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New long-distance event hits UK

It's billed as the world's first off-road long-course triathlon, and is set for 2012…

Looking for a challenge? Then the X-Man may provide it…

This new off-road race takes place on 14 July 2012, and is being billed as the world’s first off-road long-distance triathlon. The challenge begins in the sea off Eastbourne and finishes 140 miles away in Salisbury.

Here’s more from EnduranceLife, the team putting the event on…

X-Man takes the standard long-distance triathlon format and turns the volume right up to 11.

The hybrid blend of the standard triathlon disciplines, challenging off-road terrain and spectacular landscapes results in an epic challenge of super-human endurance that makes those that succeed worthy indeed of the X-Man title.

Participants will be required to make a non-stop journey on gruelling off-road terrain across awe inspiring natural landscapes with serious vertical gain.

Much of the bike leg takes place during hours of darkness and aside from water athletes must be nutritionally self sufficient from start to finish.

Andrew Barker Endurancelife Director said; “This will be the toughest event in the UK next year. All those that dare to take on the X-Man better prepare for an epic off road journey across an inspiring landscape and pass the iconic spires of Winchester and Salisbury cathedrals”.


• Swim 2.4 mile (3.86 km) open water sea swim

• Bike 112 mile (180.25 km) multi-terrain – 90% off-road

• 26.2 mile (42.195 km) trail run


• Serious vertical gain

• Gruelling (mostly off-road) terrain

• Awe inspiring landscapes

• Linear journeys*

• Self-sufficient style**

Find out more at www.endurancelife.com or click on X-MAN UK

Profile image of Matt Baird Matt Baird Editor of Cycling Plus magazine


Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.