First ever Windsor Duathlon route revealed
The iconic Windsor Castle makes a dramatic backdrop to the inaugural Windsor Duathlon on April 3, which is entirely contained within the grounds of the magnificent Windsor Great Park.
As well as the 1,000-year-old castle, the sights along the route of the first ever Windsor Duathlon include the iconic Long Walk, historic statues and monuments, beautiful parkland and the Guards Polo Club.
The 10km Age-Group course starts on the Long Walk and takes in Snow Hill, the statue of King George III astride a horse before taking a large lap around the Great Park in a clockwise direction towards the Cow Pond. Sprint distance athletes will divert left past the Cow Pond, one of the Great Parks hidden treasures, a lily filled oasis hidden within the trees.
Standard distance athletes will carry straight on to Smith’s Lawn and Guards Polo Club, before passing The Obelisk Pond and the Savill Building, which houses Britain’s finest ornamental garden. Both the sprint and standard distance routes then take a picturesque off road route through Chapel Woods exploring the undulating and varied landscape before re-joining transition next to the Long Walk, a 2.5 mile stretch of road linking Windsor Castle to the Great Park.
The bike route will then take an anti-clockwise large lap along the traffic free paths past many great ancient oak trees planted to mark royal visits & occasions. Johnsons Pond marks the southernmost point of the course and. Athletes will then head north back up and around Snow Hill to the George III statue. The sprint distance race complete this nine and a half kilometre loop twice with standard distance athletes completing this loop four times.
The final run route will takes the athletes on an out and back route along the Long Walk.
The elite transition is located directly on the Long Walk. Both run sections take the athletes on an out and back route towards Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. The first run comprises of two laps, with the second run completed over one lap, providing spectators with the chance to follow the action closely up and down the tree lined route.
The bike route will see athletes race up to the Copper Horse, turning right and complete an anti-clockwise loop before returning back towards the Copper Horse. Elite athletes will complete four laps around Snow Hill before turning right and heading back in to transition.
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For more information about the event including the event schedule visit: www.windsorduathlon.com
The full course maps (age grouper and elite) are now available to view online
(Imagesof Windsor Castle: Peter Suranyi / Diliff)