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Westonbirt Sprint – Now Full!


The DB Max Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon has now sold out for 2016, with 500 competitors all booked in and ready for this fantastic early-season triathlon.

The 30th May will see 500 competitors head to the beautiful Westonbirt House to take on a 400m pool swim, a 24k bike and a final 5k run. Now in its 10th year, it really has become the must-do early-season event for many athletes.

If you have missed out on this year’s race, you can pop your name on the waiting list here.

You can also sign up for another one of DB Max’s fantastic events, such at the #51fiver Cotswold Standard Distance Triathlon on 15th May, or the Portishead Sprint Triathlon on 13th August. If sprints are not your thing, then there are always the fantastic Titan races held at BreconDartmoor and Weston. Details on all these events can be found by clicking on the race name.

The 9Bar Chilly – February


It’s Chilly time folks! Sunday sees the first event of the season with DB Max and we’re back at the Castle Combe Circuit.

Please click and read your race letter carefully prior to race day and please ensure that you know your race number when arriving at the registration desk.

Please note, that those participating in the duathlon cannot now change bib numbers, wave or start time – no exceptions.

The race lists are available at:

Please check your details very carefully and email your  Race Timer if there are any errors. Please note, this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you will be disqualified.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 21st February!

9Bar Back with DB Max

Our favourite energy bars back on board!

DB Max are delighted to announce that 9BAR will be continuing their nutritional partnership with DB Max events in 2016.

9BAR will be back at all DB Max events in 2016 and available to all competitors, regardless of distance or discipline.

They will also be fueling all the competitors who take part in the Titan Middle Distance Race Series and will be available at all feed stations.

As always they will be the headline sponsor of the 9BAR Chilly events in February and November and will even be available to spectators at these events.

For the full details and nutritional information on the great-tasting 9BAR, please click here.

Titan Race Report

Titan Brecon Middle Distance Race Report – Female Winner Petra Vymetelova

Petra Vymetelova the female winner of the 2015 Titan Brecon, gives her views on the day and why the race is so special!

When I first heard about Titan Brecon Middle Distance Triathlon from friends last year I was really excited about the challenge. I do like hills and the bike course sounded like good fun.

Myself and my boyfriend Marc entered the race and then decided to do a recce of the bike loop in May organised by DB Max. They did a great job and it was a shame that the weather wasn’t on our side (freezing cold, raining and misty in most of the places of the ride). Saying that they kept us in high spirits with plenty of stops for cake and sweets and a hot coffee at the end of the ride.

Anyway, race weekend came along and we had booked a few nights at the campsite at Parc Bryn Bach. We arrived early Friday afternoon and what a stunning place to be – the sun was shining and the park looked beautiful.

I had been struggling in the run up to the race with an Achilles injury which came on as a result of having a few months off over the winter. In the previous weeks I had raced the Slateman Triathlon in North Wales overcoming the pain from my achilles injury and coming in in 6th place. I had not been comfortable with my running and so had to miss all my run training ahead of the Titan and hoped I would be fine on race day.
Race day – 20th June 2015
Saturday morning looked promising, it was cloudy but not raining (overcast conditions were much more welcoming than the blue skies and hot sun of the day before. I knew it could be very long warm day especially having to get up  ‘that’ mountain). I did not sleep much as I was nervous about my bike, having found the night before that my gear mech hangar was bent and I wouldn’t be able to use all of my gears. Fortunately Nick, the bike mechanic provided by DB Max, was able to sort the problem out so I could start the race.

The race started with two laps in the Parc Bryn Bach lake and it was actually a quite pleasant 1.9km swim (I am not ”swimmer”). The water felt warm and even after being beaten up on the 1st and 2nd buoys by the men, I managed to calm down and get in to a nice rhythm. I eased up after spotting only 2 red swim caps in the water around me knowing that I was placed in the top 3 ladies. At the end of lap one there was a nice Australian exit before the start of the second lap which allowed for a quick check of the goggles before getting going again. I came in to T1 as 3rd lady, giving me confidence for the rest of the race and I had time  to put a few layers on (in case the weather changed). I took a deep breath and was set up for the bike. A few roundabouts out of village heading through Beaufort up towards the Brecon Moors and by the 5km mark I had taken the lead. I continued to work hard for the rest of the bike leg. Event though I was nervous about my bike issues, I was determined to put it to the back of my mind whilst I took on the ‘Iron Mountain’ – I really wanted to challenge for the ‘Queen of the Mountain’ Jersey!

I was  happy coming back in one piece into T2. Marc’s parents were there to confirm that I was 1st lady and so I set out on the run. The most scary part of the day was worrying that my Achilles wouldn’t hold and that I would have to withdraw from the race. During the first lap I could not settle and was stretching and walking most of the 7km lap. The course was hillier than I expected and my body felt overheated. I hydrated at every water station (the marshals were amazing out there). As the run was a lap of the lake followed by an out and back section around the Parc I could see where the second and third placed ladies were and knowing I had a decent lead, I could ease off and take the run fairly steadily. It was only on the last lap that I managed to run without stopping.

Crossing the line in first place was an amazing feeling and one that I was not expecting. I was very pleased with my performance considering my injury and my bike problems.

I was very lucky to hear that for taking the win I collected a £500 cash prize – a lovely surprise! Added to that I had taken the Polka Dot Jersey as Queen of the Mountain, setting the fastest time up the 3.7 mile climb! What a result! Thanks to DB Max for organising such a special race and to all the marshals all of which were incredible all the way round! Finally a massive well done to all that took on and conquered this truly amazing race!

I am already looking forward to coming back next year fitter and healthier and defending my crown – and of course that all important Polka Dot Jersey!