Frequently asked questions
I'm interested in joining, what should I do?
Sign up to our mailing list and join the Facebook group
If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to our mailing list by sending a blank email to email@example.com and join our Facebook group. By joining the mailing list you will receive regular emails with updates about club news and training/competitions. General notices, useful information and triathlon discussion will be posted on the Facebook group.
Come along to one of our FREE TASTER SESSIONS
As a new or prospective member, you are welcome to attend any of our training sessions. Come along and introduce yourself any time, and you can try your first three sessions for free. During 1st and 2nd weeks of Michaelmas Term, we run taster sessions specifically aimed at those who are new to the club. These are totally free and there is no obligation to join. You don’t need any previous experience to come to a taster session or train with us at any of our sessions. Please read our Kit guide before attending to ensure you are properly equipped for the training session.
Try out racing at the Novice Aquathlon!
The Novice Aquathlon is an annual event that takes place in early Michaelmas Term for all novices and new members. The race is a 200m swim followed immediately by a 3km run. There are prizes for 1st and 2nd place. It's a great way to experience multi-discipline racing in a low-key environment and to get to know other members of the team!
Become a member
If you decide you would like to join the club, you will need to complete the online membership form and payment. To find out more about our membership options, please see Join Us.
I've never trained for cycling/swimming/running before, can I still join?
Will there be other people my standard?
The answer to this question 99% of the time is yes! We have more members than almost all other sports clubs in the university, ranging from novices to national and international athletes. By coming along to club sessions you will get to meet people of similar experience and ability to you in each of the disciplines, and hopefully find yourself with lots of new friends to train with.
I'm an experienced athlete, what can OUTriC offer me?
Some of our athletes also train and race with the University swimming, cycling or cross country clubs individually. If this is something you are interested in doing then check out the respective club websites or get in touch with one of us via the committee page.
Do I have to be experienced to race for the club?
Not at all! Athletes of all abilities can compete for the club in all of the events that we enter. For many members, representing OUTriC in a BUCs or Varsity competition is their first ever experience of a multi-sport event. Our Varsity matches against Cambridge both have “mob match” competitions where everyone who takes part contributes to the result, so the more people we have representing the club the better!
What kit do I need to wear/bring?
See Kit Guide for a complete guide in what to wear and bring to training sessions and races.
How many training sessions should I attend?
As a club member, you can attend as many or as few OUTriC sessions as you like. There is no minimum or maximum number that you must attend to be a member or compete for the club.
What races does OUTriC take part in? Can I get a Blue?
Do I need a road bike?
I've never ridden in a group before, can I still come on group rides?
What else does the club offer other than training/races?
The social side of the club is friendly and welcoming to all members. The main organised social events of each term are the Christmas Dinner (Michaelmas), Annual Dinner (Hilary), and Varsity Dinner (Trinity). Club races are usually followed up with a meal out or pub trip, and after the Varsity matches we organise joint socials with the Cambridge team.
As well as these, there are many spontaneous socials throughout the year such as breakfast in the sports centre cafe after early morning sessions, post-swimming drinks/meals after the Friday night swim, or finishing bike rides at the pub. We also organise crew dates with other university sports clubs (or sometimes even just ourselves!).
None of the social events are compulsory to attend, but they are a great way to get to know people better and spend some relaxing time away from the intense training. Socials are usually advertised on the Facebook group. You can find out more about this year’s social secretaries on the committee page, and contact them if you have any questions or ideas.
Training is most fun when you're with friends, in beautiful weather - that's why we love our annual training camp!