THE 2016 EVENT IS NOW FULL - THERE IS NO WAITING LIST SO PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL TO ASK
The EPIC Fire Fighters '2UP' Duathlon is a unique event which takes place on the 20th March 2016 in conjunction with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue. This event is fast becoming a firm favourite with competitors. It is a sell out every year so don’t hang around, grab your run/bike buddy and test yourselves against the gruelling Lancashire terrain.
Rivington & Blackrod High School
Date & Time:
20 March 2016 at 08:30am
The Duathlon Schedule:
06:45 – Car park opens
07:00 – Registration & Transition opens
07:55 – Tri Kidz briefing
08:00 – Tri Kidz race start
08:00 – Registration closes
08:10 – Transition closes
08:15 – Compulsory race briefing
08:30 – Duathlon Start
11:30 – Prize presentation (approx)
Fire Fighters '2UP' Duathlon will consist of a run section, followed by a bike section and then, lastly, another run section.
What makes this event a little more interesting is its unique format which requires teams of 2 to compete together throughout the event. You and your partner must run together and cycle together and the rules stipulate that you must remain within 20m of each other at all times. During the cycle section, drafting between you and your partner is allowed however you cannot draft other teams.
Both run sections are identical. They are 1 x 5.6k loop around Rivington Country Park. The run is undulating (which many of you will know as Epic Events code for ‘hilly’) and it takes place entirely on trails. Initially you will climb up the side of the school and then recuperate on a nice wide flat section through the woods before winding your way over to the start of the “Pike” climb. Because we are nice at Epic Events, we don’t make you climb all the way to the pike. As you start your descent on the cobbled path back to the school you get a beautiful view over Bolton and towards the coast. We recommend trail or fell shoes (but it isn’t compulsory).
Once you are nicely warmed up from a quick dash up the hills of Rivington you are ready to hit the bike. The bike route is 37.2k in length and, again, it is one single loop that will take in the sights of Rivington, Belmont and Anglezarke. Hidden along the route are a number of cheeky little hills to test your legs and lungs. Within a few minutes of being on your bike you will get chance to get the blood pumping by tackling the infamous Sheep House Lane. You will have a short recovery whilst you cruise down through Abbey Village before you begin the steady climb back towards Chorley. Don’t be fooled into thinking “Sheep House” is all that we will throw at you. As you get to Chorley we turn you into the lumpy country lanes and sneak you over to the devil known as the Anglezarke climb. If you had any strength left in your legs then this little monster should sort out the men (& women) from the boys!
For this section of the event you are allowed to ‘draft’ with your partner (riding in their slipstream to share the workload). Please note, the rules do NOT allow you to draft from other teams on the course. If you are spotted doing this, this will result in disqualification. You must also ride in single file and not 2 abreast on the road. The road is not closed to traffic and you must follow the Highway Code at all times, riding responsibly.
There will be adequate signs to direct you on the course as well as marshals at key points to assist. The marshals cannot stop traffic and will not tell you if it is safe to go. It is your responsibility to check for traffic and stay safe.
It’s a TEAM race and team members must run together and bike together on each section. Your time will only be taken from when the 2nd person from each competing pair crosses the line. No dumping your partner mid race because they are “too slow”! Pick your teammate wisely!
The transition area is located on the school tennis courts. All of your race equipment must be left within this area.
The start/finish is located on the road leading to the school, directly outside the tennis courts and can be identified by the giant inflatable red gantry.
From the start, you and your partner will complete your first run. Upon returning back to the school you will enter transition and collect your bike. You will then walk/run with your bike to the MOUNT LINE. Do not mount your bike until you are over this line and take care whilst out on the road.
Upon returning from your bike loop, you must both dismount before/at the same MOUNT LINE. Once dismounted you can run/walk your bike back into transition and place it back on the rack. DO NOT REMOVE YOUR HELMET UNTIL YOUR BIKE IS SAFELY RACKED.
All that is left now is to change back into your running gear, exit transition, nail that last final run and cross the finish line with your partner and a smile.
What do I need to enter the event?
All you need is: -
- A bike which is in a roadworthy condition (mountain bike, road bike or hybrid is fine). You will be subject to a brief check and if found to be unsafe to ride, you will not be allowed to start. Please check that your headset, wheels, tyres, brakes, bars (including bar ends) are all safe and secure. If in doubt get it serviced by your local dealer.
- A recommended cycle helmet, designed specifically for cycling and fits correctly. You will be asked to fasten your helmet during the safety check and if it is found to be ill fitting you will be asked to adjust it or exchange it.
- A pair of trainers (trail or fell shoes would be ideal).
- A willing partner to race with.
- You must be medically fit and healthy. Epic Events advise that all participants consult their GP before completing any of our events.
What is the minimum age?:
You must be 16 years of age or over on the day of the event.
On the day:
Try to register as early as possible to allow time for racking and dealing with any surprises. At registration, you will be given an electronic chip which you wrap around your left ankle. You will also get 2 race numbers for the rear of your cycling top and the front of your running top (number belts are allowed if preferred) and 2 numbered stickers for your helmet and bike. You must show your number before racking your bike in transition (no exceptions). You will match your number with the number on the rack and place your bike in the correct position together with any bike/run clothing. All other equipment must then be removed from transition to minimise disruption for other competitors.
You will cross the finish line under the giant red inflatable gantry to a round of applause. You can then wear your Fire Fighters 2UP t-shirt with pride. Prizes will be awarded at the race presentation. This will either be at 11:30am or after the last person has completed the course. Results will be posted on our website, usually the same day.
Parking is available on the school car parks (x3). Please car share where possible as parking is limited. Once full, there is a small, free, public car park opposite the school. Please note, once you have parked your car on the school car parks you will not be able to leave until after the race has finished.
Along the course there will be an opportunity to win fantastic prizes on our Strava segments. To be eligible for the Strava Challenge you will need to be a member of our Epic Events Strava Club. You can join the club by CLICKING HERE. Once you are a member, to enter the Strava Challenge you need to upload your bike and run onto Strava following the event, and the winners will be selected randomly.
The purchase of an event t-shirt is optional. You can pre order your event t-shirt with your race entry by selecting a t-shirt size on the entry form. The cost of an event t-shirt is £10.
How much to enter: ENTRIES FOR 2016 ARE NOW FULL
The cost to enter the Fire Fighters 2UP Duathlon is £30 each (£60 per team). You will receive a confirmation email and your names will be listed on the entry list. Once the event is full you will be unable to enter online. There is no waiting list so please do not email/ring to ask us.
Included within your entry fee is:
A bespoke Fire Fighters 2UP medal
A bespoke Fire Fighters 2UP headscarf
Free event photographs
Location and route details:
For a google map location for the event GO HERE To view the cycle route GO HERE To view the run route GO HERETo view the competitor information pack GO HERE (not yet available)