Geopark Adventure - The inspiration
For years I’ve been travelling up and down this wonderful country entering all manner of events. The swimming pools, lakes, rivers and the seas around Cornwall have been the main locations for all the different Triathlons I’ve taken part in. These locations have ranged in beauty and like the ‘perfect race’ they stick in the mind as exceptional.
So why Geopark Triathlon? Simple really, I've always wanted a local triathlon; something on my own doorstep - a triathlon on home turf. Not just because it meant not having to up so early on a Sunday morning but because I know a triathlon in the English Riviera would be one of the most beautiful I’ve ever entered, let alone organised. The geo-diversity is awesome: crystal clear, calm waters to swim in, idyllic rolling Devon countryside to navigate on the bike and a stunning SW coastal path to run along. What more could you want as an environment to complete a race?
In September 2007 the English Riviera received international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage. It became one of just 57 areas around the world to be endorsed by UNESCO and welcomed into both the European and Global Geopark Networks. Since then, the Global Geopark Network has grown and as of Sept 2013 there are now 100 Global Geoparks.
If I wanted to organise a Triathlon or any other event, it was important to link with something as amazing as a GeoPark. An environment that is classed as one of the top 100 sites of beauty, interest and heritage in the WORLD was the most ideal place to hold a sporting event. So from this the GeoPark Multi Sports race-series was born.
A Triathlon, Marathon, Open Water Sea Swim and Sportive to challenge everyone’s spirit of adventure is now a reality in the English Riviera. 2014 will be the race series inaugural year. Exciting would be an understatement of how we feel at Geopark Adventure! Its been a long and arduous run up for us with so many hoops to jump through just to get these events live. But as with the events themselves, we have endured and we hope you will join us and help build these events into something we can be proud of.
Come and join in the excitement at one of our events and don’t forget to have a look around as you are racing, the view is pretty memorable!