Whinlatter Xtreme Mountain Duathlon

The Whinlatter Mountain Duathlon is an off road duathlon based in the spectacular setting of Whinlatter forest park. This will be in addition to the standard duathlon at Whinlatter in November. Part of the HighTerrain Events Winter/Spring Duathlon Series.

Participants running up a mountain at the duathlon Whinlatter Xtreme Mountain Duathlon
Cost:£35 - £45
Event Time:11:00 am
Event Date:24 April 2016
Event Distance: Various

Duathlon Events

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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.

Runners taking part in a Duathlon event

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.

London Duathlon

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

Duathlon Course

The True Mountain Whinlatter Xtreme Duathlon is an off road duathlon based in the spectacular setting of Whinlatter forest park. This will be in addition to the standard duathlon at Whinlatter in November. 


Course: The event will consist of a 9k run up to the summit of Grisedale Pike, 25k mtb incorporating both red north & south mtb trails, followed by a 9k trail/fell run. 


Terrain: Both runs involve fell terrain, forest trails and singletrtack. Suitable trail/fell shoes are highly recommended/essential. The MTB course incorporates challenging climbs, tricky descents & technical features...on some of the best bike trails in the UK. Cyclo Cross bikes can be used on course if the rider is capable of riding Red graded MTB trails.


Run 1: This will be a 9km mountain trail run to the summit of Grisedale Pike via the dramatic Sleet How ridge. From the summit it's a spectacular singletrack descent to Hobcarton End then back into the forest to T1. Total ascent/descent 629/627m (2,065').


MTB: An incredible 25K route initially following the Quercas Blue graded trail, followed by the full circuit of the Altura red south loop and if this wasn't enough.....a blast round the fearsome Altura north loop. Total ascent/descent 716/716m (2,350'). Cyclo Cross bikes can be used on course if the rider is capable of riding Red graded MTB trails.


Run 2: This will be a 9km trail run incorporating Seat How, Lord's Seat and Barf. Total ascent/descent 465/460m (1,500').

Event Location : Keswick, Visitor Centre, Whinlatter Forest Park, CA12 5TW

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