Cirencester Off Road Duathlon - Short Event
This event is aimed at all abilities; including anyone who likes to keep fit for fun and who wants a new challenge. If this is your first MTB event we recommend this distance to start. Minimum age for 2015 short event is 14 by 31/12/2015.
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
Cirencester Park, part of The Bathurst Estate close to the centre of the Cotswold Town of Cirencester, between Gloucester and Swindon on the A417/A419. The Bathurst Estate has, once again, kindly let us hire a quiet area of this beautiful park for the event.
The off road course is a mix of wooded trails, grass and tracks, with a flattish run and undulating bike course. A beautiful venue, free parking, chip timing, secure transition, toilets, food vendor, mementos, prizes and ideal for both experienced and novice competitors.
Full details emailed out 13 days prior to event. In line with ITU rules SORRY NO CYCLO-CROSS BIKES. There are toilets and water available on site, but no showers. Cycling is not usually allowed in Cirencester Park so please do not ride or drive in the park prior to the event. Entry fee £23.75 for the long event, £27 Relay and £18.50 for the short and no extra transaction fees. Withdrawals must inform us in writing - 70% refund given up to 14 days prior, no refunds or transfers after that date.
Events - Long, Short, Relay
The Long Event and the Relay consists of a 2 mile cross country run (all off road) followed by a 10 mile MTB bike (all off-road) and finishes with a second 2 mile cross country run. Minimum age for entry is 17 years as at 31 December 2015. The relay event is based on a team of one runner and one rider and these teams can be either male, female or mixed.
The Short Event consists of a 1 mile cross country run (all off road) followed by a 5 mile MTB bike (all off-road) and finishes with a second 1 mile cross country run. Minimum age for entry is 14 years as at 31 December 2015.
The run is a two lap route run on grass and wooded trails (the short event is one lap). The bike ride is two laps of an undulating, wooded trails with a grass section at the start and end of each lap (the short event is one laps). The final run is over the same course as the first run. In both events the emphasis is on FUN but the long event is tough, so it is recommended that first time MTB competitors choose the short event.
In the long event prizes will be awarded to first five men and first three women overall, the first male and female 40+, 50+, 60+ and the first relay team. In the short event a prize will be awarded to the first youth (14 -16 years) male and female, the first male and female aged 17+ and the first 40+ male and female. Please note, all ages are calculated as at 31 December 2015 for November event.