I'm thinking of doing my first olympic distance tri and I'm hoping you guys can recommend some good beginner friendly courses.
Ideally looking for one late July onwards.
Try London or Dartford
The women only triathlon run by human race is a good one to get your teeth into, as at Dorney lake so a flat course and you don't get trampled on the swim. On in late July I think.
London is so big it requires logistics that will test even an experienced triathelete, the run is hard (broken ankles aside) and swim is chaos but the bike leg and overall event experience makesup for most of its failings.
Dorney Lake is great for sprints & first timers but an olympic distance would become just a maths challenge in counting the laps.
The Windsor & Blenheim Triathlons are both really well respected but general entry is soldout so you would need to give £200 to charity.
Bridges looks like your best option.
I think I'll pass on Alp D'euz this year but will look at the bridge!