Clumber Park Off Road Duathlon
Clumber Park is a crown jewel in the National Trust's list of properties. The Country Park has some truly spectacular scenery within its acre upon acre of woodland and you will get the opportunity in this event to get up close and personal with some of the best trails available.
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 course will give you the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful countryside there is available, though don't get distracted from the task at hand!
This off-road event will provide athletes of all levels of ability and fitness an exciting (and often muddy) race! There is something for everyone who takes part in both of our off-road duathlons!
The event at Clumber Park will provide a test of your all round fitness. The run takes place on a combination of the internal roads and trails within Clumber Park, with the odd hill to test your legs on both the first and final run. Don't get distracted by the scenery as you set off on this challenge.
Once you reach transition and head out onto the bike course there is the opportunity to stretch the legs a little before the challenge of the bike course really starts to get interesting. After you have reached the start of the loop, which you'll complete twice, the single track, technical sections are interspersed with wide open sections that will give you that all important opportunity to overtake your competition.
The bike course has a combination of surfaces, from short tarmac sections to mud, glorious mud under your tyres and varying degrees of terrain to challenge you and get the adrenaline pumping through your veins!
Given the picturesque scenery of Clumber Park you'll need to keep your concentration so you don't get distracted as you race around the Country Park. Hopefully we’ll see you there!