Created On: 24 May 2012

Nottingham's Outlaw Triathlon will be televised by Channel 4 this year as part of their broad and popular coverage of the sport. Over 1000 athletes will take on a 2.4mile swim, 112mile bike ride and 26.2mile run under the glare of television cameras on 1 July.

As a result of the coverage being confirmed, organisers have had the go ahead to slightly alter the bike course in order to use some wider roads with better surfaces. The changes are minor, and apply just to the new southern section of the course. The northern loop remains unchanged from last year.

Iain Hamilton of One Step Beyond said: "We're really excited about Channel 4 filming the Outlaw this year. It helps add prestige to the event and will enable a broad audience to enjoy the spectacle of the Outlaw.

"We're also pleased to have been able to tweak the bike course slightly. We've been able to misses out a few of the narrower roads and use a much more straightforward course.

"Everything is building nicely towards 1 July, when we hope lots of people will come out to support the athletes who are taking part. It promises to be a great and very inspiring day out."

The Outlaw bike course is noted for being fast. Former British long distance record holder, Tom Lowe, rocketed around the 112miles in 4hours21minutes last year as part of the winning GiTri Bridgtown relay team. However, athletes can easily over work it and pay the price on the marathon run. In a relatively flat part of the county, wind can play a major part in influencing how tough the course will be on race day.

The course features just one significant hill at Oxton Bank. Those that took part last year climbed it three times, where as this year's competitors will climb it just once. Oxton Bank represents no more than two to three minutes of hard effort before the reward of a six mile descent into Southwell.

There are a few remaining slots for the Outlaw, and just over five weeks left to prepare. Visit www.onestepbeyond.org.uk for entries and an updated interactive bike course map.

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