Traffic-free racing will determine the 2017 National Duathlon Champions on Sunday in Cheshire
Starting at Thorpe Park in June with the Sprint Distance Triathlon, the six-event 2017 Triathlon England National Championship schedule reaches its conclusion on Sunday, with the best run-bike-run specialists in the country heading to Little Budworth. Organised by Xtra Mile Events, the motor racing circuit at Oulton Park has been a regular host to duathlon event for many years; it’s traffic-free environment providing safe surroundings to promote fast racing.
The event will host Sprint and Standard distance races – both over the non-drafting format. The Sprint distance event will be a qualifier for the 2018 ETU Duathlon European Championships in Ibiza, while the longer Standard distance will act as the 2017 Triathlon England National Duathlon Championship. Over 300 athletes have registered to race over the longer distance.
The course utilises the 4.3km Oulton Park circuit, comprising of a two-lap first run, nine-lap cycle and finishing off with one final run lap to determine the destination of the championship medals. A multi-lap course will reward athletes for their bike handling and concentration skills.
Second overall at the 2017 TE Championship event at the Stockton Duathlon Festival, Lewis Timmins (Muckle CC Tri) will be racing again and looking for another podium finish, while Daniel Jenkin (RedVenom.co.uk) was second overall at the same venue two years ago, and has the quality to be in contention for victory once again.
Jo Billings (RG Active) will be one to watch in the women’s event, having finished second over the Sprint distance 12 months ago, while Amy Grocock (Lincsquad) has shown improved form during 2017 and also has previous experience at the venue to draw upon.
Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon – Sunday 8th October 2017
8.61 km / 38.76 km / 4.307km