The British Duathlon Championships take place at the Dambuster Duathlon on Saturday 9 March 2013 with a full field of 800 competitors all racing to win the coveted British titles.
The event is the first of four British Age-Group Championships in 2013 and will see duathletes race in the picturesque setting of Rutland Water in Leicestershire. The opening 10km run around the lake and across the dam allows duathletes to follow their competition closely. However, duathletes shouldn’t push the pace too much as the 42km bike incorporates the infamous Rutland Ripple – a rolling row of hills – before a final 5km out-and-back burst for the line.
The event is also the first of three qualifiers for the Great Britain Age-Group Team at the 2013 Ottawa ITU Duathlon World Championships in August. Clumber Park Duathlon on 23 March is the second qualification opportunity before the final qualifier on 14 April at the Cambridge Duathlon.
Robin Brookes, the 2012 Triathlon England – National Duathlon Champion in the 50-54 age-group will be hoping to add a British title at Dambuster Duathlon commenting: “I am really looking forward to competing in the British Duathlon Championships on Saturday at Rutland Water. Being local to the area, I think competitors will find the 10km run fairly flat but the 42km bike section will be more challenging.
“One section is known locally as the ‘The Rutland Ripple” with three inclines, which are approximately five miles from the start, therefore you will need to keep something in reserve for this section of the race. There is one other steep incline after Ketton then it’s hard and fast to transition where you finish with a 5km run.”
Mark Shaw of Pace Setter Events added: “We feel privileged to have been offered the opportunity for the second time in two years to be able to host the British Championships and in terms of delivery recognise the importance of making sure the event meets the exacting standards of both the athletes and British Triathlon.
“To be able to work closely with the British Triathlon in delivering what is a major duathlon on the UK calendar in 2013, means we bring one of the best and biggest age-group fields of duathletes to ever be assembled to the Dambuster Duathlon and that is something special.”
Ian Braid, British Triathlon Director for Major and National Events, is looking forward to the event commenting: “The British Duathlon Championships at the Dambuster Duathlon will get our age-group season off to an exciting start with a fast and challenging course providing a real test for competitors. To take part in any of our British Championships is always a memorable occasion for any athlete, and the standard of racing is always extremely high.”
The event is being organised by Pace Setter events, with more information and results available on www.pacesetterevents.com