OLYMPIC X 2019

 

SEPTEMBER 21st  8:00 am

AMBLESIDE - CUMBRIA - UNITED KINGDOM

 

DISTANCE : 31.9 MILES (51.5 km)

ELEVATION GAIN : 4032 ft (1,229 m)

ENTRY PRICE £80

LIMITED 100 ENTRIES 2019

 

 

NEW FOR 2019 - TRIATHLON X - OLYMPIC X 

 

FROM THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT YOU THE HALF X, FULL X AND EXTREME X- NEW FOR 2019 - THE OLYMPIC X 

CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO AN OLYMPIC DISTANCE TRIATHLON WITH A DIFFERENCE. SET IN THE BEAUTIFUL LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK.

STARTING WITH A 1.5 km DEEP WATER SWIM IN LAKE WINDERMERE, FOLLOWED BY A CHALLENGING 40km BIKE RIDE, TWICE CLIMBING THE 'STRUGGLE' ON KIRKSTONE PASS AND CULMINATING WITH A 10km ROAD AND TRAIL RUN OUT AND BACK OVER LOUGHRIGG FELL. 

 

 

 

 

SWIM : LAKE WINDERMERE, OPEN WATER

DISTANCE : 0.93 MILES (1500m)

 

2 LAPS TRIANGULAR OPEN WATER SWIM AROUND WATERHEAD BAY AT THE NORTH END OF LAKE WINDERMERE 

 

 

 

 

BIKE : ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT, OPEN ROAD  

DISTANCE : 24.8 MILES (40km)

ELEVATION GAIN  3047ft (929m)

 

START : T1 WATERHEAD, AMBLESIDE 

FINISH : T2 WATERHEAD, AMBLESIDE

 

25 MILE (40km) 2 LAP CIRCULAR BIKE RIDE FROM WATERHEAD, AMBLESIDE TO THE SUMMIT OF KIRKSTONE PASS, INCLUDING THE INFAMOUS 'STRUGGLE'.

THE BIKE LEG OF THE OLYMPIC X IS ARGUABLY THE MOST SCENIC AND MOST CHALLENGING BIKE LEG OF ANY OLYMPIC DISTANCE TRIATHLON IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. THE CHALLENGE COMES FROM THE 3.1 MILE 25% CLIMB FROM AMBLESIDE TO THE SUMMIT OF KIRKSTONE PASS, CULMINATING IN THE INFAMOUS STRUGGLE, A GROUP OF HAIRPIN SWITCH BACK BENDS LEADING TO THE SUMIT.

THE DECENT BACK TO AMBLESIDE TAKES THE ROADS THROUGH THE HAMLET OF TROUTBECK, WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF LAKE WINDERMERE, THE LANGDALE PIKE AND BOWFELL MOUNTAIN RANGES.

 

THE OLYMPIC DISTANCE IS TWO LAPS OF THE KIRKSTONE LOOP

 

 

 

 

RUN : LOUGHRIGG FELL, MIXED ROAD AND TRAIL

 

DISTANCE : 6.2 miles (10km)

ELEVATION GAIN : 984 ft (300m)

 

START : T2 - WATERHEAD - AMBLESIDE

FINISH :  WATERHEAD - AMBLESIDE

 

OUT AND BACK 6.2 MILE (10km)  RUN OVER ROADS AND MOUNTAIN TRAILS TO LOUGHRIGG TARN

 

BEAUTIFUL AND SCENIC, THE RUN FROM WATERHEAD, AMBLESIDE TAKES THE 'UNDER LOGHRIGG' ROAD TO THE START OF THE CLIMB AND ONTO OPEN TRAILS TO LOUGHRIGG TARN BEFORE RETRACING YOUR STEPS BACK  TO THE FINISH ON THE SHORES OF LAKE WINDERMERE. 

 

THE RUN HAS A STEEP TARMAC ROAD SECTION BEFORE ASCENDING TO WIDE OPEN MOUNTAIN TRAILS WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS TOWARDS THE VILLAGE OF ELTERWATER AND THE LANGDALE PIKE. LOUGHRIGG TARN TURN AROUND IN THE HEART OF THE LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK IS A BEAUTIFUL NATURAL TARN NESTLED IN THE MOUNTAINS. POPULAR WITH WALKERS AND RUNNERS ALIKE, THIS ROUTE CHALLENGES THE TRIATHLETE WHILST OFFERING SOME OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR VISTAS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

 

 

 

 

 

THE SPRINT X AND OLYMPIC X ARE RUN IN CONJUNCTION. FOR 2019 BOTH RACES WILL SET OFF AT THE SAME TIME AND FOLLOW THE SAME ROUTES. 

 

 

 

 

 

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