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"The English Cross Duathlon Championship 2013"
The Essex Off-Road Duathlon, Sunday 27th October 2013
Thanks to our loyal sponsors, www.53-12.com and Essex and Suffolk Water and the help of Chelmsford City Council and Park Services.
(Entries for this event are now closed. Next years event is on 27/04/13 and entries open 01/11/13)
*NOTE: Routes are now on "Public Settings" on mapmyrun.com, so you should be be able to view them online on both PC and Smart phones.
The venue: Hylands Park is situated off of the A414 on the outskirts of the city of Chelmsford, Essex. It is used for a variety of events, from the World Scout Jamboree to the annual “V” music festival. The duathlon has been held here since 2006.
Revised course for the 2013 championships.....pretty much the reverse direction from previous years and a different finish area.
3.5km Run – 14km Mountain Bike – 3km Run.
Maximum of 300 individual entries (Relay team event will return in 2014.)
See bottom of page for bike info.
Car-parking: There’s plenty of free car parking (see top). Follow the brown tourist road signs for “Hylands Park" & "Hylands House". We would advise arriving early and parking at the "House" side and then follow the cycle path over to race HQ.
Registration and race briefing: Registration / Transition is open from 08:10.
This is where you will collect your race bag, containing 2 x race numbers, 2 x numbered stickers, safety pins (if required), BTF day licence (if not a member) and other goodies. Make sure you pick up your timing chip and secure it to your left ankle.
Race briefing starts at 09:40 near to the transition. Four waves, each three minutes apart. Waves start based on sex/age groups/numbers. 1st wave is for the ladies, 3 further waves for the gents.
Bike racking: Bikes will be physically checked over for to see that they meet BTF standards before being allowed into transition (see "important note at bottom of page".) Helmets also need to meet BTA standards.
Please place your numbered stickers on your bike & helmet before entering transition.
There is more bike racking provided than what is actually required, so no number places on the racks. There are two rows of racking; one for odd numbers and one for even. Please keep your area tidy.
Start / Run1: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/157770079/
1st wave at 10:00hours. A 3.5km Anti-Clockwise circuit that follows both natural and man-made borders. Start is located next to the car-park by the bike metal gate (and a sign that says "START" of course!)
Please ensure your race number is on your front. Each wave will be called into the start zone with a 2 minute gap between each wave.
The run starts on the shared footpath/cycle route that leads to Hylands House. Once you have past the house boundary, turn left onto the downhil gravel track until you reach the lake. Fork right onto grass (and mud!) Follow the course of the River Wid. Do not cross or go under any bridges! Then follow the parameter of the park around to T1.
This route is marked in with black/yellow signage and tape.
T1: Put on your cycle hat and fasten it before removing your bike (see BTF rules). Ensure your race number is on your back so we can record your time when you start the cycle section. The bike out exit point will be identified during the briefing and signed. The mounting point is on the far side of the car-park and is signed/marshalled.
Bike route: www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/157792293/
14km MTB. The cycle route is predominantly clockwise and is mix of surfaces, now 99% off road.
Cycle across to the gate and join the gravel track. There is a sharp left turn half way along it. At the end of the track there is another gate, turn right and join the new grass section that runs parellel to the access road. Right again onto another gravel track until you take a right fork onto grass. Follow the parameter of the park until a the sign that directs you into the wooden section. Hidden dips and wooden bridges are just some of the fun that awaits you! There is an opportunity to go fast on the downhill section towards the end, but please be careful of other park users. At the SLOW sign, I suggest you brake as this is the exit point. Once out of the woods turn right and follow the cycle path to the top of the hill (We will cone this path off, but numpties may still abandon their cars on it!)
Acorns and conkers amoung the wet leaves are all over the place and making turns "interesting!"
At the top of the hill, dismount and run your bike back to the mount zone and repeat another lap. At the end of lap 2, dismount and leg it back to T2 (with your bike of course) I hate state the obvious, but be aware of cars driving in the car-park.
T2: DO NOT REMOVE YOUR HELMET UNTIL YOU HAVE SAFELY RACKED YOUR BIKE. Enter the same way you left with your bike and then exit at the far end (the same way you entered after the first run). Please wear your race number on your front.
3km run in a clockwise direction. This route starts as a reverse of the first run. Follow white and red directional arrows. Once you reach the gravel path by the lake, fork right and head across country uphill towards the finish area.
Finish: Congratulations, you made it! Stretch, cool down and relax. Sports masseur on site to help you out. Please hang around for the age group prizes. You have to be present to get a present!
New course records to be set this year with the new routes.
Miscellaneous: There are no showers on site. Do not enter the Stables or Garden areas of the Hyland House estate, unless you are going for tea and cake after the race at the Courtyard Cafe (I will be!)
Results and Prizes: we have collated all the results (which is time consuming, but we will endeavour to get them ready ASAP) the prizes will be given to the following categories at or to transition:-
We will present the fastest overall Male and Female with a trophy and free entry to the 2014 event.
Triathlon England will be presenting medals for the top males and females in each age group. To be eligible, you must be a fully paid up annual T.E. member and have your card with you.
Full results will be emailed out to you that night and appear on various tri websites later that week.
Spectators / children: The best viewing areas are by the courtyard cafe (you can see the 1st run and a bit of the bike course.) The open woodland section opposite the toilet block (but don't get in the way of competitors please!) and near the finish area/transition. There are two playgrounds to keep the kids busy and plenty of open space to let them go run off some energy.
If we have snow / floods then the routes may change at the last minute.
Important notice! NO SLICK TYRES ALLOWED! This is a rule we have set for commen sense and safety. We reserve the right to stop you from taking part and no refund will be issued. Cyclo-cross, hybrid and mountain bikes are allowed to compete for our prizes; however, please see the link below to see if your bike is eligible to allow you to win a T.E. age group competition prize. (We have seen a bike with a wicker-basket, but have not seen a BMX yet though!?)
To be eligible for T.E. Age group medals, your bike has to follow the rules set by the BTF/ITU
(It's around the 7.6 mark)
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