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TrailX Winter Duathlon
New Forest, HampshireGaddens Farm, New Forest. BH24 3DA
Sat 12th December 2020
This fab woodland duathlon is in it’s 3rd year and is proving to be a ‘must do’ event for multi sports competitors who enjoy winterey trails. If you’re 17 or older and have sense for adventure come and join us.
The competition will consist of a 3.5km trail run, 3 laps or a 4.5km mtb route before finishing with another crack at the run course.
The courses for both running and riding are entirely off road and contained within the private Gaddens Farm estate.
The trail run starts on an open grassy track that is followed by a blast along a gravel road so that there is plenty of space for competitors to spread out before diving into the woodland. Once into the woods the twists, turns, ups and downs come thick and fast, the route also uses plenty of gravel roads and paths to ensure that there is chance for you to either recover or stretch your legs.
The mountain bike course follows the same theme with enough to satisfy your love of woodland singletrack while making sure that there are plenty of open forest roads for having a breather and allowing for safe overtaking.
What is an Off Road Duathlon?
You start in your trainers, run a predetermined distance before swapping to your mountain bike, then complete the bike course, this is usually a number of laps that add up to the advertised distance and finally you drop you bike off and complete the final run, usually the same course as the first run for a few laps of the fully marked course. See TrailX’s homepage for course details at each venue, including distances. The entire course is clearly marked and marshalled so there is no chance of getting lost.
Can I have a go?
Absolutely…Everyone is welcome at TrailX. It doesn’t matter whether this is your first race or you’re a seasoned pro. The courses are designed to be challenging both technically and physically but really accessible so go as fast as you like and enjoy your TrailX
What kit/equipment do I need?
All of the TrailX events are off road so you will need grippy running shoes (ideally trail shoes), and a mountain bike. Road, cyclocross and hybrid bikes are not permitted, neither are power assisted cycles. As for what you wear, it’s up to you – just needs to be something that you can comfortably run and ride in.
Can I practice before I race?
Yes! We would encourage you to use the bike course to warm up so you’re ready for it! Each venue is different with unique features and challenges so a practice lap is always recommended.
How will the start of the race work?
If the course design mean that we can’t have our preferred mass start racers will be split into batches by their category. The first batch will start at the advertised time and they will be followed by the remaining batches at an interval of a few minutes.
What do I do if I can’t finish my race?
If this is for a medical reason then please ensure you report to a medic to be checked over. Then let a race official or marshal know so that we’re not looking for you on the course.
Registration & Transition
Registration will open from the time confirmed in your pre race email and will close 15 minutes before the start of your race.
The mountain bike course will be open for practice for at least 1hr30 before your race, please allow 20-30 minutes for a lap.
Your bike must be in transition by at least 20 minutes before your race is scheduled to start (see event details) and you must have signed on at registration before racking your bike.
Only your bike, helmet, and cycling shoes (if applicable) can be placed in transition.
The race director will carry out a briefing at the transition area 15 minutes before the start of each race and will walk to the start line with you, during this time please ask any questions that you have.
It is compulsory that you attend the briefing