Robin Hood Duathlon
We are once again organising a fantastic adventure challenge set within the 1,200 hectares of woodland and open heath of Sherwood Pines Forest Park. The events will be identical to previous years with 4 events available: the Robin Hood Duathlon and 3 trail runs.
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 will be a challenging off-road duathlon course, consisting of a 5km run - 20km bike - 3.4km run. This event has some technical sections and will undoubtedly live up to its name of being an evil off-road duathlon! Don't let this put you off though, the course is great fun and we expect to see competitors of all abilities competing.
Welcome to the 9 TH Robin Hood Off Road Duathlon – formerly known as the Evil Sheriff - part of the Robin Hood Adventure Challenge. This event has something for everyone whether you are an adrenaline-junkie wanting to challenge yourself on the off road duathlon course or simply enjoy exercise and want to take part in one of the 3 running disciplines, this is the event for you! This is an ideal family and corporate event set within the 1,200 hectares of woodland and open heath of Sherwood Pines Forest Park. This is your chance to become an ‘Adventure Challenger’ – one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men or Women.
Confirmation of Entry
Competitors are requested to check on the list of entries posted on the web site to confirm that they have been successful in their application. One Step Beyond cannot be held responsible for loss of entries in the post and strongly advises competitors to enter on line if possible as this is a more secure entry system.
The event will be held under the rules of British Triathlon Federation (BTF). Under these rules it is mandatory that all competitors must wear an approved helmet, that all cycles must be in a road worthy condition and that all competitors are insured by third party civil liability insurance – TE Members are insured as part of their membership package, and all other competitors are required to purchase a Day Licence from the TE as part of their entry fee. If you require further information about Race Rules, please visit www.britishtriathlon.org or telephone Triathlon England on 01509 226161.
What Will You Need?
For the run sections, it is advisable to use a pair of trail running shoes. For the bike section, either a mountain or cyclo cross bike are recommended. All competitors will be required to wear an approved cycle helmet.