The ultimate version of a run-bike-run, long distance duathlons are serious endurance challenges that are not suited to first time competitors. They are superb events that provide a memorable experience but do require some serious training!
Long distance duathlons involve a 10K run, 150K cycle and final 30K run - if you know this multi-sport well, you'll know that this is the only duathlon variant where the second run section is longer than the first. The other obvious differentiator is that the total distance is over double any other type of duathlon!
How long it will take to complete a long distance duathlon will vary depending on ability and experience, though a good rough indication is between five and eight hours.
An option that's available for many duathlons is competing as part of a relay team, where three competitors divide the sections between them. This is particularly relevant for long distance duathlons where the individual legs are genuine challenges in their own right. Different prize categories are available for these racers as they'll usually be flying past regular duathletes!
The kit needed for a duathlon is relatively simple, at least compared to a triathlon:
- A bike (which will depend on whether you are on or off-road)
- A helmet (you won't be allowed to compete without one)
- A race belt (to hold your number and any nutrition)
- Either a race suit or cycling shorts
- Running shoes
Use this page to find a long distance duathlon and get signed up today!