Chilam Castle Duathlon returns for it’s 6th year on 16th October 2016.
Set amongst a race steeped in history, with a castle which has been on the site for 13 centuries and the current house which was originally built in 1616, this is a race surrounded by historical beauty.
Duathlons are a key part of your off-season routine and ensure that your competitive instincts don’t fall away over the autumn and winter months.
The 6th Chilham Castle Duathlon returns with sprint and standard distance duathlons on offer this year also sees the castles 400th birthday, with off road run held within the picturesque grounds of Chilham Castle with views of the castle and Canterbury Cathedral. This will be followed by a very fast but challenging cycle route partly ridden on a designated cycle time trial route then finishing off with a second run in the park.
The race holds two race distances:
The Sprint Duathlon - 1st Run - 5K | 27km Bike | 2nd Run - 2.5K.
The Standard Duathlon - 1st Run - 10K (2 laps) | 40km Bike |2nd Run - 5K.
Registration and transition set up will open at 6.15 am on the morning of the event. Registration is in the marquee at Chilham Park. Here you will be provided with your race number and event bag. Once you have registered and prepared you race numbers, make you way to the transition area for the race briefing and start.
The Sprint duathlon begins at 8am, with the standard wave following at 8.15am.
Transition 1: Run to Bike
The first run around the picturesque Chillam countryside has proven in previous years to be difficult not just due to the course, but through wet British conditions, so prepare for the weather and if it rains make sure you have trail shoes. After the first run the T1 bike line is on grass and can become slippery. Once you’ve mounted your bike the first section is tarmac, however some of the surface has become uneven and there may be loose gravel, so riders are warned not to be over zealous. The course is well marshaled and signed from this point onwards.
Water stations will be distanced at approximately 2.5km/5km/7.5km.
Transition 2: Bike Course
The bike course follows laps around open roads, so you need to adhere to the highway code and follow marshals directions at turn points and roundabouts. The bike route is released prior to the event and will remain as follows:
- Cyclists turn left onto A252
- Head southwest onto A252
- At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Faversham road, A251.
- Left turn onto Broomfield lane.
- Left turn onto Canterbury road A252.
- Continue to take 2nd exit at the roundabout (straight over) and continue on the A252.
- Turn into the A28 and enter the roundabout taking the third exit to retrace the route.
- On returning to Chilham Park for the dismount, ride with caution.
At the end of the bike section approach the bike dismount line and wheel your bike back into transition. If you cannot ride your bike up the small hill to the dismount line, you are allowed to push or even run/walk your bike in this area. Please remember your helmets must stay fastened until you remove your helmet. Here you should rack your bike, remove your helmet, put on your run shoes and move your number to the front and then follow run out signs to start the final race phase.
Your medal will be handed out and your timing chip will be removed. There are massage facilities available for a small fee which are located in the marquee. Hot food and drinks will be available as results are displayed in the Event HQ area and will be on Tri Spirit Events and identisports website.
Further details of the event can be found on the Tri Spirit Events website.
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