Bowhill Duathlon – Short

December 2, 2018 12:00 pm

SHORT (expected winning time 20 mins Run + 20 mins MTB Bike) .

All races start at 12noon

We express the course length in expected time taken as actual distances are meaningless off-road. Climb, surfaces, technical difficulty, weather, snow (!) and mud are all more important. So, please don’t ask for the course distances! (though for reference, the Long is approx 12km MTB plus 9km Trail Run).

Back again for its 17th year, this is a very popular series of low-key, back-to-basics off-road Duathlons in the Scottish Borders. Originally held at Glentress Forest, the series moved, with great success, to a new home at the fantastic Bowhill Estate near Selkirk in 2012.

What better way to motivate your training over the dark winter months, test your progress, or simply have good muddy, wet and snowy fun.

Distance from TA (approx.)

Description

‘Grade’ (see below)

0.0 – 0.3

Tarmac estate roads – several sharp bends

Green

0.3 – 0.6

Grassy/trackless section onto, then along (descent) the ‘Vista’

Blue

0.6 – 0.8

Good twintrack/forest road

Green

0.8 – 1.2

Singletrack path with exposed roots, tight turns, skinny bridge.

Red

1.2 – 1.6

Good twintrack/forest road

Green

1.6 – 1.8

Singletrack path climb with exposed roots, muddy in places

Red

1.8 – 2.2

Muddy forest road/twintrack, fallen branches

Blue

2.2 – 2.6

Singletrack path with exposed roots, tight turns, steep sections

Red

2.6 – 4.1

Variable twintrack and forest roads – generally good, muddy in places

Green

4.1 – 5.5

Singletrack path – medium descent (muddy) and flat (good) to begin, then into off-camber section with exposed roots. Path levels out, but small obstacles including roots, mud, and a slippy timber bridge.

Red

5.5 – 6.2

Variable (but generally) good twintracks. Muddy in places, narrower in sections (e.g. on small climb alongside the ‘vista’. Small steep climb onto road at end.

Blue

6.2 – 6.5

Tarmac estate road

 

Notes:

The IMBA/FCS grade descriptions generally refer to man-made trails at trail centres etc. The natural trails that Durty Events use are significantly more varied and dynamic, and can change markedly from moment to moment. A course that is described as largely ‘Blue’ can have occasional ‘Black’ or other grade sections.

Natural trails can change dramatically according to weather and other conditions. Mud, for example, can develop quickly, and will have significant impact on technical difficulty and ‘rideability’.

These gradings, and the course descriptions, should therefore be treated with a certain amount of caution – they are guidelines and approximations only.

*All stuff subject to change – it’s entirely possible that I’ll find a new bit of gloopy mud or stupid hill to send you through/up whilst marking the courses, or if I just have a sadistic turn. In which case the actual course may bear little resemblance! 🙂

Distance from TA (approx.) – km

Description

0.0 – 2.8

Variable forest tracks, paths and twintrack. Often muddy, occasional branches, brashings and fallen trees.

2.8 – 3.1

Rough trackless and forest ride section – ditches, branches, brashings and mud.

3.1 – 3.7

Good forest road, twintrack and short tarmac section

*All stuff subject to change – it’s entirely possible that I’ll find a new bit of gloopy mud or stupid hill to send you through/up whilst marking the courses, or if I just have a sadistic turn. In which case the actual course may bear little resemblance! 🙂

The Bowhill Duathlon Series welcomes entries from Solos, and Teams of Two (Relay style – one cyclist + one runner).

Entry Fees (+ Entry Central card fees) for the 2018-2019 Series are below:

Solo (individual races) – £20
Solo (all 3 races in the series) – £50
Relay (individual races) – £25
Relay (all 3 races in the series) – £65

Event Detail

December 2, 2018 12:00 pm

Organisers

Durty Events
info@durtyevents.com