What is a duathlon?

A duathlon is a multisport event composed of three elements, but just two sports; running and cycling

what is a duathlon

A duathlon is a two disciplined multisport event that involves running and cycling. A duathlon is different from a triathlon as it does not include the swimming element, so is ideal for those less swim-confident. 


What’s the format of a duathlon?

The format for a duathlon is usually run-bike-run, though the distance often varies race to race, the second run is sometimes half the distance of the first.

What are the different distances of a duathlon?

The shortest format is a super sprint duathlon: 2.5km run, 10km bike, 2.5km run; sprint distance is 5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run; standard distance is 10km run, 40km bike, 5km run. They can be road or off-road,  with one of the biggest duathlons being the annual London Duathlon, but there are lots of other duathlon races throughout the year, so you should have no trouble finding one in your area.

Duathlon is a great way to get into triathlon or to bolster your triathlon training. Ideal for seasoned athletes and beginners alike, take a look at our duathlon training plans and top duathlon racing and preparation tips to get started.