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Cirencester Off-Road Du Report
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Posted on: Wednesday 17th February 2016

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Lorraine Ferris ( reports from Sunday's Cirencester Off Road Duathlon - a Valentine's Day event which provided plenty of opportunity for a dirty weekend...

Cirencester Off Road Duathlon - 14 February 2016

2 miles - 10 miles - 2 miles (also Novice/Youth event 1 mile - 5 miles - 1 mile)

There was some strong competition at the Cirencester Off Road Duathlon from last event winner Nick Slim (Tewkesbury Tri), previous winner Crispin Doyle of Hargroves Cycles, youngster Will Crudgington (Athlos) and returning to multisport after some time racing cyclo-cross, Doug Hall (BW Cycling).

On the first 2-mile muddy run, 17 year old Will Crudgington led the pack followed by Doug Hall and Dan Blake of UBYK. Although Crudgington led over the first section of the 10-mile bike it wasn't long before he was joined by Hall and the two of them pedalled away from the rest of the field, whilst Lee Williams of Bikesoup Test Team powered past the others on the two lap, picturesque bike course to move through to third.

Cirencester  Off Road Duathlon

With Hall being a bit rusty in transition, Crudgington took advantage and set off on the second run first, but Hall gradually pulled him back and by the line had gained a 15 second lead to take the first prize in 1:06:25. Meanwhile, Crispin Doyle was battling with Mark Shepherd of Banjo Cycles during the cycle for the 40+ prize, but Shepherd proved too strong on the second run to take the trophy.

In the female event, Nadia Tramontin took control on the run followed by Natalie Smith, but it was all change on the bike as Jessica Roberts of Leisure Lake Bikes flew past them to take the lead and never had to look back to take the winning spot in 1:23:57, from Natalie Smith and Tramontin held on for third. Melanie Clarke of Evesham Vale Tri took the 40+ award, with Heather Rees just behind taking the 50+. There are always many regular faces at the event that have been coming back year-after-year and one such is Ian Hamilton who took the 60+ title in 1:39:32.

For those new to off road duathlon there is also a shorter event aimed at those who just want to have fun, set themselves a new challenge, or run and ride with their mates. Alongside this there is also a youth section which is great for teenagers to bring on the bike skills. Overall winner was 40+ Jamie Woodward in 45:25, whilst the Youth award was won by first timer Toby Sanderson and just to keep it in the family, twins Eleanor and Imogen Sanderson crossed the line together to take the Female Youth award. An outstanding competitor in the short events was Amanda Whitehouse who came off the bike in front of the whole field - men and women - and only dropped back to third overall on the second run.

Cirencester  Off Road Duathlon

Despite some muddy conditions many commented what great fun they had and what great volunteers there were on the course!

The next Off Road Duathlon will take place in November 2016.

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