Bedford Autodrome Sprint Duathlon
This duathlon includes the excitement of a mass start, and the thrill of racing around the smooth, fast tarmac of Bedford Autodrome motor racing track, with plenty of vantage points where friends and family can view your performance and cheer you on! Designed from scratch by former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer, there is nowhere else in the world like Bedford Autodrome. You will Love it, the venue has been purpose built for speed and space, its truly fantastic and totally traffic free!
What is a Duathlon?
A duathlon is a an event that brings together running and cycling into one challenge. The format starts with a sprint, before moving onto a cycle section, and then back to a sprint. Before you get started with a duathlon, you’ll need to prepare yourself for both disciplines, becoming a master at running and cycling.
How to train for a duathlon for beginners
Your training for duathlon will be trickier than most, as you have to prepare for two types of sport in one race. You should aim to train at least three times a week to keep yourself on track. You might need to split up your running and cycling sessions, as it can be tricky to plan where you can stop and swap onto the bike. You can find more tips for training here
Know the rules
There’s not too many rules to know about with a duathlon, and the ones you’ll need to pay attention to mostly concern the bike section, or the transitions between the run and cycle sections. Some things to be aware off are:
You have to keep your helmet on whenever you’re using the bike. So once you finish the first run, you’ll have to put the helmet on before getting on the bike, and keep it on until you’ve finished the cycle section completely.
You have to keep at least three bike lengths between you and the bike in front. If you want to overtake, you’re allowed 15 seconds to get past the person, otherwise you’ll have to fall back to the three lengths again. Riding too close or alongside another cyclist is known as “drafting”, and you can get disqualified for it.
There will be marked transition areas between the sections of the race, and there will normally be a transition line before the cycle section, and you mustn’t get on the bike before crossing this line.
Top Duathlon Events in 2020
We have picked out the best duathlon taking place in 2019. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Duathlon Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Taking place in September 2020 the London Duathlon is a great event for athletes of any ability so might be the perfect start if you are thinking of doing a duathlon for the first time. It has a run-bike-run format with 4 different distance options all courses will take you around Richmond park and the surrounds closed off roads.
Find out more about this event here
- Sprint: 5km run / 20km bike / 2.5km run (Draft Legal)
- Adults Race will start at 9:00 am (TBC in the Race Brief one week prior to event)
- Minimum age of competitors: The minimum age to take part in this event is 15 years old as of 31st December 2017
- Arrival and Registration:Parking will be at the venue MK44 2YPPLEASE NOTE you will collect your race pack at registration on the day of the event. Nothing will be posted prior to the event. If for any reason you don’t receive this email, full race information will be available at least two days prior to the event, HERE. Adult registration will be on the day only from 07.00 – 08.45 am on race day. Please ensure you arrive early to avoid that last minute rush.
Chip Timing Solutions will provide computerised chip timing via a an electronic chip system that you attach to your ankle. Please attach the chip to your ankle and make sure your run over the mats at the various timing points. Your finish time and splits will be available shortly after completing the event.
Prizes are for both for men and women. One prize per competitor. A full breakdown of prizes and trophies will be given before the event in the race brief.