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The Bastion adds Swim and Aquabike options
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Posted on: Wednesday 17th June 2015


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New event launch – Long Distance Swim and Aquabike at Hever Castle

Are you interested in going long? Have you got The Bastion in your sights or maybe racing an Ironman this year? The Castle Triathlon Series have launched a new event to run alongside their own iron-distance race at Hever Castle on the 12th July 2015 and is now open for entry.

On offer are several long distance swim challenges, up to 3.8km in the unique river and lake at the Castle in Kent, whilst those looking for that extra challenge might take on the new Aquabike events, with similar swim distances and the added challenge of a 60km or 120km bike. All Aquabike competitors have the option of adding an optional 4km fully supported run at the end of their event to make a quality brick session should they be training to go the full distance later in the year.

The new challenge will be running on the same day, concurrently with The Bastion iron-distance race, so will have a fabulous atmosphere buoyed by the exciting pro race and hundreds of age groupers and their support taking part on the same course at the same time.

The Long Distance Swim and Aquabike challenge is the perfect way to prepare for your iron-distance challenge or to get an idea of what might await you next year should you return for the ultimate Castle Triathlon Series challenge and take on The Bastion 2016.

On offer is the chance to swim the 3.8km iron-distance or swim, bike and run the course during The Bastion 2015, fully timed and fully supported just like those taking on the iron-distance race.

This is fantastic long distance swim training and long distance race tri training set in a stunning location in mid-summer, perfect for those who are taking on an iron distance race at any time through 2015.

There’s a training option for everybody into long distance. After the unique swim you’ll head out on the fully marshalled and signed bike course with supported feed stations. This circular cycle route will take competitors out of Hever Castle, up through the High Weald of Kent before passing through and over the Ashdown Forest and into the village of Maresfield.

After a quick tour of the village competitors retrace their steps to the top of the forest before returning to Hever via the historic and quintessentially English villages of Groombridge, Fordcombe and Penshurst. Finishers have the option of finishing with a gentle 4km run that circumnavigates the lake and stunning grounds of the Hever estate.

Once you’ve finished with a time and a medal you can relax with your recovery food and watch the action in The Bastion unfold, cheering on the professionals and age groupers racing for glory, fun or the personal challenge and maybe even dream of doing it yourself next year.

Event options include:

Location: The Bastion at Hever Castle
Date: 12 July 2015
Reg/Transition open: 6.30am
Start Time: 8am

The Long Distance Swim Training Race
1.9k (1lap) £25
3.8k (2laps) £40
Full set of results. No prize giving

Swimmers will deposit gear in their own area of transition, wear specific coloured hats to get a 'Well Done' medal as they exit the water then can relax and enjoy a complimentary bacon roll back at the Event Village.

The Long Distance Aquabike Training Race (with optional run)

1.9km swim/60km cycle with optional 4km finish off run £65
3.8k swim/120k cycle with optional 4km finish off run £100
Full set of results. No prize giving

Long Distance Aquabike eventers will deposit gear in their own area of transition, wear specific coloured hats to get a 'Well Done' medal as they finish and then can relax and enjoy a complimentary bacon roll back at the Event Village.

Designed by an ex-Royal Marine, each leg of The Bastion has been carefully planned to offer the ultimate challenge for both newcomers to long-distance triathlon and experienced long-course hands, ensuring that there will be plenty of drama played out over the day and across the 140.6 mile course.

With this stunning backdrop location, tough course and an unbelievable race package for all competitors, The Bastion is a ‘must-do’ iron-distance triathlon.

The unique swim has been hailed by some competitors who have visited Hever Castle triathlon before as ‘the best open water swim ever experienced’. The 3.8km swim course leaves from the Italianate loggia taking competitors down the length of the main lake before passing the Japanese tea house and heading into the scenic river section. The swim section is partnered with SPEEDO.

The 180km three loop bike course represents arguably the toughest iron-distance route on offer in the UK, with around 2,000 metres of ascent covering ‘areas of outstanding beauty’ in the High Weald of Kent before passing through Hartfield and over the Ashdown Forest. The iconic bike route is partnered with British cycling brand VO2 Cycling.

The four lap run route is mainly an off road trail marathon run. It circumnavigates the two stunning estates of Hever and Chiddingstone Castles before an iconic finish in-front of the Hever Castle drawbridge that once gave passage to King Henry VIII into one of his Royal homes.

You can still enter The Bastion at Hever Castle here: http://www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk/races/the-bastion-full-iron-distance/

You can find out more about The Bastion by downloading the official competitors guide and the official spectators guide.

The Castle Triathlon Series are proud that our official charity partner is the NSPCC, please help raise funds to fight for every childhood.

Enter The Bastion Long Distance Swim Event here.
Enter The Bastion Long Distance Aquabike challenge here.
Pre-register for The Bastion 2016 here.


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