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Route of the Month: Club La Santa Mini Duathlon
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Tuesday 27th January 2009


Tags  Club La Santa  |  Duathlon  |  Garmin


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We're going overseas with our Garmin Route of the Month this time - we need some sun!

While it's cold, wet and icy in the UK at this time of year, there are plenty of athletes seeking some winter sunshine, to get onto the roads without three layers of thermals. Arguably the most popular training venue in the world for triathletes is the sports paradise of Club La Santa (www.clublasanta.co.uk), on the north west coast of Lanzarote. We are certainly fans of La Santa (check out our in-depth review here), and it even has a dedicated section on the site.

The Club La Santa Mini Duathlon and takes place every week, so whenever you plan on going, you can have a go at this event.

La Santa 25 years2008 was the 25th anniversary of Club La Santa's opening, and in that time it has played host to many of the top names in triathlon. In recent weeks double World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington has been preparing for her 2009 season there. However, you don't have to be an elite athlete to enjoy your stay.

The Mini Duathlon takes place every Monday (7.45am), starting and finishing at the athletics stadium on site. (Note, you can also race an aquathlon every Monday at 2pm, and a triathlon every Wednesday morning at 7.45am. For more information on these, and the complete weekly events schedule, check out this link).

The event is open to all Club La Santa guests. Entry is free, however to secure your place you need to book in advance. Bookings for the race are via the Sports Booking Office. If you are planning to use one of the complimentary road bikes for the race, you should book this at the same time. We would suggest booking upon arrival, rather than waiting until the last minute, in order to secure your spot.

The event takes place over published distances of 2.5km run / 14.8km cycle / 2.5km run. As a sprint race, it is open to all from complete novices to experienced athletes, perhaps even the odd pro. Don't feel out of your depth, everyone is welcomed.

The start, finish and transition for the event are at the athletics stadium. Conveniently, this is also where the Bike Centre is located. Since Club La Santa hire out bikes free of charge (remember to reserve yours), collect your bike before the race.

Birds eye view of Club La Santa
Club La Santa from the air © CLS

Before the event, one of the Green Team will take a register of those attending, give a quick race briefing and issue you with your timing chip. Chip timing means a fast results service - something we appreciate.

The run starts on the 400m tartan track, near to the finish line and proceeds clockwise (the wrong way) for around 300m. You are then directed out of the far gate where you turn right and out of the Club La Santa complex. Follow the path for around 1km to the turnaround point, then re-trace your steps back to to the stadium. Enter the the athletics track through the same gate, then run 300m anti-clockwise (the right way), on the track to collect your bike.

Matt Molloy in race action at Club La Santa
Matt Malloy on the run
Matt Malloy on the bike

You pass under the Meta Tower (finish line arch for events) when finishing the first run. The timing chip mat means that your run times are true, with both transitions included within your cycle split.

Exit the stadium through the near gate this time, and mount your bike on the road. Turn right (remember to stay on the right hand side of the road!), then bear right at the roundabout along the typically quiet rode towards La Santa village. The first 2km is flat, but make the most of it as any route out of the complex will involve hills and wind. Heading through La Santa village, there are a couple of large speed bumps which require attention, before starting a steady climb of 5km. This is the defining factor of the event - check out the Garmin profile for more detail - and you will be pleased when you reach the turnaround in Tinajo.

Meta Tower - Finish LineAn out-and-back course, what goes up, must come down, however don't expect an easy ride back, since the relentless winds typically mean that a hard effort is still required.

Re-enter transition through the near gate and repeat the run, finishing under the Meta Tower. Race over! Time for breakfast, an easy spin on the bike and the back in time for the afternoon aquathlon...

Event results should be available shortly afterwards from the Sports Booking Office, and an on site photographer will produce pictures to buy on CD later from the shop.

In summary, this informal but well organised event is a great way to get in some speedwork and relaxed competition around your other training. With the event having a standard format and course, you can also compare your times from week-to-week or year-on-year.

 

We recorded the route using a Garmin Forerunner 305, and recorded the actual distances of the event as:

Discipline Distance
Run One 2.72km
Cycle

14.44km

Run Two 2.76km

For more information on facilities, bookings and training camps at Club La Santa, check out www.clublasanta.co.uk or email reservations@clublasanta.co.uk.


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