The Wall - Adventure Duathlon
Staged from the Silent Valley in the heart of the Mourne Mountains, the WALL Adventure Duathlon will take you on a tour of the Mourne Mountains like no other. Run in idyllic nature trails in the Silent Valley to start off, ride the ups and downs of the bike loop and run through the heart of the Mournes to finish.
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
First Run (3km)
Starting in the Silent Valley, the race will run a 3km look of the nature trails on a mix of gravel and tarmac.
Onto the bikes and the race follows an anti clockwise direction heading for Newcastle passing Donard Park. The bike section continues on to Bryansford before turning onto the Slievenaman road in the direction of Fofanny Dam and Ott car park. From here the route follows the Moyadd Road and Head Road back to the Silent Valley.
Final Run (15km)
The final run turns left out of the Silent Valley onto the head road to Carrick Little Car Park. From here the race moves into the Mournes through the Annalong Valley to the Col between Slieve Binnian and Slieve Lamagan running on mountain single track in an increasing gradient to the Col. From the Col there is a steep descent to Ben Crom Reservoir for the final stretch to the finish line on a flat tarmac closed road along the side of the reservoir.