Rockingham Duathlon is back for 2018! At Rockingham Circuit, Europe's fastest circuit.
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
Choose Sprint or Standard distance - CHANGE FOR 2018 - This is a draft-legal race - with racing the bike on circuits it is now impossible to ask athletes not to draft
The course has a gentle climb on one corner but overall, it is very flat. With smooth tarmac, and free of traffic and potholes, the only thing to focus on is your personal goal! On the sprint distance the 5k run covers 1 lap of the inner circuit and the bike takes in 8 speedy laps for the Sprint, and 16 laps for the Standard race, of the oval with a final 5km run lap before crossing the finish line under the main grandstand.
Duathlon Rockingham will have the following:
- Chip timing
- Secure transition
- Regular water stations on the run
- Fully marshalled
- Bespoke finishers medal
- Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd man Sprint & Standard
- Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd woman - Sprint & Standard
- Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd team - Sprint & Standard
- Race merchandise
- Race photographer will provide FREE photos to share & download
- Sports Therapist for FREE post race massage
- Sheltered venue near race start & finish with hot food & drink & CAKE!
- Full medical provision
- Ideal for novice through to elite