Ireland's C2C 2Day Sportive
Back for 2019 - Ireland's Coast to Coast Cycle Sportive is happening on the 18th-19th May. This is an amazing two day event on two wheels from Enniscrone, Sligo, to Newcastle Co Down, taking in some fantastic road surfaces, stunning vistas through Sligo, Leitrim, Fermanagh, Armagh, and the epic undulations of the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down.
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
This route is designed to be a challenge for every type of cyclist, this event will be a partner event to the legendary Coast 2 Coast Multi Sport race, so riders on the course may be fellow Sportive cyclists, or one of the teams on the Multisport race.
Fully supported with Feed Stations, the event leaves the Ocean Sands Hotel in Enniscrone on 19th May alongside the two day Multipart event, cycling 150km (approx) along the stunning Sligo coastline, through Leitrim, taking in picturesque villages such as Drumshambo and Ballinamore, Ballyconnell, before crossing the border into Fermanagh and stopping for the night in the Share Centre.
Here, sportivers can avail of the accommodation - dinner, bed and breakfast (Prices within Pricing Section), or can choose to stay elsewhere to reconvene in the morning.
On Day 2, sportive cyclists will depart nice and early, at their leisure between 7am & 9am, and cycle the 150km from Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh to Newcastle Co Down. The multisport race will be ahead of the cycling event on day 2, but you will meet them again on the mountain roads of the Mournes.
There will be a feed station every 25km, with the final feed station being in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor. From here, the sportive will navigate through the village of Rostrevor, and begin the final ascent along quiet, mountain roads, and finish on by the sea in Newcastle Co Down.