Temperatures soar at the MK City Duathlon
On what was the hottest easter for 70 years, the MK City Trail Duathlon took place on Easter Sunday. The event hub was at Willen Lake, which meant big crowds as people came to enjoy the sun.
The event was brand new. A duathlon with a difference, supported by the Parks Trust. The real draw of the event was using the now permanent Cyclocross track at Campbell Park, which had previously drawn huge crowds when Milton Keynes hosted the Cyclocross World Cup in 2014.
Three distances to choose from, suiting both beginners and seasoned duathletes.
The Taster Trail was a 2.5km Run, 3.5km Bike, 2.5km Run, the Tough Town included 5km Run, 11km Bike, 5km Run and finally the City Epic which included a 10km Run, 16.5km Bike, 5km Run. There were also 5k and 10k run only routes around the lake in the glorious conditions.
The run leg was around Willen Lake and certainly not an indication of what was to come. Following the transition back at event hub, it was time to head through Newlands and towards the light pyramid at Campbell Park. This was no simple route, twists and turns all the way, up and down (who said Milton Keynes was flat!) The ascent towards the pyramid was tough and gave the riders 3 options, to ride, to push or the cyclocross tactic of carrying or shouldering the bike.
The descents were quick and offered the riders brief rest bite. Another section at Campbell Park included down hill sections before tight hairpin curves before heading back up the same hill. The City Epic riders had to endure this tough section 3 times.
The event was made tougher by the unusual conditions, reaching a high of 23 degrees, even hotter in the sun.
Following the final transition, the competitors headed back to Willen for the final run leg around the lake before crossing the line ready for some much needed water and replenishments.
For the City Epic, Ben Chapman came in first male, while Kate Robinson of Berkshire Tri Squad was the first female over the line. Harry Hammond of Team MK took the top male spot in the Tough Town, while Rachel Edwards (Greenlight PT) was first female. In the Taster Trail, Lilly O’Dell came in first overall and first female, with Will Grover taking second and first male.
The feedback following the event has been fantastic, with plans already in place and early bird offers coming for the 2020 event!