the Grand Canal is definitely gorgeous although wuite muddy.

The bike route is as described, pretty fast, nice forest/ country roads and some historic places. Race signs were present and good (mileage signs pretty inaccurate though), safety/ marshalls very well organized, except only one roundabout where the marshalls let in a large camper van right in front of me...
Note that overall, Wave 5 (last wave) probably suffered heavier car traffic than the early morning waves (had to yell quite a bit to get cars out of the way...)

Run route alternates nice forest/garden paths in the Castle's gardens (gorgeous), with a very ugly mile when crossing the cark park from one ellnd to the other, in the dust and in the middle of cars... This should be improved because it really breaks the magic.
Another suggestion would be to clearly indicate the remaining distance to the finish line (e.g. -1k, -500m) because the end of the course to the finish line has no visibility which makes it difficult to start your sprint.

Finally, an important detail (at least for some participants): the check-in process was very fluid and quick, and... there was a sufficient number of toilets for pre-race needs.  This is appreciated!!

Posted on 29.08.16

Stephane Jacquin

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.2

Great experience

The site quality is outstanding, and the attendance is well proportioned.

Thank you to the organization!

Posted on 29.08.16

Emma Gallagher

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.3

First triathlon - great experience

Very grateful to all the volunteers who really made it a great experience. It was a great course, easy to navigate for a first-timer. Loved it!

Posted on 29.08.16

Le Rouzic Julien-Antoine

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.9

Excellent! Inscrivez vous sans hésiter!

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

Première participation à une course du Castle Triathlon Series et c'était magique, premier Half Iron, et super content!!!

L'organisation est parfaite, rien n'est laissé au hasard.

Le prix peut être un peu cher, mais quand on voit la beauté des lieux c'est un détail que l'on oublie.

C'est vraiment une course que je recommande!!!!

Posted on 29.08.16

Elise Yoshida

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.4

Chantilly tri

very well organised in a beautiful setting. Second year for me (first on a M format), will probably do it next year.

Posted on 29.08.16

Charpenet Jean-Claude

Completed in 2016

3.8

3rd participation

Beauty of the place and good organisation. expensive for this kind of race.

Posted on 29.08.16

Charlie Siret

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.7

Splendide triathlon

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

Et voilà, 1er triathlon format "Sprint" réussi après 1h26 d'efforts, dans un environnement magnifique ! Près de 500 concurrents au départ, motivé pour nager dans le plan d'eau plein de vase du château... Je voyait rien je suis parti en biais en crawl, Kevin s'est mis a nager la brasse pour voir quelquechose, et Landais Aline n'était pas loin de se noyer lol. Je sort de l'eau en 142eme postition, puis enchainement avec le vélo, un régale sous le soleil et 21km de route rien que pour nous, à 30km/h de moyenne o...n s'est fait plaisir avec Kevin, en se relayant. 109eme chrono pour le vélo. Puis c'est les cuisse bien lourde que l'on attaque la course a pied, notre spécialité, courru a pres de 15km/h, avec un sprint finale histoire de finir tout juste devant Kevin ;) et un belle 17eme place pour la partie course a pied. Bref on s'est régalé tous les 3, rendez vous en 2017 pour un Triathlon distance Olympique !

Posted on 29.08.16

Alex Laeti

Completed in 2016

4.3

i'll be back

la course est tres bien, tres beau cadre, je reviendrai assurement.

dommage que l'eau soit sale, vaseuse, mais le cadre est magnique, les ravitaillement sont tres bien a garder ainsi qu'a l'arrivée, la restauration est niquel  gros point positif, beaucoup de bonne choses. mais le point negatif serai pour moi hormis l'eau pas top, c'est la sortie du parc a velo , etant dans la vague1, nous croisons beaucoup de coureur dans le parc en vague 4 ou 5, je ne sais pas lorsque je decide de partir , donc difficulté de sorti, gene entre athletes etc....a amelioré la distribution des dossards car beaucoup d'attente malgres mon arrivée 1h20 a l'avance, je n'ai eu que 30min pour me preparer et m'echauffer donc juste....

sinon tres tres belle organisation, a l'année prochaine.

Posted on 29.08.16

delplanque emmanuel

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

First and beautiful

This was my first olympic distance triathlon.

The organization was better than I have ever seen on marathon races.

Registration process, Briefing, aid stations : TOP !!

The race was fantastic : great smile, a good home, many volunteers, a friendly village,

I think I will go to Hever Castle in september.

 

Posted on 29.08.16

Christophe Gradelet

Completed in 2016

4.3

Super organisation

Super organisation Très beaucadre 

Je reviens l'année prochaine 

Bravo aux bénévoles 

Posted on 29.08.16

Olivier Dessolle

Completed in 2016

4

Great race, just give us a T-shirt and allow drafting.

Would be nice to have a T-shirt for the olympic too!

Put some numbers for the bikes.

Most people drafting on their bikes and not enought referees to check not faire for those (like me) who did not. Just allow it next year!

That's it. All in all great race. Thanks.

Posted on 29.08.16

Grégoire Baudequin

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.1

Astonishing site, great atmosphere

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

Wonderfull place, wonderfull staff and wonderfull crowd. 

The swim part around the castle:the place is awesome, but it's not deep, so the water gets very muddled and full of leaves and twigs... 

The bike part : very windy that day, but a wonderfull route around Chantilly ! Sadly my bike chain come off 3 times, and I had to finish running with my bike for the last 4 kilometers. That was quite frustrating, I saw lots of people I had overtaken passing by very fast... 

Then the run part : so great I love the variety of the landscape (of course the parts with the castle are crazy !!) and different grounds (grass, sand, gravel...) 

I was expecting to finish with a better time but the race is quite difficult (the temperature didn't help!) and each race has it's own story...

Finally, I'm happy to finish an olympic tri distance only 1 year and 5 monthes after I broke my femur. This was still a victory ! :)

Thank you for the organization, big up to the staff and the crowd !  

Posted on 29.08.16

valerie jeudy

Completed in 2016

3.6

Triathlon le chantilly 2016

Beau cadre.

Natation dans une eau très boueuse, dommage qu'il n'y ait pas eu de vague réservée aux femmes.

Parcours velo très roulant.

Course à pied sous la chaleur, revetement technique (cailloux, herbes et sable)

Parc à velo non numéroté, pas toujours simple de s'y reperé.

Bénévoles dévoués pour le triathlète. Merci à vous car sans vous pas de course!!

Mais quel désagrément de faire payer les spectateurs... Dommage!!!

Posted on 29.08.16

Mark Brown

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.8

First triathlon ever!

I completed the Gauntlet distance. This was my first ever triathlon, so was excited going in to the race. I arrived and could tell most (if not all) of the field were regular triathletes. The race was well organised and staff were on hand to keep me right. The route was beautiful. If I were trying to pick a fault, you could move the part of the run around the 7-8k mark when you have to run up the carpark to the race course. The carpark was dusty and runners were getting covered in sand from cars. Overall though loved every minute of this triathlon. It was really well organised and a friendly atmosphere. I would reccomend to everyone!

Posted on 29.08.16

Sophie Lepage

Completed in 2016

3.1

Belle expérience même si point à revoir

Cadre magnifique . Très sympa de courir dans le château . Ravitaillement là où il faut 

Parti Natation  franchement pas agréable du tout . Vase , eau très sale avec algues que l'on accroche à chaque mouvement de bras .. Je pense qu'il faudrait vraiment faire quelques choses

velo sympa sauf dans senlis et se prendre des gaz d'échappement sur le parcours pas agréable du tout.

on perd beaucoup de temps dans les transitions 

courses super agréable. 

Posted on 29.08.16

Louise Moody

Completed in 2016

4.9

Chantilly review

The finish line was a bit underwhelming, a sprint finish would have been nice and the pen with medals and food was very crowded. The food/drinks provided were great though, good to have fruit available and buckets of water with sponges to cool off was very much appreciated. 

 

The swim section was so murky that it was impossible to even see your own hands so many people were swimming breaststroke as there was collisions left right and centre for those who did crawl. I know this can't really be helped. The actual course for the swim was great, I like a straight line to swim parallel to for easier sighting! 

 

The transition area was quite strange, having to snake round with the bike in and out and the narrow mount line created a bottle neck where people were stood queuing to get on their bikes. I felt it was a bit of a waste of time. 

The bike course was beautiful, can't fault that at all! Lots of marshals and local support throughout, fabulous scenery. Same with the run section, lovely course, lots in the shade which was very important given how hot it was. Feed stations were well placed and well marshaled and great support. 

Posted on 29.08.16

Charlotte  Harrison

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.6

Simply stunning

amazing castle and grounds,even further set off by the glorious sunshine . A real pleasure to have been a  part of it .Can't wait until next year .

Posted on 28.08.16

Alexandre Vignoli

Completed as a first timer in 2016

3.3

A bit disappointed

Overall, the race was ok, but I'm still really disappointed that the finisher t-shirt was for sale (30 euros) and sold out! Also, it would have been better to have a specific location for each participant in the bike area (instead of big racks for each wave).

Posted on 28.08.16

Nutty Corinne

Completed in 2016

4.6

The first triathlon....

Hello.... It was my first triathlon....  I have à big stress'problem !!! When I ma in a unknown environement I can't swim... I swim breaststroke head above Water like a duck...I look ridiculous.. So I swim 800m like that and I got out of the Water breathless as ever... I was very angry after me I even thought to give up...but I kept going and I have not regretted... So I finished my first triathlon and I hope that others will come soon be added to this one...

It was hard but amazing...

Posted on 28.08.16

duchemin thubaut

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.8

Nice organisation

Sun and run to the top!!

Posted on 28.08.16

Julio Castro

Completed in 2016

4.2

Goood race

Transition area need to be better organized.There are problems between athetes whose  running and whose finishing.

Posted on 28.08.16

Benoit Phuez

Completed in 2016

3.8

Nice first tri

It was my first tri of this distance. A good one :)

Posted on 28.08.16

Valle Thomas

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.4

Très bien

C'était mon premier triathlon et je n'ai pas été déçu.

Le cadre est unique. Les bénévoles sont très sympathiques. La natation se fait dans le bassin du Chateau. Il y a de la vase mais ce n'est pas non plus étonnant. Le parcours vélo est très roulant. La course à pied se fait en forêt (ombragé donc pratique en période de canicule).

Quelques petits points qui pourraient être améliorés :

- distances prévues inexactes en vélo et en course à pied, donc toute projection en amont est faussée.

- aire d'arrivée toute petite et donc surchargée à un moment où on aimerait avoir un peu d'air et y voir clair.

- pas de tee-shirt de finisher gratuit. Dommage !

Posted on 28.08.16

Clare Mitchell Coyle

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.6

What a setting - beautiful triathlon

Imagine using a chateau turret to sight in the swim!  The lake was a bit murky but a lovely temperature.  Lots of marshals on the water.    The usual excellent briefing for Castle tris.

The bike course made me want to move to France - well maintained roads and polite drivers.  Not very hilly but a little undulation to keep things interesting.  

Beautiful run through the Chantilly Forest and chateau grounds.

The usual lovely feed station after the finish with malt loaf and water melon (and other stuff).

Only slight niggles were the quues to get in and out of transition at the begining and end of the race - but otherwise a lovely bilingual tri.

Posted on 28.08.16

Walter Bessis

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.7

What a race

First time in Chantilly triathlon

Fantastic race in an incredible site

I'll be back next year

 

 

Posted on 28.08.16

Paula Knowles

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.8

Beautiful and well organised

First triathlon I have competed in, in France and perfect.  Good organisation, parking, marshalling and direction throughout the course.  Great to see the local support on bike route and loved the fruit,  coke cola and especially the hose pipe cooling at the finish - very hot!    Run course could do with another water station between 3 and 4 km section.  Apart from that, loved it!

Posted on 28.08.16

Michael

Completed in 2016

4.1

Nice triathlon but too expensive

Globally the event was nice.

Some remarks:

  • It will have been better to have the numbers to know where to put our bike because it was quickly a mess
  • The distance was more than the 24.4km (I got 28.8)
  • The price is too expensive compared to other events (OK without the castle but it does not value 30€ more...).

Posted on 28.08.16

Guillaume F

Completed in 2016

4.5

Great Race

Second timer here. Another great experience. Unique setting, a *host* of volunteers to help with all race legs, and a merry atmosphere to wrap it up.

I noticed an improvement in the dreaded transition from bike park to road. The path is now much smoother and less of a hazard for bikes and bikers alike. Which is great !

I want to thank the man who established the run track. Most of if was in the woods or in shady areas, a blessing with the really hot weather that we've had recently.

Traffic was not interrupted for the bike leg, but was very efficiently controlled (by police forces :)), i never had to wait or even brake because of a car : they were the ones waiting !

Truly a triathlon to discover !

(ok I need to add a complaint to be credible I guess : second race for me, and still it's impossible to understand the briefing for the swimming leg, be it in english or in slightly mangled french. Forget the talk, just get a large schema of the thing, and everything will be fine :) (you're using the same old picture every year which is not detailed enough and fails to describe how we're supposed to handle the buoys !)

see... that was the worst complaint I could emit ;) everything else was a breeze !

Posted on 28.08.16

Yus Tade

Completed as a first timer in 2015

3.9

Nice Race in a beautiful place

Nice Race in a beautiful place

Posted on 01.09.16

Gwen

Completed in 2015

3.9

Chantilly Triathlon - olympic distance

On the whole this was a good event, a great location, and lovely weather, although I did struggle with the heat during the run.

This was my first event of the Castle Triathlon series. As this is my second year racing, I've found I'm less nervous about race prep as you start to get the hang of the races, but I was surprised by a few points at this race.

There was a lot of detail in the competitor guide, but I struggled to find the information I really needed in amongst everything else. This could be presented differently in the future, with essential information together, and hints and tips in a different section. 

Until a couple of weeks before the race, the links for the course maps didn't work. I found them through a very indirect route through one of the other events, and wasn't sure if it was an up-to-date map. The guide stated that there would be a water point at the 10Km point of the 20Km cycle route, but on the map it doesn't specify that we are doing two laps of the route, or just one lap.

On Saturday evening we took a wrong turn on our way home & I spotted signs stating 39Km, 40km, and 41km, and we weren't even near the castle, so I wasn't sure if this was our bike course, but the guide says that Chantilly and Gauntlet competitors will ride the same course, so how are there markers for 41 km (and more) on a 40km course? This caused some unneeded worry in the evening.  During the I didn't have any problems with the cycle course, but on seeing the 37 and 38km markers I thought I was nearly done. However, I think we biked 45km. I don't have a problem with that, but it helps to know this in advance.

Being able to register on Saturday afternoon, definitely made Sunday morning easier. On our way to transition in the morning I was surprised to see a few people with their timing chips on their right ankle. The guide says left, and every other race it's been on the left to avoid getting caught in the chain. However, the referees told me that I needed to place it on the right ankle, apparently 'an English thing', which I know isn't true.

I've only been to one race where my bike was thoroughly checked before entering transition, but I was surprised that the referees didn't even look at my bike. They were more concerned that I needed a safety pin on my race belt to make sure the number was attached at 3 points. 

Transition was where I was disappointed. They had rows of racks according to wave times which made sense, but when I started looking for my number I was told there were none, just to find a space and place the bike. This had caused a bit of a mess, there weren't many spaces left. I'd spotted one space where the guy had placed his plastic box next to his bike, and I got a grumpy reaction when I tried to park my bike where his box was. Because there were no numbers, all the bikes were facing the same way, whereas you can get more bikes on the rack if they alternate directions. Queue more grumpy looks, but I managed to squeeze my bike in and set up. Unfortunately, the lack of designated spaces meant that when I returned from the bike section, there was no space for me to hang my bike. I had to spend precious time trying to move two bikes out of the way to make space for mine. Not something you want to spend time doing in a race.

The bike in/bike out was along the same stretch of road. which was not ideal. As I was heading out on the bike ride, the first competitor from one of the previous waves was being escorted by motorcycle back into transition, so we were ushered to the right of the path. This was just as I approached the bike mount line, and a few people right in front of just stopped. I couldn't go past them because I had to keep the space on the left clear. This probably wasn't long, but it felt like it.

During our briefing they had repeated several times that we were to stick to the right at all times, even when leaving the castle grounds. But I had to zigzag several times on this first stretch to avoid returning cyclists who were on the left. This path was also rather bumpy, and I not a smooth ride for the last stretch, when you just want to finish.

On my round T2 with the bike I twice had to ask people to get out of my way. These appear to be competitors from earlier waves who had already finished. Other races will not allow competitors back into transition until a specified time, usually to avoid this kind of problem.

Last point about transition was the complete lack of security when I went to pick up my bike. It was late but the event was still going and we leave a lot of expensive kit there, expecting it to be secure.

In previous races I've always been aware of all the kayaks out on the water. Here I didn't notice many. Quite early in the race I noticed a woman signalling with her arm for help, I was between her and the closest kayak. I don't know if they'd spotted her, but I had to signal for them to head over. Later on in the swim, I could not see any support anywhere near me. I don't know if they were further back, I didn't stop to look, but the thought did cross my mind that if I need anything I can't see anyone.

Otherwise, for the rest of the race, I thought the marshalls were great all along the bike course, and it was great having support from locals along the way. The drink station was very much needed with that heat, and the km markers were really helpful. I was disappointed that there wasn't a single km marker on the run though. I would definitely suggest this for next year.

Glad the run course was largely in the shade, and the water stations were a must. The volunteers were great.

On the whole a good race, but a few points that could make it even better

Posted on 07.09.15

Mylène Perdreau

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.4

Super expérience, vivement 2016

+ : Cadre magnifique, accueil sympathique et bien organisé, un large choix de distances, des goodies intéressants (la serviette Speedo notamment), bonne communication avant et après

- : la zone de transition en partie incompatible avec les vélos de route

Posted on 06.09.15

Wyon Joel

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.6

Une magnifique première pour moi!!!

premiere fois que je me tente au triathlon après n avoir connu que de la course a pied (semi et marathon).

Le cadre est idyllique, l encadrement semble tres au point et cela est vraiment plaisant!

si toutes les triathlon sont comme celui ci, cela donne envie d en faire plus!

A l annee prochaine; c'est certain j y serai ;-)

Posted on 06.09.15

Mazuel Alexandre

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.5

Castle Triathlon Series - Chantilly

Pour mon premier Triathlon, celui de Chantilly était le cadre parfait ! Epreuve de natation et de course à pieds dans le domaine du château, épreuve de vélo dans les alentours de Chantilly, cadre magnifique avec le beau temps au rdv ! Expérience sensationnelle, à renouveler au plus vite, et si possible, pour ceux qui n'osent pas s'y mettre, avec des amis !!!!

Posted on 05.09.15

Graham Hook

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.3

Great race, perfect location

This was my first 70.3 race and i'm very glad i chose Chantilly as the location: the Chateau and its grounds provide the perfect backdrop.

Overall, the race was a fantastic experience. The points below are just those that stand out as areas for potential improvement to make next year's event even better:

- for the swim, it seems bizarre from a safety point of view to have black hats. If anyone gets into trouble it is much more difficult to spot a floundering black hat than it is a brightly coloured one.

- the signage and marshalling stood out as excellent for the cycle. The results service was very quick.

- it was a shame the feed stations on the cycle didn't directly match those described in the competitor guide. I'd planned according to the guide...

- in contrast to the cycle there were no distance signs on the run. There were far fewer feed/drink stations than set out in the guide, which was disappointing on such a hot day. 

- the finishers medal should have the year printed on it.

 

 

 

Posted on 04.09.15

Reply from the race organiser

Hi Graham,

Thank you for your feedback and glad you enjoyed your first half iron distance race - congratulations!

We will definitely take all your points on board for next year, we have brought up most of them in the debrief, so will definitely be addressed!

Castle Tri

Claire Tinker

Completed in 2015

4.4

superb

Although this race had a grand setting it managed to retain a friendly small race feel which I loved.  The marshals were fantastic and provided constant support throughout the day - they really worked hard controlling the traffic on the bike course, I was really impressed.  The scenery is spectacular and my family had an enjoyable day whilst I was racing.

Never seen so much drafting by the olympic distance competitors - I was overtaken by a couple of packs of 9 or 12 riders during my second lap which then held up the traffic and caused the rest of us to get blocked by queues of cars. There was good support from other Gauntlet competitors throughout the bike/run. The run was scenic and tough but that was probably due to the heat rather than technicality.

Couple of admin issues - I had trouble with the website - not sure if down to my computer but the registration process was a bit odd.  The other issue was the information in the competitors handbook - i.e. instructed to put timing chip on left ankle then all told to switch it to the right once at the race transition.  The feed station set up wasn't as described (no coke on the run course which would have been welcome) nor were the bits for competitors - i.e. we got a towel and medal but no the other things listed (bag and free massage etc).  Wondered if this was last year's booklet that hadn't been updated?

We couldn't find the race from Chantilly itself so there was a bit of driving around but once in the access roads to the chateau it was well signposted.

Will definitely return.

Posted on 04.09.15

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you for your review.

Hopefully the drafting will have been picked up by the refs, and they would have been given a penalty, as this is definitely not allowed!

You should have received your bag and free massage! This was talked about at the briefing as there was food available for the Gauntlet competitors too. Please email me you address at support@castletriathlonseries.co.uk and we will send you your bag & t-shirt.

Unfortunately we were told fairly last minute about the right ankle for the timing chip, so not enough time to update everyone i'm afraid!

Castle Tri

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.9

Brilliant weekend in Chantilly!

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

Fantastic venue & corse. The run sector around the hippodrome in the blistering sun was a bit of brain boiler but other than this, I enjoyed every second of this race and will definately be back next year!

Posted on 04.09.15

chloe swiderski

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.1

Chantilly super sprint

Une superbe course dans un cadre splendide!!! bravo!

Posted on 04.09.15

gilly brown

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.2

chantilly review

excellent venue

bit of a queue to register but we were late entrants anyway so expected

great that we could enter late

lovely routes but my only critiscm would be first and last part of bike on rough surface ( puncture danger and a bit slippy on road bike).  could not go fast on this bit .  also the change over of going on right to left was unclear .  otherwise once on road,  good route and excellent marshalling throughout.   all of the crew really friendly and helpful

still a bit confused by placings/ results . I am in V50 category but my results category came up as Senior rather than V50, making me far younger than I really am ........ nice !

overall ,  great event and will look to do more castle tri events.

Posted on 04.09.15

Beverly Hawkins

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.3

Great first race

At registration, it would help to have different wait lines for different races.  There was too much confusion with those who needed to register for earlier races not being able to get through the long line. 

Finish line organization could be stronger, with traffic being better more stream-lined.  Instead of directing finishers to the right for food/water/etc and then back through the crowds (left) to the exit -- have it all in a row -- finish > food/water/medals > exit without having to fight back through the crowd of finishers.  Overall didn't like the finish set-up -- the steps at the end, the escargot shape which made the last steps seem unending . . . preferred the straight finish of 2014.

Otherwise, great job by a relatively small team to manage a large number of people more or less efficiently.  I'm excited about next year!

Posted on 04.09.15

George Matthews

Completed in 2015

4.2

Fast and picturesque course

Took this on as my 3rd sprint plus distance and it Is very different to the rest of the series with a very flat run and bike as well as the swim in canals rather than lakes. The biggest complaint would be that the run crossed the cycle mount and dismount point creating a chaotic situation. Other than this the event was run brilliantly

Posted on 01.09.15

Lisa Grandcourt

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.7

Great Location - Put on your wish list

Our second Castle Tri event and such a great location (the weather made it all the more spectacular).

Not enough time to get everyone through registration from the gates opening and before the first wave was scheduled to start so a short delay, but still such a relaxed atmosphere.  The crew team did a great job and remained calm throughout.  Well done guys.

Security on transition was non existant on the Saturday when collecting bikes and gear, but appeared to be in place on the Sunday.

Most finishers medal had the ribbon with the event name/date on, but there were a fair few (including me) that just had a plain red ribbon so a bit dissapointed that I didn't have something to take away with Chateau Chantilly 2015 on :-( Got the photos and the memories though.

Would highly recommend to anyone as the English / French mix was great and the briefing was in both languages.

Posted on 01.09.15

Jallu Jerome

Completed in 2015

4.4

What a fantastic location

Chantilly is the place to be.

the castle is awesome and the organisation is superb.

considering that a couple of years ago we were only hundreds and that this year we were nearly 3000 to compete.

would have been a good idea to have gels and bars during cycling and a better organization at cycling arrival.

anyway i will register for next year asap.

 

go tri, go chantilly, go catle tri

Posted on 01.09.15

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you for your lovely feedback!

We will bring up the feed about the bike course nutrition in our debrief.

Castle Tri

ELLA PERRIN

Completed in 2015

5

chantilly triathlon olympic distance

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

if you like to TRI

then Chantilly it has to be !

a perfect end to Summer- oh ???? 

that's right and in the most amazing setting a MAGNIFIQUE CHATEAU !

the organisers are second to none

so leave it to them and just swim bike run ! 

enthusiasm is contagious and rife

what more can you ask for as a triathlete in life ?

 

 

Posted on 01.09.15

Reply from the race organiser

Hi Ella,

What a lovely poem!! We've never had a poem before! Lovely photo of you - congratulations.

Castle Tri

Bertrand Ytournel

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4

Great race, cool venue, close to Paris

If you're looking for a long-distance triathlon close to Paris, there are only 2 options: Chantilly and Fontainebleau.

Chantilly Castle is superb. Swimming in the castle's pond is great (and water is clean). Cycling in the countryside is great (very scenic, course is flat, roads are ok). Running in the castle's park and garden is great.

The organisation behind this race is English - which for a race in France feels a bit different. A lot of the officials and volunteers were british and a fair share of racers also, which results in a very good mix (and I loved it when during the briefing, it was reminded that bikes had to stay on the right side of the road :-)

Aid stations are ok: good products (water, energy drinks, bars and gels), but at the end of the run course (on the second lap, there are only the half iron distance racers left), it was lacking gels and energy drink...

Post race party was good (I would have loved to see fruits on the buffet though).

2015 was my first race at Chantilly and first half iron distance, and IO loved it!

Posted on 01.09.15

Steve Hunter

Completed as a first timer in 2015

3.9

A challenging flat course

I watched the kids and sprint on the saturday and it was chaos, athetes getting sent left and right and back and forth in mixtures of french and english.

A number of kids came off their bikes on the terrain.

The temperatures soared 32'c in the shade for LeGauntlet, the Grand Lake was suprisingly cool?? (clever that) and a battle of a swim ensued.  The bike is 2 nice local loops through some lovely villages and long stretched of road.  Traffic was nowhere near as polite as I'd previously encounterd in France and I had some difficulty with traffic on the route - there was an ambulance so not sure if an accident happend.

The run was an expereince of mixed terrain running styles, sand, tree roots, grass, and tarmac. A lot shaded which was good and the open section was try to find shade.

Friendly banter with athletes after - a true HOT gauntlet challenge

Posted on 31.08.15

F Vanessa

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.1

Superbe cadre

Le cadre du Chateau de chantilly est merveilleux et unique. En revanche, les routes ne sont pas coupées à la circulation sur la partie vélo ce qui est bien dommage.

Posted on 31.08.15

Vidal Madjar Luc

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.7

Fantastic location, great organization

It was definitely very hot for the triple effort but the fantastic location and great organization allow to keep only very lasting good memories! I would really recommend whether you are for an Olympic or Half Iron distance!

Posted on 31.08.15

Gene Le Bars

Completed as a first timer in 2015

3.7

First tri

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

It was my first event and not the last one! I think about the next time yet! I'm happy to have suceed to bring down my water fear and compleeted this first tri in time I imagine.

The Castle is very beautiful. Running into the park is a big chance. I'll be back! Thanks for all.

Posted on 31.08.15

Wildswn

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.7

Fantastic

A truly great event at a stunning location. This trace needs to be on everyone's calendar. 

Posted on 31.08.15

Nic Walton

Completed in 2015

4.2

Beautiful - Fantastic - Recommended

another great event from the castle tri series team.  i did the whole series back in 2013, olympic/standard distance and always wanted to come back.  2013 was a wash out, but of all the series this is the one i really wanted to come back to.  this year, 2015, we were greeted with hot sunshine - as you'd expect from france in august.  2015 i chose the gauntlet middle distance race

it's not a small event, but retains a very nice family atmosphere.  the scenary and backdrop of the chateau is amazing - especially 1st thing in the morning!  

swim - perhaps the most spectator friendly swim avaialble and people can walk alongside the competitors

bike - beautiful french tarmac for most of it, couple of bumpy sections more like you'd see in the UK.. its a super fast course with little to no hills or ascent - there is no need to get out the saddle for them

run - twice round through woodland, the spectacular grounds and the hippodrome

all finished off with competitor area that actually had decent food and a welcome atmosphere.

thank you castle tri team - you always through a great race!

Posted on 31.08.15

Reply from the race organiser

Hi Nic,

Nice to see you at one of our events again. Thank you for taking the time to provide the lovely feedback you have, and look forward to seeing you at another of our events in the near future!

Castle Tri

Phil Threlfall

Completed in 2015

5

An excellent event.

I competed in the Chantilly, the road marshalling on bike section was excellent and made it a very safe event.  The road surface for the short road in and off the estate could be improved and a few strategic km markers on the run would be a great help. I had an excellent time, it was a great race very well organised. 

Posted on 31.08.15

Reply from the race organiser

Hi Phil,

Thank you for your feedback - hope to see you next year or at one of our other events !

Castle Tri

Delphin Jossan

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.3

My first triathlon

Just perfect !! Good race, good location !!! 

Posted on 30.08.15

Cozzi Théo

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.8

Super Sprint de Théo Cozi

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

Bonjour tous! 

Une journée qui restera gravé! Magnifique cadre! Beaucoup de monde au bord de la route! Un réel moment de joie. Hate de recommencer. Merci à toute l'organisation. En prime la victoire :D

Posted on 30.08.15

MAITRIAS JEAN PAUL

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.7

A must do in a triathlete's life !

Today was my first participation to the Chateau de Chantilly Triathlon et it was really a great experience, so much better than the last Triathlon of Paris i attended last month.

The organization was perfect and the site is wonderful

Among the things which for my point of view should be improved 

1. a better communication concerning the distance of the Bike route : it was closer to 45kms than the 40kms announced... + there was a mistake in the posting around km 30 with a gap of 1 km

2. there was a posting every km for the Bike Route (maybe 5kms would have been enough) but nothing for the Running route where i think a lot of participants would have liked to have some reliable information as to which distance they had achieved

3. Free massage after the race ? There might be some kinesitherapeute scholl in the vicinity

4. As already mentionned by some other participant the track leading to the bike route is absolutely not suitable for our tires and our bikes

5. Coming from the south of chantilly there was no indication of the Triathlon

6. Not sure it is a good idea to have camembert after the race...

Hope to be back next year

Jean-Paul

Posted on 30.08.15

Reply from the race organiser

Hi Jean-Paul,

Thank you for your feedback, which are all very useful points that will be brought up when planning for next year! There were meant to be km markers for the run, sorry about that, we are still investigating!

Unfortunately we cannot avoid that terrain of the bike out and in, but I understand how devastating it can be!

Thank you again for your feedback.

Castle Tri

Guillaume F

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.7

Splendid !

Château de Chantilly Triathlon

1st timer here, and I was amazed by the beauty of the place. Perfect weather sure helped a bit too !

Great atmosphere, with music players on the scene throughout the day, free water stands that were much welcome under the sunny >30°C. Vast parking lots made it easy.

Crew was extremely nice and helpful. Police / Medic presence was very efficient.

Race was a blast. Closed roads would have been safer/better, but I can imagine how difficult this is to achieve. Biggest complain is maybe the 300m of rocky trail between T1 and the actual road : that one caused more than a few flat tires and I cringed from the noise of multiple propelled rocks hitting the expensive frames around me (incuding mine). A few more WC cabins would have helped too, but didn't ever see a race where that wasn't the case.

All in all a must-go race, it's a really unique setting, and organization was great. Worth the sizeable price.

 

 

Posted on 30.08.15

Reply from the race organiser

Hi,

Thank you for your lovely review and your comments regarding the race. Unfortunately there is no way we can avoid that rocky trail, but we are aware of how much of a nuisance it can be - especially those on very nice bikes, so apologies.

We will make note of the toilets, and hopefully get more on site next year.

Castle Tri

Peggy Lefevre

Completed in 2015

4.1

Triathlon du château de chantilly 2015

Une journée extraordinaire, 5ème participation à cette très belle manifestation, du grand soleil, des sourires, de la joie, du sport, de la convivialité France/Angleterre est toujours cette même envie de revivre ces moments de bonheur l'année suivante. Toutes ces courses de panthère rose à Gantelet vont devenir mythique au fil des années à venir. Merci pour tout ses moments de bonheur grâce à ce cadre exceptionnel nous pouvons grâce à vous et à cet passion pour le triathlon,  tous avoir des étoiles pleins les yeux...

 

Posted on 30.08.15

James Strickland

Completed as a first timer in 2015

4.2

Beautiful First Triathlon

The swim, bike and run portions were very well signed and marshalled.  Great race, will try for the other "Castle Series" next year.

Posted on 29.08.15

sery lynda

Completed in 2015

4.8

a magic experience

thanks to  all the organisation for the magic race i shared today with the other athlets.

See you next year.

Posted on 29.08.15