We designed the Duke to be a beautiful, accessible race where “normal” rather than “hardcore” athletes can find pleasure!
It’s not an easy course by any means, but we wanted to provide a season closer where people enjoyed themselves with their families and friends, in a spectacular setting.
We offer CORPORATE packages – create bonds between your colleagues by providing the chance to train for and take part in an amazing day’s racing! We have structured plans and expert coaches available to safety support a triathlon beginner to race readiness for the Duke. Or enter a team as part of a relay and each takes a leg before crossing the finish line together!
The NOVICE entering their first race will find a challenging but completable course. Seasonally, Scottish waters are best in September, and the short swim, staying close to shore, stops it from being intimidating. The bike is tough but doesn’t have technically demanding terrain, and the distance means you’ll be back at T2 with your supporters before you know it. And with the location of the finish line, you’ll have memories to treasure forever of your first race (before you sign up for 2019)
For the EXPERIENCED racer, it’s the chance to enjoy one last outing before popping the turbo trainer in front of the monitor. The route allows for a spot of muddy high jinx (no drudgery on the aerobars here!) and the chance to nail a race within a few hours and enjoy a beer as the sun sets on your racing season.
For your SUPPORTERS AND FAMILIES, you’ll be visible throughout the race, with a spectator-friendly swim (within reason – be honest, we all look the same once we are in our wetsuits anyway) but each leg will be completed and back in time to make this a family-friendly day out for everyone.
The RACE The swim will be a fast a furious affair. By keeping the course close to shore and tight, the kids and all your friends can watch you race! Then it’s up that velveteen grass onto the mountain bike (or other suitable off roader) for a short buzz along the road before entering the forests and the trails. The ride is suitable for novices, although there are a few climbs that will blow away any end of summer cobwebs! The view from Duke’s Pass and the sporty descent never fails to inspire, and then it’s down to T2 and the run.
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