What is the Parbold Duathlon?
The Parbold Duathlon is back on 9th March 2014, starting at 8:30am. The event will be based at the Farmers Arms Pub, Bispham, Parbold, Lancashire and starts with a 3.2 miles run followed by a 16.8 miles cycle and a final 3.2 miles run which is a repeat of the first route. This event is a North West classic and one of the oldest events on the calendar. The event is limited to 150 competitors and will fill well in advance of the closing date.
What do I need to enter the event?
1. A bicycle in roadworthy condition (mountainbike, roadracing bike or hybrid). Your bikes will be subjected to a brief check before entering transition, if they are unsafe to ride you will not be allowed to start. Please check headsets, wheels, tyres, brakes, bars etc or get it serviced by your local dealer.
2. A helmet of ANSI standard designed specifically for cycling which fits you well. You will be asked to fasten your helmet upon entering transition and if it is ill fitting you will be asked to adjust or exchange it.
3. You must be medically fit and healthy, epicevents advise that all participants consult their GP before completing any of our events.
4. You must be 16 years of age or above on date of event.
Both run sections are 3.2 miles in length, consisting of 2 laps of a 1.6 miles course. The run is undulating and takes place entirely on rural roads. The first run and the second run are identical in distance and route.
The cycle course is where thing get a little tougher. The course is 16.8 miles in length, made up of 3 x 5.6 miles laps. On each of the laps you will climb Parbold Hill (3 times in total). Your bicycle should be roadworthy and it is compulsory to wear a recognised cycle helmet, this event is non-drafting (you cannot ride directly behind another competitor to shelter from the wind) and you must not ride 2 abreast on the road. The course is not closed to traffic and you should follow the highway code at all times, riding responsibly. There will be adequate signs throughout the cycle course to guide you and there will also be marshals at critical locations. The marshals cannot stop traffic and will not tell you whether it is 'clear to go', it is your repsonsibility to check for traffic.
The transition area:
The transition area will be at the Farmers Arms Public House and all of your race equipment must be left within this area. There is no cycling within the transition area at any time. As you return from the first run, collect your bike and walk to the mount line, do not mount your bike until you have reached this point and take care on the road. At the end of the cycle ride, dismount at or before the dismount line which will be clearly marked on the day and wheel your bike into transition, do not unfasten your helmet until the bike is safely racked. Change into your run clothing and exit transition, following the marshals instructions.
What to do on the day:
On the day you should register at least an hour before your start time, you will be given an electronic chip which wraps around your ankle, 2 race numbers for rear of your cycle top and front of your run top (number belts allowed) and 2 numbered stickers for your helmet and your bike.
You must show your numbers before racking your bike in the transition area, the racking will be numbered and you should place your bike in the correct position. Once you have placed your cycle and run clothing with your bicycle, all other equipment must be removed from transition area to minimise disruption for other competitors.
How do I enter?
Entry for the Parbold Duathlon is £30 and is only available online by following the link below. You will be sent a confirmation via email coupled with appearance of your name on the entry list. If you are able to enter online then places are still available, the ability to enter will be removed when the event is full.
What happens following the event?
All finishers collect your momento at the finish line and prizes will be awarded at the race presentation after the last person has completed the course. Refreshments will be available on the day and a full results service will be provided.
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