Clumber Park Duathlon
The Clumber Park Duathlon is the perfect event for testing out your fitness post festive celebrations and even help to shift any extra unwanted Christmas pounds!
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
The duathlon is set in the picturesque setting of one of Nottinghamshire’s finest National Parks and is perfect for all abilities. In previous years, it has attracted first timers along with Great Britain age-groupers.
The event is split into two distances; a sprint and a standard distance but which ever one you choose to take part in will see you race through acre after acre of beautiful woodland. The run sections take place on fully closed tarmac roads and features steady climbs at the beginning – but don’t worry, this means you will be running downhill to the first transition.
The bike course is through some of the most beautiful tree lined routes in the UK, including some closed roads. The long rolling roads will test your strength as the roads pitch from climb to descent.
Sprint Distance Duathlon - 5k Run, 20k Bike, 2.5k Run
Standard Distance Duathlon - 10k Run, 40k Bike, 5k Run
The Clumber Park Duathlon will be a competitive and highly professional event at a magnificent venue.
The one things we haven’t been able to control over the past years is the weather! It has an ability to be unpredictable, so we would suggest that you keep an eye on the forecast to decide if it’s a tri-suit or your thermals!